COVID-19: Essential Information


Class Times: To accommodate multiple modalities of instruction, in Fall 2020 we will be following a new course schedule. Please consult with your department chair and/or program director to seek clarity on your individual course schedule. Normally course scheduling patterns vary depending on the nature of the course. Some consist of two lectures and a discussion (fourth-hour) weekly. Others consist only of lectures, two 75-minutes or three 50- minutes weekly. Drill sessions, labs, etc., vary with the nature of the course. Normally, Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes start at 8:00, 9:05, 10:10, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45, and 2:50, and last for 50 minutes. Tuesday/Thursday classes start at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 1:30, and 3:00, and last for 75 minutes. There are, however, some exceptions (e.g., 50-minute sections on T and R, and 75 minute classes on M & W (12: 15-1:30 or 2:50-4:05). Labs meet from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Some upper-level seminars choose to meet once per week from 1:30-4:15 p.m. or during the evening from 7:30-10:25 p.m. Proposed course schedules are subject to change depending on room availability and scheduling restrictions.
Absences: Most instructors feel that consistent attendance is an essential component of strong class performance. You should make your own expectations clear on your syllabus, particularly if you plan to take attendance and penalize students for excessive absences. The clearer your attendance policy, the more likely students are to abide by it. If a student misses several classes, you may wish to contact them to remind them of your policies, or send an email to their Dean alerting them to the situation.

Students often want to leave early or arrive back late before and after scheduled college breaks, in order to simplify travel plans or extend their vacations. We ask faculty not to give in to student pressure to cancel classes before breaks, as this merely increases the pressure on other faculty who may be told that their class is the only thing standing between their students and an early departure.

Cancellations/Postponement: Occasionally a class must be canceled because of conferences, illness, family crisis, etc. In such a case you should find a way of making up the lost hours. You should notify students in advance whenever possible. In case of sudden illness, you should call the Department Coordinator, who will notify the students for you. If you plan to miss a class because you will be at an academic conference, you should either arrange for a colleague to meet your class at the regular time or schedule a make-up class at a time convenient for most students. (Students should not be penalized, directly or indirectly, for their inability to attend a class that has been rescheduled due to the instructor's absence). Such absences should be kept to a minimum. See Guidelines for Middlebury College Faculty for more information.

See the "Course Registration and Conduct of Courses" section in the Middlebury Handbookon the web for more guidelines and information concerning classes (i.e. absences, class meeting and scheduling, etc).

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