Spring 2021 Updates
Spring 2021 Temporary Grading Policy
Spring 2021 marks a return to “normal” grading. However, the college is extending the normal “Pass/Fail” policy to allow students to request taking up to two classes Pass/Fail. Students will have until the last day of class to make that request. More details:
Spring 2021 Important Dates
- February 8, 8:00 a.m ET: Registration opens, virtual “shopping” begins
- February 12: Start of Spring semester. Classes will be remote.
- February 19, noon ET: Registration closes
- February 26: Classes begin meeting in person
- March 27–March 30: “Spring Pause”, no classes.
- April 19–April 30: Pre-registration for Fall 2021.
- May 13: Last day of classes
- May 22: Last day of the semester, finals due by noon ET.
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 Spring 2021 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 February 8
Bionic will re-open for on Monday, February 8. 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.
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 Fall 2020 P Grades
All students can request to uncover P grades from Fall 2020 until Friday, February 19, 2021.
- View your covered grades (in Bionic, Main Menu > Self Service > Enrollment > View My Grades). Note: After you sign in, be sure to select “Fall 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 as Scheduled
Different from past semesters, “Havertime” is incorporated into the scheduled start-time of each class. 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, classes will start promptly as scheduled. 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 in the IITS Knowledge Base.
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.