1. Who should submit the Spring Online Schedule Request Form?
Any student who would like to request an online-only schedule for the spring 2021 semester.
2. Are students who submit the Spring Online Schedule Request Form guaranteed an all-online schedule?
No. While we will make every effort to accommodate online-only schedule requests, there are some circumstances in which course availability and/or certain disciplines and degree plans prevent an online-only schedule. Students should work closely with their advisors to register for courses that both fit their health and degree-planning needs. For questions about courses, contact University Advisement at University_Advisement@baylor.edu or 254-710-7280.
3. How does an online-only schedule affect the on-campus residency requirement for first-year students?
First-year students who are at risk of complications from COVID-19 or live with someone who is may be exempt from their on-campus housing requirement. First-year students who are not at risk may choose to live on campus for the spring 2021 semester or defer their on-campus housing requirement to the 2021-2022 academic year. For questions about housing contracts or on-campus housing requirements, contact Campus Living & Learning at Living@baylor.edu or 254-710-3642.
4. What are the criteria that will be used to Approve or Deny Online Schedule Requests?
The University's primary focus for Spring 2021 Online requests is those who are at risk for complications from COVID-19 or those who are living with someone who is at risk. We want to do our best to provide online schedules for those who need an online accommodation due to being at risk (or immunocompromised).
For those students who are not at risk for complications from COVID-19 (or living with someone who is), we will consider whether or not they are currently registered for a fully online schedule this fall, where they plan to live in the spring, and their individual circumstances that might warrant an entirely online schedule.
5. Are students who are not at risk for complications from COVID-19 and not living with someone who is able to request an Online Schedule?
Yes. All students, including those who are not at risk for complications from COVID-19, are able to submit a request for an online schedule. However, whether or not those requests will be approved will depend upon a number of factors. For those students not at risk for complications from COVID-19 (or living with someone who is), we will consider whether or not those students are currently registered for a fully online schedule this fall, where they plan to live in the spring, and their individual circumstances that might warrant an entirely online schedule.
6. Are all spring classes prepared in an online format as well?
No. Not every class will be offered in an online format. However, courses with multiple sections will offer at least one online section (unless for some pedagogical reason doing so is not possible).
In addition, when students request and are approved for an All Online schedule, the appropriate School or College will work with those students to identify needed classes for an online version or find an appropriate online substitution for the needed class (if possible).
7. Are students guaranteed an online schedule if their request is approved?
No. An approved request does not guarantee a fully online schedule. Some students may be completing a major that, for a variety of reasons, requires courses that must be taught face-to-face. If the student must take those in-person courses in the Spring 2021 semester in order to stay on track for graduation, they may not be able to register for a fully online schedule.
8. What if I decide after October 30th that I want to request an online schedule for the spring semester?
The deadline for the request for continuing students is October 30th. Due to application deadlines, incoming students beginning their first semester at Baylor must complete the Spring 2021 Online Schedule Request form by Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The University will not accept late requests.
9. Should students expect spring class schedules to change after registration, as experienced for the fall?
The university is working hard to prepare the spring schedule prior to registration. We are able to plan the schedule with restrictions due to COVID-19 in mind, whereas, in planning for the fall, we had an existing schedule and most students had already registered when changes to the fall 2020 schedule were released. Modifications were necessary to accommodate restrictions implemented after registration occurred. Since planning is occurring for the spring 2021 semester prior to any students having registered, we anticipate that any restrictions that will need to be placed on students' schedules will be more stable as planning occurs for spring 2021.
Although changes always occur after the schedule of classes is released for an upcoming term, we do not anticipate nearly the fluctuation in preparation for the spring that was experienced in preparation for the fall. The goal with the spring schedule is for the class modalities and meeting times to be identified prior to registration.
10. What if a student is approved for a fully online schedule, but later changes their mind and wishes to register for one or more in-person class sections?
The student will need to contact their academic advisor to let the advisor know that they wish to cancel their request for a fully online schedule.