Q: Will BSC have face-to-face or online classes this fall?
A: We expect a return to in-person instruction, including most regular campus activities, for the Fall 2020 semester. The key to doing this is to balance your college experience return with reasonable safety measures. We are exploring a variety of options to mitigate the risks including hybrid classes that create a flexible learning environment. We will be guided by best practices and advice from the CDC and the ND Department of Health. We will keep you informed as plans become more well developed.
Q: I’ve heard talk about hybrid classes. What does that mean?
A: BSC will begin using a technology-enhanced instructional model that allows students and faculty to fully interact in person or remotely beginning Fall 2020. This technology allows for live participation in both in-person and remote class periods and at the same time allows students and faculty that are vulnerable, in isolation or in quarantine to continue to effectively teach and learn. We hope this will help ease concerns as well as mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Most classrooms on the BSC campus will be equipped with the technology to hold hybrid classes, and faculty will be supported over the summer to train and prepare to teach in this innovative model.
Q: Because transmission of COVID-19 will never be zero any time soon, and if a student is or lives with someone at high risk of the virus, how would that student conduct lab classes without putting their own or other’s lives at risk?
A:?As BSC transitions back to more regular operations, learning will be conducted with the utmost caution following all the safety protocols outlined in the CAMPUS SAFETY section of this FAQ.
Q: I am a returning BSC student. How do I register or get help registering for my Fall 2020 classes?
A: Fall Registration is being done virtually. Students who were unable to connect with their assigned advisor before the end of the Spring 2020 semester can reach out to the advisors in the Mystic Advising & Counseling Center (MACC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advisors are also available to assist students in the Energy programs by emailing email@example.com.
For assistance with registration review the Fall Current Student Registration Guide.
Q: I already registered, and my courses are listed as on-campus in Campus Connection. What if I can’t attend class because I’ve been exposed to the virus?
A: BSC will support students through any disruptions caused by exposure to the virus. Most General Education courses have been converted to the hybrid/blended mode for Fall. This allows instructors the flexibility to provide face-to-face instruction or, provide synchronous online instruction for a student who may need to self-quarantine due to exposure to the virus. Technical programs will continue in a face-to-face format and many are designed to provide student support due to health-related disruptions. As always, your instructor will be your first contact to gather more information as needed.
Q: What if I get sick or one of my classmates does and we’ve been in class together? What will happen?
A: BSC will follow ND Department of Health (NDDoH) protocols and work with the individual to ensure the NDDoH is made aware of the situation. NDDoH will make a determination about the possible exposure, complete contact tracing as needed, and determine the nature of the contact and possible monitoring requirements for the near future. At this time, anyone who came into direct, regular contact with the infected person will need to quarantine for 14 days. Students faced with this situation will work closely with their instructor to ensure their education is not disrupted. The hybrid/blended setup will make that possible.