Academic Information and Resources

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  • Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

    As originally scheduled, spring semester classes will begin January 19, 2021 and the last day of classes will be May 3, 2021. However, all hybrid classes will be remote until Feb. 8, and students are strongly encouraged to delay their return to campus and the Indiana community until that time.

    IUP will not have the traditional weeklong spring break. Instead, the spring 2021 academic calendar includes seven non-class days to allow for several short breaks. These non-class days are:

    • Thursday, Feb. 25
    • Friday, February 26
    • Saturday, March 13
    • Sunday, March 14
    • Monday, April 5
    • Tuesday, April 6
    • Wednesday, April 21

    The spring 2021 semester will follow the same academic operating plan as the fall 2020 semester, which was designed to reduce transmission of the virus by reducing the number of people on campus, balancing hybrid coursework and distance learning. Students registering for spring classes should be sure to understand the delivery method of the courses they schedule, and discuss questions with their advisor or course instructor.

    Class Delivery

    Information about which students will have face-to-face classes this fall is detailed on the Returning to Campus page. See the Classroom Safety for Fall section for specifics on class delivery and safety precautions. Specific guidance is also available for students with health concerns.

    Textbooks

    The IUP Co-op Store will provide textbooks through counter service only for the fall semester. You can place your orders on the store’s website and stop in for pickup or have the orders shipped. Those are the only options. The store cannot allow walk-in textbook purchases, because it cannot accommodate social distancing in that area. This change should make checkout lines more manageable for the rest of the store and allow customers to stay at safe distances from one another.

    Study Abroad

    Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of State, as well as best practices in the field of international education, IUP has decided to suspend all Education Abroad experiences, both credit and noncredit, for students during the spring 2021 semester. 

    Spring experiences being suspended include faculty-led programs, those offered by institutional partners and study abroad providers and affiliates, experiential placements (internships, field schools, and clinicals), and those that were independently arranged.

    The Office of International Education will continue to support international students at IUP and will continue to offer programming to the community to build awareness about other cultures and the study abroad experience. Education Abroad personnel will be available to returning and new students to discuss future experiences. 

    International Students

    New international students who will be on campus should plan to arrive for New International Student Orientation the week of January 10, 2021.

    Continuing international students who will be on campus should plan to return before the first week of classes and enroll in a full course of study. Self-quarantining is recommended for those returning from abroad. Students who will remain in their home countries for spring 2021 should email intl-education@iup.edu with your plans, and the Office of International Education will advise you about your immigration for returning in fall 2021.

    Clock-Hour Programs (Culinary, Police Academy, EMT, and Paramedic Training)

    Some clock-hour programs, such as those offered by the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Criminal Justice Training Center, require face-to-face learning. Students in clock-hour programs will receive specific instructions from their program directors.

    Criminal Justice Training Center (Police Academy)

    If you have any questions, contact program coordinator Marcia Cole at 724-357-3987 or director Dennis Marsili at 724-357-3988. 

    Online Learning and Technology Resources

    Find information about virtual technology support, help with online instruction, computer and internet access on campus, and Zoom technology, including meeting and classroom etiquette, security, and more.

    Academic and Other Help

    Advising Adjustments

    Department offices should limit in-person contact outside the classroom. Advising and office hours will take place virtually during the spring 2021 semester.

    Hawks Q&A Center

    This one-stop resource center for students offers both live responses and the opportunity to submit questions via email, with responses coming within 24 hours.

    IUP Guides for First-Year Students

    Adjusting to university life is challenging, even in the best of circumstances. To help first-year students, we will match you with a specially trained IUP employee to serve as a guide for your time at IUP. Our Student Support and Engagement Team in the Student Affairs Division developed this new program to make sure you don’t get lost in your new environment. 

    Tutoring

    Tutoring and other assistance will be offered remotely to the fullest extent possible.

    IUP Libraries

    The IUP Libraries, which will be set up to promote social distancing, will open with modified hours during the spring 2021 semester. Students will need to request books at the front desk. Hours of operation for specific services and exceptions to regular hours are posted on the Libraries' site.

    Computer Labs

    Computer labs will be available to all IUP students, as long as they follow guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. Students may be required to make arrangements in advance to use a computer lab.

    International Students: Virtual SkillZone

    SkillZone continues to offer academic and social support for international students and scholars through Zoom tutoring. You can learn more and make an appointment to work with a tutor on the SkillZone website.

    Tips and Resources for Online Learning

    The Academic Success Center has compiled information for students, including tips on online instruction and note-taking, overcoming procrastination, and the importance of self-care stress management.

    Writing Center

    Students can receive online tutoring through the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center. Appointments take place in 45-minute sessions. You can choose from using an audio/video session, or, if your internet access is limited, you can upload your paper and receive feedback from a tutor. Schedule a tutorial session online or visit the Jones White Writing Center site to find contact information.

    Students with Disabilities

    The Department for Disability Access and Advising can assist students with disabilities in connecting with their professors to ensure the best learning experience possible. Hours of operation are posted on the Status of Buildings, Facilities, and Services page.

    Instructors will receive a list of students who need accommodations for their classes from the Department for Disability Access and Advising. On the department's website, you can find information on the following topics:

    • Accessibility and accommodations during the coronavirus pandemic
    • Tips for managing at-home and remote learning