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Just as we protect your health, we will protect your academic experience. The safety modifications we’ve made to instruction will not hinder your studies, but will support your goals for an engaging and experiential education at FLC. We remain true to our equity goals and addressing the digital divide as we continue to navigate our new circumstances.

Updated February 1, 2021

  • Course delivery
  • Online support
  • Grades & attendance
  • Academic services
  • Finals
Course delivery

Academic calendar

Spring 2021 instruction starts two weeks later on January 28 and will conclude on April 30. Final exams will be held May 3-May 6. Tuition and other expenses are not pro-rated as the number of days of instruction are not reduced for the spring term.

Course Delivery Types

Course Delivery Types - Download PDFIn Spring 2021, you will find a mix of course delivery methods to meet your individual needs as a student. A course section's delivery type is indicated in the notes in WebOpus. The five course delivery types for Spring 2021 are:


Courses offered via the internet using Canvas 100% of course activity is done online with no required on-campus meetings. Online courses may include optional synchronous online meetings or assignments. 

Live Online

Faculty and Students meet synchronously via Zoom for all instructional hours; no in-person classroom meetings. Students must be prepared to meet online during all scheduled classroom times. Live Online courses hold most classes via Zoom, but can also include some alternative synchronous and asynchronous online course activity. 


Combines face-to-face classroom instruction with distance education activities (25-85% required synchronous). 


Course delivered with fully remote option(s) – synchronous or asynchronous – along with regularly scheduled face-to-face classes, allowing students to transition seamlessly between the two learning environments. 

Lecture, Lab, or Studio Art

Regular in-person classroom (because of COVID this could be all students meeting together every day OR split classes with students meeting in-person on alternating days).

Quality first

Our goal is to provide the same FLC classroom experience this semester regardless of the delivery methods–our faculty are dedicated to your success, and continue to revise and update their courses. Cleaning supplies will be available in all of our classrooms, labs, studios and study spaces across campus.

Online support

In-person courses will use Canvas and other software to supplement the academic experience, keep students connected, and maintain learning if/when classroom attendance is not possible. Faculty developed offerings that will capture the FLC experience in a virtual classroom, including hybrid, hyflex, live online and asynchronous online courses.

Online-only learning

If you are unable to return to campus in the Spring and are seeking a fully-online schedule, be sure to register for online, live online or HyFlex courses. We continue to grow our list of online courses from general education through upper division courses. Find our more about how you can create an online-only schedule for this semester.

Faculty unable to teach in person will be using alternative teaching methods, including online through Canvas and/or Zoom.

Grades & attendance

Courses will be graded in standard letter grading.

Attendance policies are determined by the individual faculty member teaching the course but will be modified according to the course’s delivery structure. Faculty are encouraged to remain flexible while taking into consideration COVID-19 accommodations. 

Students may make changes to their course schedule until February 12 (Census date), although dropping below full-time after classes begin may result in non-refundable charges. We advise students to read syllabi carefully and talk with their professors about course expectations during the first week of class.

Academic services

Right now, our academic support services across campus have adapted their offices, spaces and operating procedures to make sure that we can still provide the exceptional level of support and personalized attention that you’ve come to expect at Fort Lewis College. 

Tutoring, the Writing Center, The Math Assistance Center and our Peer Educators have much of their support available online – making use of Canvas and Zoom meetings to connect directly with students, while also modifying in-person options to safely accommodate students.

Disability Services is available to students and reasonable accommodations can be provided regardless of the mode of delivery for a particular class.

Our professors will also remain a great contact for students with questions about their specific courses and are often the first line of support for our students in their academic success. If you need to speak with an Academic Counselor at Skyhawk Station or a Faculty Advisor, please see the Advising webpage.

Manage changes with the FLC app

We will continue to use the Fort Lewis College app to manage symptom tracking campus-wide. Faculty will ask to see your health pass prior to allowing you to enter class. If you are displaying symptoms, in quarantine, or in isolation and have received a health pass other than green through the FLC symptom tracker, your faculty will be notified that you are unable to attend classes in-person, in that case you will be assigned an Academic Case Manager. This notification will be done via email and you will be copied. Instructors will be asked to provide you with remote learning options. Students, please continue to remain in touch with your faculty during this time. 
If you do not have a smartphone capable of running the app, you can use a loaner wifi-only smartphone free of charge for the duration of the semester.


Final exams online

Last day of classes 

Your last day of classes is on Friday, April 30. Final exams will be held May 3 - May 6. Finals will be held in person unless your course is online, instructors will inform you how your final will work.  

Technology access

FLC student working on his laptop

Your part

In-person classes will use online components more than they have in the past.  We recommend creating a backup plan in the event of another Coronavirus outbreak. 

Our part

We are doing everything in our power to build equity and inclusion into the education we deliver. To that end, you may rent a laptop and internet Wi-Fi hotspot at very modest rates for the duration of the semester, individually or as a “technology bundle.” Additionally, since you’ll need the Fort Lewis College app for symptom tracking on campus, we have Wi-Fi-only smartphones available for loan, free of charge, if you don’t have your own smartphone to run the app. 

Non-refundable fees

Tuition, course fees, and other mandatory student fees are non-refundable. Many of the mandatory fees charged to students support services that remain available, whether courses are delivered in-person or online; for instance, the health and counseling centers. Further, fees are voted on and approved by past student bodies. These fees fund or are pledged as security toward debt service payments, such as the construction of certain student-facing facilities. As such, these fees represent legal financial obligations of the college.

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