Academics

Carroll College is committed to providing a quality education in-person this fall. The semester will look a bit different compared to years past, with social distancing measures, a shortened fall semester and other mitigation measures designed to keep the campus community safe.

To ensure student academic success and minimize risk to all, the plan includes the following:

  • In-person classes on campus will continue.
  • Possible altered academic calendar for shortened breaks.
  • Implemented social distancing, healthy hygiene, and enhanced cleaning protocols.
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided in each classroom to be used as follows: 
    • At the end of each class, students and faculty will be expected to spray down desks, chairs, tables, teaching stations and technology in each classroom.
    • At the beginning of each class, students and faculty will be expected to wipe down desks, chairs, tables, teaching stations and technology in each classroom.
  • Students and faculty are required to wear face coverings in all classrooms while in class and labs until further notice (additional precautions may be required in labs).
  • Classes will be scheduled in classrooms to achieve 75% of room capacity by one of the following measures:
    • Moving small classes to larger spaces.
    • Splitting larger classes into two sections.
    • Identifying overflow spaces, where two rooms can be reached simultaneously with video technology.
    • Removing furniture from overcrowded rooms and taping off chairs in stadium seating lecture halls.
    • Alternating in-person classes/labs to limit the number of students in one space using technology to supplement with a hybrid modality.
  • Academic technology will assist faculty to leverage technology in their teaching modalities.
  • Faculty may deliver a limited number of fully remote/on-line courses based upon student and faculty needs.
  • Faculty will continue to hold office hours and meet with advisees whether teaching in-person or remotely.  Their office hours and contact information can be found on the course syllabi and in Moodle.
  • Disciplines requiring laboratory/experiential learning will develop safety protocols/training and deploy simulation opportunities if appropriate.
  • Departments requiring community-based placements (i.e. nursing clinical, student teaching, internships) will ensure that sites adhere to safety, health and social distancing protocols and that students receive appropriate orientation and training before placement.
  • Performing Arts courses and programs:
    • Vocal ensembles and performances will be offered remotely or in person if it can be determined that students can safely engage in these activities.
    • Choir courses offered for academic credit will continue to be offered utilizing simulated digital options as well as in person, adhering to institutional requirements for health, safety and sanitation in the classroom.
    • String ensemble will be offered and conducted adhering to institutional requirements for health, safety and sanitation in the classroom.
    • Theater will only select shows with ability and permission to livestream in lieu of live performances as determine.
    • Rehearsals will be conducted adhering to social distancing protocols, including the use of face coverings and other protective gear.

Global Education

To ensure the safety of all, the following guidelines will apply:

  • International degree-seeking and exchange students will be allowed to enroll in classes provided they have been issued a visa and comply with all Federal and State regulations for entering the country.
  • Preliminary planning for faculty-led study abroad and co-curricular programs may take place with prior approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs based upon the status of the pandemic and feasibility of traveling safely. 
  • Carroll students who seek to study abroad will be advised regarding the risks associated with traveling internationally during the pandemic.  Any study abroad trip must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and if deemed necessary, the President. Academic departments will make suitable alternative arrangements or substitutions for students enrolled in majors that require a study abroad experience should they not be able to travel.

Training

Members of the Academic Technology team will continue to provide training on technology and use of Moodle for new faculty who will be teaching remotely or in a hybrid modality.

Student Academic Support Services

The Saints Success Center offers a number of academic support services including academic advising, testing, career services, placement and accessibility resources.  These services will be provided either in-person implementing social distancing protocols or virtually. Accessibility accommodations will continue to be provided through the Saints Success Center including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Accommodated testing services
  • Note-taking
  • Recording lectures
  • Electronic textbooks
  • Text/speech software
  • Assisted technologies
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • Tutoring is available in-person or virtually and can be scheduled on-line at Tutoring.

Corette Library and Simperman Learning Commons

The Library and Learning Commons will continue to offer services to Carroll students, faculty and staff with an emphasis on remote support through Phase 2. To ensure the safety of all, the following guidelines will be followed:

  • Library interior doors schedule is as follows:
    Unlocked (for campus use only):
    - M-TH: 7:45 am to 6:00 pm
    - F: 7:45 am - 4:30 pm
    Key Card Accessibility for students and employees:
    - M-TH: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    - Sat: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
    - Sun: 12:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Public access to the Library has been suspended until further notice. The public will not be allowed to directly check out materials at this time, nor use the facility.  The public can still access Corette Library materials by placing interlibrary loan requests through their local public library. 
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings while in college buildings.
  • Classrooms have limited occupancy, which is posted outside of each room. When classes are not in session, patrons should adhere to these required limits and socially distance.
  • Librarians are available for one-on-one or small group research support and citation assistance virtually through Zoom. Students can make an appointment by contacting the library or utilize the library’s live chat service.
  • Library instruction is available virtually or in person, upon faculty request.
  • The front service desk of the library is not being staffed at this time; patrons who require immediate support can request staff or student employee assistance by asking for help at the staff workroom entrance.
  • Current students, faculty, and staff can check out their own library books with their Carroll ID by using the paper self-checkout sheet found at the front desk. Use of course reserves or DVDs requires staff or student employee intervention; patrons can request immediate help with this task when in the library or when advanced notice is given, can pick up requested materials that are already checked out to them at the front desk. Library staff or student employees that assist patrons with immediate requests for course reserves or DVDs will retrieve these items for patrons who will then check the material out themselves using their Carroll ID number and the self-service sheet at the front desk.
  • When possible with the availability of format and budget, Library staff will purchase electronic book course reserves as faculty request. For physical course reserves, the recommended best practice by the American Library Association is to quarantine lending materials like books. At this time, the Corette Library is practicing a minimum 3-day quarantine for physical items; items come off quarantine on their 4th day.
  • The librarian information desk has been converted to a drop-in station for students to access live on-line help from a librarian.
  • Although the majority of the Library’s collection can be accessed electronically, efforts are being made to convert frequently used resources from the existing physical collection into e-books and publications when possible. Library staff are also prioritizing purchasing new text-based materials in electronic format versus items in print, as the budget and availability allows.
  • The library is “deep cleaned” once a day after the building closes; staff or student workers wipe down all tables, doorknobs, and high-touch surfaces like the student work table and printer/copier/scanner. Cleaning supplies (disinfectant spray and paper towels) are available for patron use for those who wish to sanitize a space more frequently. 
  • Library hours for student, faculty, and staff use will be kept up-to-date on the library website, including any planned or unplanned closures and abbreviated hours. 
  • Services from the writing and communication centers and academic tutoring will continue to be available online by making an appointment through Moodle.