FAQs for Fall 2020 Semester Schedule
- Why was my course moved to remote status?
In an effort to lower the total density of students on campus to allow for safe social distancing and to minimize risk to both students and faculty who are in higher risk categories in relation to COVID-19, UNLV moved a portion of the fall 2020 schedule into remote instruction.
- Why aren’t all the courses remote?
Like many of our students, we value the on-campus, face-to-face classroom experience. However, as we strive to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we simply cannot have as many courses in-person as we traditionally would. Also, we realize that students will have a wide range of course needs and preferences, from entirely online to entirely in-person, and thus we are attempting to provide the broadest choice of options possible for our students in fall 2020.
- Is there a difference between a remote course and an online (web-based) course?
Our traditional online (web-based) courses were developed over a period of time before the spring 2020 semester began. They involve a strong collaboration in the course building process between faculty members and the staff in the Office of Online Education over several months. Online courses carry the $34 per credit distance education course fee to help offset this additional development cost, as well as to support the technology that delivers the course. Remote courses are classes that were originally intended to be offered in-person in the fall 2020 semester, but due to COVID-19 were moved into a non-face-to-face instructional mode. Remote courses do not carry the distance education course fee.
- Does my remote or online course have a designated meeting time?
Online courses allow students to log in at their convenience to complete lectures and assignments. Remote courses do have set meeting times and you should carefully review the course syllabus to determine whether or not your instructor will expect you to log in at the set meeting time listed in MyUNLV.
- How will I know if my course has been moved to remote status?
The Office of the Registrar will continue to make course updates to remote status through the summer. We will make these changes on a rolling basis as we receive the requests, so please check your fall 2020 class schedule in MyUNLV periodically. Undergraduate and graduate students registered for a fall 2020 remote class section will receive a confirmation email in July.
- Can I take two or more remote classes that meet at the same time or overlap in time for just a few minutes?
You will need to speak to your academic advisor about this. Until you can verify with both instructors that the courses do not require you to be logged in at the designated time (synchronous instruction) you should not sign up for two courses that show the same course time or overlap partially.
- Can I get approval to take a remote class instead of an in-person class, even if the remote class is not approved to fulfill a requirement?
Students with health conditions or who find a remote course to work better for their schedule should consult with their academic advisors about the possibility to request course substitutions. Graduate students should speak with their advisor and Graduate Coordinator for guidance on this matter. The campus has set up a standard procedure for these course substitutions and the first step in the process is for a student to contact their advisor/graduate coordinator.
- Will there be more changes?
- UNLV will make some minor adjustments to in-person class start and end times, in order to increase social distancing during passing periods. The adjustments will not include remote or online sections. These time changes will be minor shifts of either 5 minutes before or 5 minutes after the normally scheduled start and end times. In the vast majority of cases, the time changes will not result in students’ having time conflicts with other registered classes.
We will make the start and end time changes on a rolling basis starting in early July, so you can check MyUNLV periodically to see if any of your class times have changed. We will also notify students of the time changes via e-mail by the end of July.