general information

SCHEDULE CHANGES

  • The 2020-21 Academic Calendar has been modified to provide our students with the best chance of completing full academic terms of in-person instruction, and to help mitigate the threat of the coronavirus spreading on campus.  
  • The daily class schedule was adjusted for reasons of safety. The time between classes has been extended to 20 minutes to allow for spot cleaning of high-touch areas in classrooms and to ease congestion in the hallways. There will no longer be a mid-day free period. 

Fall 2020 Semester

  • The last day of classes for the Fall 2020 semester will be Thursday, November 19 with Reading Day the following day. Final exams will be held November 21-25.

Winter Terms

  • Siena will now offer four winter sessions: two sessions of four weeks each; one six-week session; and one eight-week session. Students will be limited to two courses total for the entire winter term, and all courses will be held online.

Spring 2021 Semester

  • The spring 2021 semester will begin on Monday, February 22, more than a month later than usual. We plan to welcome students back to campus and host classes in the current hybrid format of in-person and online. There will be no spring break. The Monday following Easter (April 5) and a designated Midterm Reading Day (April 28) will be the only days with no classes. 

Commencement

  • An in-person Commencement ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 30.

Please note that these plans are subject to change depending on the track of the pandemic and the possible availability of a vaccine. 

classroom & online learning

  • Acceptable facial coverings for the nose and mouth, including cloth masks and face shields are required in classrooms and labs.
  • Faculty office hours are held either remotely or in-person, determined by the individual faculty members. In-person meetings will adhere to social distancing and face covering requirements.
  • Course delivery methods are mixed this semester. The Siena faculty are committed to  ensuring that every course provides Siena's Education for a Lifetime in whatever format necessary. 
  • Approximately one-quarter of all classes are being delivered either completely online or remotely this fall.
  • Live streaming technology enables students to effectively participate remotely in classes that are being offered in person.
  • Classrooms are restricted to 50 percent capacity, or students are seated at least three feet apart, whichever amounts to lower capacity (regardless, masks are always required in the classroom). The College is also holding classes in other spaces, such as the Sarazen Student Union and in tents.
  • Thorough cleaning of all classrooms by our custodial staff occur in the early morning hours. High-touch surfaces are disinfected twice a day by custodial staff; this frequency will be adjusted if needed.
  • Classrooms are outfitted with sanitizing kits for faculty and students to use on their desks, tables, podiums, etc. between classes. 
  • All student support services are in operation for the semester. 

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can students change their class schedule?

Students should reach out to their advisor, the assistant or associate deans for their schools, or the Student Academic Success and Engagement office if they wish to adjust their schedules. Please refer to the academic calendar for the last days to add and drop classes.

Will tuition and fees be adjusted?

No. Dual delivery of courses requires a significant investment. In fact, many colleges include a distance learning fee due to the additional costs of designing and delivering remote courses, including instructional designers, instructor training, media production, and technology. 

Am I required to wear a mask in class or in my lab?

Yes. 

Am I able to take all my classes remotely?

Students who wish to take all of their coursework remotely must contact Jennifer Costello (jcostello@siena.edu) in the Student Academic Success and Engagement Office to initiate the request.

How will in-person and off campus internships/experiences for the Fall work?

Internships will continue as long as businesses are open and can safely practice social distancing. There will be some programs that operate remotely, as well as some in-person.  Field experience requirements, such as education and nursing programs, will be fulfilled. We will be working with sites and students to make sure these requirements are met.

What are the alternative class structures?

Face-to-Face classes are traditional classes that meet on campus.  Many of these classes may be split, with half of the students meeting in the classroom one day while the other students participate remotely.  Other classes are able to accommodate all students in the classroom at once.

Online, synchronous classes meet only online, but there is a 'live' component so students can participate remotely.

Online, asynchronous classes meet only online and there is no 'live' component so students will not need to participate remotely at the same time. 

Hybrid classes are classes that are a combination of online work and in-person meetings with the entire class. 

How are the classrooms being sanitized?

“Green” cleaning solutions are used, followed by disinfectants with high alcohol content.

How are science labs, creative arts studios and other non-traditional classrooms adjusted for social distancing?

These types of instruction settings are restricted to 50 percent or students sitting three feet apart, whichever amounts to less capacity. In addition, plexiglass barriers and other accommodations were made in these spaces.

Are there changes to the hours and/or the configuration of the Library? Can books still be checked out?

Yes and yes. The Library has been reconfigured to adhere to social distancing. There have been some adjustments to the hours of operation, but nothing significant.

What are the face covering arrangements for those who are visually/hearing impaired?

The College will work with individuals to make appropriate accommodations to the best extent possible. Students requiring special accommodation should contact Julia Gold (jgold@siena.edu) and employees should contact Sherrill Brown (sbrown@siena.edu).

Will there still be the option of doing service in the community for the fall 2020 semester?

 Service in the beginning of the fall 2020 semester should be managed remotely, if possible. Off-campus service opportunities will require approval and a signed agreement by the service site. In all cases, Siena community members must abide by all virus-related College policies such as social distancing and face coverings. Priority will be given for service experiences that are required for academic programs and/or demonstrate significant experiential opportunities. 

Will there be internships this semester?

Internships may be performed in person with permission and agreement by host sites and students regarding precautions and risk.