What will classes be like in the fall?
We believe that face-to-face instruction is paramount for the student experience. When the 2020-21 academic year commences in the fall, faculty will be providing face-to-face instruction along with virtual options as well. All traditional courses will be offered in a hybrid format.Hybrid refers to content both in MyFire and in physical classrooms.
With the CDC recommended 6 feet of space per student for social distancing, we will limit physical presence in each classroom to 50 percent of that standard room capacity. Faculty will create a seating chart with the purpose of them seeing and documenting 50 percent occupancy and for tracking purposes. In the event that any student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the seating chart will assist with knowing who else was in the room for the purpose of notification
Will study abroad trips take place in the fall?
At this point, all study abroad programs for the fall semester have been cancelled, and most domestic programs have been canceled for the entire year. All students participating in study abroad trips should have received an email about the cancellation of their program. If you were scheduled to participate in one of these programs, please contact your academic advisor.
What if students are feeling sick, but they do not want to miss class?
Students are encouraged to not go to class if they are not feeling well, or are showing any symptoms of illness. Classes will be available to view from the comfort of your dorm room in the event of any illness.
To supplement face to face delivery, faculty will be loading course content into the MyFIRE online learning platform.Course content might include pre-recorded video lectures, recorded class meetings, articles, assignments, or even Zoom sessions for live class meetings. Every class has a course shell in MyFire which is where students access content, submit tasks, take assessments, and see grade updates.
How will the university identify individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom?
In the classroom, SEU will incorporate assigned seating should there be a need to help identify students who may have been exposed to an illness in a classroom environment.
I am concerned about returning to campus and taking face-to-face classes. Who should I contact?
Traditional undergraduate students who are concerned about returning to campus in the fall due to having a compromised immune system or other concerns related to COVID-19 may connect with the Office of Academic Advising firstname.lastname@example.org regarding options for continuing their education.
Will adjustments be made to tuition and fees if courses are taught in a hybrid format or remotely?
There are no plans to adjust or remove fees for the 2020-21 academic year.
Southeastern University is committed to providing excellent teaching and learning experiences, through face-to-face, hybrid and remote instruction. As the university has invested in instructional design of courses, their delivery and associated materials, the university will not offer reimbursement or a discount tuition if classes are offered in a hybrid or remote format.
Whether through hybrid, remote or face-to-face instruction, our faculty will provide the same premier education. Charges for tuition and student services continue to help cover ongoing operations such as the delivery of instruction and the cost of student services such as registration, financial aid, and academic advising.
The main standard of quality for our courses remains the same whether they are taught in person or remotely: our courses must involve regular and substantive instructor interaction with students. Despite the delivery format, faculty and instructors are still able to:
- Provide regular instruction and interact regularly with their students.
- Provide full and substantive assessments and regular feedback on students’ coursework.
- Be proactive and available in providing information or responding to students’ questions about the content of the course.