ULM announces Fall 2020 course delivery methods, COVID-19 safety measures
By ULM Office of Marketing and Communications
As the University of Louisiana Monroe prepares to welcome students for the Fall 2020 semester, information is being provided regarding course delivery methods and safety measures implemented in response to COVID-19.
ULM continues to focus on the campus community's health and safety while still executing its academic mission.
Currently, the fall academic calendar will not be altered. Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.
Fall 2020 course delivery methods
- Where possible, some small classes will continue to be taught in a face-to-face format as long as social distancing can be maintained to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty.
- Some large classes will be transitioned to an online delivery format.
- Due to social distancing requirements and to maintain classroom occupancy rates at 50 percent, ULM is transitioning many courses for the Fall 2020 semester to a HyFlex model.The HyFlex model is a mix of students attending classes face-to-face or via Zoom on assigned days. For example, for a Tuesday/Thursday class, on Tuesday, half of the students will attend in-person, and half will attend remotely on Zoom. On Thursday, the students will switch; those in-person on Tuesday will participate via Zoom, and those who were on Zoom will attend in-person.
Students are encouraged to check their course schedule for changes in instructional methods of their courses.
Those students requiring special accommodations for instructional methods due to COVID-19, are asked to contact the ULM Counseling Center. The ULM Counseling Center staff will facilitate accommodations to ensure students’ safety, as well as academic success.
To keep the ULM campus safe, the following measures have been taken:
- Face coverings are required on campus for faculty, staff, and students.
- Seating in classrooms will be marked to ensure social distancing is practiced for face-to-face instruction.
- Disposable disinfectant wipes will be available in classrooms for students to disinfect their areas at the conclusion of class.
- Plexiglass shielding is placed in high-traffic areas.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are in place in various locations on campus. Use hand sanitizer when handwashing with soap and water is not readily available.
- Floor markers are placed in waiting areas of office spaces to ensure social distancing.
- Campus signage is in place to remind everyone to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and to stay home if feeling ill.
It is up to all of us to do their part to keep the ULM campus safe for the Fall 2020 semester.
ULM continues to monitor guidance from Gov. John Bel Edward’s Office and the University of Louisiana System. This situation is fluid and has the possibility to change based upon new information. The university will continue to communicate as soon as new information becomes available.