Important notes for CNHS students regarding the Fall 2020 at-home and campus options are organized by department below.

Biomedical and Health Sciences

The Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences has been working all summer to plan a safe and academically rich Fall semester for you with a variety of delivery mode options including fully online, remote, mixed mode and in person classes. Our goal is to support you; which includes providing sound guidance around decisions to return to campus in the Fall semester. We would like to provide some additional details as you consider the remote option that was announced in Provost Prelock’s communication on July 2.

Health Sciences

For all Health Sciences majors, the remote option should be fully accessible. Please contact Deborah Hinchey or Paula Deming with specific questions.

Medical Laboratory Science

1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-year MLS students will be able to choose the remote option without impacting academic progression. However 4th-year MLS students considering the remote learning (or at home) option, should understand that there will be some required courses that will not be available, specifically courses designated as ‘mixed mode’ or ‘in person’. In these instances, students who choose remote learning will not be able to complete major requirements; which would in turn put them out of sequence for courses. This will not impact your spot in the program; however, it could impact your graduation date. Please contact Katrina Moreau or Paula Deming with specific questions.

Medical Radiation Sciences

For MRS majors, 1st- and 2nd-year students will be able to choose the remote learning option. However 3rd- and 4th-year MRS students considering the remote learning (or at home) option, should understand that there will be some required courses that will not be available, specifically courses designated as ‘mixed mode’ or ‘in person’. In these instances, students who choose remote learning will not be able to complete major requirements; which would in turn put them out of sequence for courses. This will not impact your spot in the program; however, it could impact your graduation date. Please contact the CNHS Office of Student Services or Paula Deming with questions.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is working hard to ensure that courses and scheduling options will be open and available for all of our undergraduate students, on campus, in person, or remotely. If you are having challenges with course access or scheduling due to changes related to COVID-19, please contact your advisor.

First- and second-year undergraduate CSD students may contact the CNHS Office of Student Services for more information.Third and fourth-year undergraduate CSD students may contact their assigned advisor, Dr. Adams or Professor Walberg, with questions.

First-year graduate students are expected to return to campus.

Nursing

Faculty have worked intently with the University and our clinical site partners to assure a safe and effective reentry into the clinical area for nursing students. Graduate students returned to clinical sites during the summer within the University-approved re-entry plans. Final arrangements are currently underway for undergraduate student clinicals and we will advise you of those within the next few weeks.

The at-home option recently presented for Fall 2020 includes remote learning for our undergraduate students, which we believe will be a good option for first-year students and first-semester sophomores, who may choose the remote option without loss of progression.

However, third- and fourth-year students will have clinical courses, which cannot be offered remotely. Therefore, the remote option is not feasible for third- or fourth-year students in nursing without impacting their progression and delaying graduation.

First- and second-year students with questions are encouraged to be in touch with their CNHS advisors by emailing cnhs@uvm.edu, while third- and fourth-year students should direct questions to Dr. Stuart Whitney or Dr. Rosemary Dale.

Regarding Blackboard Exams

Several professional nursing courses will be administering Blackboard exams/quizzes using the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor beginning in the Fall of 2020. Please refer to the link below for frequently asked questions, as well as computer system requirements. PLEASE NOTE: Chromebooks and Linux Operating Systems will NOT work. Tablets (such as iPads) and mobile devices are also NOT recommended. Please ensure that your computer meets the system requirements prior to the beginning of the semester. It is essential to the integrity of our program that we maintain secure testing.

Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Faculty, academic program directors and staff in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science are working diligently to develop a plan, while considering a variety of delivery options. We appreciate your patience while our plans are being finalized for a safe and academically rewarding Fall semester. Please do not hesitate to contact our academic program directors for guidance regarding scheduling decisions.

Contact your advisor or the Office of Student Services if you have questions or need further guidance.