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Academics

Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

Academic Calendar

The University will proceed with the planned fall calendar, opening on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and concluding on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. The Fall and Thanksgiving breaks will remain on the calendar, as scheduled.

The fall 2020 academic calendar can be found online. Registration information for the 2020-2021 academic year can be found on the Office of the Registrar web site. The final updated course schedule will be available by August 13, 2020.

Academic Delivery 

The majority of academic instruction and support for the fall 2020 semester will be delivered online—through both online synchronous and online asynchronous methods—with exceptions for in-person delivery of coursework that requires labs, clinical, or hands-on instruction.

To ensure high-quality remote delivery, the University has offered training in online delivery to our faculty–including through our Summer Online Academy–to enhance faculty expertise in delivering content remotely with a focus on student learners and their academic success. Ongoing support will be provided through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Instructional Technology, and the broader resources of Information Management. 

In addition, the University has invested significantly in enhanced audio-visual instructional technology to support faculty in offering interactive and engaging lectures, small group interaction, and active learning through a variety of remote instruction learning platforms.

Students will have full opportunity to approach, communicate, and meet with their professors for advising appointments, drop-in consultations, feedback sessions, and office hours. Most of this will be possible remotely and with in-person opportunities as they become available.

Monmouth University faculty and staff are fully committed to supporting our students, ensuring that each student has a quality, personalized academic experience. In order to preserve the personalized attention that remains a hallmark of a Monmouth education, many classes will be smaller than usual, with fall undergraduate classes averaging just 18 students per class.

In order to maintain consistency in our learning environment, to provide certainty for students, and to ensure the highest-quality academic experience, Stage 2 guidelines for instruction will continue to apply throughout the fall semester, regardless of whether the state of New Jersey moves to Stage 3.

For those limited courses that require in-person instruction, physical distancing will be implemented in all classrooms, workplaces, and areas of congregation, both indoors and outside. The University has established a number of public health-based protocols that will be followed in these spaces.

Academic support services through the Center for Student Success including advising, tutoring, and career services, as well as services to accommodate students with disabilities, will remain available throughout the semester in a combination of in-person and virtual sessions, which students can access at any time.

Students who have questions regarding their course schedule are encouraged to contact their department chair, academic advisor, or school dean.

For more information on services available to students, please visit Academic Support Services and the Center for Student SuccessThe Department of Disability Services for Students can be contacted at 732-571-3460 or dds@monmouth.edu

The full Health and Safety Guidelines to be followed can be found on the Health and Safety Measures section and the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan is available online.

Flexible Grading Policy

The flexible grading policy initiated in the spring will continue through the fall 2020 semester. At the conclusion of the semester, faculty will award letter grades to students for their work. Once standard letter grades are posted, students may choose to keep some or all of those standard grades (A-F), or they may choose to have some or all of the grades recorded as Pass/Fail (P/F).  

Research, Internships, and Clinical Fieldwork

Protocols for research, internships, and clinical fieldwork are under review and will be updated to comply with Stage 2 guidelines. 

Computer Labs 

Computer labs will be opened for the Fall 2020 semester in accordance with guidelines in New Jersey Administrative Order 2020-17, the university’s restart plan, and the academic calendar. Users will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distance as well as follow sanitation and infection control practices posted in the labs. Additional consideration for high-risk individuals use will be addressed prior to the start of the semester. The computers in the labs will allow the use of all university licensed software and will have printing capability.

Locations and times of operation for these labs will be posted prior to the beginning of classes.

Library

The Guggenheim Memorial Library will be open but will be operating at a 25% reduced capacity and will follow the same physical distancing limitations as all other buildings on campus. Masks will be required inside the library and temperature-scanning technology will be used as a screening method to conduct temperature checks in order to gain access to the library. 

Book request and contactless pickup services became available beginning Monday, July 6 to all University affiliates. Please visit the library website or call 732-571-3438 for more information.  

Study Abroad

Study Abroad programming will be suspended for the fall 2020 semester. For any questions regarding study abroad, contact the Global Education Office at 732-923-4768

University Store

The bookstore will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning September 7, 2020. Students are welcome to purchase their books in person during those times. Social distancing and face coverings are required. Enter through the OceanFirst Bank Center and exit through the exterior vestibule.

Students may also order books online at mubookstore.monmouth.edu. Books ordered online may be shipped or arrangements may be made for contactless pickup. Please call the store at 732-263-5235 to make those arrangements or with any other questions.

The University’s plans and protocols are subject to change in response to evolving guidance from local, state, and federal government and public health officials. We will continue to update this website regularly and encourage you to check back often for the most up-to-date information.