What is Meredith's academc schedule for Spring 2021?
Meredith began spring semester classes on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. We also intend to hold spring break from Monday, March 15 through Sunday, March 21, but that could change depending on disruptions from COVID-19. Consequently, circumstances may require revising the academic calendar at any time during the year, so we strongly encourage not making non-refundable travel plans for spring break. In fact, we strongly discourage any travel over spring break. The College will not be sponsoring any spring break travel. The spring academic calendar is available on the registrar’s website.
The 2020-21 academic year course schedules include face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid courses. What do these terms mean?
Much like the fall, Meredith is offering a mix of online asynchronous, synchronous, hybrid, and face-to-face classes for spring 2021. Our goal is to maintain a high quality academic experience while offering maximum flexibility for faculty and students.
Face-to-face is the traditional classroom setting.
Online synchronous is an online class that has real-time course meetings.
Online asynchronous is a true online class with no real-time meetings.
Hybrid is is a class with a mix of face to face and online (synchronous, asynchronous, or both) learning.
Meredith's Registrar sent a detailed message to students explaining these terms and how they are represented in WebAdvisor.
Does Meredith require face coverings in face-to-face classes?
To help keep our community more safe, Meredith is requiring the use of face coverings for all employees, students and other community members when in common areas including classrooms. Our Health Services and HR Directors have approved drinking through a straw with your mask in place while in class.
Studies have shown that wearing a face covering greatly reduces the probability of transmitting the virus that causes COVID 19. All individuals should maintain at least a six foot distance, regardless of the use of face coverings. Read more about Meredith's Community Standards
Can students use the library for online classes?
Meredith College students can use the Carlyle Campbell Library as a space to attend online classes. Students must wear face coverings while in the library and must bring their Meredith ID to enter the library. Guests are not permitted.
As a courtesy, students attending Zoom classes in the library are asked to wear headphones and speak quietly. We ask students not to "attend" class on the top floor of the library, which is reserved for quiet study.
The library does have a limited number of study rooms that are available on a first come/first served basis. Stop at the Borrow desk to check for availability.
Meredith has added air filters to each study room and is restoring the room reservation system that the Library was using prior to March 2020. Three study rooms will accommodate two individuals. Three others can accommodate only one. Room reservation forms are available on the Library website.
The library patio has good Wi-Fi access as well as tables and chairs.
Visit the Library website for details on library hours.
Can students use an empty classroom to study or do classwork?
In addition to outdoor seating areas, the library, and first and second floor Cate Center, students may use unoccupied classrooms to do work or to study. Please be sure to double check the class schedule and occupancy limit, wear a face covering, follow instructions on where to sit, and wipe down your area afterwards. Class schedules should be posted for each room on or near the classroom door.
What is the status of Meredith's study abroad programs for 2021?
The Office of International Programs (OIP) has been consistently monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of our students and community members, including study abroad participants and faculty, are of paramount importance to Meredith College. Because global conditions remained unstable and we could not mitigate the ongoing health and safety risks for our study abroad students, we made the difficult decision to cancel all fall 2020 and spring 2021 study abroad programs, including Meredith in Italy and Meredith Affiliate programs.The Office of International Programs has also cancelled Meredith Abroad programs set to depart in May and June. Decisions about the feasibility of remaining summer programs will be made no later than mid-March. Visit the OIP site for more COVID-19 Study Abroad Updates