Academics Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 4/15/2021


General FAQ

What is the status of the summer and fall 2021 semester?
The Summer term will begin on May 10th. The Fall term will begin on August 30th.

Should I need to seek accommodations for remote accommodations, whom should I contact?
Immaculata University will not be providing the full semester COVID-19 learning accommodations for remote learning as previously provided. We will still provide remote learning accommodations for students who need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and for students eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Questions can be directed to Jen Peruso.

Will the use of face masks be mandatory for faculty, staff, and students?
Yes, anyone on campus in public spaces will be required to wear a mask.

Have changes been made in the classroom to accommodate social distancing?
As you step on campus, you will see that classrooms spaces look different: rooms have been carefully laid out so that students will be six feet from each other as well as six feet from faculty. Within each classroom is a supply of disinfecting wipes that individuals can use as they enter and exit the room. Additionally, plexiglass has been installed in spaces where you cannot social distance, such as in the library and dining hall. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the campus. Outdoor seating has been expanded, and you will notice signage across campus reminding our community to adhere to social distancing, wear their masks, and to engage in frequent handwashing.

In what modality will my classes be offered In?
Please review your course schedule in SSIU (navigate to “Student,” “Registration,” “Student Schedule”), which indicates the modality your courses will be offered. Information on each type of modality is available below.

Can I obtain my textbooks and course materials online?
Yes, course materials and textbooks can be ordered online and shipped directly to your home. You can pay online with your credit/debit card, PayPal, or OneCard.

Is the library open?
The Gabriele Library is open, please check the library webpage for hours. Throughout the library, seating has been re-configured, and plexiglass has been added to ensure your safety.

Will Academic Support Services be available on-campus/virtual?
Immaculata University will provide academic student support services through on-campus meetings and virtual meetings via MS Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, or other alternative modalities

Class Modalities

On-campus: These courses are taught in a traditional classroom, face-to-face. On-campus class will meet social distancing guidelines, and both students and faculty are expected to wear masks while in classrooms and hallways.

Virtual “Live”: These courses are offered face to face; however, students will be provided an alternating schedule: meeting face-to-face one session and meeting virtually the next. Virtual “Live” modality will be used so all students have face-to-face experience while limiting the number of students in a classroom to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Online: No in-person requirement. These online courses are taught completely through Immaculata’s learning management system, Moodle; these courses do not meet on a certain day or at a certain time unless a synchronous online meeting has been scheduled by the instructor.

Remote Synchronous: These courses are offered remotely, with scheduled set meeting days/times.

Hybrid: These courses offer part online or virtual instruction and part face-to-face instruction in a classroom, with instructors letting students know which days they will meet on campus.

Off-Campus: off-campus cohort programs (College of Graduate Studies and College Adult Professional Studies) will continue to run as scheduled. Any changes to the schedule will be articulated by the Dean of the college.

Class Schedule

Immaculata University’s on-campus schedule has been revised to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Schedule changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom course capacities have been adjusted to accommodate 6’ social distancing
  • 30 classrooms have been identified to have cameras placed to utilize A/B schedule for “virtual live” sessions
  • Lab sections have been evaluated, labs within chemistry/biology/and physics will utilize Labster software to complete A/B schedule for labs after consultation with the program directors.
  • Course room assignments have been shifted to allow maximum use of available space in each time slot while meeting the social distancing guidelines and accommodating A/B schedules in camera equipped classrooms.
  • Smaller classrooms have been taken “off-line” for classroom use for the fall
  • Specific classes which require all students to have a face-to-face experience for every class meeting have been assigned to larger spaces (eg. Green Room, Great hall, and Alumnae Hall)

My course is virtual “live.” What does that mean?
Students enrolled in Virtual “Live” courses will begin attending class both virtually and physically in the classroom, on an alternating schedule: meeting face-to-face one session and virtually the next.

Each student registered for a Virtual “Live” course will be notified directly via email two weeks prior to the start of the course indicating which group they have been assigned to and given specific directions for which days/dates they should attend their course physically and which days/dates they will participate through the virtual connection. For virtual sessions, students will attend using virtual platforms (such as Google Meet) at the times and days listed in the spring course schedule.

The Virtual “Live” modality allows students to have the face-to-face experience while limiting the number

What is the difference between “remote synchronous” and “online” modalities?
Courses taught through remote synchronous delivery are those in which the professors host online lectures live and at the same time and same frequency as originally scheduled (see your course schedule in SSIU). Students are expected to login at those scheduled times to attend such classes.

Courses taught through the online modality employ such instructional resources as video lessons, reading or research assignments, or game-based learning tasks – as determined by the course faculty member – to provide instruction. Students view/review such materials in an asynchronous manner. Online classes provide students with a period of time to review/participate in class activities. The online learning modality may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges, online discussion boards, breakout rooms, group projects, and other instructional materials and correspondence. Employing a wide range of tools to share content can deepen students’ understanding in this remote learning environment.

Class listed as a synchronously. Can they shift the meeting time of the course?
No. All synchronously-taught courses are to follow the published spring semester class schedule. Doing so ensures that students enrolled in multiple courses avoid scheduling conflicts. Instructors can hold office hours at any time, but classes are expected to follow the published schedule. Please note: if you live outside of Immaculata’s time zone, remember that all scheduled course times follow the Eastern Time (ET) zone.

Is there a COVID-19 Class Attendance Policy?
Yes. During this time, it is critical to adhere to public health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

Student Class Attendance Policy

As the University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. All decisions made by the University are aligned with guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local agencies.

During this time, it is critical to adhere to public health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

A student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider and refrain from attending classes. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever over 100 degrees, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell. Students who experience symptoms, test positive or receive a clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 should complete the student COVID-19 reporting form.

If a student does not test positive, and is not experiencing any symptoms, but is quarantining as a preventative measure they should:

Students are responsible for completing any work missed due to illness, including assignments, quizzes, tests, and exams.

Students who follow the processes outlined above will not receive a penalty for missing a class or a series of classes.

Please note, students may still be required to complete all clinical, practicum, and internship hours as regulated by external agencies and accrediting bodies.

All other non-COVID-19 related student absences are subject to policies as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog.

Self-Quarantine and Illness

Immaculata University is committed to the health and well-being of all individuals on campus. To ensure a safe environment, students who have been exposed to, are experiencing symptoms of, or are ill due to COVID-19 should contact Elise Girard, Director of Student Health Services at 484-323-3500 or Students should also refer to the Student Class Attendance Policy and may also contact the Office of Learning Support Services to request temporary learning accommodations while self-quarantining.

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