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Fall 2020 Remote Courses

TCNJ’s plan for fall-semester instruction entails fully remote learning for all students. Students registered for nursing clinicals will hear from their schools regarding any necessary in-person course components.

Remote courses will offer real-time (synchronous) and self-paced (asynchronous) learning, with the balance of these instructional modes varying by field, course, and faculty member. The overall fall schedule will not be changing dramatically, so students should expect to be present and engaged in their courses during the normally scheduled day and time blocks.

Students can still expect small, dynamic classes featuring personalized and engaged learning from TCNJ faculty. Nearly all faculty members are participating in summer workshops to further enhance their remote instruction skills, ensuring that fall will feature remote instruction more diverse and creative than the emergency version developed on incredibly short notice this spring. Fall courses are being designed from the ground up to bring the best aspects of the TCNJ experience (personal, rigorous, collaborative) to the remote experience.

The Academic Readiness Task Force has provided faculty members with guiding principles for instruction as well as models for course design and redesign.

Academic Calendar

The fall semester will operate as scheduled, with classes beginning August 25 and exams ending December 15. Fall break will be moved from October 12-13 to November 23-24, creating a weeklong Thanksgiving break, November 23-27. View the full academic calendar.

Office/Student Hours and Academic Advising

All office hours/student hours for fall courses will be conducted virtually. Details will be provided by each instructor and included on the course syllabus. Similarly, academic advising sessions in the fall will be conducted remotely. In early fall, advisors and academic departments will inform their students of the methods to be used.

Study Abroad and International Travel

TCNJ-sponsored study abroad opportunities are suspended for the fall 2020 semester in response to health concerns and travel restrictions. Students who choose to participate in a study abroad program with a third-party provider do so at their own risk and, in any event, all individuals who travel internationally must follow all current CDC, state, and college health protocols for re-entry to the United States, New Jersey, and TCNJ. They should also be aware that such programs might be canceled and that they may be unable to travel to the program destination.