Academics: Fall 2020 FAQs
What does live/synchronous remote instruction mean?
For traditional undergraduate and traditional graduate students, CBU is offering live/synchronous remote instruction for fall 2020. Synchronous learning means instructor and students are engaged in the same class meeting live via the Internet but in different locations. Synchronous instruction engagement resembles a traditional in-class experience and includes the following features:
- Classes meet at set schedules and time frames.
- Students engage in live, regular interaction with instructor and fellow students.
- Instructors and students are able to share and discuss course materials in real time.
Live/synchronous remote instruction is not to be confused with asynchronous learning which means learning occurring at different times and in different locations. Typically, online programs are offered in an asynchronous format that commonly include:
- Prerecorded video lessons stored for students to access at their convenience.
- Indirect communications between instructor and student, typically through email exchanges.
- Classmate interaction often consists of online discussion boards.
- Students are able to connect with their class day or night.
- Reduced interaction between instructor and students.
Watch the video below for an explanation of the different instructional modalities that will be used.
When will classes begin and end in the fall semester?
Classes will begin for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 24, 2020, and end on Tuesday, November 24.
What is the fall 2020 final exam schedule?
Finals exams will occur November 19, 2020 through November 24, 2020. For additional key dates, consult the CBU Academic Calendar.
When are the class add, drop and withdraw deadlines?
Key academic dates including the add, drop and withdraw deadlines are posted on the CBU Academic Calendar.
Will I receive excused absences if I am ill or need to isolate?
Students who are ill and/or in isolation due to COVID-19 illness or exposure should contact the Office of Student Care (email@example.com or 951.552.8100) for support.
- The Office of Student Care will confidentially notify faculty of the student’s absence from class.
- Students will be responsible for communicating with their professors regarding the submission of coursework.
What are my options if I need to isolate due to illness or exposure but I feel well enough to return to class?
Students who have tested positively for COVID-19 should:
- Notify the Office of Student Care (firstname.lastname@example.org or 951.552.8100).
- Isolate for fourteen (14) days or until they receive two (2) negative test results within 24 hours.
- Communicate with their professors regarding the submission of coursework. Communication with professors is imperative.
How will learning accommodations be handled?
Students who need accommodations should reach out to the Office of Disability Services at 951.343.4962 or by email at email@example.com.
Are courses going to be graded as pass/fail or something else?
The university will maintain its standard grading practice of assigning grades to graded classes.
What will the Chapel format be for the fall 2020 semester?
Chapel for the 2020 fall semester will be an engaging video format produced specifically for CBU students. Each Chapel will contain elements of regular Chapel programming (worship music by the CBU worship team, various speakers, etc.) in a creative, interactive format. Students will have the flexibility to plan personal Chapel participation according to their schedules. The requirement of 15 Chapels will remain the same for the fall 2020 semester. The first Chapel of the fall semester will be available on Tuesday, August 25. Specific instructions and information will be sent to students mid-August.
Will CBU continue to offer fine arts, music, theater and performing arts classes during the fall 2020 semester?
Yes. The delivery of instruction for performance-based classes will vary. Students should contact the academic department for more information on course delivery.
Will CBU modify the number of courses students can take credit/no credit and still graduate?
CBU is not modifying its credit/no credit policy. Consult the Academic Catalog for more information on CBU’s credit/no credit policy.
Will the library be accessible?
Yes. The Annie Gabriel Library will be open for student use. Outdoor areas adjacent to the library will also be available for additional study space.
When are residents supposed to leave at the end of the semester? Will residents be permitted to remain on campus through Christmas break?
Fall semester student housing will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. All students must vacate student housing before that time. Students who need extended housing must submit an Application for Christmas Break Housing. Applications will be available through the Housing Portal on Monday, November 2, and must be approved by the Office of Residence Life and Housing Services.
Will students who have health, safety and/or other concerns be permitted to take a leave of absence? By what date would I need to let you know if I plan to take a leave?
May students take a leave of absence for more than one semester?
No. Any student who withdraws from the university for any period greater than one (1) semester must complete the readmit process through the Enrollment Services Office.
If I wait until spring semester to return to CBU, will CBU accept any credit hours I earn at another institution in the fall?
Generally, yes. It is recommended that prior to enrolling at another institution, students contact their CBU academic advisor to discuss their plan and transferability of credit hours for courses taken at the other institution(s). Please refer to InsideCBU for additional information.