Reopening Plan for Fall 2020

“Let us take one day only in hands, at a time, merely making a resolve for tomorrow, thus we may hope to get on taking short, careful steps, not great strides.” -Catherine McAuley, Founder of the Sisters of Mercy

These are unprecedented times, but here at Maria College we are committed to doing all we can to minimize the disruption to your education that can occur given the ever-changing circumstances we are facing. Ensuring a safe reopening and return to campus will involve all of us!  

Our reopening plans have focused on the safe return to campus and providing students with flexibility and options designed to meet their specific needs.   We will communicate any changes to campus operations to our community via email (your mariacollege.edu account) and this website. 

Click here for full listing of Maria College’s Covid Communications from Spring & Summer 2020 semester

Health & Safety

The health & safety of our students is of the utmost importance. All procedures and precautions put in place comply with NYS regulations.

Academics

We are committed to doing all we can to minimize the disruption to your education while allowing you flexibility and options to meet your needs.

Student Support

The Student Support staff have resources to respond to your questions or concerns and will work to address your individual needs.

Quick Facts

First Day of Classes: The first day of weekend classes is August 29. The first day of classes for day/evening classes is August 31.

Health Screening: All faculty, staff, students and visitors must fill out the daily health screening form from ShareMy.Health before entering a building on campus. 

Face Coverings: Facial coverings for the nose and mouth are required to be worn by all community members in public spaces on campus.

Social Distancing: Social distancing is to be practiced in classrooms, public spaces, and laboratories (where feasible). Please observe all posted signage. 

Hand Washing & Hygiene: Adequate hand washing is the preferred method of hand hygiene. Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available for use in all common areas when handwashing stations or sinks are not available.

Class Instruction: This fall class instruction for courses may be scheduled in a hybrid manner, with in-person instruction at the discretion of the faculty member. All materials to successfully complete courses will be available for remote or online delivery. Certain classes, such as skills labs and science labs, will have to utilize in-person instruction. 

Communication: Your college email account and the Blackboard (Bb) page will be the primary methods of communication on the college operations and individual courses. Be sure to check both frequently. 

Student Support: All functions of the Frank E. O’Brien, Jr. Student Support Center are here to support you! Please reach out to them first if you have questions or need assistance: studentaffairs@mariacollege.edu or find a staff listing at https://mariacollege.edu/student-support  

Final Exams: Weekend course final exams will be held on December 6. Day/Evening course final exams will be held from December 14-18.

All policies and procedures will comply with best practice guidance from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and the latest direction on higher education activities from the Governor’s Office and the NYS Education Department.

  • What can I expect the Fall 2020 semester to look like?

    What will classes look like in the Fall?

    • In order to comply with New York State law, Maria must reduce the number of students who can access the classrooms that are used for traditional lecture/discussion courses.
    • Classes will be scheduled in a hybrid manner, allowing for both in-person and remote access to all necessary learning materials.
    • As a result, and depending on the judgement of the faculty responsible for the class, students in such classes may be able to access some or all of the classroom lecture/discussion in person. However, all students will have access to all the information and the material they need to succeed in the class in a remote fashion.
    • Faculty members may determine it is easier to begin the semester in a totally remote fashion rather than attempt to allocate scarce classroom desk space in an efficient and equitable manner to all students.
    • If your class is meeting in person and you prefer to study remote, please discuss this with your faculty member. If there are particular circumstances related to COVID-19 that require you not be on campus e.g. you are immune-compromised or caring for an elderly relative, please contact Jon Coller-Takahashi who will discuss your temporary accommodation needs.

    When will I know whether my classes will be in person or remote?

    • Faculty will be in touch with you and your classmates through the college’s Bb learning management system to notify you how the class will operate.
    • It is essential to your success that you can access the course Blackboard (Bb) site on a regular and routine basis.
    • The course Bb site will have information about in-person instruction, synchronous remote instruction (scheduled, all instruction happening at the same time, for example a live feed of a lecture) and asynchronous remote instruction (instruction students can take at any time or on a flexible schedule, such as a lecture video students could watch any time via a link) as well as access to all necessary course material. If you have any questions on the course materials, please reach out to your faculty member.

    What do I do if I am having difficulty accessing the course Bb site?

    • If you need help with Blackboard, please email Dr. Jason Coley and he will assist you. He will respond within 24 hours. If for some reason, you do not receive a response, please email studentaffairs@mariacollege.edu and one of the Student Support Team will help you.

    How will assignments and examinations be given?

    • Most exams and assignments will be assigned through Bb and you will use Bb to turn in your assignments and to take many of your exams. For students with accommodation needs, please contact our Accessibility Services Office and they will advise you on how your accommodations will be organized for your course. Our Accessibility Services Officer can be reached by emailing studentaffairs@mariacollege.edu.

    How will certain classes such as skill and science labs be offered?

    • Certain classes, such as skill labs and science labs will have to utilize in-person educational methodology.
      In such cases the faculty member responsible for the course will be in touch with you through the course Bb site to give you information about when you will be scheduled for your in-person lab meetings.

    What if I have academic questions or need assistance?

    • The Student Support Center is here for you. We recommend you always try the Student Support Center first. The Student Support Center has resources available to respond to your questions or concerns and they will work with you if you need to make contact with another office on campus. Please email studentaffairs@mariacollege.edu or call Associate Dean Andrew Ledoux at 518-861-2505.
    • Faculty advisors will be reaching out to arrange appointments during the advisement period, but are also available to assist you during the semester. You can locate your faculty advisor on the Classes tab under “Student Schedule.” Students who cannot find that information or do not have a faculty advisor listed (as may be the case with new students) can contact registrar@mariacollege.edu for assistance.

    What if I need assistance that does not involve my academics?

    • The Student Support Center also has access to peer and professional tutoring services, the Writing Center, counseling, accessibility services, a food pantry, pastoral care, the Maria Cares Hardship Program, Opportunity Programs, and many other resources. We are able to provide some of these services in-person. However, all of our services are available remotely through the Virtual Student Support Center available on Blackboard. If you need help from the Student Support Team, or are unsure of whom to go to for assistance, please email, studentaffairs@mariacollege.edu or call Associate Dean Andrew Ledoux at 518-861-2505.
    • We strongly encourage students to utilize these services, if needed, to help ensure your success.

    What if Student Support Services or my faculty advisor are not able to help?

    If neither the Student Support Center nor your faculty advisor can answer your questions you may try the resources below.

    Nursing Students:
    If you are a in the ADN program, contact Dr. Victoria Callagan (vcallagan@mariacollege.edu)
    If you are a student in the BS Nursing Completion program, contact Ellen Argust (eargust@mariacollege.edu)
    If you are a student in the PNC program, contact Latisha Powell (lpowell@mariacollege.edu)
    The Office of the Dean of Nursing, Dr. Laurie Carbo-Porter, is to be contact only if you have not received an answer from the other individuals.

    Students in Other Programs:
    Students in other programs who do not receive the information they seek from the Student Support Center or their faculty advisor should call the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Wendy Trevor, at 518-861-2599 or email wtrevor@mariacollege.edu.