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Academics

Here, We're Huskies.

At the University of Connecticut, we unite those who question, challenge, and push what's possible — whether that learning takes place in person on our campuses, online, or a combination of both. Flexible modes of course delivery planned for fall 2020 enable UConn to continue delivering the same outstanding education to all students while keeping safety at the forefront. The University is carrying out its plans for course delivery and the academic calendar, as well as how the risk of COVID-19 transmission will be minimized in classrooms and common spaces.

Academics and Instruction

  • Classes are being provided in a range of formats including in-person, online, and a combination of the two formats to allow the University to prioritize both safety and the UConn educational experience.
  • While the University cannot guarantee any particular course selection, faculty and students who prefer a fully online experience for fall 2020 have been accommodated. And while the University cannot guarantee any particular course, UConn has worked with students to ensure they have courses, online if requested, that support a timely progression towards their major(s) and degree.
  • Faculty who wish to teach courses exclusively online have been accommodated.
  • The capacity of classrooms has been reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Students should be able to take a full course load; the University expects minimal, if any, disruption to most students’ progress to a degree.

Calendar and Schedule

  • Classes began as planned on August 31.
  • Students will not return following Thanksgiving break; the remainder of the semester after Thanksgiving will be entirely online to allow for the completion of the required curriculum, which can include any activities that support preparation for exams. There will be no in-person final exams.
  • Students who are unable to return home and must remain in the residence halls after Thanksgiving will be permitted to stay following a review by the Department of Residential Life. However, for safety reasons, they will not be permitted to leave campus for the Thanksgiving break.
  • Although the residential calendar was shifted two weeks earlier than originally planned (arriving early, departing early), the period of academic instruction remains the same; tuition rates remain at the levels previously approved by the board.

Device Requirements for Student Success

As the University of Connecticut makes plans to welcome back new and returning Huskies this fall, it will be essential for all students to have access to the proper IT systems, services, and capabilities so that they may interact with instructors and classmates and complete required coursework.

Together, university faculty and staff from Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) have identified the technical capabilities that incoming and continuing students will use when engaging with digital learning systems and applications from university and non-university locations. These capabilities include:

  • Using Gmail to send and receive email with attachments
  • Using PeopleSoft, the student administration system and self-service portal
  • Using Blackboard (HuskyCT), the learning management system
  • Using Kaltura to record and edit video
  • Using LockDown browser for online assessment
  • Composing text essays and receive digital editing (comments, markup suggestions and edits)
  • Creating digital presentations
  • Performing calculations
  • Accessing and using online digital content with graphics and animations
  • Participating fully in web and video conferencing

To perform these required functions, devices must be portable, sufficiently up to date, and have adequate memory and storage. Below are the minimum technical specifications for computers that are capable of effectively providing these capabilities:

  • Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor (i7 or Ryzen 7 preferred)
  • 8GB of RAM (16 GB preferred)
  • Mac OS 10.15 or Windows 10
  • 256 GB SSD hard drive (512 GB preferred)
  • Wireless networking adapter
  • Camera and microphone

Since device requirements and preferences may vary from student to student and by school, major, program, and/or course, ITS is prepared to support students with equipment selection information, and hardware options. A student technology training course was created by students, for students, is available in HuskyCT.

UConn wants all students to be successful, but we recognize that each student’s circumstances allow for different opportunities and limitations. Students who anticipate needing assistance accessing software and/or hardware ahead of the fall semester are asked to contact the ITS Technology Support Center at techsupport.uconn.edu, techsupport@uconn.edu, or 860-486-4357 to discuss options.