Editor’s Note: It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything in The Scene – chiefly because our staff has been absent from campus, both due to the COVID restrictions and regular summer vacationing.
But, as of early-August, we’re back at the college for at least a day or two per week ... so, we’ve got some catching up to do.
Of all the announcements that have been made during the past several weeks, the administration’s most detailed plans to-date about the fall semester are probably of the greatest interest to students.
The college’s website has a “FAQ For Fall” posting about all of that – which we are reposting below.
We’ve also snapped a bunch of photos of some of the Scenery you’ll be seeing at campus upon your return. One thing that isn’t pictured is the construction of the new Academic Tower atop the existing Student Centre, because it hasn’t been launched yet (but the preliminary erection of structural steel will commence soon).
FAQ for Fall 2020
When will classes start?
St. Clair College will delay the start of its fall semester by two weeks, with classes commencing Monday, September 21 and running for 13 weeks.
There will be a few programs within the School of Health Sciences, which are governed by accreditation bodies, that will require a start date of September 8 to achieve a full 15-week semester for practical skills. An email with further instructions will be sent during the summer break.
Will classes be online or face-to-face?
Most courses at St. Clair College will be delivered online in the fall, along with some in-person classes for labs that require hands-on instruction.
How will I know which classes are online, hybrid or face to face?
Each program has identified how the semester delivery of your classes will occur. Please go to the College Programs website (https://www.stclaircollege.ca/programs), and select your specific program for details. Further communications will be sent as your start date approaches.
• In-Person delivery will require you to attend classes at the college, and instruction will be provided by faculty in person;
• Online delivery will require you to access your courses and receive instruction through Blackboard;
• Hybrid delivery will be a combination of in-person and online instruction (as noted on your schedule);
• Clinical/Placement will require you to attend your practical, in-person, hands-on learning experience with a predetermined industry partner.
Do we pay for parking this fall at the College?
There is no charge for parking at the College for the fall semester.
When will my fall class schedule be available?
Student schedules will be available August 24.
Is there a reduction in tuition or ancillary fess for the fall semester?
There is no reduction of tuition or ancillary fees for Fall 2020. Tuition is for the instruction, assessment, and administration of a program. Instruction is not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online).
These costs are ineligible for refund or rebate. The ancillary fees support student services and activities distinct from academic programming or the College’s general operating costs.
What is the deadline to drop a course or withdraw from it without penalty?
The deadline for Fall 2020 is October 2.
What are the tuition and ancillary fees for Fall 2020?
You can find the fees here: https://www.stclaircollege.ca/registrars-office
Can I defer my enrolment from Fall 2020 to Winter (January start) 2021?
All programs are not offered in January. If your program is not offered, you would have to apply for Fall 2021. Please be aware that seats in a program cannot be guaranteed if you choose to defer your Fall 2020 start. Admission to a highly competitive program is offered to the most qualified applicant by semester. If you have been accepted and choose to defer, you may be placed on the program wait-list or will have to enrol in September 2021.
When will I receive my log-in information for the start of the semester in September?
You will receive your log-in information in August, allowing you access to My St. Clair portal and the Student Information System (SIS). We will be reaching out to you through email, so keep an eye out for the log-in information sometime in mid-August.
When will I receive my class schedule?
Class schedules will be released August 24. That information will be available through My St. Clair or you can log in to your SIS.
When do I choose my elective courses?
You will start to choose your elective courses September 1. The courses will be available on a first come, first served basis.
The on-line, mandatory training that students must take in order to return to campus:
SOME OF THE SCENERY YOU’LL SEE AROUND CAMPUS ...
... THE SIGNAGE OF COVID-RELATED HEALTH-AND-SAFETY PRACTICES: MANDATORY MASKS IN COMMON AREAS; SOCIAL DISTANCING AS YOU MOVE ALONG HALLWAYS, UP AND DOWN STAIRS, AND USING – OR NOT USING – ELEVATORS; DISINFECTING PRACTICES GALORE ...
... THE ON-GOING CONSTRUCTION (MUCH OF IT NEARING COMPLETION) OF THE NEW SPORTS PARK’S SOCCER/FOOTBALL STADIUM, SOFTBALL DIAMOND, AND ZEKELMAN INDOOR TENNIS FACILITY ...
... THE ON-GOING CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW STUDENT RESIDENCE: STEEL IS UP, BUT THE INSTALLATION OF THE ACTUAL MODULAR HOUSING HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYED BY THE PANDEMIC ...
... OH, AND A FLOCK OF DUCKS ENJOYING THE POND.