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Interterm 2021 Schedule

The 2020-2021 Academic Calendar (available to download here) provides an updated list of important academic dates throughout Interterm 2021. Interterm classes begin on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and conclude on Thursday, January 21, 2021.  Other important academic dates within Interterm 2021 (drop/add, withdraw date, etc.) can be found within the Academic Calendar.

 

Spring 2021 Schedule

Classes begin on Monday, January 25, 2021 and conclude with the last day of finals on Thursday, May 13, 2021. However, there are several changes to the semester which are highlighted on the calendar, which include (but are not limited to):  a revised Spring Break (now called “Spring Breather”, which is ONE day on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 with classes resuming on March 18); Easter Break (Campus Closed for Good Friday on April 2, 2021 with classes resuming on Monday, April 5); and Final Exams (now scheduled for May 10-13) which are a week earlier than previously scheduled.  All course syllabi for Spring 2021 will reflect these and other modifications to the academic calendar, and students are expected to review the Spring 2021 academic calendar as well.  Other important academic dates within the Spring 2021 semester (drop/add, withdraw date, etc.) can be found within the Academic Calendar.

 

Course Delivery for Interterm/Spring 2021

Sterling College seeks to achieve as much face-to-face (F2F) instruction within campus-based courses as possible this Interterm and Spring 2021 semester. At the same time, we recognize that health concerns and the potential need for quarantine require an additional level of flexibility. Thus, and due to COVID-19 guidelines and requirements, classroom delivery will be flexible as compared to previous semesters prior to the pandemic. 
Every effort will be made to hold classes in a F2F format, until either planned modifications begin or we are required to make immediate changes as outlined by state and local authorities. The Interterm and Spring 2021 schedule for course delivery will therefore be hybrid (offered primarily F2F, but potentially mixed with virtual delivery components). Regardless of the mode of delivery, faculty will maintain their courses with the same high level of quality while meeting the same course objectives as outlined within the syllabus. Students should also expect adaptable models of instruction by their faculty, as warranted by the course requirements and objectives. These can include a mixture of F2F and digital/virtual instruction, while preparing to move fully online if outside factors deem that necessary.
At this time, classes will be held on-campus in a F2F format through May 13, 2021. The traditional Final Exam Schedule (available online here) will be followed, unless modifications are warranted. 

Fall 2020 Schedule

The Fall 2020 academic calendar (available to download here) provides an updated list of important academic dates throughout Fall 2020. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 26 and conclude with the last day of finals on December 10. However, there are several changes to the semester which are highlighted, which include (but are not limited to) a revised Fall Breather break (Wednesday, October 14), the last day of face-to-face instruction (Tuesday, November 24), remote instruction for the last week of classes (November 30 – December 4), and virtual final exams (December 7-10). All course syllabi for Fall 2020 will reflect these and other modifications to the academic calendar, and students are expected to review the Fall 2020 academic calendar as well.

Course Delivery for Fall 2020

Sterling College seeks to achieve as much face-to-face (F2F) instruction within campus-based courses as possible this semester. At the same time, we recognize that health concerns and the potential need for quarantine require an additional level of flexibility. Thus, and due to COVID-19 guidelines and requirements, classroom delivery will be flexible as compared to previous semesters prior to the pandemic. 

Every effort will be made to hold classes in a F2F format, until either planned modifications begin or we are required to make immediate changes as outlined by state and local authorities. The Fall 2020 schedule for course delivery will therefore be hybrid (offering both F2F and virtual delivery components). Regardless of the mode of delivery, faculty will maintain their courses with the same high level of quality while meeting the same course objectives as outlined within the syllabus. Students should also expect adaptable models of instruction by their faculty, as warranted by the course requirements and objectives. These can include a mixture of F2F and digital/virtual instruction, while preparing to move full online if outside factors deem that necessary.

At this time, classes will be held on-campus through November 24, followed by a week of remote instruction after Thanksgiving break (November 30 – December 4). Final exam week will not be typical and will be held remotely. The traditional Final Exam Schedule (available online here) will be followed, although the actual exam on those dates will be administered virtually. Final exams will be held on the same day as available on the schedule, however, the virtual final exam will not be held synchronously (at the same exact time) but instead open during a specific window of time on the scheduled day of the exam. Faculty will review these changes with students, and course syllabi will reflect these changes as well.

 

Interterm 2021 
On-campus delivery
No changes to the academic calendar
 
Spring 2021
Key changes to the SP21 academic calendar are listed in the table below.
Other changes to the SP21 academic calendar can be found within the Sterling College Academic Calendar 2020-2021 (updated and posted), available online under the “Academics” tab at https://www.sterling.edu/.
 
Date(s) Event Comments
March 17 (Wednesday) Spring Breather 
(NO classes are in session; practices ARE allowed; College remains OPEN) Replaces the traditional Spring Break (March 15-19)
March 18 (Thursday) Classes Resume
April 2 (Friday) Good Friday (College CLOSED) As previously planned
April 5 (Monday) Classes Resume No Monday break will be observed in Spring ‘21
May 7 (Friday) Last Regular Day of Classes On-campus, one week earlier than previously posted
May 10-13 (Monday-Thursday) Final Exams On campus, one week earlier than previously posted
May 13 (Thursday) Spring Semester Ends Last official day of classes
May 14 (Friday) Baccalaureate Details TBA
May 15 (Saturday) Commencement For all Spring ’20 and ’21 Graduates (Details TBA)
May 28 (Friday) College CLOSED Replacement Staff PTO day (to replace the original March 15 Spring Breather date)
May 31 (Monday) Memorial Day (College CLOSED) As previously planned
 

Classroom Operations and Policies

While we are encouraged to welcome students back on campus, the classroom will be modified to reflect COVID-19 best practices, guidelines, and requirements. Both faculty and students will be expected to follow these guidelines, without interruption.

  • Classroom Operations, Policies, and Safety
    • Faculty will be trained on the modifications to Fall 2020 classroom operations, and future changes if warranted. Safety protocols are included within these operating procedures.
    • Students will be updated on these modifications, by their faculty, which may vary course-to-course and/or by the location of the classroom.
  • Physical Distancing and Face Mask/Covering Requirements
    • Physical distancing of at least 6’ will be practiced within all classrooms, where possible. When physical distancing of at least 6’ is not possible, students and faculty will be required to wear face masks or covering, per the Face Mask and Covering Policy (within the Sterling College Guidelines on Masks and Face Coverings, available here).
    • Additionally, students will be required to wear face masks and/or coverings, if requested by a Sterling College staff or faculty member, regardless of physical distancing. Under these conditions, a faculty member may require that all students in a classroom wear proper face masks/coverings, regardless of physical distancing limitations. Students will be expected to abide by these requests, and refusal will be considered a violation of classroom behavior policies as outlined in the Academic Catalog.
  • Classroom Attendance and Seating
    • As always, faculty will be required to submit attendance to the Academic Success department.
    • However, seating charts are now required in all classrooms, for contact tracing purposes. Faculty will establish these seating charts, submit them to the Office of Academic Affairs, and require proper seating according to these charts throughout all F2F instruction. Students will be expected to abide by this requirement.
  • Classroom Sanitization
    • In addition to normal and expanded sanitation/disinfection efforts by the Sterling College maintenance staff, faculty will be trained and required to sanitize classroom tables, doorknobs, and more following each F2F class session. 
  • Faculty Office Hours
    • Faculty will maintain an expectation of 10 office hours per week and will post them as usual on both their office doors as well as within course syllabi. 
    • Faculty members will have the right to request masks to be worn within F2F meetings with students and/or other Sterling College staff/faculty, regardless of physical distancing.
    • Faculty may require having all office visits scheduled prior to the meeting, and if so, will outline this requirement and process within their syllabi.
    • Faculty may also hold office hours virtually, but within the required 10 hours per week as posted. If so, faculty must review the process of attending these hours with their students and post this information and process within their course syllabus.
  • Student Illness and Absences
    • As always, students are required to notify faculty of future classroom absences (due to athletic events, other course requirements and academic events, and more) PRIOR to the event, while establishing makeup requirements with their faculty.
    • In the event a student is ill and not able to immediately notify their faculty, students should notify their faculty as quickly as possible – and prior to their return. If symptoms mirror COVID-19 symptoms, faculty will be required to report these to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Access to Mabee Library Resources and Services

Mabee Library will continue to offer the same resources and services as in the past, while ensuring the highest qualities of safety protocols available. Online resources will be unaffected by COVID-19 guidelines, but hours of availability to library staff as well as housed resources and services may be modified, as necessary. Mabee library staff will provide updates on an appropriate basis within these areas, and students are required to make themselves aware of changes in hours and operations within these updates.

Mabee library is (and will continue to be) considered to be an academic classroom, where COVID-19 guidelines and requirements will be in effect and maintained (such as physical distancing and face mask/covering requirements). 

Interterm (2021) and the Spring 2021 Semester

Currently, both Interterm and Spring 2021 course offerings are unchanged and are anticipated to be held in a normal F2F format, along with current COVID-19 guidelines and requirements as presented and/or modified. The Interterm and Spring 2021 schedule can also be found within the 2020 – 2021 Academic Calendar. Regularly throughout the fall of 2020, Sterling College administration will review updates and changes as required of COVID-19, and will communicate these as necessary to faculty, staff, and students.

Final Comments

As COVID-19 safety precautions, guidelines, and requirements are clearly in effect until further notice, we MUST anticipate that changes in our course delivery and classroom operations may change at any moment. While we pray otherwise, Sterling College faculty, staff, and students will be expected to abide by all guidelines as presented and modified throughout the ’20-’21 academic year. Your support is not just simply expected, but also greatly appreciated.

 


 

 


 

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