Fall 2020 Registration Reopening most recent update, July 31, 2020

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What has happened since registration closed in early July? (updated July 30, 2020)

  • Students registrations have not changed.
  • A new course-block schedule has been developed.
  • Classroom capacities and seating have been adjusted.
  • Faculty have committed to one of the following as a mode of teaching:
    • face-to-face: at least 90% of the course meetings are held in person;
    • virtual: approximately 90% or more of the course meetings are conducted online; or
    • other modes: courses meeting partially in person and partially virtual, with faculty deciding whether all students attend in-person only on certain days or whether a portion of the enrolled students alternate days attending.

The University Registrar has recreated the schedule, maintaining wherever possible the existing student schedules and the relative relationship between courses, in order to minimize conflicts.

Am I still registered for courses? (updated July 29, 2020)

Yes, registrations from May are still in place. Unless a department or program cancelled a course outright (which you should have heard about at the time), then you are still registered and are "in" each course. No one else drops your courses from your schedule.

What kind of course choices do I have? (updated July 29, 2020)

From President Dudley's original email and the COVID-19 Committee (see https://my.wlu.edu/covid-19-resources, Undergraduate Academics, Course Delivery): "Undergraduate students will have the choice of whether to return to campus for instruction or participate in classes virtually. A limited selection of courses will be available for virtual instruction, and students should consult the course offerings to determine the format of their desired courses. … It is important to note that upper-division students who wish to participate in fully virtual instruction may experience limitations in course selection that could disrupt their major path."

What do I do now? (updated July 30, 2020)

  • If you are happy with your schedule and the mix of course-delivery modes, do nothing.
  • If you want to make a change, think of the next few weeks as an extension of drop/add. Make changes, add yourself to waiting lists, etc.
  • If you plan to study entirely virtually, you will need to seek out courses showing the Virtual label on http://go.wlu.edu/courseofferings, since that is updated and posted late Friday, July 31. Not all courses are offering virtual sections and not all virtual sections will have space available. The same is true with courses of mixed delivery or schedule ("hybrid") -- not all courses will have options available for all students.

Is there a specific date for "re-registration" or time when the courses will no longer be on hold? (updated July 29, 2020)

Registration windows will re-open as follows:

  • For returning seniors (Class of 2021): Open on Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00 am US Eastern Time until 11:59 am on Tuesday, August 18. Your priority is just for Tuesday morning and early afternoon.
  • For returning juniors (Class of 2022): Open on Tuesday, August 4 at 3:00 pm US Eastern Time until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, August 18. Your priority is just for Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 pm and evening.
  • For returning sophomores (Class of 2023): Open on Wednesday, August 5 at 12:01 am US Eastern Time until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, August 18.

After First-Year registration is complete, Self-Service Registration will reopen to all students from Saturday, August 22 until the end of free drop/add at 11:59 pm on Friday, August 28.

Is there a change in the waiting list process? (updated July 29, 2020)

No changes. (If you have questions, check the Registration Help on waiting lists.) You can still add yourself to waiting lists in anticipation of new openings, though due to classroom capacity limitations, active course limits will likely not increase. Courses will continue to be checked every 15 minutes for openings, followed by automatic notifications of openings, with a deadline of one day to respond ("tomorrow night").

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Instructional Mode

Has the decision process for teachers' teaching method been finalized in terms of who is doing online and who isn't? (updated July 30, 2020)

The Course Offerings List (reopening late Friday, July 31) is as up-to-date as we know it, reflecting recent faculty decisions. It is still possible that faculty may adjust a course's delivery mode, in which case students registered for a course will be notified of the change.

How do we check which of our classes are online? (updated July 30, 2020)

In the Course Offerings List you will see a new column, Supports Virtual Attendance. Such courses are either taught entirely by virtual means or allows a student, with instructor permission, to attend virtually. Click on the course number or title to get to the Details page for more information. The Course Offerings list will note which day(s) students should attend courses that meet only part of the time in-person. Faculty may provide additional information for courses with different meeting plans.

In Self-Service, sections with virtual components will display "Virtual" for courses that will be offered fully online. Courses with some online and some in-person time will appear as "Lecture/Virtual" or "Lab/Virtual".

Regarding courses with both in-person and virtual meetings, will it be made known which classes are virtual and in-person, or is it implied that the professor will make accommodations for students staying home? (updated July 31, 2020)

Courses will be noted as Face-to-Face, Virtual, or a combination of the two ("Lecture/Virtual" or "Lab/Virtual") in the Course Offerings List and Details. The faculty member will determine the schedule and how to deliver course content and activity.

Students who have decided to attend courses from home for the entire term should select courses noted as "Supports Virtual Attendance", since faculty are not expected to teach all courses with a virtual option.

When the course has "(Virtual)" in parentheses above the course description (Self-Service, Section Details), does this mean that the course is strictly virtual, or is it implying that it is a hybrid class? (updated July 31, 2020)

"Virtual" means that the course is currently planned for approximately 90% virtual delivery.

Is there a basis for this accommodation or does it vary from professor to professor? (updated July 29, 2020)

The faculty member is in charge of how "hybrid" course meetings will be determined. Some "Hybrid" courses will meet in-person only certain days of the week, reflected on the scheduled time; some will meet in-person every scheduled day, but with only part of the class physically in attendance and the rest attending online.

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How are approvals being handled? (updated July 29, 2020)

Overload requests submitted in May 2020 have been deleted. Most overload requests will be considered only for seniors who can demonstrate to the deans that they must have an overload for the fall in order to stay on track for graduation during 2020-2021 academic year. Students who want to petition for consideration should submit a new overload request.

Will other 1-credit course (e.g., independent research, ensemble or applied music lessons, PE) overloads be considered? (updated July 29, 2020)

Overloads essentially caused by an additional one-credit course will be considered on a case-by-case basis after FY registration is complete. Students who want to petition for consideration should submit a new overload request.

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Physical Education

How will I be able to get in all of my PE courses? (updated July 29, 2020)

You will be able to register for PE courses as usual. Some have been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. The university is still considering how much distancing will be required.

What about varsity sports? Can we still get credit? (updated July 29, 2020)

For fall athletes, the NCAA has approved a COVID-related exception which would allow for practices for fall sports, if allowed by W&L, so varsity credit would still be available in the fall. See the PE and Athletics Department's FAQ for student-athletes.

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Will grading be Credit/No Credit again this term? (updated July 29, 2020)

No. Credit/No Credit grading was a one-time exception for undergraduate Winter and Spring 2020 terms. Regular grading will be in force for the future.

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How do I know what the new classroom configurations look like? (updated July 29, 2020)

Pictures and classroom layouts will be posted in 25Live.

What new spaces are being used? (updated July 30, 2020)

  • 2 S. Main, Room 114 (Community Room)
  • Duchossois Athletics & Recreation Center, Community Rooms A and C
  • Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
  • Hillel House, Room 101 (community room)
  • Huntley Hall, Room 219, Peppers Reading Room
  • Leyburn Library Courtyard Tent (outside Northen Auditorium)
  • Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium
  • Pavilion (Law School Lawn)
  • Village Apts., Civic Building, Community Room A
  • Wilson Field Team Room (at the far end, under the stadium)
  • Wilson Field Plaza Tent (behind the press box)
  • Wilson Hall, Room 2007, Concert Hall
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