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Carthage and COVID-19

FAQs: Academics

Academics: Classes, Coursework, Clinicals, Online Instruction


General Questions

Will Carthage extend the school year because of the extra week of spring break?
No, the extension of spring break will not require us to extend the semester by a week. Our faculty will make necessary revisions to course calendars. Final exams will take place May 18-20 as scheduled.

How long will classes be online only?
Beginning Monday, March 23, all undergraduate and graduate classes will resume through remote teaching and learning only. We had hoped to resume in-person instruction on April 14. Unfortunately, based on the latest directives from public health authorities — including an indefinite statewide ban on gatherings of 10 or more people — and our overriding determination to protect the campus community, we’ve made the decision to continue remote instruction for the rest of the spring semester. 

Remote teaching and learning will now continue through May. Final exams will take place May 18-20 as scheduled. We look forward to resuming in-person instruction, residential living, and our full range of campus activities in the fall.

Will academic support services be available to students remotely during this period?
Yes! Our staff in all areas of academic support will be available to help remotely. This includes our Learning Accessibility Services, Library and Technology Services, our Tutoring Center, and our Writing Center. Contact information is available here: www.carthage.edu/academics/student-resources

How will this affect advising and registration for returning students for Fall 2020 courses?
Advising and registration for returning students for Fall 2020 will be delayed by two weeks. Advising will take place from March 30 through April 24. Students will still need to gain clearance from their advisors before they are able to add classes.

We do acknowledge and expect that advising will look different this semester as campus makes accommodations for everyone’s wellbeing. Students will be notified about the steps they will need to complete prior to registration, including the expectation of communicating with their faculty and student success advisors.

Online registration will open for students on Monday, April 27, and will continue through Thursday, April 30.  Students will see their registration time in the my.carthage portal by the start of the advising period and the Fall 2020 course schedule will also be posted.

How can I return my textbooks?
Rented textbooks can be returned free by mail; however, UPS is not holding any packages, so books may be returned to the sender. We encourage all students to wait on returns until the Wisconsin Safer at Home order is lifted and the campus bookstore reopens. To return textbooks, go to the campus store website and follow the instructions to print a shipping label. While textbooks should be returned by Wednesday, May 20, if possible, Barnes & Noble has extended the grace period for rental returns through the first week of fall classes. 

What will happen to nursing students’ clinicals?
Due to the risks associated with this virus, all clinical experiences (including immersion) are suspended until the end of the term, May 20. Nursing students should consult their respective Schoology course shells for updates and further information. 

Remote Teaching and Learning

I live nearby. Can I attend classes in person?
Unfortunately no, due to the health emergency. Classes will not be offered on campus/in person during this remote teaching and learning period.

Will my classes follow the same class schedule? How will different time zones be handled?
All Carthage faculty will be working with our Instructional Technology team this week to determine the best methods for their courses. Watch for communication from your specific professors about this.

How will labs and in-person requirements (presentations, performances, recitals, etc.) be met?
Each professor will be making this determination for the courses that they are teaching.

What if I don’t have access to a computer or reliable Internet service?
We encourage students with one or both of these needs to contact help@carthage.edu

Will the Writing Center continue to offer services?
Yes. The Brainard Writing Center will be offering asynchronous Written Feedback sessions rather than its traditional face-to-face appointments during this period of virtual instruction.
Read more about Writing Center appointments 

For Education Students

How will student teaching requirements and commitments be handled?
Our Education Department will follow these recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:

  • If your K-12 school is still open, we encourage you to continue to student teach. Your student teaching seminar will move online.
  • A student teacher’s experience should follow that of the cooperating teacher. If a school closes and conducts instruction virtually, the student teacher should also be teaching virtually along with the cooperating teacher.
  • If your school closes and does not choose to conduct instruction virtually, then your experience still follows the teacher. It’s hard to predict at this time what schools and districts will decide to do.
  • If you have underlying health conditions or any other reasons to not continue student teaching, notify Education Department Chair Karin Sconzert as soon as possible to talk through possible options.

For Nursing Students

What will happen to nursing students’ clinicals?
Due to the risks associated with this virus, all clinical experiences (including immersion) are suspended until April 14. Faculty will work collaboratively to create assignments and activities that help sophomores and juniors attain clinical objectives. When immersion experiences resume, seniors should have enough time to complete their requirements. Nursing faculty will contact clinical coordinators to inform them of the College’s and department’s decisions, but you may also want to follow up with your preceptor. Please refer to Schoology for updates.

Summer

How will this affect summer academic activities — on-campus internships, summer J-Term courses, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, etc.?
This decision does not affect summer activities. However, we are continuously evaluating the situation and will provide updates as we get closer to summer.