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Academics & Support Services

Classes, Labs & Instruction

As has been the case during the summer, only those courses that must be taught in person, such as labs and studio classes, will continue on campus with most others moving to a fully virtual mode. Further, only students who have to be physically on campus to progress in their education or have extenuating circumstances will be able to take in-person classes or live in the residence halls. 

  • 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 
  • All classrooms will be equipped with technology for lecture capture/livestreaming (video and audio)

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
  • 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

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 Support Services

Academic Testing CentersThe Testing Centers will be closed. We are exploring online proctoring services for students with a testing accommodation. 

Advising:Academic Advising will be delivered virtually through Skype, Zoom or phone. 

Bookstore:The River Hawk Shop will be open with restrictions in place. 

Libraries: The university libraries will be offering services virtually. 

Thesis and Dissertation Defenses: Defenses will take place virtually.

Tutoring: Tutoring provided through the Centers for Learning will be available to all students through Zoom.