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Academics FAQ

Fall 2020 FAQs: General | Academics | Student Life | Operations | Technology

How will classes be held?

Our faculty members will decide the best means of operation for classes in the fall. Some classes will meet synchronously, while others will meet asynchronously. There may also be classes that meet both ways. Synchronous instruction will be held at scheduled times and will also be recorded. In some classes, lab kits and art supplies, etc. may be sent out to students for use.

Will the College allow students to switch to pass/fail as it did in the spring?

Modifications to academic policies such as pass/fail and withdrawals will be determined at a later date, in consultation with faculty, and communicated with students.

What will the fall academic calendar look like?

As announced, we begin classes on Aug. 24 and finish on Nov. 20, with final exams following Thanksgiving break.

What academic support and disability services will be available to me at home?

Though the services will be in a virtual format, the College intends to offer the full suite of disability and academic support services and resources we normally provide.

Will I be able to get help from a tutor or from the Writing Center?

Yes, tutoring, the Writing Center, and other academic services normally offered by the College will be available to help students in fall 2020.

Will my professors have office hours?

Yes. Professors will have scheduled virtual office hours and will be available to help students as needed.

How will online classes compare to those normally held on campus?

The lessons learned this spring are already helping us improve our technology and online offerings. Our faculty members are extremely dedicated to our students—and to teaching—and are committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible experience. The hallmark of an education at Randolph is the close, personal attention given to every student. That will continue this fall, and it is also what will make our students’ experiences richer and more rewarding than those offered by larger online providers. Because of our small size, we are uniquely positioned to offer an excellent online experience that is more comparable to the in-person setting. With an average class size of 11, Randolph’s students are more able to receive individualized and personalized attention in an online setting. Our small size allows us to be more flexible and adaptable and provide more seminar-style discussions and creative instruction.

Will lab courses, studio art courses, and performing art courses still be offered in fall 2020?

Yes, these courses will be offered virtually, although some modifications will be necessary.

Will honors research and other student research projects be allowed in fall 2020?

If these projects can be done virtually, they may continue.

Will there be study abroad opportunities during 2020-21?

There will be no study abroad programs for this academic year. A decision on Study Seminars scheduled for next May has not been made at this time.

What about internships for the fall?

Our Career Development Center staff will work closely with students to find safe internship opportunities where possible during the fall semester.

 I am an international student living outside of the United States. Can I still take my classes?

Yes, based on the current regulations, you may take classes online.

Fall 2020 FAQs: General | Academics | Student Life | Operations | Technology

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