Spring 2021 Plan
Bowie State University will continue with the hybrid, first-year intensive instructional model for the spring 2021 semester, and select upper-level courses will be offered to accommodate some upper class and graduate students seeking to return to campus for in-person hybrid courses. The academic calendar for spring 2021 is unchanged.
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The plan reflects lessons learned during the fall semester including the following:
- Students adapted well to the hybrid learning environment, and most are progressing well academically.
- Students valued the on-campus experience, but need more in-person components of classes and support services.
- Direct assistance to help faculty prepare courses for the new modalities is essential.
- Teaching assistants are an effective tool to expand availability of select courses.
Staffing Plans for Spring 2021
- Campus offices will be staffed with up to 50% of employees on campus to assure optimal availability of services to meet student needs, consistent with Phase Two of the Fall Return to Campus Plan.
- Employees will work with supervisors to develop proposed work schedules for approval by division heads. An online scheduling form for reporting telework and on-campusschedules.
- Staff members are strongly encouraged to telework Jan. 4-8, 2021, which will allow adequate time to take the required COVID-19 test before returning to the university on Jan. 11. Essential employees who must return to work the week of Jan. 4 or those who are unable to telework will be required to submit their report of a negative test to COVIDemail@example.com before Jan. 4.
- Employees with documented high-risk health conditions or special circumstances should contact Human Resources to discuss options for accommodations.
- All winter classes will be offered via online instruction only.
- The Winter Session will run from Jan. 4-22.
Spring Semester Classes
- The spring semester will begin on time as scheduled on Jan. 25.
- The first-year hybrid model will continue with freshman courses offered with a 50/50 split of low-density, in-person and synchronous online instruction. Fully online sections will continue to be offered for freshmen who cannot come to campus.
- A select number of upper-level courses will be offered in the hybrid model for upper-class students. Most upper-level courses will continue to be virtual.
- Spring break for students and faculty will be observed as scheduled, March 15-19, and spring break for staff will be March 15.
- Residential students will not return to the campus after spring break, and all classes will be fully online. The leasing terms for the Christa McAuliffe Residential Community (CMRC) and The Enclave will remain active through May.
University Residential Housing
- Spaces will be able to accommodate up to 100 new students in university residence halls and in affiliated housing at the Enclave and Christa McAuliffe Residential Community.
- All housing is provided with single-occupancy bedrooms.
- Students new to residential housing can submit applications through the housing portal on the university website beginning Nov. 13.
- Spring move-in will be scheduled by appointment beginning Jan. 15, allowing students time to resolve any outstanding issues in advance of arriving on campus.
- All students will be administered COVID-19 tests on site before being allowed to move into residence halls
- Robust residential programming will include socially distanced educational and recreation activities throughout the semester.
The health and safety of everyone in the campus community remain our highest priority. The university will observe all of the state, local and federal guidelines, making adjustments as the situation warrants.