Classroom Considerations

Last Updated: August 24, 2020


Our goal is to ensure excellence of our educational offerings, regardless of delivery method, while balancing the health and safety for students, staff, and faculty.

Instructors should review the learning objectives of the course and critically evaluate which must be done in person, and which can be accomplished at high quality remotely.

Class Type

Design and Laboratory courses have the highest priority for in-person meetings, and the College is providing reasonable resources to accomplish this. 

Priority was given for in-person meeting as follows:

  1. Design courses required for graduation (Senior Capstone, Masters Design)
  2. ENGR100
  3. All other design and laboratory courses
  4. Lecture courses that remain in their assigned classrooms
  5. All other courses

Number of Students

The COVID room capacity is an estimate based on guidelines for social distancing (see below).  These numbers were optimized based on classroom configurations. In general, in-person restrictions include:

  • No more than 50 people (students and instructors) in any one room.
  • For lecture courses, no less than 36 sq ft per person (may increase as the length of time in the room goes above 80 minutes). 
  • Minimum of 6 ft. between individuals.

Protective Equipment

The university has implemented a policy requiring that masks are worn on campus. Face coverings will be required everywhere on campus, including in classrooms, shared office space, corridors, and public areas, even outdoors. Both students and faculty will need to wear face coverings in the classroom. All other PPE (safety glasses, face shields) required for the activity should be worn when appropriate.

Be Ready to Adapt

All instructors (faculty, GSIs, IAs) of courses requesting in-person components (e.g., instructional labs) should be able and willing to teach in-person. Please work with your department/division chair for an alternative teaching assignment if this criterion cannot be met.

  • Regardless of the initial modality, all courses must be ready to be delivered remotely. 
  • The entire University will hold all classes remotely after Thanksgiving.
  • The likelihood of an outbreak requiring going to a fully remote offering is possible. 
  • There will be some fraction of students who cannot attend in-person due to travel restrictions, quarantines, etc. Therefore, rigorous and equitable alternative activities must be offered.