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Quick Things to Know

Winter and spring terms will each follow our typical 10-week calendar. Winter classes will begin as scheduled on January 4, 2021, and spring term classes will begin as scheduled on March 24, 2021.

Winter term courses will all begin remotely. Students will not return to campus until the week of February 8, at which point there will be a one-week pause in the academic calendar. Classes begin again on February 15 and winter term will be extended by one week. Spring break is shortened to 3 days, March 21-23.

The winter term will offer both in-person instruction and remote instruction. Most classes will be a hybrid of in-person and remote components to best serve both students on-campus and off-campus. Students who choose to continue their education remotely may do so. A small number of courses will have significant on-campus components that may not be appropriate for students studying remotely. Other courses will be delivered in a fully remote format. Any student can enroll for these courses.

Teaching & Learning

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for in-person instruction, yet the College also recognizes that there will be students who will choose to continue their education remotely for now. We also recognize the possibility that as the term progresses, the need to protect our campus community may require suspending in-person meetings.

Our Educational Delivery Group has established the plans below to ensure an effective and engaging teaching and learning environment continues throughout this fall and the academic year. Instructors are deeply immersed in rethinking their course delivery in order to adapt to the unique constraints imposed by health and wellness protocols while still providing the high quality, personalized education at the core of a Knox education.

Academic Calendar

The winter academic calendar will remain as previously planned, with classes beginning online on Monday, January 4, 2021 Students will not return to campus until the week of February 8, at which point there will be a one-week pause in the academic calendar. Classes begin again on February 15 remotely and will continue with with in-person/hybrid classes on February 22. Winter term will be extended by one week. Spring break is shortened to 3 days, March 21-23.  The schedule for winter and spring may be adjusted to help safeguard students, faculty and staff as the public health guidance is updated throughout the fall.

Classrooms, Labs, & Studio Spaces

To facilitate physical distancing and regular cleaning and sanitizing of public spaces on campus, we have re-envisioned how we use classrooms, labs, and studios. All courses will likely operate in hybrid modes, with a combination of in-person and remote components to serve both students on campus and students learning from home. Physical distancing requires that classes meet in smaller subgroups, interaction with faculty and peers will occur both in virtual and in-person settings, and daily and weekly schedules will be flexible to meet the needs of all students.

The Seymour Library and the Science Commons will be open with reduced capacity. Hours of operation will be reviewed and updated regularly. We are anticipating standard operating hours for all campus computer labs with decreased occupancy to maintain social distancing. Hours will be reviewed and adjusted based on usage. CFA practice rooms will be available, but protocols for use of these spaces will be in place and must be carefully observed by all users.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need more information on a topic or have questions that are not included below, email together@knox.edu.

  • Winter and spring terms will each follow our typical 10-week calendar. Winter classes will begin as scheduled on January 4, 2021, and spring term classes will begin as scheduled on March 24, 2021.

    However, winter term courses will all begin remotely. Students will not return to campus until the week of February 8, at which point there will be a one-week pause in the academic calendar. Classes begin again on February 15 and winter term will be extended by one week. Spring break is shortened to 3 days, March 21-23.

  • You may continue your Knox education remotely if you don’t wish to return to campus in the winter or spring. Many courses will be available for students studying remotely. There might be certain courses that have significant on-campus components that are difficult to reproduce online. These courses will be indicated on the Course Schedule.

  • Yes. Please inform the Office of Student Financial Services if you decide to return to campus. Your financial aid and billing information will be adjusted appropriately.

  • Remote learning to On-Campus?

    A move on to campus will be dependent on the availability of appropriate housing and may be subject to health protocols for rejoining the on-campus community. Students will be able to participate in on-campus components of courses that have them. Courses that are remote instruction only must be completed online.

    On-Campus to Remote Learning?

    Most courses are designed for students working in either on-campus or off-campus environments, but not all. Before moving to remote learning, students should consult with their course instructors to address on-campus work they might not be able to complete.

  • The Seymour Library and the Science Commons will be open with reduced capacity. Hours of operation will be reviewed and updated regularly. We are anticipating standard operating hours for all campus computer labs with decreased occupancy to maintain social distancing. Hours will be reviewed and adjusted based on usage. CFA practice rooms will be available, but protocols for use of these spaces will be in place and must be carefully observed by all users.

  • All participants in an in-person class will wear masks or face coverings at all times. Physical distancing will require that classes meet in smaller subgroups, interactions with faculty and peers occur both in virtual and in-person settings, and daily and weekly schedules be flexible to support engagement of all students. Some classes will be moved to larger spaces. Courses that rely heavily on classroom, lab, and studio spaces will be re-envisioned so that physical distancing and cleaning protocols can be observed. Most courses will operate in hybrid modes, with a combination of in-person and remote components to serve students both on campus and those learning from home. We have also instituted rigorous cleaning and sanitation processes for all classrooms and other academic spaces, residence halls, and meeting spaces.

  • Although we plan to offer our regular academic calendar in winter and spring, we have also developed an alternate calendar that allows us to delay the return to campus this winter if public health conditions warrant. The alternate calendar allows students to begin their courses remotely before returning to campus later in winter term. We will make a decision on implementing this alternate calendar no later than the end of fall term.

  • There will be the regular drop/add period for all students during the first week of the term.

  • Generally, yes. “Remote only” courses can be taken anywhere. As discussed elsewhere, however, a small number of courses may not be appropriate for remote participation, whether the student is on or off-campus, due to unique in-person requirements on campus.

  • No. Some courses will be delivered fully remotely and will be identified on the course schedule.

  • A small number of courses have heavy on-campus performance or lab components and may be inappropriate for remote participation. These courses are indicated on the revised course schedule. Students should consult their academic advisors if they have questions about these courses or potential impact on their academic program. A wide variety of hybrid and fully remote courses are available in most programs.

  • Yes, but policies for delivering all library services continue to evolve. Updates on library services will be posted on the Library Resources page.

  • With most students on-campus in the winter, the winter daily class schedule will revert to its usual Central time zone schedule.

  • Many courses will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous activity to enable students in different time zones to engage in coursework. Some remote courses have been shifted to increase access to real-time participation to the extent possible.

  • Off-campus study options in winter and spring 2021 have been sharply limited by travel and border restrictions. Students should remain in close contact with the Stellyes Center for Global Studies and their academic advisors regarding their study abroad options for future academic terms.

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