Academic Schedule 

Check this site frequently for updates to this plan based on evolving conditions and guidance. All courses, including those already scheduled for being online, will conform to the new academic calendar.
 

Key Dates 

August 24: First day of classes 

September 7: Classes will be held on Labor Day 

October 12 and 13: Classes will be held during fall break 

November 24: Last day of on-campus instruction  

November 25: Students leave campus for the semester 

November 30 through December 7: Final exams will be held remotely for all students 
 

Canceling fall break and ending on-campus instruction before Thanksgiving minimizes the possibility of students and employees becoming infected while traveling and then spreading the virus to the campus community upon their return. 

Holding class during fall break and on Labor Day also allows us to meet the necessary instructional contact hours and activities. 

 

Course Delivery

For safety and flexibility, the University is delivering courses in four broad categories.
 

100% In-Person Courses

These courses meet entirely in person.

Mixed In-Person Courses

These courses allow flexibility for in-person activities. Mixed in-person courses fall into one of three categories: 

  • Alternating Attendance: Students in the class are divided into two or more groups. Each group of students meets with the instructor in person in the classroom on an alternating schedule. Other class activities are completed online. 
     

  • Alternating Lab Sessions: Lab sections are divided into two or more groups of students. The groups participate in person in the lab on an alternating schedule. Students who are not in the lab participate in online learning, which might be synchronous or asynchronous. 
     

  • Synchronous Simulcast: This in-person class has one or more remote students. Some students meet with the instructor in the classroom at every class meeting, which all other students in the class interact with the instructor and their peers through Zoom in a synchronous manner. Students select if they are attending in person or online when they registered for the course. Students who selected online cannot attend in person. 

Note: Synchronous teaching and learning happen at the same time (e.g., students meet with the instructor in-person or online at specified times). Asynchronous teaching and learning do not happen in the same place or at same time. 

Hybrid/Blended Courses

These courses meet in person less frequently and involve online activities.  

The in-person portions of a hybrid/blended course can involve synchronous simulcast, in which the instructor meets with some students in the classroom, while other students interact with them in real time using Zoom. 

The online portions of a hybrid/blended course fall into one of three categories: 

  • Synchronous: Students and the instructor interact during scheduled meeting times using Blackboard or Zoom.  
     

  • Asynchronous: Students and the instructor interact using Blackboard or Zoom without real-time interaction. 
     

  • Mixed asynchronous and synchronous: Students and the instructor interact asynchronously using Blackboard, with some scheduled synchronous sessions via Zoom. 

Note: Synchronous teaching and learning happen at the same time (e.g., students meet with the instructor in-person or online at specified times). Asynchronous teaching and learning do not happen in the same place or at same time. 

100% Online Courses

These courses meet entirely online and not assigned a physical classroom location. 100% online courses fall into one of three categories: 

  • Synchronous: Students and the instructor interact during scheduled meeting times using Blackboard or Zoom.  
     

  • Asynchronous: Students and the instructor interact using Blackboard or Zoom without real-time interaction. 
     

  • Mixed asynchronous and synchronous: Students and the instructor interact asynchronously using Blackboard, with some scheduled synchronous sessions via Zoom. 

Note: Synchronous teaching and learning happen at the same time (e.g., students meet with the instructor in-person or online at specified times). Asynchronous teaching and learning do not happen in the same place or at same time. 

Greatly reduced numbers in classrooms and public spaces help naturally manage pedestrian traffic. In select locations, stairwells have been made one-way. These actions, combined with personal responsibility and public awareness messaging, help reduce densities and improve traffic flow. 
 

Accessing the New Class Schedule  

The Fall 2020 schedule of classes reflects the delivery mode, days, time and, if applicable, location for each course.  

We encourage all students to visit MyUAlbany and check your class schedule for changes and potential conflicts.
 

Instructions for Accessing Your Class Schedule

Students can their class schedules via MyUAlbany by clicking “Schedule Planner” or “My Class Schedule.” 
 

Students can their class schedules via MyUAlbany by clicking “Schedule Planner” or “My Class Schedule.” 


Click the “I” button in the Schedule Planner to see course specifics.

The class below is a synchronous online course, which means the instructor and students meet online at a designated time for all class sessions.  
 

This class is a synchronous online course, which means the instructor and students meet online at a designated time for all class sessions.  


The course below is a hybrid course with alternating attendance. You’ll need to contact your instructor for information on when to attend class in person, as students will do so on a rotating schedule. 
 

This course is a hybrid course with alternating attendance.


The course below is a hybrid course with synchronous simulcast, which means the instructor and students meet in person and online, depending on the day. 
 

A hybrid course with synchronous simulcast


When using “My Weekly Schedule,” be sure to change the dates to reflect your Fall schedule (8/24/20). 
 

A screenshot showing how to check your class schedule on MyUAlbany


Classes that display in the grid with days and times either meet in person or synchronously online. 

Classes for which meeting information is not available typically meet asynchronously online and are listed at the bottom of the grid. 
 

Classes that display in the grid with days and times either meet in person or synchronously online.

Classes for which meeting information is not available typically meet asynchronously online and are listed at the bottom of the grid.

 

Please contact your academic advisor with any questions or concerns about your course schedule. 

Students who are unable to come to campus have a large array of online courses to choose from. However, not all courses can be offered remotely, so students may need to register for alternative courses. 

 

Health & Safety in the Classroom 

The following guidance is specifically for instructors and students who are meeting in classrooms during the Fall 2020 semester. Please visit our general Health & Safety page for additional guidance. 
 

Capacity

Classroom capacities have been adjusted based on room size and seating options to accommodate physical distancing procedures. 

  • In classrooms with fixed seating, such as lecture centers, capacity was reduced to 20%. 

  • In classrooms with moveable seats, capacity was reduced to 40%. 

In-person and hybrid courses have been rescheduled into classrooms that meet the new capacity limits based on course enrollment caps. Instructors can reserve any remaining classroom space for in-person office hours or small group meetings using the EMS reservation system. 

Classrooms too small to allow for proper physical distancing are being used to store extra furniture. 

Cleaning

While custodial crews continue to follow CDC guidelines by regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-use common areas and workspaces, including handrails and door handles, additional care should be taken to wipe down and disinfect public surfaces used by multiple people. 

Disinfectant and sanitizer are available at central locations adjacent to classrooms for instructors and students to acquire and wipe down surfaces as they enter the room.  

Face Coverings

Students and instructors are required to wear a mask or face covering when attending an in-person class. Signs and syllabus instructions clearly articulate and reinforce this requirement. 

Disposable masks are available to students and instructors in central campus locations. Instructors can also request a face shield. 

Instructors can require a student to leave the classroom if they refuse to wear a mask.

Instructors may remove their mask while lecturing or leading instruction to ensure students clearly understand the instructions — but only if it is absolutely necessary and they are able to remain in the designated lecturing area, at least six feet from others, at all times. 

Instructors with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students in their classes will be provided a hooded face shield or visible mouth mask.

Furniture

Signs about physical distancing and furniture arrangement are posted inside all classrooms. Extra chairs and furniture have been removed from classrooms, where possible. 

Students should only sit in designated seats. Markings or signs should not be removed. Furniture, including chairs, should not be moved.

  • In classrooms with fixed seating, such as lecture centers, seats that are not to be used are covered or marked to establish safe seating patterns.  

  • In classrooms with moveable seating, tables and chairs have been replaced with armchairs and node chairs. 

Furniture has been removed from rooms and stored elsewhere to ensure physical distancing capacities are maintained. The remaining classroom furniture should not be removed from its original classroom or moved to another location.

Labs

Given space limitations, many lab courses are being delivered as hybrid courses with alternating attendance. Students have been split into groups with alternating schedules, so that while some students conduct in-person lab work, other students complete alternative work assignments remotely.  

Cleaning and personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols will be determined by CDC guidelines. Academic departments may release additional guidelines based on each course’s needs and assigned lab space. 

Technology

All classrooms are equipped with audio-visual (AV) tools that support web conferencing. This enables instruction to be broadcast to some or all students synchronously or to be recorded for asynchronous viewing. 

Resuming Research and Scholarly Activities  

The Research and Scholarship Continuity Task Force has developed recommendations for the resumption of research and scholarly activities and an approval process to verify that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure personal safety and the safe operation of laboratory and research spaces.  

Faculty and researchers who can perform research and scholarly activities remotely should continue to do so from home. However, physically being on campus will be permitted for research and scholarship that require the use of campus facilities and instrumentation.   

To start the approval process, please follow these instructions:
 

Step 1: Review the guidelines

Review the guidelines outlined in the Task Force’s Recommendations, as well as the literature cited and linked in the report.   

Download, print and post in your labs and workspaces the campus’ COVID-19 signage for safety and physical distancing.   

Also, please download and review UAlbany’s Environmental Health and Safety Checklist for Restarting Research Activities.

Step 2: Complete and submit an Approval Form

Complete and submit the On-campus Research/Scholarship Continuity Approval Form.   

Use the embedded link to email the form to the Division for Research and Office of Environmental Health & Safety. Please copy your department chair/director and your college/school dean on that email.   

If all requirements are met, you will receive approval from the Division for Research in a few days. 

Step 3: Inspect your lab

Once you receive approval from the Division for Research, you should then inspect your laboratory or workspace using the EHS Checklist. Keep a copy of the checklist readily accessible. Make sure everyone on your team is aware of and agrees to follow all pertinent recommendations and guidelines.

Step 4: Secure approval for undergraduate participation

Once you have received approval to resume your research and scholarship, and undergone a satisfactory safety inspection, you will be able to include undergraduate students in your group’s on-campus research activities. 

However, undergraduates cannot participate until you have met with them in person to give them instructions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and proper training in the safe conduct of research. 

You must also secure approval for undergraduate students to participate in your research.  

Please complete the Participation of Undergraduate Students in On-Campus Research/Scholarship Approval Form. You should send the completed form to research@albany.edu and copy your chair/director and college/school dean. 

The Division of Research will then review the form to ensure completeness and compliance with all guidelines. You will receive an approval message within a few days. 

Please email research@albany.edu with any questions. Find more information on the Division of Research’s COVID-19 website