Manhattan College is committed to providing a robust educational experience for all of our students. The information that follows provides more details about plans for the fall semester.
Beginning on August 31, the College will move to highly flexible teaching and learning models, which will provide in-person, reduced-density learning. Additionally, courses and educational activities are all designed to be able to accommodate remote learning for individuals that are immunocompromised and individuals with physical challenges, as well as for students that may not feel comfortable returning to campus in person.
Instructional design teams have prepared training and development for all faculty teaching classes this fall, which includes support for both in-person and remote learning. (NOTE: There will be no modification in tuition for those who choose to pursue their studies totally remotely.)
By default, all undergraduate courses at Manhattan College will be offered in the live dual model, rotation/flipped model, or a combination. Exceptions include some remote-only courses when a faculty member is not able to return to campus. Courses that are entirely “remote” or “online” are labeled as such in self-service on Banner.
As in normal times, faculty are creative in how they teach students. The models outlined below offer the basic nature of learning on campus in the fall. Note that regardless of the teaching mode, the same time and effort commitment is required of all students.
- Live dual-model (aka hyflex) courses offer face-to-face learning to on-campus, in-person students and simultaneously to students who cannot be on campus and must learn remotely.
- Rotation/flipped model courses are based on the concept of a “flipped” classroom, and include synchronous (see definition below), as well as asynchronous student learning. Due to limited classroom space caused by social distancing needs, cohorts of students take turns having on-campus in-person and remote learning. The instructor adds asynchronous learning as needed in order to meet the requirements of the course.
- Remote model courses are facilitated via synchronous web-conferencing class sessions along with additional online components to meet time-on-task requirements. This model is available to accommodate faculty that cannot be physically in the classroom.
- Online model courses are rare for undergraduate students at Manhattan College because we highly value in-person, synchronous instruction. Online occurs outside of a physical classroom, and most often offers completely asynchronous learning. Instructors are separated from their learners in time and distance. Online teaching is typically facilitated through technology, such as video conferencing software, discussion boards or learning management systems.
- Synchronous learning refers to a learning event in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time. Any learning tool that is in real-time, such as Google Meet or Zoom that allows students and teachers to ask and answer questions immediately, is synchronous.
- Asynchronous learning refers to when instructors provide materials, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed remotely at any time. Students may be given a timeframe for completing learning activities and be asked to engage with classmates through a discussion forum. Students are expected to follow the pace of the course and meet due dates set by the instructor.
Remote Status for Students
- Students who need to be remote for the fall term are required to declare remote student status as soon as possible and by Monday, August 17 by logging into your Self-Service and following the directions.
- In-person students who need to become a remote learner for a short period of time due to health or other reasons during the term do NOT need to declare a remote learner status through Self-Service because they intend to return to in-person learning. However, students must keep their professor informed of when they intend to return to in-person participation.
- Due to logistical and space issues, any student who begins or declares remote learner status for the term and wishes to change their status to in-person learner will need to obtain permission through Jasper Connect.
- Students are expected to attend class at the scheduled times and as instructed by their professor, regardless of their remote or in-person status. As during normal times, students must communicate with their professor if they will not be attending class prior to the class meeting time. If they cannot communicate their absence prior to class time, they should notify their professor as soon they are able.
The College has made the decision to move the majority of our graduate courses to a remote format. All classes listed on the course scheduling system will have a notation indicating which classes will be taught in the classroom and which will be taught remotely.
In order to maximize student engagement, remote classes will be taught in a synchronous format. This means you would be attending classes in a live setting by logging in at the time the class is scheduled (Eastern Standard Time). Students living outside of the United States are also expected to attend classes according to the scheduled time. For new incoming international students intending to reside in the US, visa regulations currently require at least one on-ground class. Please be in contact with your graduate advisor regarding your schedule.
For all students, especially commuter students, who need a place to study or participate in a remote class on-campus, the following spaces will be designated as commuter student study spaces this semester:
Kelly Commons 5A, Kelly Commons 5B, Kelly Commons 5C
Cafe 1853 Atrium
Cafe 1853 Dining Space: while indoor dining is restricted by New York City, we will use this space as additional study space
These are additional spaces open to all students:
O’Malley Library: Including reservable group study rooms and Alumni Room when not being used for events.
Leo Hall, 1st floor study space: Please note the individual rooms surrounding this space will be used as faculty offices.
Empty classrooms: The Registrar will provide an updated list of empty classrooms for each block during the day.
Classes will commence on August 31 and end on December 11 followed by a final exam period through Dec 19. After Thanksgiving Break all classes will switch to fully remote through the fall term with no in-person meetings. We are anticipating that a number of students may need to travel during the Thanksgiving break. A quarantine period upon return would not be academically feasible in the latter part of the semester.
Given that minimizing travel is a proactive measure, and that quarantine requirements have now been imposed by the governor, the College has adjusted the fall term accordingly. In order to safeguard our campus environment from travel-related risks, all class sessions after the Thanksgiving Break will be fully remote through the end of the fall term with no in-person meetings.
New Class Schedule for Fall 2020
We now have an updated class schedule for fall 2020 that extends the length of the day from 7:45 a.m. through 9:35 p.m. This schedule allocates at least 15 minutes in between classes to allow for more social distancing while coming and going, as well as time for each student and faculty member to properly sanitize their desks and lecture areas. Some transitions are 20 minutes without lengthening the day.
There is no change to the fall 2020 tuition deadline of August 10. We understand students and families will be making decisions related to enrollment and housing up to the start of the semester. If a student drops enrollment through the week of add/drop (last day of add/drop is September 4), the College’s liability schedule is to refund 100% of tuition and fees. Resident students who withdraw from housing officially prior to their assigned move-in date (formal process via Residence Life) are also entitled to a 100% refund of amounts paid toward room and board billed for fall 2020.
Please note that any student that was assigned housing and withdraws before move-in will not be refunded the housing deposit.
All classrooms are configured to allow for social distancing. Every classroom has sanitary wipes that can be used by students and faculty to clean their working areas (e.g. desk tops, computer keyboards, etc.) as they enter the classroom.
Learning to conduct research in a laboratory setting is usually a face-to-face, hands-on experience. In these courses, as in others, social distancing and safe work environments are priorities. Department chairs and instructors have instituted measures to ensure student health in these teaching environments while identifying opportunities for enhanced remote learning.
Access to Campus Software (Remote Learners)
Students who are remote learners will be provided with access to ALL campus licensed software through a new remote-access solution using just a web browser! ITS is in the process of deploying a campus-hosted solution that will provide remote access to existing lab computers. Due to social distancing requirements, all campus computer teaching classrooms will be at 50% capacity - leaving every other workstation vacant. We will be using the vacant workstations to power the remote solution - providing parity between students sitting in the physical classroom and those students remotely accessing the computers in the vacant seats.
A demo of this solution will be made available the week of 8/17 with instructions for students and faculty. Faculty will instruct students attending remotely to access the remote computers in the same classroom where the course is being taught (details to follow). Outside of classroom time, students will also have access to a pool of non-classroom workstations for remote access. To provide additional remote capacity, RLC 103 will be remote-access only for the Fall 2020 semester. Related, ALL (~450) campus computer lab workstations will be made available remotely after Thanksgiving Break.
As a result of this solution, students with previously less-capable or incompatible computers (ex. Mac computers that need to run Windows software, Windows computers with insufficient specs) will now be able to access and run all software simply through a web browser.
Details will be made available the week of 8/17 and links for faculty and students to remotely access campus lab computers will be made available via Quick Links.
Immersive experiences are an important part of a Manhattan College education. Clinical & teaching placements, internship, externship and other programs prepare students to apply classroom knowledge and skills in an actual working environment.
Due to COVID-19, the College will strive to provide this valuable experience while taking special measures to ensure student safety in compliance with the expectations of New York State and accrediting agencies regarding placement hours, etc.
Each academic program has its own distinct needs for experiential learning, including a variety of host sites that have specific guidelines and restrictions. Therefore, the instructor or academic program coordinator will communicate the status of these experiences directly with enrolled students.
- Remote course registration and scheduling will continue to be an online activity without any changes
- Current students will follow the online process already in place to schedule and register for classes
- New students will participate in an online Orientation; scheduling and adjusting schedules for the fall semester will occur through safe, one-on-one sessions
- The Registrar’s office and advisors will work together to streamline add/drop requests during the first week of classes
- While face-to-face meetings occasionally remain preferable, most advising will occur remotely via Google Meets whenever possible.
- Students will be able to make appointments through Jasper Connect for regular advising through Google Meet or directly through email.
- In-person advising will still occur when a student is unable to meet remotely or is in a crisis situation; walk-ins or students without appointments will be asked to schedule a meeting through Jasper Connect.
- In-person meetings will be held in larger spaces (such as conference rooms), where students and advisers will be able to maintain social distancing and follow other health guidelines
- For international students, virtual advising will continue in all areas related to immigration status (e.g., employment authorization, financial issues, Social Security numbers and school transfers).
- Throughout the semester, advisers will engage in ongoing communications and additional outreach through emails, phone calls, text messages, social media and Moodle sites.
- Students will now need to schedule appointments with peer counselors and peer career advisers (PCA) by phone or through CSM Handshake.
- Career Development has a large interview and presentation room where PCAs can meet with students while observing social distancing; meetings also may be held on Google Meet.