Academics Updates

Fall 2020 Calendar

  • August 31 – Fall Semester Classes Begin
  • September 7 – Labor Day – No Classes
  • October 2 – Fall Break
  • October 5 – Classes Resume
  • November 16 – Spring Registration – CAPS & CGS
  • November 24 – 29 Thanksgiving Recess begins after Day Classes on 11/24
  • November 30 – Classes Resume
  • December 4 – Carol Night
  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (University Feast Day)- No Classes
  • December 12 – End of Semester
  • December 14-January 8 – Winter Break

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:

  • Over 20 courses have been moved to 8am, 2pm and 3:30pm timeslots, the least utilized timeslots within the M-F course blocks
  • Classroom course capacities have been adjusted to accommodate 6’ social distancing
  • 15 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)

 

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. Immaculata University returning students are requested to completed the form by August 7, 2020. 

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

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 notify Elise Girard, Director of Student Health Services, egirard@immaculata.edu or ex: 3500, to facilitate next steps. Students will need to follow guidance as provided by Student Health Services.

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

  • Email the Director of Academic Advising, Kate Commiskey (College of Undergraduate Studies & College of Adult Professional Studies) or Associate Dean (College of Graduate Studies), Sandra Rollison for additional support.
  • Review the COVID-19 Learning Accommodations policy and contact Executive Director of Learning Support Services, Jennifer Peruso with questions.

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.

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).

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.

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