Maintaining academic excellence

The college continues to prioritize students’ ability to make academic progress safely and to maintain our usual high standards throughout the evolving response to the COVID-19 situation.

Multiple measures have been taken to ensure the safety of students and instructors, while maintaining the high standard of academic excellence for which St. Norbert College is known.

Basic precautions

  • Face coverings are required for students and faculty.
  • The Fall 2020 academic calendar has been modified.
  • Physical distancing is employed in classrooms and labs.
  • Some courses are offered as a hybrid of in-person and online delivery to reduce the number of students in a classroom at a given time.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures are in place.
  • Supplies are available for students and faculty to clean surfaces as they enter and leave spaces.

Academic calendar

The college has modified the Fall 2020 semester by beginning classes a week earlier, eliminating the Long Weekend break and ending on-campus instruction before the Thanksgiving holiday to minimize the spread of the virus after any travel.

  • Aug. 24: Fall classes begin
  • Oct. 28 and Nov. 3: Advising days
  • Nov. 24: On-campus instruction ends 
  • Nov. 25: Virtual instruction
  • Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving break
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Remote instruction, typically in the form of final exams

Physical distancing

Classrooms and labs of courses delivered in person employ physical distancing measures. Rooms have been measured to determine how many students can be safely accommodated. Furniture in classrooms and labs has been arranged in a physically distanced manner. Some courses have been moved to new spaces to adhere to physical distancing requirements or will be offered as a hybrid of in-person and online delivery to reduce the number of students in a room at a given time. Completely online courses will be denoted as such in KnightLine.

Designated pathways to enter and exit buildings will facilitate physical distancing while transitioning between classes. Gathering in hallways is prohibited.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting

Classrooms and labs will be cleaned and disinfected daily using enhanced procedures. Instructors and students are required to clean and disinfect their own areas before and after class; cleaning materials will be provided.

Faculty office hours

Virtual appointments with faculty are strongly encouraged. In-person meetings may be available by appointment. Students should contact their instructors to discuss availability.

Office of academic success, support and accessibility

Students or parents with concerns about the academic experience of the Return to Campus plan are encouraged to contact the office of academic success, support and accessibility at 920-403-1321 or acadsupport@snc.edu.

Student services

For information on how departments and offices on campus are operating and continuing to meet student needs, visit the Administrative Offices and Department Operations webpage.

Field trips and experiential learning

Instructors are encouraged to consider virtual/alternative options when possible. Field trips or experiential learning conducted off campus must adhere to CDC safety precautions and must be approved in advance by the discipline dean. Transportation to off-campus sites also must conform with CDC guidelines.

Internships

Work in the local community only can take place with community partners who are following CDC guidelines, including universal masking and physical distancing. Transportation to off-campus sites also must follow CDC guidelines

Teacher-education field placements

Field placements will be completed following the safety precautions outlined by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the cooperating school districts. Transportation to off-campus sites also must follow CDC guidelines.

Service-learning

Instructors of courses with community-engaged components will determine virtual, hybrid or in-person class offerings based on CDC guidelines and community-partner precautions. Alternate projects, either virtual or remote, can be offered to maintain courses’ CENG status. 

Work in the local community only can take place with community partners who are following CDC guidelines, including universal masking and physical distancing. Transportation to off-campus sites also must follow CDC guidelines.

Off-campus programs

  • UWGB Language Exchange Program: Students commuting from UWGB to take language courses at SNC will be instructed in CDC protocols and required to comply with those protocols at SNC.
  • Master of Liberal Studies Albuquerque campus: These guidelines and enhanced health and safety precautions also apply to St. Norbert College students taking graduate courses in Albuquerque.



For more information about our return to campus, view the phased operational plan overview.