Does Meredith anticipate making changes to its Fall 2020 plan?
In an August 24 message to campus, President Jo Allen stated that Meredith College's plans for remaining on campus include daily reviews of numbers, conditions, and healthcare guidance, and these plans look different for Meredith than for other larger institutions. For example, Meredith is significantly smaller than these other institutions and has far fewer students and more land area per student, meaning students have more outdoor opportunities to socially distance and work on studies or be with friends, wearing masks and sitting apart.
If Meredith College were to have a significant outbreak, a likely scenario would be a pivot to a temporary, two-week online instructional period that would allow us to re-assess after a 14-day “isolation” period. Students could anticipate a return (provided the data show that a return is safe) to complete the semester.
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.
The library patio has good Wi-Fi access as well as tables and chairs.
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.
How are Meredith classes being taught during the Fall semester?
Meredith is offering a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses. The College has invested in technology to help ensure students receive a well-designed, engaging experience regardless of course format. Read more about these preparations.
The Fall 2020 semester schedule includes face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid courses. What do these terms mean?
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.
How has Meredith adjusted its academic calendar for 2020-21?
Meredith College has made several adjustments to the Fall 2020 calendar.
Changes are as follows:
- Fall classes began on Monday, August 17, which is two days earlier than originally planned.
- Monday, September 7 (Labor Day), will be an instructional day instead of a holiday.
- Fall Break is being moved to Tuesday, October 6, as a single day event.
- The last day of classes will be Tuesday, November 24.
- Virtual academic activities may be scheduled from Monday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
Fall Semester Exams: Online final exams will be held from Tuesday December 1 through Tuesday, December 8.
The Spring 2021 calendar is unchanged.
The amended academic and exam calendars are posted on the Registrar’s Office website.