Fall 2020 Courses and Format
Course Format and Schedule
NOTE: As of November 9, all Tier Two and hybrid TRW/GSJ courses have moved fully online.
St. Kate’s plans to deliver fall courses based on the traditional calendar for all programs, with the semester beginning September 9 and ending on December 20.
Courses will be delivered in three formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. While we desire to have students experience in-person instruction, face-to-face courses have been prioritized based on the need to have access to specialized equipment and/or lab spaces that require physical attendance in class and based on providing some level of face-to-face courses for first-time first-year students in The Reflective Woman.
To help you know in which format a course is being offered, the course schedule now has a specific tier designation ranging from 1-5 for each fall course. The Registrar's Office lists definitions for each tier and where to locate the tier designation for specific courses. Tier One and Tier Two courses will be on campus in face-to-face format. All Tier Three courses, with the exception of The Reflective Woman course and some sections of Global Search for Justice courses, will be online.
Class times have been adjusted to allow for safe social distancing and cleaning between face-to-face classes, as well as longer breaks between online sessions to allow students to transition from one topic to the next. The course schedule from the Registrar reflects the updated time slots of each class session.
NOTE: Beginning the week of November 9, all students and faculty participating in Tier One courses will be required to wear a face shield and medical mask during class, and all Tier Two and hybrid TRW/GSJ courses will move online.
Students in Tier One, Tier Two, and some TRW and GSJ course sections will meet on campus. Details will be provided in course syllabi, D2L, and/or communication from course instructors prior to the first day of classes. Policies and procedures for in-person instruction, as outlined in the Preparedness Plan, must be followed by all St. Kate’s community members. These include:
- All faculty, staff, students, and approved visitors must wear a cloth face covering or mask when entering and walking through buildings on campus and while in common or shared spaces.
- Each day prior to coming to campus, faculty, staff, and students must complete the Daily Symptom Self-Check through the LiveSafe app or online. A green checkmark indicates you are cleared to come to class. A red X indicates you may not come to campus and should notify your faculty.
- All faculty, staff, and students must review the COVID-19 Health Best Practices and complete Safe Return to Campus Quiz before their first trip to campus.
In addition to following the guidelines above, these additional classroom protocols are in place:
- Where possible, tables and chairs were rearranged or removed from classrooms to accommodate the social distancing guidelines. In order to maintain six (6) feet spacing, tables and chairs should not be moved.
- For Tier One and Tier Two courses in which social distancing is not always possible, partners will be assigned in order to minimize close contacts, and students and faculty will have temperature screening in addition to the Daily Symptom Screening.
- Eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms while class is in session.
- Students and faculty will follow signs or floor markings instructing how to enter and exit the classroom to maintain appropriate physical distance.
- For accurate contact tracing, students will have seating assignments and attendance will be taken.
The Facilities team has established a detailed cleaning and sanitizing schedule and process that follows specific guidelines from MDH and the CDC. Additional details will be provided for spaces with specific equipment that will need to be cleaned. Additionally, ventilation systems have been reviewed to make sure they are operating efficiently and allow for as much airflow circulation as possible.
To facilitate remote learning, faculty are designing lectures and activities based on learning goals for students for both class sessions and the course as a whole. The learning goals for students will determine the most appropriate learning modality, whether that is a synchronous session that will include a live platform for virtual learning, or asynchronous sessions to be delivered as modules.
Some online courses will be offered in a synchronous format, to allow faculty and students to engage in learning at the same time. Please plan to be available during the scheduled class session regardless of the instructional delivery, unless the course is listed as “fully online asynchronous only.” Faculty are being asked to record their lectures for both synchronous and asynchronous courses.
The course schedule now has specific tier designation, ranging from 1-5 for each fall course, informing how a course will be offered. On the Registrar web page, under "How to Register," select the applicable schedule (College for Women, College for Adults, Graduate College), then enter the term (Fall 2020), the subject and course number, and click on Class Search. You will see the tier designation listed as an Attribute.
This Online Learning Guide is designed to help students to maximize the experience of online learning.
Clinicals, Fieldwork, and Internships
As placements become available, we are working closely with our community and clinical partners to support students’ safe return to clinical and fieldwork experiences. This includes completion of required educational modules, self-screening to identify higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and meetings with the academic fieldwork coordinator, director of clinical education, or field director. When appropriate, the University is also providing students with required personal protective equipment. Career Development recommends that students engaged in internships work remotely if the organization allows. If working remotely is not an option, students should work directly with their internship faculty advisor and Career Development to identify the best plan for completing internships. Each situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with your faculty advisor and Career Development as soon as possible.
Global Studies international affiliate programs as well as faculty-led Global Studies programs are suspended through the Spring 2021 semester due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twin Cities-based Global Studies programs, run through our partner HECUA and virtual programs offered through affiliate providers, remain available. Students are eligible to use financial aid to cover the cost of participation, and the St. Kate’s Global Studies admin fees for virtual programs for Spring 2021 will be waived. The application deadline for local and virtual Spring 2021 Global Studies programs is December 1. Please contact Global Studies with any questions.