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Academics | Online Learning Updates

Recent recommendations regarding COVID-19 have resulted in a decision to take proactive measures at the University of Mount Union. It is important to note that there are currently no confirmed cases on the Mount Union campus.

  • Effective Thursday, March 19, the University is ceasing face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the spring semester.

Temporary Academic Policy Change for Spring 2020

S/U (Pass/Fail) and “W” (Course Withdrawal) Options in Response to COVID-19

As part of Mount Union’s commitment to ensure the continued academic success of our students in an effort to keep them on track for graduation, the University has made the decision to extend both the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) and withdrawal (W) deadlines to the last day of regular classes for the 2020 Spring Semester – Wednesday, May 6, 2020. During this temporary change in academic policy, for the 2020 Spring Semester only, students can elect to change any regularly graded course to an S/U option or elect to withdraw with a W grade up to this date. Neither option will adversely affect a student’s term or cumulative GPA.
 

Temporary Academic Policy Change

 

Please see the FAQs below for additional details.

FAQs

  1. How are recent recommendations impacting course delivery?

    Effective Wednesday, March 18, the University is ceasing face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, including final exams. 

    This is a necessary and prudent course of action and the one that best protects the health and well-being of the Mount Union community while allowing our faculty members to continue to prepare for virtual learning that meets the academic quality standards for which the University is known.  

  2. How will I be able to access my courses after the transition to formats that do not involve face-to-face teaching?

    Students will receive instructions for accessing classes prior to the start of online coursework from individual faculty members. Details regarding the continuation of labs, clinicals, internships, student teaching, and small performance classes will be communicated to faculty via the academic continuity plan. Faculty will work with impacted students on a case-by-case basis to determine next steps.

  3. How do I access on-campus resources from off campus or at home?

    We recognize the need of our faculty, staff, and students to access University data when they are not physically on campus. The use of a VPN allows members of the Mount Union community to securely access Mount Union network resources from off campus, as if they were on campus. VPN access is not needed to access resources such as iRaider (portal.mountunion.edu), Self Service (selfservice.mountunion.edu), D2L/Brightspace (D2L.mountunion.edu), Office365, ADP, and campus email. However, if you would like to access your individual or department file space, such as H:\ or S:\ drives, you will need VPN access.  If you would like to request VPN access, please review the new Remote Access Policy and complete the Technology Remote Access Request Form. This link is applicable for faculty, staff, and students.

  4. In light of the transition away from face-to-face instruction, how will I complete labs, internships, clinicals, etc.?

    Details regarding the continuation of labs, clinicals, internships, student teaching, and small performance classes will be communicated to faculty via the academic continuity plan. Faculty will work with impacted students on a case-by-case basis to determine next steps. Given the rapidly evolving conditions in hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S., students in health science programs that include clinical experiences should connect with their program directors/department chairs or faculty if they have questions or concerns regarding their clinical placements. Special arrangements will be made for seniors who need to complete clinical placements for certification or licensure programs, or other specialized degree requirements. These arrangements will be communicated separately to these students through their individual departments. 

     

    Physical Therapy Clinicals

    After careful consideration, the Physical Therapy (PT) Program has decided to pause all PT clinical rotations until the tentative date of April 13, 2020, even if your site has not yet been closed. We are working diligently within the guidelines of the University, the CDC, and CAPTE to ensure the safest, and most effective path to graduation. PT students should refer to their email for additional details.

    Physician Assistant Studies Clinicals

    Given the rapidly changing climate at hospitals and health systems, the PA program has decided to pause all clinical experiences for the period of March, even if your site has not yet been closed, effective March, 17, 2020.  We continue to receive cancellations each day with students not allowed to continue their current clinical rotation. As you may already know, many medical schools and PA programs have paused their clinical rotations throughout the state. PA students should refer to their email for additional details.

  5. How will the University continue to address the changing situation related to COVID-19?

    The University has convened a COVID-19 preparedness group that is meeting regularly and monitoring this evolving situation daily. 

    When making decisions regarding public health issues such as COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), the University will always work cooperatively with and follow the guidelines and recommendations of leading health organizations, including the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health, the Stark County Health Department, and the Alliance City Health Department. 

    In this particular situation, the University has also been in close contact with state government officials, peer institutions, and other higher education professional organizations. 

    As this group continues its work, the University will be certain to communicate decisions and other COVID-19 related protocals and details to the campus community in timely manner.