Schedule & Class Instruction

Spring Schedule

The spring semester begins on Monday, January 11 with classes offered either Face-to-Face, Synchronous Remote, Online, or Hybrid; just as in fall 2020. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and will make adjustments if necessary. We do not plan to go entirely remote as a campus, and will isolate areas of campus or classes if there is an outbreak. And, after a great fall semester, we are very positive and hopeful for another successful semester this spring.

Teaching Format for Classes

Cameras and microphones have been installed in each instructional space (classrooms, labs and other venues) to ensure that students can attend face-to-face classes remotely if they become ill. This will allow any SUU community member to engage in classroom activities and protect their health. Faculty will also be able to teach remotely if they become ill. Students enrolled in face-to-face courses are encouraged to attend, but if they cannot due to COVID-related issues, they will be able to participate remotely in class discussions via Zoom, and recordings of each class session will be published in the Canvas course for students to view throughout the semester.

There are four course delivery methods, face-to-face, synchronous remote, online, and hybrid. Course titles in the mySUU portal and SUU app have been modified to reflect the delivery method for each class, students should regularly check their schedule or reach out to their professors to see the delivery method for this semester. Faculty have been asked to make these decisions as soon as possible so students can make informed decisions about their semester plans.

Students do not need special documentation to attend remotely. However, with students being able to attend classes in person or remotely, we recommend students reach out to their faculty to notify them how they will be 'attending' class and so expectations can be clearly understood.

Faculty have been authorized to be very flexible with student attendance. This will help ensure no student who feels ill is forced to come to class. We want all students to have access to class sessions even if they are unable to be present. Additionally, faculty are working to make sure students understand what is expected at the beginning of each course, so we do not anticipate making any changes to late work policies, except to encourage faculty to provide greater flexibility where appropriate. Currently, faculty establish their own approach to accepting late work (depending on the details of each unique course).

Classroom Protocols

Faculty, staff and students are expected to wear face coverings as required by the Governor’s Executive Order. SUU will provide masks for those who do not have their own.

We believe all faculty, staff, and students want to stay healthy and are committed to others' safety. Students who choose not to wear a mask while in-class will be asked to access their course content through an online option. Faculty reserve the right to request any student who attends a face-to-face course without a mask, to leave the classroom. Any disruption of a class will be referred to the Dean of Students for adjudication in accordance with SUU Policy #11.2.

To help with contract tracing efforts, professors will keep seating charts and take attendance in classrooms. High-touch areas such as handrails, doorknobs, computer labs/keyboards, elevator interiors, restroom surfaces and fixtures will be frequently cleaned and disinfected. At the moment, we are awaiting direction from the State of Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education regarding appropriate social distancing practices in our classrooms.

Each department is responsible for determining how to manage their courses, labs, co-curricular events and activities. Please reach out to your faculty members, department chair, and dean for specific details.

SUU’s plan is to avoid going entirely remote as a campus, but to isolate areas of campus or classes if there is an outbreak.

Frequently Asked Questions