These plans are based on federal, state, and local health regulations and guidance available at this time. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, they are subject to change.
Periodic details and updates will be provided in the weeks to come from the Office of the Provost and/or the Dean of your College. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to academics. Students should check their UMHB student email and Canvas at least daily.
CRUflex Course Delivery
Fall semester classes will begin on August 13. UMHB has implemented a hybrid learning approach which permits students to take many, if not all, Fall classes either face-to-face, online, or a combination of both. This hybrid-flexible approach, called CRUflex, helps address any challenges and uncertainties which may occur during the 2020-21 academic year due to the current pandemic.
Flexibility is at the heart of this new approach to classroom instruction. For CRUflex courses, students may opt to do any of the following:
- take a course in a modified face-to-face manner that allows for social distancing
- take a course online for the entire semester
- begin the semester remotely and attend face-to-face later in the semester
- begin the semester face-to-face and complete the course remotely
- choose a combination of modalities to fit your current needs.
UMHB will adopt a classroom model that divides many Fall classes into multiple cohorts.
For classes which utilize this cohort model, students will attend classes face-to-face on certain days and remotely at other times. The amount of face-to face class time may be different for each course, depending on classroom capacity and number of students in the class. For the days in which students are not in the classroom, they can attend remotely during the same time as the class (synchronous) or even later by viewing a video of the class session (asynchronous). Professors will notify individual students in cohort-modeled courses their face-to-face days schedule and other details no later than Tuesday, August 11.
For students who do not wish to attend cohort-modeled courses on their assigned face-to-face class days, they may elect to attend all classes online, either synchronously or asynchronously. Students can choose the modality (online or face-to-face) that works best for them.
The grading system for cohort-modeled courses will remain A, B, C, D, F as outlined in the 2020-21 UMHB catalog.
Students will have an opportunity to review their schedules, see the planned delivery methods, and make changes prior to the start of the semester or before the add/drop deadline at 5:00 p.m. on August 18.
As previously announced, classes will be held on Labor Day. Students will take their final exams and complete their classes prior to the day before Thanksgiving. Classes will resume based on the Spring 2021 schedule which can be found here: https://go.umhb.edu/resources/registrar/academic-calendar#1845.
For additional information about CRUflex, please click here for the CRUflex FAQs.
Clinical and Lab Courses, Student-Teaching and Internships
Be aware that some courses and related educational experiences cannot be conducted in a wholly online format. Most labs and clinical rotations cannot be completed online. Students will be required to attend face-to-face in these educational experiences. Student-teaching and internship experiences may not be available in a remote format. Such classes are subject to cancellation by the University if necessary for reasons of health and safety; to cancellation by a school district, internship site, hospital or other clinical or laboratory affiliate; or to extended time frames if courses must be continued or Incompletes awarded until instruction can resume.
Face masks and other personal protective equipment may be furnished to students in certain clinical or laboratory settings.
All classrooms and lecture halls have been configured to achieve at least 6 ft. social distancing. Classroom configurations have also taken into account the faculty desk/podium/computer cabinet at the front of the room, if applicable.
- With non-fixed seating, desks may be removed so only those that can be maintained at least than six feet from each other are left. It is the responsibility of all students to keep their desks on the floor markings provided.
- With fixed seating, skipping rows and seats may be utilized to maintain at least six feet of social distancing.
- Signage may be placed on acceptable seating, and/or unacceptable seating will be taped or otherwise blocked off.
This configuration will restrict the number of people in any given classroom, based on classroom size. UMHB will utilize the largest classrooms available whenever possible.
Guidance for musicians in rehearsal and performance spaces is being developed. Desks/chairs will be spaced at least 6-foot intervals to maintain social distance.
Students should allow for social distancing in an orderly manner when entering and exiting these venues. Traffic flow may be restricted to ease congestion in hallways during the changing of classes.
Computer Lab Protocols
- Students are encouraged to use their own computer or tablet when possible.
- Computer Labs will be available with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Please do not move furniture or attempt to operate a computer that has been decommissioned.
- Students must wash their hands before and after lab use.
- Commonly touched surfaces, including keyboards, will be cleaned and sanitized once per day.
Clinical Programs Protocols
These protocols will be provided to students in class.
Science Lab Protocols
These protocols will be provided to students in labs.
Student Health and Safety Protocols
All UMHB community members are required to properly wear face coverings or face masks:
- Upon entering all campus buildings
- In all common areas and shared environments on campus, including hallways, restrooms, elevators, or university-provided group transportation (i.e. vans).
- When entering/exiting classrooms and lecture halls and
- For students, throughout the duration of the class, lab, clinical activity, etc.
Faculty must wear a mask until everyone is seated and properly socially distanced in class. So as to assist in communication with the class, faculty may or may not elect to wear a mask while they are teaching.
Students and employees are typically not required to wear face coverings in outdoor areas of the campus, as long as at least 6 ft. social distancing is maintained.
Students are required to furnish their own face coverings or face masks that conform to CDC guidelines; plan to bring at least two to campus.
Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available in all classrooms, labs and on-campus clinical areas. All students must sanitize hands upon entering a classroom.
Students who do not comply with health and safety protocols in the face-to-face class classroom, lecture hall, labs, or clinical areas will be required to leave the academic activity immediately. Disciplinary action may be imposed by the Dean of Students.
Grading and Students who Need to Miss Class Due to Illness
Students who miss class due to illness may be able to work with their professors so their absence does not interfere with their progress or standing in the course. The CRUflex model will permit students in these classes to continue their classes remotely even if the student is in quarantine or (should they feel like it) if they are in isolation.
Students who cannot complete the required academically related activities of any course (whether face-to-face or remotely) due to illness, and/or who cannot attend required face-to-face clinicals or labs, student-teaching, or internships due to illness which prevents attendance may need to consider medical withdrawal or taking an Incomplete if he/she misses too many days (or academically related activities). In these circumstances, students should consult with their advisor.
Additional Academic Experiences
- Study-abroad programs have been suspended for the Fall semester.
- Numerous library resources will continue to be available digitally. For more information on library services, click here. Faculty Office Hours will be held by teleconference or video meetings whenever possible. If in-person meetings must be held, faculty may arrange for an alternate venue to accommodate appropriate social distancing.
- Advising and other appointments with academic offices will be shifted to virtual meetings whenever possible. Appointments are preferred for in-person meetings.
- For information on Center for Academic Excellence, Writing Center and other student services – click here
- It is still to be determined how musical ensembles and courses that require singing or instrument playing will be conducted. Virtual options are being explored, but no decisions have been made at this time.
Page last updated August 03, 2020