Academics Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

In what modality will my classes be now?

Please review your course schedule in SSIU (navigate to “Student,” “Registration,” “Student Schedule”). All courses with the schedule type “Lecture” will be conducted via virtual instruction from August 31 – October 18. Beginning on October 19th, all courses will transition to the modality listed on your course schedule. Students registered for courses designated as Virtual “Live” will be provided with additional details on October 12 regarding their A/B group designation; implementation of these groups will begin the week of October 19th.

Faculty members have designed their courses for virtual instruction through October 18. Courses will include remote synchronous sessions (live class sessions conducted through Google Meet, MS Teams, or Zoom). These virtual class sessions will take place on the days/times listed on your course schedule. Classes will also include online instructional engagement through our Learning Management System (Moodle).

What does this change mean for me?

Student must access Moodle regularly to engage with their Fall 2020 courses. Fall courses will be available on Moodle by Friday, August 28, and students must login to Moodle no later than August 31, 2020. Faculty will also be emailing students with additional directions and guidance. Students must regularly check their Immaculata University email account.

Immaculata University has created step-by-step guides for using Moodle; you are encouraged to review Moodle FAQs for Students. Additionally, Immaculata University Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by telephone: 866-767-9460. The IU Support Center can assist you with login issues, MYIU, SSIU, and Moodle.

Will virtual instruction be as robust as face-to-face?

Immaculata University has been successfully providing virtual instruction for over 20 years; our faculty, staff, and administrators are prepared to offer you a robust experience this fall. Immaculata University adheres to the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education Programs (Online Learning), developed by leading practitioners of distance education. Additionally, all teaching faculty have received extensive training in online instruction and using Moodle effectively for their courses. Throughout the summer, faculty were led by Dr. Chris Jernstedt to engage in conversations with colleagues throughout the region. Dr. Jernstedt is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Founder of the Center for Learning Outcomes at Dartmouth College whose research expertise focuses on factors that impact learning. In addition to faculty training, Immaculata University has invested in technology that improves the student experience, including virtual labs, 3D animation software, and remote servers that allow our students to access software remotely. Our faculty remain dedicated to creating an in-depth, rigorous learning experience for you—no matter the modality.

What academic support services can I expect?

Academic Affairs is committed to providing you with the academic support services you need to be successful. The offices of Academic Advising, Academic Coaching, Career and Professional Development, Disability Services, Library Support, Math Center, Tutoring Services, and the Writing Center are ready to assist you. Each of these offices has worked over the summer to refine their services to better meet your needs in a virtual environment. I encourage you to review the Campus FAQs, as they will be most helpful as you prepare for the fall term.

What do I do if I experience symptoms of COVID-19?

Students from all three colleges (CUS, CAPS, CGS) should use this form to report COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, and/or positive test. It will go to the appropriate offices and someone will contact you regarding further steps. Employees should continue to report this information directly to Human Resources.

Spring 2021 Calendar

  • January 25- Spring Semester Begins
  • April 1-5- Easter Break
  • May 10- End of Semester
  • May 14-Commencement – CGS
  • May 15- Baccalaureate Mass
  • May 16-Commencement – CUS & CAPS

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)

 

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 egirard@immaculata.edu. 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.

Questions pertaining to COVID-19 learning accommodations should be directed to Jennifer Peruso, Executive Director of Learning Support Services at jperuso@immaculata.edu.

Learning Accommodations

Immaculata University is committed to providing reasonable learning accommodations for issues related to COVID-19. Students considered at high risk by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who would like to request reasonable learning accommodations, should complete a COVID-19 Request for Learning Accommodations form (users will be required to sign into their Immaculata email account before being able to view or submit the form), along with the COVID-19 Medical Information Request form.

Questions pertaining to COVID-19 and learning accommodations should be directed to Jennifer Peruso, Executive Director of Learning Support Services at jperuso@immaculata.edu.

Learning Support Services

Immaculata University is committed to providing continuous learning support services for all students, in both in-person and virtual environments. All learning support services will be operating remotely, but will be providing comprehensive assistance to students throughout the Fall semester. Please e-mail Jennifer Peruso, Executive Director Learning Support Services at jperuso@immaculata.edu for any questions.

Disability Services: The Disability Services Office will be open during normal business hours, however all meetings, accommodation services, and academic coaching will be conducted via phone or MS Teams virtual platform. Please reach out to Jennifer Peruso at jperuso@immaculata.edu for any questions or visit our webpage at IU Disability Services for further information.

Testing Center: The testing center will be closed while the campus is virtual. Please visit IU Disability Services for further information on testing accommodations in the virtual environment.

Writing Center: The IU Writing Center’s (WC) programming, including tutoring, will remain online only for Fall semester in order to effectively serve our mission. The Writing Center will offer both asynchronous (“e-tutoring”) and synchronous (“online”) one-to-one writing sessions. Please visit the Writing Center webpage at My WC Online for more information and to schedule an appointment

Math Center: The IU Math Center will be open during normal business hours, however all meetings will be conducted via phone or virtual platform. Tutoring sessions will be held via phone or virtual platform. Please reach out to Dr. Del Ferster, Director Math Center at dferster@immaculata.edu for any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Peer Tutoring: The Peer Tutoring Office will be open during normal business hours, however all meetings will be conducted via phone or virtual platform. Tutoring sessions will be held via phone or virtual platform. Students and Peer Tutors will schedule sessions via direct email or phone communication. Students requesting a peer tutor should complete the Peer Tutor Request Form or email Brittanie Covatta, Tutoring Services Coordinator at bcovatta@immaculata.edu.

Academic Support Services

Immaculata University will provide academic student support services through virtual meetings via MS Teams, GoogleMeet and Zoom or other comparable offered through alternative modalities. However, the University is open for business and here to support your success. Students may request a face to face meeting, which but will be scheduled in an alternate location that follows the CDC/PDE guidelines for social distancing (conference room, classroom, or outside).

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