Academics: Fall 2021 FAQs
How will classes be offered?
For traditional undergraduate and traditional graduate students, CBU is returning to live in-person instruction for Fall 2021.
When will classes begin and end in the fall semester?
Classes for traditional undergraduate students and traditional graduate students will begin for the Fall 2021 Semester on Tuesday, September 7, and end on Tuesday, December 14, as reflected on the respective 2021-2022 Academic Calendars.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com or 951.552.8100).
- Isolate for ten (10) days from the test date and fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine and symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
How will Chapel be delivered?
Chapel will be online only until further notice. Videos will be made available according to the current Chapel schedule, and students will have one week to watch the videos through asynchronous access. Students will be required to interact with the video presentation by answering questions and providing reflection every 5-7 minutes to ensure engagement.
- The first Chapel of the semester will be available on Tuesday, September 7.
- Students are required to acquire a minimum of fifteen (15) credits to pass Chapel each semester. For details regarding chapel participation, please refer to section 35 of the Student Handbook.
Specific instructions and information concerning Chapel will be sent to students via LancerMail.
Will CBU continue to offer fine arts, music, theater and performing arts classes during the spring 2021 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.
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.