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Make the pivot to online learning for the close of the Fall 2020 semester with grace, and with the support of your Skyhawk community. Check out this important information for details about academics--what's moving online, what remains in-person, and the supports we have in place to keep you moving forward.

Academics

Courses, research, internships, employment

Courses

Moving online

Most courses are moving online. Your professors are adapting quickly to transition online; they will reach out to you with instructions about your courses. Please check your FLC email and your Canvas course shells for announcements.

Remaining in-person

The following types of instruction remain in-person:

  • Senior seminars and research projects: senior research projects will move forward; faculty are implementing and monitoring strengthened research protocols
  • Laboratory courses: most lab courses will move online; some will remain in person, limited to 5 students working in a lab under direct supervision
  • Outdoor courses: courses that meet outside will move forward
  • Studio courses: access to studios will allow students to complete art and music projects; faculty are implementing and monitoring strengthened studio protocols

Office hours

As your professors manage this transition to teaching online, they might have to reschedule office hours and other forms of academic meetings. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them to ask for information or appointments.

Internships and practicums

If your workplace learning site remains open and safe, you should continue your site-based internship or practicum without interruption. Work with your instructor or internship / practicum coordinator to discuss options and outline a plan for completion.  

Campus employment

As a student employees you will be paid for your planned hours through the end of the semester. Work together with your supervisor to identify projects that can be accomplished safely and/or remotely for these hours. 

Academic advising, registration for spring 2021

Course schedule

The Spring 2021 Schedule is now live in WebOpus. Please make sure to read the description of the teaching format options at the top of your WebOpus search (these range from online to in-person formats). Also read the “notes” section for each course, which explains the teaching format for that course. You can create a Spring schedule that matches the type of teaching you like most!

Course advising and registration

Spring 2021 Course Registration is open. Go to Skyhawk Station for Zoom drop-in advising hours or one-on-one appointments, and helpful info (including videos) about degree audits, searching for classes, and finding course descriptions.

Academic grading & graduation

Grades

For Fall, we will maintain letter grades, but also work to use our existing academic grading structures to provide more grading flexibility and more student support:

Course withdrawal (CW)

Course withdrawal deadline has been extended to Monday, Nov 23

No failing grades

Grades of F will not be possible; instead of an F, a student will receive a No Credit/NC grade. A CW or NC grade will have the same impact on financial aid awards/eligibility. A CW or NC grade will not affect cumulative GPA
Any advice to students on Withdrawing vs. taking a NC depends on the student's individual circumstances, including their chance to try for a passing grade and the number of CWs they have left to take (students are limited to three CWs).

Incompletes

Rather than create a separate petition-type process for students needing extra time to complete coursework (especially for students impacted by COVID), we will use our existing Incomplete process.  Please use the online Incomplete form and students/instructors can cite COVID as the reason for the Incomplete.
Grade replacement: We will work with the Academic Standards committee and the Registrar to get a grade replacement policy into place next semester, allowing students to retake a course and replace low grades with a new grade.

Graduation

Our “Countdown to Graduation” will give you clear information on the newest Fall 2020 Graduation planning. Go to our Commencement Ceremony webpage for the most current information regarding graduation as it becomes available.

Technology bundles & learning online

Information Technology (IT) Tech Bundles

We want to ensure that every student has high-quality technology to complete the semester and final exams online. IT has created a Tech Bundle program that allows you to rent a laptop, all set up with the needed FLC software, and/or a hotspot. Note that we have stimulus and grant funding that will pay the rental fee for you—just check the “financial assistance” options!

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS)

TLS provides a links to a “Building with Canvas” student guide for using Canvas’s online course structures. It also provides a “Succeed with Online Classes” page that offers numerous tips and resources for online learning success.

Library, tutoring & academic support services

Reed Library

Reed Library remains open for business from 8:00am-8:00pm. For a great place to study, please book private study rooms. Also please come and enjoy the library’s public spaces and computer resources. Librarians are available for research support. To set up virtual appointments, simply click on the “Chat and Research Appointment” icons on the homepage.

The Peer Education Center

The Peer Education Center has shifted all of its tutoring online. Students can make zoom tutoring appointments with FLC Peer Educators by using the “log into Accudemia” link on the Center’s homepage. Use the “Find a Tutor/Schedules” link to find an extensive list of peer tutors and subjects. The Center’s homepage also contains links to the online tutors at NetTutor. These tutors offer support in a wide range of subjects and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Disability Services and The Testing Center

Disability Services will continue to work remotely with students. Please call Disability Services (970-247-7383) to set up a virtual appointment if you need further support in addressing your academic accommodations. The Testing Center can provide proctored exams for those whose academic accommodations cannot be met due to the shift online.  Please call the Testing Center (970-247-6398) with any questions.   

TRIO Student Success Center and TRIO STEM3

For students enrolled in these programs, TRIO SSC advisors and TRIO Stem3 advisors have been working remotely this semester. They continue to be available virtually to answer questions and connect you with resources—please stay in touch. 

Native American Center, El Centro Latinx Resource Center, Black Student Resource Center, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Our Diversity Centers are a crucial source of student community and support. Many Centers have already been providing virtual services. Visit each Center’s dedicated webpage for information on its current services.

Wellness support services

Change and uncertainty are hard. Period. Make handing these things a little easier by using your resources. We are a community of support, and you don't have to go it alone.

Grub Hub

Our student-led Grub Hub Food Pantry is committed to helping students with food insecurity during this difficult time. The Grub Hub will be open and providing free groceries every day for the next two weeks.

Go to Grub Hub
WellPAC

Students can continue to make free virtual appointments with the WellPac Peer Support Office, getting peer support on topics ranging from stress to homesickness to loneliness. Students can also take advantage of the virtual De-Stress Fest pages created by fellow students.

Go to WellPAC peer support
Counseling Center

The Counseling Center will continue to offer its services remotely, as it has for the fall semester. Contact the Counseling Center (970-247-7212) to make an appointment, and also examine its Students webpages for Self Help Guides and information on workshops and seminars.

Go to the Counseling Center