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Beginning March 30 Worcester State will commence using distance learning modalities for course instruction for the remainder of the semester. Labs and other experiential learning course requirements may continue as on-campus activities and be set for a future date. In the remote instruction plan, we also aim to build in flexibility to meet potentially changing circumstances and to maintain high-quality teaching.
The following resources should help to support the transition as we adapt to a new approach to learning.
Note: These FAQs are specific to distance learning, see our public health information FAQs to learn how the coronavirus emergency has effected other aspects of life at Worcester State.
Updated: March 26, 2020 3:00 p.m.
To withdraw from, or pass/fail a course(s), you should email your request to withdraw or pass/fail, along with your student ID number, name, course and section number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University, you should complete the exit survey:
To declare or drop a major, minor, or concentration, you should email your student ID number, name and the change you would like to make to email@example.com.
Your advisor will communicate with you how they will be advising students. Some options include phone, email, Zoom, or Google Hangouts.
See our Advising & Registration section below for additional details.
In the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Counseling will be working with students remotely through confidential teletherapy. They will not be meeting with any students in person at this time.
If you are a current client of Counseling Services, please contact your counselor directly at their personal Worcester State email address to arrange for teletherapy.
If you are new to Counseling Services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A counselor will be in contact via email within 24 hours.
In an immediate crisis situation, students off campus should call 911. On campus students should contact University Police at 508-929-8911.
Along with resources on the Counseling Center website in the student portal, the following resources are available to you and may assist in coping and symptom reduction.
If you are registered with Student Accessibility Services, your approved educational accommodations apply for the remainder of the semester. Some accommodations may not apply within a remote or online format.
Extended time for quizzes, tests and exams does apply in courses when faculty are providing a limited time such as 60 minutes for an exam. Some faculty choose to provide extended time for all students, such as 12 or 24 hours or longer; in those situations an extension would not apply. Please send your faculty members a copy of your Professor Notification Letter for reference.
Students should communicate with their professors about their situation to discuss alternative arrangements.
Note: Charter/Spectrum is providing 60 days of free internet to households with college students.
Both Xfinity and Spectrum/Charter have opened their public wifi hotspots to everyone, with some limitations. Follow these links for more specific information from each provider:
Students should not need additional software/hardware to continue teaching and learning besides access to the internet and basic software such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and/or Excel Sheets. Microsoft Office is available for free for students and faculty to download at: https://www.worcester.edu/Software/
Students who need to use SPSS should follow the remote access instructions above.
Pre-registration for undergraduate students will occur as follows:
With the announcement that Worcester State will adopt a remote status, the Math Center will remain operational through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra beginning on March 30.
All students enrolled in a math course supported by the Math Center will be added into a new Math Center Tutoring Blackboard course. During a scheduled tutoring session, a student can log in to Blackboard and click on this Math Center Tutoring course. They can then click Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on the left hand panel and join the appropriate tutoring session with the tutor for their course.
Most tutors will continue to tutor at their regularly scheduled time, however a few tutors will not be tutoring during this remote time so please check the updated schedule posted on the math center website at https://www.worcester.edu/SP-Math-Center/.
Please make your students aware of this resource and have them email Elizabeth Gilbert at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
The Spanish Clinic will remain operational through Google Hangouts beginning on March 30.
Spanish tutors will work remotely during their regularly scheduled shifts (Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). Tutoring will be offered on a drop-in basis, similar to regular operations.
Tutoring will be conducted through Google Hangouts with students' Worcester State email accounts. Tutors will be available at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can conduct a chat, video call, or voice call with a tutor through this platform. To initiate a session, students should log into their Worcester State email and send a message to the Spanish Clinic. From there, students and tutors can coordinate how the session will proceed.
Any questions should be sent to email@example.com.
The Writing Center will remain operational through the Google platform (Mail, Calendar, Hangouts, and Forms) beginning on March 30.
Writing Consultants will be working remotely during their regularly scheduled shifts (Monday through Thursday 9-6 p.m. and Friday 9-1 p.m.) to offer two online options:
The Worcester State Library and the Learning Resource Center building closed on Monday, March 16. In anticipation of when the Library is scheduled to reopen, hours will be posted to the Library’s Hours of Operation page.
While the physical Library is closed, many Library services continue to be available to remote users. Please note: given the uncertain and fluid circumstances associated with COVID-19, services are subject to change.
For information on remote library services including links to new and expanded offerings including: three video streaming services with 100,000+ videos, and two ebook collections with 300,000+ academic books please visit: https://libguides.worcester.edu/library_resources_services_during_COVID-19
Please refer to our Undergraduate Admissions' “Information for Accepted Students and Applicants” page for information.
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