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Academic FAQs

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How do I receive ADA Accommodations?

In addition to the recognized ADA accommodations, COVID may trigger additional considerations. If you feel you need an accommodation for any reason, you should contact the Goldman Center. The university recently sent out a form for requesting ADA accommodations that you may use.

Are 12th floor computer labs available?

Computer labs are open with social distancing guidelines from the university in place. Cloud access to STATA/SASS/GIS/Nvivo have also been made available for students using these applications in their courses. Ask your professor if you need access. In addition, SAS and SPSS are available for free to our students at https://tulane.onthehub.com/.

Is there an online white board available to students?

Yes, Windows 10 has a whiteboard application that will be available to students and faculty. We are adding touch screens to classrooms. There is also a whiteboard feature in Zoom.

For once-a-week courses, especially upper-level courses, how do professors plan to ensure the quality of learning is not compromised?

Much work has been put into ensuring the quality of learning. Faculty have attended training to convert the course to the hybrid/online format. This training will prepare them for fall classes and we think will actually make classes even better than before. In addition, all of the teaching space has upgraded technology to support HyFlex teaching and learning. The infrastructure has been enhanced and resources put on Canvas sites to prepare students to be ready for this new approach.

In the HyFlex model, there will be one hour of in-person with optional Zoom class time each week. The remainder of the time will either incorporate Zoom sessions during the regularly scheduled time or asynchronous assignments.

How will final exams be handled this semester?

All end-of-semester final exams will be held online after students leave for Thanksgiving break. You can view the schedule here.

Will doctoral students be granted additional time to complete their dissertation?

Yes, we are granting all doctoral students an automatic one-year extension. However, keep in mind that scholarships will not be extended. Doctoral students are encouraged to finish their dissertation as soon as is practical. Although we have extended the time to completion, it does not mean you have to take that time.

What are the class attendance policies for the online format?

Look at the policy for each course. Zoom lectures are the same as a face-to-face class meeting. These are held at the scheduled time, so you should plan to attend virtually. Some courses have developed asynchronous exercises to do on your own. Turn these in on time.

Have the PHA requirements changed? Will the PHA be canceled?

PHA requirements have not changed. The PHA is a CEPH requirement and will not be canceled. We ask everyone to be flexible and that the work be amended to include the practice of social distancing. Please contact your advisor.

Where are program competencies listed?

Program competencies are listed on the website under their respective programs.

Will faculty be lenient if a student gets COVID-19 or has to care for a family member who has COVID-19?

Of course. If any illness or family medical emergency occurs contact your instructor to let them know. Communication is key. Your instructor may provide options to make up the work or can help you to find another solution.