UMass Lowell will resume on-campus instruction, research and campus life for Fall 2020. View the plan for more info.
Although we are expecting campus to be open this fall, we will be offering modifications to our course schedule, with approximately 25% of our classes being offered fully face-to-face, with the rest a combination of virtual and hybrid courses. If necessary, we will be prepared to pivot our on-campus courses to remote teaching in a way that supports a consistent student learning experience. Faculty will be offered a series of online summer trainings designed to support remote teaching and learning. Student services and support remain a top priority.
• Many courses will be hybridized – with virtual and in-person components
• Lecture-style classes and seminars will operate in-person when possible at roughly 25% capacity to allow social distancing
• Labs, clinicals and studios will operate at approximately 50% capacity
• Instructional spaces will be cleaned daily; students and instructors should clean personal surfaces before and after each use with cleaning kits supplied in each room
• A virtual component will be created for every course
• Students will have the option to build a schedule with 100% remote learning
• Classroom usage will be staggered throughout the day
• All classrooms will be equipped with technology for lecture capture/livestreaming (video and audio)
The university will prioritize in-person instruction for students whose academic program requires it. It will also prioritize courses that are part of the core curriculum or are necessary for students to make timely progress toward their major requirements.
The university has identified several additional options for further evaluation, including through pilot programs this summer, but has not yet implemented these for fall:
• Shifting more labs and studios to spring 2021
• Modifying rooms, such as installing plastic shielding between workstations
• Delivering courses later into the evening or on Saturdays
• Reduction in group lab work and team-based assignments
• Making it possible for more lab work to be completed through simulation software
• Limiting in-lab time to activities that can only be conducted in a lab setting
• Converting theaters, ballrooms, gyms to instructional space
Students Will Need
A computer, webcam, earbuds or headphone with a microphone and reliable internet access; computer loans will be made to those in need. Students are expected to bring their own face coverings to be worn in classroom, laboratory and common spaces.
Criteria for Return to All Remote Learning
UMass Lowell will continue to follow the guidance of public health authorities and state officials and revert to all virtual learning if deemed necessary to protect the safety of our community. Instructors will be prepared to take any course to an all-online format.
Academic Testing Centers: The Testing Centers will open for scheduled appointments only for students who have accommodations. The university is exploring proctoring services to support students who are not physically on campus.
Advising:Academic Advising will be delivered virtually through Skype, Zoom or phone. Face-to-face options will be added when it is safe to do so.
Bookstore:The River Hawk Shop will be open with restrictions in place.
Libraries: The university libraries will be open with limited hours, with student study space reduced due to social distancing requirements. Library stacks will be closed for browsing, but students will be able to request books for pick-up.
Thesis and Dissertation Defenses: Defenses will take place virtually or face-to-face as social distancing allows.
Tutoring: Tutoring provided through the Centers for Learning will be available to all students through Zoom. Tutoring locations on campus are being evaluated to determine what can be offered face-to-face.