Academic Guideline Overview for Spring Term
To ensure the continuation of high-quality learning and academics, Kettering has adapted the Spring Term schedule of courses:
- A majority of classes will be offered face-to-face with a hybrid option
- A portion of the courses will only be virtual, but all virtual classes will be delivered synchronously by a professor
- Based on current registrations, greater than 98% of students will have at least one face-to-face course, most will have many more than that. The library and many other functional spaces will again open regularly.
- Students will continue to be able to opt to attend classes virtually, but in the absence of specific health exceptions, they will be strongly encouraged to attend all face-to-face lectures available to them and to move back to the classroom
Most courses will be available on campus and live streamed or virtual through Bb Collaborate. Faculty who are teaching virtually are not excluded from coming to campus to take advantage of a faster Internet connection.
- Face-to-Face Classes: Faculty will be required to be on campus if they teach one of the courses listed for on campus delivery
- Virtual Classes: A small number of courses will continue to be delivered virtually throughout the Spring Term
- Lab Technicians: Lab techs supporting courses on campus will be required to return to campus. Others will be required as needed
- Staff: To appropriately support campus activities, students, and faculty, staff will be required on campus as their position or job dictates under the direction of their supervisors
Only those classrooms specified will be used for instruction. Classrooms have been appropriately modified to provide for social distancing.
Examples of adaptations to the classrooms include but are not limited to:
- Spacing of classroom seats
- Plexiglas shields for teaching podium
- Designated entrance and exits
Classrooms will be disinfected twice daily, and if requested, more often. In the case of the need for disinfection of a space please contact: (810) 762-9750 during business hours and Campus Safety after hours at (810) 762-9501.
Guidelines for Academic Operations
To ensure safety in addition to providing the best learning and most flexible experiences for our students, the following general guidelines for Academic Operations have been established. Details regarding classroom and lab uses, and academic support functions can be found in the appropriate sections below.
Faculty, Staff, and Students Returning to Campus
Faculty, staff, and students are required to follow campus rules and procedures set forth by the University.
The following safety precautions must be strictly enforced:
- All faculty, staff, and students must wear face coverings in all Kettering internal spaces. These include, but are not limited to, classrooms, laboratories, study spaces such as d.Spaces, Library, and Student Study Lounge
- Social distancing requirements must be followed at all times
- Classroom and lab capacities must NOT be exceeded for all in person classes and labs
Attendance Policy: Students can choose the modality of instruction, however, students are required to follow the attendance policies set by the course instructor for the chosen modality.
Both in-person and virtual attendances will be taken for the Spring Term. Enforcing attendance not only encourages the students’ participation, but also is extremely important for contact tracing in case a possible exposure is discovered.
- While students have the flexibility of choosing a course modality (in person or virtual), faculty have the authority to set the attendance policies for their classes (this is also required by the Department of Education: “the U.S. Department of Education requires the Financial Aid Office to differentiate students who fail a class because they quit attending from those who fail a class based on merit”). In addition to in-person attendance policies, faculty may institute attendance policies for virtual learners. These can include, but are not limited to, requiring students to keep the camera on during class sessions; to participate in discussions with chat messages; to answer questions using audio devices, etc. “Faculty may include explicit attendance requirements and any applicable grade penalties in their course syllabi.” (From Kettering Catalog)
- Attendance may or may not be part of the grading policy
- IMPORTANT: For in-person classes, faculty members are required to record in-person attendances using Bb. This is for the ease of contact tracing.
- For large classes that enrollment exceeds the student capacity of a given classroom, faculty will contact students with information about attending face-to-face classes before the term starts and when the class roster is finalized. Faculty will be notified individually if their class enrollment exceeds the student capacity of a given classroom.
- IMPORTANT: If a student chooses to take a course via “Live Video Stream” (defined below) for the term, the student must inform the instructor during the first week of classes. The instructor may assign the vacant seat to another student who wishes to take the class face-to-face. Once the choice is made, respective attendance policies apply.
Academic Affairs – Instructional Operations
Lectures will be delivered in two modalities during the Spring Term: Face-to-face (with live video streaming) and virtual. The following explains each of the delivery modalities offered:
- Face-to-Face Classes: A majority of the classes are to be offered face-to-face. These classes include many of the major courses with a few exceptions (please see Virtual Classes). To provide the best in-person class experiences to the students and to ensure the safety of faculty and students, all face-to-face classes will not exceed the classroom size with social distancing guidelines in place.
- For the classes and labs that enrollment does not exceed room capacity, all students can attend, in person, all class and lab sessions. For large classes that enrollment exceeds the student capacity of a given classroom, faculty will contact students with information about attending face-to-face classes before the term starts and when the class roster is finalized.
- Important Note: If a student chooses to take a face-to-face course via “Live Video Stream” (defined below) for the term, the student must inform the instructor during the first week of classes. The instructor may assign the vacant seat to another student who wishes to take the class face-to-face. Once the choice is made, respective attendance policies apply.
- Student capacity for each classroom can be found in the “Classrooms for Face-to-Face Instruction” section below.
- Live Video Streamed Classes: All face-to-face classes will be live streamed. Live-streamed classes will enable those students who choose to participate virtually to be part of the face-to-face classes and engage with other in-class students. All classes will be recorded as supplemental learning materials.
- Virtual Classes: A small portion of the classes will be offered virtually via Bb Collaborate. Faculty are encouraged to record their virtual classes as supplemental materials. Classes (with a few exceptions) offered virtually do not have lab components associated with them. This enables the University to prioritize the available classrooms to accommodate those face-to-face courses without overwhelming students’ schedules. An exception is those classes (very few) that only use computer labs for modeling and simulations. Due to social distancing requirements, offering those classes face-to-face will significantly decrease the efficiency of equipment use. All computer labs are made virtual so that students can remotely access them from their own computing devices.
Laboratory experiences are critical to our curriculum at Kettering, and we are adapting lab sections to keep students and faculty safe and engaged in this venue for experiential learning. Courses that include labs vary with instructor, equipment, and content, so a one-size-fits-all plan won't work. Therefore, every department and program will adapt their laboratory curriculum so that students can achieve the course learning outcomes in a more flexible environment.
For some labs, this may mean that the class is split and students attend every other week in person, while performing analysis and interpreting data during the intervening weeks. In other instances, students will be able to observe the lab work and utilize the resulting data for analysis. In other situations, data can be collected remotely or from simulations so that lab instructions can be followed without coming into the lab. The focus remains on the learning objectives that were in place before the pandemic struck.
Faculty will communicate to students before the start of the term with additional instructions for how labs will be conducted.
The following measures will be taken to support lectures and laboratories:
- All face-to-face classrooms will be equipped with live video stream equipment
- Teaching Assistants will be assigned to each face-to-face classroom to assist the instructors with camera control, class streaming/recording, and help facilitate class participation
- All faculty office hours will be held virtually. In-person meetings will be held in designated areas by appointment only
Academic Support Functions
- All academic support offices will be open and be staffed during normal business hours
- Face-to-face services will be available by appointment only
- ADA accommodations will be provided to students with documented needs
- Online tutoring services will be available for all students
- The Library has study spaces available for students. Social distancing and capacity limitations apply
- The Faculty Senate Room will be reserved for small group face-to-face meetings
Recommended Physical Flow in Buildings
- The FIRST Robotics doors and the tunnel have been designated as the entry points for students and faculty/staff to enter the AB
- All other entrances have been designated as exit only
- FIRST Robotics participants to enter and exit the FIRST Center via the auxiliary entrance only
- The front door has been designated as the single entry point for all classes
- All other entrances have been designated as exits only
- Garage access for student competition teams, access to T-Space and 3D Printing lab may be granted with the approvals of Department Head, College of Engineering Dean, and Provost
Recommendations for Students Gathering Spaces
As a reminder: All faculty, staff, and students will be expected to adhere to wearing face coverings and social distancing requirements while gathering.
- All d.Spaces on campus (d.Spaces in AB will follow the Building hours, d.Space.0 to follow published hours) —
- The Students’ Lounge located on the third floor of AB, outside the ASC Tutoring Lab and CETL (To follow the Academic Building hours) —
- The Library (To follow the Library published hours)
- The Great Court (To follow the published hours)
- The Sunset Room (To follow the published hours)
- The Abbey (To follow the published hours)