August 19: Fall 2020 Return to Campus Update #2

What will classes look like?

Dear Students,

We are so excited to welcome you back to campus! As you may have already heard, there have been some adjustments made to classes this year. Faculty have been working hard to create a safe and effective learning environment for all of you.

  • Students and faculty must follow safety protocols in class. Remember, you will need to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Bring hand sanitizer to use as you enter and leave each classroom.
  • We have moved to a block schedule. You may have noticed your schedule looks different! The semester is scheduled over four blocks (A1, B2, C3, D4) that will each be approximately four weeks long. You should take only one four-credit course in each block. These classes will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for three hours each day. If you are enrolled in a one or two-credit course, these may be offered over multiple blocks.
  • We will use hybrid learning. Hybrid learning allows students who are in different locations to learn simultaneously with each other. During your class period, some students will participate in-person and go to the classroom. Other students may participate remotely from their dorm room or from home. In addition, some faculty may need to teach remotely. Hybrid learning uses technology in the classroom to allow students who are in class and remote to participate “live” with each other and their instructor.
  • Why are we using hybrid learning? Some students may not be able to return to campus. Due to health-related or other issues, some faculty may also not be able to teach in the classroom. In addition, in order to maintain appropriate social distancing in the classroom, most classrooms will not be able to hold all students at one time. Hybrid learning provides the technology to allow all students and faculty members in the class to participate in a live and synchronous way.
  • I am coming back to campus. How do I know if I have to be in the classroom or participate from my dorm room? Faculty will be reaching out to you to discuss the structure of your class. For those students who are on-campus, they will be alternating who comes to class and who participates remotely to meet the social distancing requirements for the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: Similar to past attendance expectations, if you are on-campus and assigned to be in class, you must attend class.

Don’t forget to buy your books! This can be done ahead of time through the CSB/SJU bookstore. We can’t wait to see you!

Mary Geller
College of Saint Benedict
Vice President Student Development

Michael P. Connolly
Saint John’s University
Interim Vice President & Dean of Students