While it was determined our curriculum will be best delivered in multiple modalities for the fall semester and likely the entire academic year, every effort will be made to establish a single, consistent modality for each course section in order to minimize any need to switch modalities midsemester, should the Commonwealth’s orders require it. The curriculum modalities that will be used for the Fall 2020 semester are: in-person; hybrid; and online.
Additionally, the Health and Safety and Academic Affairs Implementation Teams worked together to ensure the university is following the guidance, sector specific safety protocols, and best practices outlined in the Massachusetts Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces. This includes requirements for research and lab safety, clinical placements, libraries, and the performing arts.
In-person instruction, which mirrors our traditional modality, will occur in designated campus locations during regularly scheduled, predetermined days and times. This modality will be offered this fall but is restricted. Academic Affairs has developed a method to prioritize which classes will occur in-person based on the teaching and learning needs associated with course objectives and student learning outcomes.
In-person instruction will be offered in classrooms that allow for proper physical distancing and will require strict adherence to the SSU COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols.
There are three types of online instruction that will be offered at SSU: asynchronous online, synchronous online and blended online.
Asynchronous online instruction offers students the opportunity to learn online at their own convenience. There are no convenings of the entire class in this modality, and student engagement with faculty occurs by request through a digital platform.
Synchronous online instruction offers students virtual classroom experiences during regularly scheduled, predetermined days and times. This modality allows for faculty and students to meet virtually, similar to the schedule of an in-person course.
Blended online instruction allows for student learning to occur primarily asynchronously online, but also includes pre-scheduled, synchronous virtual convenings of the entire class on a digital platform. The virtual class convenings will take place during the times published in the original course schedule.
Campus Spaces to Access Online Instruction
Spaces on all three campuses have been designated as study areas, both for students with an online class immediately following an in-person class and for those who need a quiet place to connect to their online classes. Locate on-campus study spaces.
Hybrid courses offer an opportunity for both in-personand online instruction within one course. While student learning will occur primarily online asynchronously, there will be in person instruction at designated dates and times on campus.
In-person class convenings will be prescheduled and must take place in the times published in the original course schedule.
Students with Disabilities
Students with underlying health conditions or a disability that makes adhering to any required prevention strategy difficult, or who is at risk of severe illness if exposed to COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to consult with Disability Services to discuss accommodations. Based on the individual situation and the supporting documentation, possible accommodations may include accessing closed captioning for virtual meetings and classes or providing clear masks for students who benefit from lip-reading.
Internships and Fieldwork
SSU developed a process to allow students to return to field placements that outlines the expectations for students, for the academic department and the field placement site. This process will be adapted for all internships, clinical and field placements and practicas.
Berry Library and Learning Commons
The Berry Library is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Friday to Salem State students, faculty and staff with enhanced cleaning, social distancing guidelines, and mask requirements in place.
SSU members will need to present their Clipper Card to be admitted to the library and other offices in the learning commons. Students will tap their card to a Navigate reader; faculty and staff will need to give their name and ID number to the staff member. Staff members will be wearing masks and face shields and will stay 6 feet or more apart during the check-in process.
All people entering the learning commons and the library must wear a mask per the SSU safety protocols.
Members of the general public will not be permitted to use the physical library spaces until further notice, but members of the public with a NOBLE public library card may request books for check-out online and they may use Berry Library's contactless book-pickup service. The book pick-up table is located in the 1st floor lobby in the learning commons, just before the ID checkpoint.