Academic instruction


The university is making a number of adjustments to academic instruction during the pandemic. Students will be offered robust and innovative teaching and learning experiences that include courses offered in-person, online or in a blended/hybrid format during spring and summer 2021. The fall 2021 semester will be largely in-person.

Current efforts to minimize risk to faculty and students include de-densifying all classrooms and instructional spaces by requiring 6-feet physical distancing and assessing these spaces for ventilation issues.

Fully in-person classes are limited to enrollment of less than 50 students and those classes are held in larger classrooms to support physical distancing requirements. Classes with 50 or more students are offered through high-quality online instruction or in a blended/hybrid format that maintains in-person class meetings to less than 50 students.

Health and safety protocols for the fall 2021 semester are being established.

Decisions about our academic instruction during the pandemic are guided by the need to:

  • Continue to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, GTAs, staff and our communities.
  • Maintain high quality learning environments for our students.
  • Balance the needs of students and of faculty/GTAs.
  • Be adaptable to respond to changing conditions related to COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

Questions about fall 2021 semester

General questions