Classroom Considerations

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.

Consult with your department’s undergraduate chair and facilities staff members to plan safe classroom configuration.

Class Type

Design and Laboratory courses will have the highest priority for in-person meetings, and the College will provide reasonable resources to accomplish this.  This may necessitate adding sections during evenings and weekends, or expanding workspaces into classrooms.

Priority will be 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 current guidelines for social distancing (see below).  These numbers will change as we optimize our calculations and classroom configurations. 

  • 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

Students will need to wear appropriate COVID PPE during class, including face coverings. Depending on the activity, other PPE (safety glasses, face shields) may also be required. 

Instructors will not need to wear face masks (although they are welcome to if they choose) within a demarcated “lecture zone.” All other PPE (safety glasses, face shields) required for the activity should be worn when appropriate.

There will be a protocol in place for disinfecting learning spaces and equipment.

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.
  • Additional evening and/or weekend sections may be requested, but classroom placement is not guaranteed. Please be mindful of family obligations and religious observances for both students and instructors.