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Academic Policies

Since reopening in Fall 2020, Belmont has implemented what the University refers to as the HyFlex model. This model includes a small percentage of fully online class options and hybrid classes designed to deliver instruction both in-person and at a distance, simultaneously. This approach allows:

  • Students seeking a fully online/off-campus experience to have that experience as a Belmont student.
  • Safety measures to be implemented for in-class/on-campus learning to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission within our campus community.

All courses have been designated with one of the following labels on Classfinder so students are able to register for the class knowing the instructional model.

  • Fully Online
  • HyFlex Courses
  • In Person Courses

Following Federal/State/Local Health Department Guidelines

Belmont fully intends on maintaining our HyFlex learning model – including on-campus classes – for as long as possible. The University will be monitoring and assessing the state of the pandemic on a regular basis.

Should campus, local, state or federal public health guidelines require us to move to fully online instruction for all courses once back on campus, visit our contingency planning page for more information on what this would look like.

Improvements to Distance Learning Practices

In order to ensure that students participate in class remotely (whether in a 100 percent online course or a HyFlex course), Belmont is taking steps to ensure successful instructional delivery.

  • We have assessed camera and microphone technology needs to increase overall capability and improve performance for students participating online.
  • Belmont’s Information Technology Team provided specific hardware and software guidelines that will provide the best experience for students.
  • Belmont also acquired a new all-campus ZOOM license, as well as licenses to Evercast, AVID and other platforms that may be needed to deliver courses. This adds to our stable of virtual meeting technologies, which already included Microsoft TEAMS and Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Belmont faculty have been undergoing extensive new research and training about adapting instructional delivery for remote learning environments in order to modify their teaching plans.

Graduate Programs 

Due to the varying demands and meeting schedules of Belmont’s graduate programs, each College will be working directly with those programs to determine class times, HyFlex approaches and social distancing measures.

Graduate students will be hearing directly from their deans and program directors with program-specific updates.

Physical Distancing in Classrooms

All courses are being evaluated based on number of registrants versus assigned classroom space to implement appropriate physical distancing protocols.

  • When necessary, larger classes may be moved to classrooms that are larger than those originally assigned to accommodate more in-person attendees.
  • Belmont will also consider non-traditional spaces for holding higher-volume classes and will equip such spaces with necessary furnishings and technology to function as classrooms.

Once classrooms or class spaces are confirmed for each course:

  • Limits will be set on the allowable number of students to be physically present for any given session, based on distancing guidelines.
  • Students may need to rotate between in-classroom presence and off-site/remote learning presence. This rotation will be assigned by the instructor.
Instructional delivery is being designed so that students can fully engage remotely on non-classroom days.

Classroom Cleaning and Safety Expectations

Even with distancing practices in place, group presence in an enclosed classroom will require additional safety measures to be in place.

  • Both students and professors – as well as any guest speakers or lecturers – will be required to wear masks for the duration of the class.
  • Classrooms will frequently be cleaned professionally.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in key locations throughout campus, especially near the entrance to buildings, classrooms and elevators. Students and professors are also encouraged to have personal hand sanitizer available to use as frequently as they wish during class.
  • Students and professors are asked to keep a safe distance at all times. Please do not approach others within six feet of distance without asking their permission first, and do so only if all parties are wearing masks.

Advising, Office Hours and Small Group Sessions

Students and faculty will have the option to use virtual technologies for meetings/sessions outside the classroom. Advising appointments, individual student/faculty meetings and any small group sessions can be conducted via ZOOM or Blackboard Collaborate.

WELL Core

While Students will still be required to meet WELL Core requirements, the standard 10 a.m. M/W/F WELL Core hour will not be observed due to staggered class times. Instead – and as an extension of the successful online WELL Core program – there will be ample virtual offerings to allow students to meet their requirements.

Teaching Resources

Belmont offers faculty ample resources to aid with teaching and instructional needs. The University’s Teaching Center is available to provide you with practical ways to support your efforts to learn more about teaching and learning as an important component of your overall professional development. Belmont’s Learning Centers also provide numerous resources to assist in course needs, and additional resources are currently being compiled to provide even more robust support for all faculty.

Bunch Library

The Lila D. Bunch Library is committed to ensuring the Library remains open for current Belmont students, faculty and staff as a site for study and research. To ensure good health practices and mitigate risks, the Library will be following these protocols:

  • At this time, the library will not be open for external guests.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building in high traffic areas.
  • The self check-out station has been moved to a more visible spot to enable contactless check out of materials.
  • Social distancing measures will be enhanced by moving furniture to create space between library visitors.