Academic Information

Below is information on the delivery of courses, labs, and learning experiences for Summer Term.

Courses

To ensure the continuation of high-quality learning and academics, Kettering has adapted the summer schedule of courses. Courses may be delivered on-campus with live streaming or virtually through Blackboard employing Bb Collaborate for live sessions (see summer academic schedule for listing of courses on campus).

Instruction

Most courses will be available on campus and streamed or virtual through Bb Collaborate. Faculty that are teaching virtually are not excluded from coming to campus to take advantage of a faster Internet connection. If a faculty member is not scheduled to teach a face-to-face course, they must be approved to be on campus by their respective department head, dean, and the Provost.

  • Face-to-Face Classes: Faculty will be expected to be on campus if they teach one of the courses listed for on campus delivery
  • Virtual Classes: A small number of courses will continue to be delivered virtually throughout the Summer Term
  • Lab Technicians: Lab techs supporting courses on campus will be required to return to campus. Others will be required as needed
  • Staff: To appropriately support campus activities, students, and faculty staff will be required on campus as their position or job dictates under the direction of their supervisor

Classrooms

Only those classrooms specified will be used for instruction (see classroom list). Classrooms have been appropriately modified to provide for social distancing. Students will not move between classrooms unless necessary. Faculty may rotate into classrooms to teach various courses. Examples of adaptions to the classrooms include but are not limited to:

  • Spacing of classroom seats
  • Plexiglas shields for teaching podium
  • Designated entrance and exits

Classrooms will be disinfected daily, and if requested, more often. In the case of the need for disinfection of a space please contact: (810) 762-9750 during business hours and Campus Safety after hours at (810) 762-9501.


Academic Affairs is excited and ready to welcome faculty, staff, and students back to campus. To ensure safety in addition to providing the best learning and most flexible experiences for our students, the following general guidelines for Academic Operations have been established. Details regarding classroom and lab uses, course schedule arrangements, and academic support functions can be found in the appropriate sections below.

Faculty, Staff, and Students Returning to Campus

Faculty, staff, and students are required to follow campus rules and procedures set forth by the University.

Academic Affairs – Instructional Operations

Lectures

Lectures will be delivered in two modalities during Summer Term: Face-to-face (with live video streaming) and Virtual. The following explains each of the delivery modalities offered:

  • Face-to-Face Classes: A majority of the classes are to be offered face-to-face. These classes include a vast majority of the major courses with a few exceptions (please see Virtual Classes). To provide the best in-person class experiences to the students and to ensure the safety of faculty and students, all face-to-face classes will not exceed 25 students with very few exceptions (based on classroom size).
  • Live Video Streamed Classes: All face-to-face classes will be live streamed. In some cases, we have to alternate students for face-to-face classes due to class-size limit. Live streamed classes will enable these students to be part of the face-to-face classes and participate with other in-class students. All classes will be recorded as supplemental learning materials.
  • Virtual Classes: A small portion of the classes will be offered virtually via Bb Collaborate. Faculty are encouraged to record their virtual classes as supplemental materials. Classes (with a few exceptions) offered virtually do not have lab components associated with them. This enables the University to prioritize the available classrooms to accommodate those face-to-face courses without overwhelming students’ schedules. An exception is those classes (very few) that only use computer labs for modeling and simulations. Due to social distancing requirements, offering those classes face-to-face will significantly decrease the efficiency of equipment use. All computer labs are made virtual so that students can remotely access them from their own computing devices.

Laboratories

Lab work is essential to the success of all Kettering students. Students thrive through Kettering’s educational model which places equal importance on both theory and practice. To provide students the best learning experiences, a majority (with a few exceptions, see below) of the labs will be offered face-to-face with the following restrictions:

  • During Summer Term, two-member student teams will be formed for all lab sections that are offered face-to-face
  • To ensure students’ safety, members of each team will alternate their face-to-face lab sessions. Each week, one of the members will be physically in the lab to conduct the experiments and record the data and share the real-world data with their teammate
  • Exceptions to face-to-face labs are those using computer modeling and simulations. All computer labs will be offered virtually by accessing KUCloud or Virtual Computing Labs

Instructional Support

The following measures will be taken to support lectures and laboratories:

  • All face-to-face classrooms will be equipped with live video stream equipment
  • Teaching Assistants will be assigned to each face-to-face classroom to assist the instructors with camera control, class streaming/recording, and help facilitate class participation
  • All faculty office hours will be held virtually. In-person meetings will be held in designated areas by appointment only

Academic Support Functions

  • All academic support offices will reopen and be staffed during normal business hours
  • Face-to-face services will be available by appointment only
  • ADA accommodations will be provided to students with documented needs
  • ASC in-person appointments will be held in the Collaboration space outside of the Tutoring area and CETL
  • OIP (Office of International Programs) in-person appointments will be held in 3-506 AB
  • Opening of the Library for group activities (e.g., study groups) is to be announced
  • Online tutoring services will be available for all students
  • Faculty Senate Room will be reserved for small group face-to-face meetings

Recommended Physical Flow in Buildings

Academic Building

  • The FIRST Robotics doors and the tunnel have been designated as the entry points for students and faculty/staff to enter the AB
  • The entrances near IME Offices and CHME Offices have been designated as exit only
  • FIRST Robotics participants to enter and exit the FIRST Center via the auxiliary entrance only

Mott Building

  • The front door has been designated as the single entry point
  • The entrance near the stairwells has been designated as the preferred exit

Recommendations for Students Gathering Spaces

As a reminder: All will be expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines while gathering.

  • The D-space in the Campus Center
  • The Great Court
  • The Sunset Room
  • The Abbey

To prepare for the campus reopening for the Summer Term, Academic Affairs provides the following general guidelines for use of classrooms and labs:

  • A majority of the lectures will be offered face-to-face. Face-to-face classes will be live streamed and recorded. For large classes, students will attend face-to-face sessions on an alternating basis
  • Faculty and student safety is our top priority. Most classrooms that allow for more than 15 students have been modified to meet social distancing requirements. To ensure all students will have an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of face-to-face instructions, we will divide students into two groups and designate certain days of the week for a certain group to take face-to-face lectures
  • Face-to-face class size will not exceed 25 students to ensure adequate interaction between faculty and students
  • A small number of classes will remain virtual
  • This will maximize classroom use efficiency by prioritizing courses in face-to-face delivery mode
  • A majority of labs will be offered face-to-face. To comply with social distancing requirements, two-student lab teams and alternate student members for in-lab experience will be formed on an odd and even week basis
  • To ensure our students gain practical experience in a safe manner, one student team member will be in the lab and share collected data with the other team member
  • The students in these two-member teams will alternate their in-person lab session throughout the Summer Term
  • Senior capstone projects will be offered face-to-face, and social distancing requirements will be strictly enforced
  • Use of Research Labs (including faculty and graduate research assistants using these labs) will follow the outlined “Research Laboratories Use Guidelines” (below)
  • All D-spaces (except the one in the Campus Center) will be temporarily closed
  • All general computer labs will be temporarily closed
  • Specialty computer labs will be set up as virtual computer labs that can be accessed remotely
  • These computer rooms provide specialty software packages that are used for specialty courses
  • All classrooms and labs will be cleaned and/or disinfected following the University’s guidelines
  • Students are required to wear face masks in classrooms and labs

These procedures are subject to change based on updates to University procedures.

  • All office and dry lab work should be conducted remotely
  • Principal Investigator (PI) will limit the number of people entering or working in their research laboratory in order to maintain the six (6) feet social distancing recommendations
  • As necessary, use tape on the floor to demarcate socially distanced workspaces and to create one-way traffic flow
  • Minimum social distancing of six (6) feet must be maintained at all times
  • Every researcher will be required to fill out a health questionnaire prior to working in a research laboratory each day
  • Employees will be required to notify the PI if they contract or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible
  • PI must report any symptomatic individual(s) from their research group (or any individual) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to the appropriate Department Head and Dean
  • Send any potentially exposed co-workers home if there is a positive case in the laboratory
  • Clean and disinfect the work site if/when a worker is sent home with symptoms or with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • All non-essential in-person visitors (including visiting scholars and undergraduate students) are suspended from research laboratories until further notice
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Everyone will be required to wear a face mask at all times
  • Standard lab safety glasses should be worn while working in the laboratory
  • Latex/nitrile gloves will be available but not required to be worn
  • A hand sanitizing station is nearby
  • PI should minimize the use of shared lab equipment/tools and create protocols for disinfecting lab equipment and lab tools
  • Researchers are required to wipe down their workstations/areas with disinfectant wipes at least twice daily
  • PI must implement an audit and compliance procedure to ensure cleaning criteria is followed
  • Signage will be placed to remind researchers about hand washing and social distancing
  • Common surfaces (door handles, bench tops, etc.) will be disinfected throughout the day

Classrooms for Face-to-Face Instruction

The following classrooms will be used for face-to-face instruction and live streaming:

Space Modification Requirements

  • All classrooms listed will be rearranged to meet the social distancing requirements
  • Protective shields will be installed on instructor stations
  • Equipment will be installed for live streaming classes

Academic Building

First Floor

  • 1-210
  • 1-815
  • 1-817
  • 1-819

Second Floor

  • 2-225
  • 2-601
  • 2-617
  • 2-716
  • 2-759
  • 2-761
  • 2-907
  • 2-911

Third Floor

  • None

Fourth Floor

  • 4-101
  • 4-102
  • 4-103
  • 4-104
  • 4-305
  • 4-309
  • 4-310
  • 4-312
  • 4-501

Campus Center

  • 1-250

Mott Building

(Students to bring their own laptops for computer labs)

The following classrooms will be used primarily for senior classes.

  • 2-116 (Hougan)
  • 2-146 (Loeffler)
  • 2-240 (Denso classroom)
  • 2-130 (Pace lab classroom)
  • 3-222

All face-to-face classes will be recorded and live-streamed. To achieve this goal:

  • Each live classroom will be equipped with a webcam capable of capturing class details and a microphone providing sufficient clarity to capture audio signals
  • Live stream will use Bb Collaborate as an official platform
  • A student worker (e.g., graduate assistants, work-study students, etc.) will be staffed in one of these live classrooms during class times. Three (3) student workers will be assigned to large classrooms (1-817 AB, 1-819 AB, 2-225 AB). One (1) to two (2) student workers to be assigned to other classrooms based on the schedules
  • Student workers’ responsibilities include: Control the camera, record (and repeat, if necessary) questions to the instructor, and record the lecture in Bb Collaborate
  • All training of the student workers scheduled to be completed by July 6th

Group 1: Last names: A - K
(This group is on campus all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday A.M. and in labs on even weeks.)

Group 2: Last names: L - Z
(This group is on campus Wednesday P.M., and all day Thursday and Friday and in labs on odd weeks.)

Modes of delivery include:

  • F2F - students attend and participate in the classroom
  • Live Stream - students attend and participate via a live stream
  • Virtual - students attend and participate asynchronously online


Sample Schedule Group 1 - Senior II ME major with last name beginning with “H”

Mon.Tues.Weds.Thurs.Fri.
8-10:05 a.m.
F2F
8:00-10:05 a.m.
Live stream
10:15-12:20 a.m.
Virtual
10:15-12:20 a.m.
Virtual
1:20-3:25 p.m.
F2F
1:20-3:25 p.m.
F2F
1:20-3:25 p.m.
Live stream
1:20-3:25 p.m.
Live stream
3:30-5:40 p.m.
F2F
3:30-5:40 p.m.
Live Stream
6-8 p.m.
Virtual
6-8 p.m.
Virtual


Sample Schedule Group 1 - Junior II CS/CE major with last name beginning with “A”

Mon.Tues.Weds. AMWeds. PMThurs.Fri.
10-11:15 a.m.
F2F
10 a.m.-12:20p.m.
Lab Even Weeks
10-11:15 a.m.
F2F
10-11:15 a.m.
Live stream
11:20a.m.-12:20p.m.
F2F
11:20a.m.-12:20p.m.
F2F
11:20a.m.-12:20p.m.
Virtual
11:20a.m.-12:20p.m.
Virtual
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Virtual
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Virtual
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Virtual
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Virtual
4:40-5:40 p.m.
F2F
4:40-5:40 p.m.
F2F
4:40-5:40 p.m.
F2F


Sample Schedule Group 2 - Sophomore II ME major with last name beginning with “R”

Mon.Tues.Weds. AMWeds. PMThurs.Fri.
9-10 a.m.
Live stream
9-10 a.m.
Live stream
9-10 a.m.
F2F
9-10 a.m.
F2F
10:15a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Live stream
10:15a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Lab Odd Weeks
10:15a.m.-12:20 p.m.
F2F
1:20-2:20 p.m.
Live stream
1:20-2:20 p.m.
Live stream
1:20-2:20 p.m.
F2F
1:20-2:20 p.m.
F2F
3:35-5:40 p.m.
Virtual
3:35-5:40 p.m.
Virtual


Sample Schedule Group 2 - Freshmen I ME major with last name beginning with “S”

Mon.Tues.Weds. AMWeds. PMThurs.Fri.
8-9 a.m.
Live stream
8-9 a.m.
Live stream
8-9 a.m.
F2F
8-9 a.m.
F2F
11:20a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Live stream
9-10 a.m.
(CILE 101)
F2F
11:20a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Live stream
10:15a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Lab Odd Weeks
11:20a.m.-12:20 p.m.
F2F
1:20-3:25 p.m.
Live stream
1:20-3:25 p.m.
F2F
1:20-3:25 p.m.
F2F
4:40-5:40 p.m.
Live stream
4:40-5:40 p.m.
Live stream
4:40-5:40 p.m.
F2F
4:40-5:40 p.m.
F2F


Info-to-Go

  • The Library will reopen with the Info-to-Go model, a virtual contactless service that provides library resources efficiently and safely
  • Major features of Info-to-Go:
    • Virtual Library services will continue and will be open 64 hours a week, including Sunday
    • Library staff will rotate on-site five days a week
    • On-site work assignments will include book and technology circulation and cleaning, collection maintenance and trouble-shooting, and responding to requests
    • Physical Library materials will be circulated touch-free by use of a secure locker system. Patrons will be sent an access code and will pick up their materials
    • As campus continues to reopen, additional services will become available in the Library

Staff

  • Library and Special Collections staff returned to campus on Monday, June 15th. On-campus work hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

Operations

  • Work areas are large enough to allow social distancing
  • As campus continues to reopen, services will be expanded
  • Staff will be cleaning returned items and inter-library loans and returning them to the shelves
  • Special Collections staff will begin on-site work in the Art Gallery and continue in Factory One as it reopens
  • Special Collections digitization projects will be accelerated to improve virtual access

Staff

  • ASC Director and staff will be on-site on a rotating basis
  • An advisor will be on-site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Thesis support staff will be on-site Tuesday and Thursday as needed
  • Tutoring, supplemental instruction, and writing support will be available virtually through Google Hangouts during scheduled times

Testing

  • Testing stations will be open to all students
  • ASC can accommodate up to two (2) students at a time in the main testing space. If additional space is required, testing will be temporarily moved to the ASC Lab space
  • Furniture has been removed in the ASC lab space leaving five (5) testing stations with space available for the overflow of two (2) additional students
  • Testing will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the first three weeks of the term and will be continuously evaluated to determine if testing days/times need to be increased
  • Testing will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to allow for proper sanitization between testing groups
  • Students requiring a reader or scribe for their test will work in the lounge space in a private pod area in compliance to social distancing and face masks guidelines
  • All students using the ASC testing service must adhere to the existing policy of scheduling 72 hours in advance

ASC Lab Services

  • All ASC Lab services (tutoring, supplemental instruction, math and writing support) will remain fully virtual at this time but will be evaluated throughout the term to determine if services need to be modified for face-to-face options
  • Writing support will be evaluated on a weekly basis if on-campus hours are required to be added

Advising

  • An academic advisor will be on campus daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only
  • In-person advising appointments will be carried out in a private pod in the lounge space at the end of the hall on the third floor
  • Only one student may meet with an advisor at a time, and masks must be worn by all parties
  • All advisors will be available virtually during normal business hours

Office of International Programs Staffing Plan

  • Staff will be on-site on a rotating basis
  • Office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday

Office of Institutional Research

  • IR Analyst and the Report Writer will be onsite on a staggered schedule

Office of the Registrar

  • As of June 15th, the office is staffed for a portion of each day Monday-Friday