Updated: August 4, 2020

Course Modalities
Revised Course Modalities

Out of concern for the health of our university community, and in an effort to create an environment in which state-prescribed social distancing protocols can be achieved and maintained in all the physical spaces of our university, we have been working to reduce the volume of students taking face-to-face courses on campus this fall. While the overall mix of modalities with which we will begin the fall semester was guided by the need to reduce on-campus volume, decisions about specific assignments of modalities were guided by what works best in the various disciplines and most lends itself to student success, as well as health considerations for faculty and students. Also out of a concern for the health and safety of our community, we have reduced the capacity sizes of classrooms and other teaching spaces, as well as other spaces on campus.

Online as of 11/23

All courses will move to fully online for the last few weeks of the fall semester, starting Monday, November 23 and continuing through the end of the fall semester. We are doing this, again, out of concern for the health of our university community. Thanksgiving is the busiest traveling time in the year, so there is greater opportunity for virus transmission. We encourage you to exercise increased caution during this time.

Next Steps for Support

You have likely noticed shifts to your schedule over the last several weeks as college offices, working with faculty, have been adjusting the modalities of courses. We know that for some students, face-to-face courses are a priority while for others, online is preferred, and many prefer a mix. We are striving to create a university environment that is as responsive as possible to students’ needs.

Please go to myDU and check your fall schedule. Reach out to your faculty members to ask about your courses. If you wish to make changes to your schedule, contact your academic advisor or the office of Student Success and Engagement, where Advising Peer LEADers are available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for drop-in appointments.

For those who may have other needs in relation to your fall courses, please fill out the Star Assistance Form on myDU to receive guidance on potential accommodations, or for support in developing practical ways to safely engage in fall classes.

Fall 2020 Scheduling Information

Course scheduling information for Fall 2020 is available on myDU at Course Search.

Graduate Students

Graduate students in the School of Education, the School of Social Work, and the Borra College of Health Sciences are required to connect with their advisors prior to registering for classes.

Undergraduate Students (including post-baccalaureate students in nutrition and pre-medical studies)

Undergraduate students are required to connect with their advisors prior to registering for classes in order to be cleared. Any necessary signatures can now be emailed from faculty and students from official Dominican email addresses.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar remains unchanged: 2020–2021 Academic Calendar

Fall 2020 Graduation Applications

Students wishing to graduate in the fall of 2020 are required to file an application to graduate no later than August 28, 2020. This will prompt a final graduation audit by the Office of the Registrar. Once completed, students will be notified if they are on track to graduate or made aware of any deficiencies that need to be addressed with their faculty advisor. The application to graduate can be found at Graduation Information.

Any required signatures can now be emailed by faculty and students from official Dominican email addresses to starsconnect@dom.edu.    

For more information about the Fall 2020 semester, contact Mark Carbonara, director of advising and first-year experience; Kelly Simmons, University Registrar; or Victoria Spivak, assistant vice president of student enrollment and services.