Fall 2020 Updates
Fall 2020 Temporary Grading Policy
To accommodate the disruption of classes due to the student strike and the campus’ commitment to anti-racism, EPC has approved a reinstatement of the Spring 2020 grading policy for the current semester. Complete details about the fall 2020 policy are available here.
Fall 2020 Registration Schedule
- July 20, 8:00 a.m.: Registration opens for returning and incoming transfer students
- July 26, 11:59 p.m.: Registration closes
- July 27-August 5: Registrar’s Office will run lotteries and communicate results
- August 6, 8:00 a.m.: Registration opens for First-Year students
- August 16, 11:59 p.m.: Registration closes
- August 17-28: Registrar’s Office will run lotteries and communicate results
- August 31-September 7: Registration re-opens for all students
In addition to mode of instruction and modified class times, please be mindful of other expanded offerings attached to a particular class. Some courses have more sections and others have added recitations, labs, or discussion sections. In some cases, students who were already registered for a course that now includes these expanded offerings may need to drop and re-add, or use the swap function in order to register for the new course components. Since lotteries have not yet been run, students will not adversely impact their standing by taking such action. In fact, it may be necessary.
Pay particular attention to the "Notes" field in Bionic for additional information related to a specific course offering.
- List of courses: Includes mode of instruction. Course information may still change leading up to the registration dates. This list will be updated periodically, but the most up-to-date information can be found in Bionic.
- TriCo Course Search: Does not include mode of instruction.
- How to register for courses in Bionic.
- The Class Search page in Bionic also allows you to search courses by mode of instruction.
Normally, Haverford students are able to register for a maximum of five (5) credits. Given current conditions, that maximum limit for Fall 2020 will be 4.5 credits. Students who feel they need to take more than 4.5 credits may seek approval from their dean, however it is extremely unusual for First-Year students to take more than 4.5 credits.
Week of August 31
Bionic will re-open for registration from Monday, August 31 through Labor Day (Monday, September 7). During this time, you will be able to adjust your schedule based on lottery results. Even though students will be limited to 4.5 credits, waitlisted courses will not count towards the 4.5 credit enrollment limit.
While you make these schedule adjustments, you can also browse courses in Moodle to find more information about courses you would normally discover while shopping. This information could take several shapes and forms. Some examples include:
- a scheduled and recorded Zoom session held during what would be normal class time to introduce the class and review the syllabus,
- a link to an already-recorded Zoom session or video,
- other course materials or documents.
The goal is to provide you with as much information as possible so you can finalize your schedule before classes start. Making this content available in advance of the first class could also provide more time in class for instruction.
First Week of Classes
Week of September 8
Contrary to our typical practice, registration in Bionic will not be open during the first week of class. The hope here is that the majority of schedules will already be finalized by that point. But, there will undoubtedly be necessary changes. Some changes will be necessitated by attendance and waitlist movement. Others changes won’t. The mechanism for making changes unrelated to waitlists will be the Add/Drop form.
In a normal semester, waitlists for any particular course can be rather large. Since the upcoming semester will be anything but normal, we need to effectively limit the number of students in a classroom while maintaining six feet of separation. To achieve this, we will do two things:
- Waitlists will be capped at 20. Any students who don’t make the waitlist will be dropped from the course, and have an opportunity to add another class during the registration period (week of August 31).
- Remote Delivery: In order to prevent an overflow of students in a classroom, classes that have waitlists may conduct their first week of classes in one of two ways: by delivering class instruction remotely for all students, or by allowing enrolled students in the classroom with waitlisted students participating remotely.
In either case students on the waitlist will participate remotely.
Instructor Class Roster Management
Class roster management is always important, but perhaps even more so this semester. Many hybrid/in-person classes will have a mix of in-person and remote students.
Instructors will send the Registrar’s Office attendance reports after the first class meeting. The Registrar’s Office will remove students who did not attend and promote students from the waitlist (and let them know they are in the class). No need to use the Add/Drop form for this process.
As of right now, Haverford students may take courses at Swarthmore remotely only for courses that allow remote students. The University of Pennsylvania has temporarily suspended the Quaker Consortium for the Fall 2020 semester.
Uncovering Spring 2020 P Grades
All students, including graduating seniors from the Class of 2020, can uncover P grades until Friday, September 11, 2020. In a normal semester, seniors are typically among the first to request uncovering P grades, so they will have ample time to decide.
- View your covered grades (in Bionic, Main Menu > Self Service > Enrollment > View My Grades). Note: After you sign in, be sure to select “Spring 2020” when prompted.
- Submit your request to uncover grades. Note: 4.0 grades will be uncovered automatically; no need to submit a request for that.
Havertime - Classes Start 10 Minutes after Scheduled Time
To Faculty and Students: In order to allow faculty and students to safely exit and enter classrooms, and to allow time for the transition from one Zoom session to the next, the start of each class should begin ten minutes after the listed start time. Sixty minute classes may extend past the top of the hour to make up for the lost ten minutes at the start of the class.
Courses Using Classrooms
Do Not Exceed Capacity
To Faculty and Students: The listed capacity of the classroom represents the number of people that can be safely in the room while maintaining six feet separation. Please be mindful of the capacity and make sure it is not exceeded.
No Food and Drink
To Faculty and Students: Because it is necessary to wear a mask in a classroom, please refrain from eating and drinking. Water breaks can be taken outside the classroom, in a hallway, significantly separated from others.
Bring Your Own Supplies
To Faculty: Bring your own chalk, markers, erasers, etc. to the classroom, and remember to take them with you when leaving the classroom.
Clean Furniture Upon Entry
To Faculty and Students: Upon entering a classroom, it’s good practice for students and faculty to use the ten minute “Havertime” buffer to clean furniture (seats, desks, and tables). Consider leaving on the lights in the classroom. If lights need to be dimmed or turned off for projection, then wipe the switches. Wipes will be available in every classroom. When cleaning, please maintain six feet of distance. Classrooms will also be cleaned twice a day by Facilities, once between noon and 1:00 PM, and again in either the morning or evening. Cleaning schedules will be posted.
Clean Technology Touch Points
To Faculty: At the end of each class, faculty are responsible for cleaning any touch points on the lectern that they contacted. These touch points could include the following:
- A/V Touch Panel
- HDMI Cable
- Wireless Microphone Pack
- Interactive Display Pen
- Remote Controls
There will be sanitation wipes next to each lectern. Please do your best to ring the wipe out prior to applying it to the touch points. It is very important that the items above aren’t oversaturated.
A summary of the AV technology in each classroom being used this semester and more information regarding the use of technology in classrooms can be found here found here.
Use Furniture as Configured
To Faculty and Students: The classrooms used for in-person instruction this semester were selected after square footage and airflow analyses. As a result, the number of classrooms is limited to larger, more lecture-based spaces, with a few large seminar-style rooms also available. In most cases the furniture has been re-configured to maximize physical distancing. Classroom furniture is placed in the room according to the marks on either the floor or the ceiling, with six feet of separation. Rotate desks/seats in order to establish a seminar group or smaller discussion groups, but do not move them from their location unless there are markings that indicate a second configuration. Similarly, do not add furniture to the room.
Don’t Crowd the Entrances
To Students: In order to limit congregating in the hallway outside a classroom, students should wait outside the building until the scheduled start time of the class. If inclement weather conditions exist, then students may wait in the hallway outside the classroom, along the wall opposite the door, maintaining six feet separation.
Using Classrooms Unrelated to Primary Course Instruction
To Faculty and Students: All available classrooms may be reserved in EMS. Regardless of the reason for the reservation, anyone using a classroom should follow the guidelines noted above.