Returning to Campus: Academics
Frequently Asked Questions
When do Spring 2021 classes begin?
PLEASE NOTE: All Spring 2021 classes, regardless of start date or stated modality, will be delivered remotely until Feb. 16, 2021. Hybrid in-person classes will begin their in-person component on Feb. 16.
Only Spring 2021 courses with section numbers 11, 12, 31, and 32 begin remotely Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. All other online, hybrid virtual and hybrid in-person classes begin remotely on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
How is LIM delivering its courses during COVID-19?
Students in on-campus programs are able to choose between one of two hybrid modalities. All courses include face-to-face interaction (synchronous) as well as assignments via Canvas (our online learning management system) that take place on the student’s own schedule (asynchronous). Our students can decide if they prefer the face-to-face interaction to take place in-person in a classroom on campus or via Zoom.
Depending on major and the courses students need to take, they may also choose to move to LIM College’s online program, in which all classes are offered in 7.5-week modules delivered asynchronously. This means there is no face-to-face component, be it virtual or in-person. Choosing to shift to this program may affect students’ eligibility for scholarships.
Do all my courses have to in the same modality (Hybrid In-Person / Hybrid Virtual)?
You have the flexibility to create a schedule that is exclusively Hybrid In-Person, exclusively Hybrid Virtual, or combines Hybrid In-Person and Hybrid Virtual courses.
Not all courses will be offered in all modalities. Any student who wishes to study exclusively in a Hybrid Virtual modality is guaranteed a schedule which does not delay their graduation.
Is there a deadline to decide which modality I want for each course?
There is no formal deadline. We believe that flexibility is paramount and we want to ensure that you:
- are able to study in the modality in which you are most comfortable
- can change your decision based on changing circumstances
- are able to continue your path towards graduation
Can I switch between course delivery modalities during the semester? If so, how?
If you need to change modalities during the semester as a result of COVID-19, we will accommodate this shift. To make this change, you need to make a formal request to Dr. Patricia Fitzmaurice, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at email@example.com.
We encourage you not to plan your schedule with the intention of switching. It is important for both faculty and students to plan their semesters with as much continuity as possible.
What happens if I log in to SONIS to make/adjust my schedule and I see that the course/modality I want is full?
Please contact Dr. Patricia Fitzmaurice, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the appropriate department chair:
- Graduate Studies: Professor John Keane email@example.com
- Arts and Sciences: Dr. Dan Chaskes firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fashion Merchandising: Professor Nancy Miller email@example.com
- Marketing, Management, and Finance: Dr. Eve Proper firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visual Studies: Professor Laurel Lueders email@example.com
- Career and Internship Services: Nina Fiddian-Green firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We will keep a running list of these requests and open new class sections accordingly.
How many students will be in each in-person class? How will students be socially distanced in classrooms?
The number of students in in-person classes allows desks to be positioned 6 feet apart from each other in all directions. Class sizes will depend upon the size of the classroom. Most in-person classes will have 9-12 students.
Will I need a printer?
No. You will be able to submit all assignments electronically.
Will the Library be open?
Starting Feb. 16, 2021, the Adrian G. Marcuse Library will be open for students to visit from Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5pm, with Ask-A-Librarian Chat Reference service available during those times, as well as evenings and weekends.
Will the Writing Center and Math Center offer tutoring?
The Writing Center and Math Center will offer virtual tutoring on an appointment-only basis.
Will professors have virtual office hours?
Professors will be available to meet with students virtually, by appointment.