Last Updated: September 24, 2020 11:30am
What are the health and safety guidelines for classrooms and study rooms?
Please observe the following guidelines in all classrooms and study rooms:
- Masks must always be worn within the classroom or study
room unless you are alone. See guidelines below for face shield exception for faculty/presenter within classrooms and presenting from stage in the auditorium
- Upon entering the room, use disinfectant wipes or spray to clean your area: desk/table, chair, keyboard, mouse, and any other areas you will touch. Dispose of wipes in appropriate trash receptacle
- Since masks are required, no food/eating permitted. You may move your mask to the side to take a drink/sip of a beverage, but must readjust your mask immediately after
- Maintain classroom configurations established to encourage physical distancing
- Occupy those seats designated and clearly marked as available in the auditorium or other classrooms with extra seating
- Abide by occupancy or group-size limits posted on rooms.
What will academic instruction look like in fall 2020?
Thomas College will provide a mix of face to face, hybrid and online learning opportunities for students in the fall 2020 semester. Classroom capacities and course sizes have been reduced and physical classrooms have been reconfigured to provide social distancing for students and faculty for all face to face instructional settings. The College is dedicated to ensuring that all our students are ready for learning and the successful completion of their classes regardless of format.
The College will require that face masks be worn at all times in classrooms and public spaces. See paragraphs below for more information. Individuals who may need to seek accommodations for this requirement are required to contact either Michelle Joler-Labbe at firstname.lastname@example.org (for faculty and staff) or Lisa Desautels-Poliquin (for students) at email@example.com for more information.
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear facial coverings/mask in public areas and inside all buildings. Facial coverings/masks will be required outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Exceptions: when alone in an individual office or space; within resident students’ own residence hall room when alone or with roommate and the door is closed; within the dining center, Jeanie’s Café, or Dog Pound face covering/mask can be removed only while seated at the table for the purpose of eating.
Face shields may be an alternative for those individuals with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings. Students or employees seeking an accommodation to use a face shield should contact Lisa Desautels-Poliquin, VP Student Affairs, or Michelle Joler-Labbe, Chief HR Officer, respectively to discuss individual situations.
Exception: Face shields may be used by a faculty member when teaching class from the front of the room and maintaining a 6-foot social distance from students. The faculty member will need to wear a face mask into the class and replace with the shield when at the front of the room. Likewise, faculty should remove their shield and replace with a face mask when leaving the room. In the auditorium only, individuals (faculty/students) may use face shields when presenting from the stage and socially distancing.
Face shields worn in place of a face covering must extend below the chin and back to the ears.
Students will be expected to participate in the College’s testing program related to COVID-19 in order to physically attend classes. Students who test positive for the virus or display any symptoms should seek guidance immediately from the Health Center at 207-859-1401.
What are the changes to the College’s Tutoring, TRIO, and JMG Services in fall 2020?
The Student Success Center will continue to offer tutoring and academic coaching during the fall semester. Tutoring and academic coaching will be provided through a mixture of face to face and virtual options. For safety of tutors and students, occupancy in the Student Success Center is limited. For more information on Student Success Center services and options, please contact Debbie Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) group sessions for designated classes will be scheduled in classroom spaces using recommended capacities and social distancing. For more information about PLTL, please contact Matthew Nash at email@example.com.
TRIO will continue to offer full services during the fall. Success coaching and events will be offered through a mixture of face to face and virtual options. For more information on TRIO services and options, please contact Zahayra Razo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JMG (Jobs for Maine’s Graduates) programming and staff will continue at Thomas in the fall. For more information on JMG services and options, please contact Nicole Lazure at email@example.com.
What is the Academic Calendar for fall 2020?
The Thomas College academic calendar for all divisions and programs can be found at https://www.thomas.edu/calendar . Accelerated MBA courses are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 24. Early Start courses for undergraduate students will begin Wednesday, August 26. Online and evening Master’s programs begin August 31. The undergraduate day fall academic semester begins September 8.
Where can I find information on the College’s Early Start Program?
The College’s Early Start program will feature staggered move-in times for students. Classes will be held in a mix of classrooms, outdoor spaces, and virtual environments. For information on Early Start, please see the information posted online at < a href=”https://www.thomas.edu/early-start”> https://www.thomas.edu/early-start/ or contact Ashlee Fecteau at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I have questions about my course schedule, advisors, and where to purchase my text books.
Fall 2020 schedules for new students have been emailed to your Thomas College email address and new and returning students can find their schedules in their MyThomas accounts. Haven’t connected to your Thomas email yet?
Your fall schedule is a mix of courses required for your major, general education core courses required of all students, and electives. All courses in your schedule will count toward degree completion. You will see the Course ID, Course Number, Course Name, Day – Section – and Time the course is offered, the Room the course is held, and the instructor for the course.
Generally, courses meet either twice a week for 75 minutes on Mondays/Wednesdays (MW), Tuesdays/Thursdays (TTH), Wednesdays/Fridays (WF), OR once a week for 160 minutes in the morning or afternoon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. However, it is important to note that not all courses follow this pattern. Please take note on your schedule of the section letters and the days of the week to map your courses to the time-block. Courses noted as ‘online’ on your schedule will be conducted entirely through your moodle account and will not meet in person during the semester. Course moodle sites are accessed through your MyThomas account. How do I connect to moodle for the first time?
Should you want to introduce yourself or need to make adjustments to your schedule, please outreach to your academic adviser as they can help adjust courses, days, and times based on open availability in the schedule. You can make adjustments to your fall schedule until the end of the add/drop period which is Tuesday, September 15th, 2020.
Books and other course materials are purchased through our online bookstore. While viewing your schedule in your MyThomas account, a grey button will appear below your schedule that says “get books”. By clicking this button you will be redirected to our online bookstore which automatically populates the books needed for your courses. You can indicate which condition of book to purchase then add to your cart. Not all book assignments have been determined so make note of which courses you will need to check later in the summer. You will complete your book order just like other online purchases through this online check-out system.
Please reach out to the Registrar’s Office with any additional questions about your course schedule at 207-859-1405 or email at email@example.com.
Are reservations required for study rooms? Will additional space be made available for studying?
No, reservations for study rooms are not required but can be beneficial to ensure your access. There will be posted limits on occupancy for study rooms. We are also working to make additional classroom space available in the evenings.
Are reservations required to use the library?
No, however, the College will track and adhere to occupancy limits for the library. This may require students to wait to enter.
Over the past few weeks, the library has been transformed to help you remain carefully distanced from others while you’re working this fall. Processes for checking out books, laptops and other materials are being reviewed daily to ensure the safest procedures are in place when you visit us. We’re also increasing our online resources and taking steps to minimize contact while you’re here. This includes sanitizing workspaces regularly while the library is open.