Rhodes President Marjorie Hass announced the college is planning to welcome some students back to campus for Spring 2021 and that classes will be a mix of in-person and remote learning.
Rhodes is committed to maintaining a safe environment by remaining low density and implementing a comprehensive health and safety plan developed with our partners at Baptist Memorial Health Care that focuses on testing, masking, isolating and quarantining, and contact tracing.
Will residential students be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive on campus?
Yes. All students will be tested when they return to campus.
Prior to Arrival Campus
Residential students will be assigned a move-in date and time (2-hour block) along with a same day testing appointment. Students who cannot arrive during their assigned time may contact the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com to request an alternate move-in time.
All residential students are required to be tested and determined negative in the 14 days before returning to campus. Students will be required to upload the results of the test via Medicat.
Questions or concerns about how to upload documents should be directed to Director of Health Services, Adora Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student will be permitted on campus 30 minutes prior to their assigned move-in block and will be asked to complete symptom monitoring via the My Chart App. Each student will be permitted two guests to assist them with move-in. Students and guests will all be required to complete symptom monitoring before they are permitted to access to testing and residence hall check-in.
Move-In Day Testing will occur upon arrival and prior to students’ residence hall check-in. Students will be tested and then proceed to their assigned residence hall. Students will be required to social distance and isolate to the extent possible in their assigned rooms while waiting for their test results (2-3 days likely). Students will be permitted to pick up meals to eat in their rooms during this time. The Director of Health Services, Adora Browne, will review all results, and students with a positive test result with receive specific instructions and follow up about isolation requirements.
Ongoing Student Testing
Students will be required to be tested weekly, and at additional times based on exposure or symptom monitoring as determined by Director of Health Services, Adora Browne, or Dean of Students, Alicia Golston, in partnership with Baptist. Students exhibiting symptoms should, contact Campus Safety at (901) 843-3880, for further instructions.
COVID-19 Test Type
Currently, we are using a nasopharyngeal mid-turbinate swab. As testing continues to advance, the College may employ other types of testing and testing strategies as need arises and the accuracy and reliability of various techniques evolve.
Can I get out of my housing contract for the spring of 2021?
First-year students will not be released from their housing contract for the Spring 2021 semester. Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors can be released from their housing contract for any reason until November 23rd by completing the housing cancellation process. Students wishing to cancel thereafter may due so for a cancellation fee.
All students will receive their housing assignments the week of November 9th 2020. Your housing assignment email will include your room assignment and your assigned roommates (if applicable.) It will also include information about move-in dates and times, spring welcome week activities, your final housing contract and addendum information.
Should you decide to cancel your housing assignment, then you will have until Monday, November 23, 2020 to do so without a cancellation fee.
Does the college have additional financial aid available?
Academics & Course Delivery
How will courses be delivered in spring?
Rhodes is planning to offer a mix of in-person and remote classes in the spring. Students can view the course schedule in BannerWeb to see the method of course delivery, listed under the course “location.” Students should work with their advisor on planning their spring schedule. Most students’ schedules will probably be a mix of “in-person” and remote classes.
Remote courses will mostly be taught in a “synchronous” fashion, meaning that the professor and students will gather virtually and simultaneously. Some portions of these remote-only classes may also have “asynchronous” (non-simultaneous) components, such as readings, videos, assignments, or other material posted online that students may engage with on their own time.
In-person courses will be taught in classrooms that allow for social distancing. All students will be seated in tablet armchairs, spaced six feet apart. Because gathering students close together, around tables, or in a circle would violate CDC guidelines, all furniture arrangements in classrooms will considered “fixed.” Tape on the floor indicates the required position of the furniture. All rooms have a new maximum capacity, posted on the classroom door. All class participants, including the professor, will be masked.
We have learned a great deal about remote teaching that will improve both remote and in-person learning. Some faculty members, for example, are now recording short videos for classes, which students watch in advance. This allows us to make better use of class time, regardless of course delivery.
If students are coming back to campus, why will so many classes be delivered remotely?
Remote classes allow us to de-densify our campus and protect the health and safety of our entire community. Preserving remote courses thus makes it less likely that we need to lock down or shut down our campus.
Remote classes also allow faculty to work with students in small groups – a teaching style that will not be possible in the socially-distanced classrooms described above. Faculty whose classes rely heavily on small group work will be offered remotely. This allows us to preserve the intimacy of the Rhodes academic experience.
Remote classes are most accessible to all of our students – regardless of where they are living. -- including our at-home students and international students who cannot make it to campus.
Finally, remote classes will make it easier for students to keep up if they need to be quarantined or isolated.
Why are so many science labs being offered remotely?
Labs require close interaction between faculty and students, so our capacity for students in labs has been significantly reduced. In order to protect health and safety and ensure the quality of the academic experience, many of our labs will continue to be offered remotely. Virtual instruction allows for easy collaborative work through features such as Zoom “breakout rooms.” Our lab scientists have distinct plans to ensure the best possible remote experiences for our students:
- Chemistry: Given safe distancing requirements and the need to accommodate student who will not be with us in-person, Chemistry is offering a combination of in-person and remote labs. This semester has allowed us to refine our remote lab experience into one which has been effective. Experimental techniques are demonstrated by pre-recorded video demonstrations done by Rhodes professors. Students collect some of the experimental data as they watch the demonstrations, and these are supplemented with mock data in some cases. Collaborative aspects of each lab course are maintained via breakout rooms in Zoom, small group video conferencing, and writing of lab reports. Students who take a remote lab will have opportunities to get hands-on training in more advanced laboratory classes.
- Physics: Three courses with laboratory components will be offered in the spring (2021): Introductory Physics, Astronomy and Electronics. Students in Introductory Physics lab and Astronomy lab will work collaboratively via breakout rooms in Zoom to generate lab reports based on measurements/observations they make by manipulating computer simulations of physical and astronomical phenomena. Astronomy lab will include independent naked-eye observations of motions of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars over the course of the semester. Students in electronics will receive an equipment suite that contains all components and instrumentation necessary to complete circuit and measurement laboratories. These labs will be completed independently but with group zoom sessions for guidance and assistance from peers and the instructor.
- Geology: Students will have a variety of videos, pictures, and interactive three-dimensional models to explore, not only of rocks and minerals but also of maps, structures, earthquake data, and fossils. Students will apply geology, GIS, and geography to applications associated with climate change, hazards, historical landscape processes, and scenarios for the future.
- Biology: Professors will be using a variety of approaches that allow for experimental design, hypothesis formation, simulations, data analysis, data reduction, statistical analysis, and scientific communication—all remotely delivered. To help students manage the “hands on” components of lab, our Biology faculty will hold voluntary workshops in the evenings to support student skill-building in the lab environment.
- Neuroscience: As an interdisciplinary field, Neuroscience relies on hypothesis-driven data analysis, computational modeling, and computer simulations. Remote labs this semester will focus on these areas of the field, increasing individual exposure to cutting-edge experimental techniques. Due to the shared specialized equipment we use in our labs such as electrophysiology stations and robotic kits, COVID-friendly in person labs are nearly impossible. However, with simulations each student has the opportunity to experience the unique aspects of the experimental process individually.
What will the spring calendar look like?
The spring calendar has been set.
First-Year Student Move-in will begin on Thursday, January 21, 2021
Orientation for New Students will begin on Saturday, January 23, 2021
Returning Student Move-in will begin on Sunday, January 24, 2021
Classes begin on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Spring Break/Easter Recess begins on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10 p.m.
The full academic calendar is available here.
How will students be able to add/drop classes?
Academic Advising for Spring 2021 begins on October 28, 2020.
The Pre-registration period is from October 28 – November 13, 2020. The Registration Tree will open on Friday, October 30, 2020. The Add/Drop period will begin on December 2, 2020.
How will professors handle office hours?
Faculty members will continue to meet students on a regular basis, just as they normally would. These meetings will happen either in-person or remotely, depending on the course and the faculty member. Some in-person office hours might need to occur in rooms other than the faculty member’s office, to provide for social distancing. Remote office hours might happen via Zoom, FaceTime, or telephone.
Student Life and Support
Will the college be providing academic support services?
The full range of student academic support services—including academic counseling, peer tutoring and peer coaching—will continue to be offered through the Office of Academic and Learning Resources. For more information, please contact Jamia Stokes, email@example.com, or Melissa Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I have access to the counseling center or health center during the Fall?
The Counseling Center will offer a range of mental health support services from individual counseling, primarily teletherapy, for students who are in-state to virtual support groups, virtual educational sessions, and online mental health support resources for all students regardless of their location. Counseling Center staff will also be available for consultation when students who are out-of-state request support for determining next steps for care. The Center will be staffed in the event of an on-campus emergency. We will continue to have after-hours mental health support available by calling our main number (901-843-3128) or our dedicated after-hours line (855-861-9253). Psychiatric services will be limited to established patient requests for medication refills.
Additional mental health support resources beyond those of the Counseling Center are available to all students. Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a private online library of behavioral health resources that includes interactive educational modules and practice tools to help students understand and better manage how they think, feel and act. Students can learn stress management, mindfulness skills, problem-solving, relationship skills and strategies to avoid dwelling on concerns and develop more helpful thinking patterns.
TAO Self-Help provides a platform to assist students to bounce back from life’s disappointments and frustrations. When feeling overwhelmed, low or anxious, students can access TAO Self-Help at: Thepath.TAOconnect.org using their Rhodes email address for free and unlimited access
From there students can select the modules that focus on feeling better, functioning better, and live the life they choose.
Do off-campus students have access to Baptist health services? Is there space for students living in Memphis to quarantine?
Students will be able to access the Health Center by appointment only by calling (901) 843-3895 or emailing email@example.com. Appointments are available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Residential and non-residential students with COVID-19 concerns will be scheduled to report to the COVID-19 Care Clinic.
Will Bon Appetit still provide meal services to students who are in Memphis but off-campus?
Currently, all dining facilities will be closed to non-residential students. However, in the spring all students will be able to purchase meal plans.
For the spring semester, non-residential/commuter student meal plans will be able to choose from the following plans:
- 5 meals/week-$735
- 7 meals/week-$1,014
- 15 meals/week-$1,792
How can students check out books from the library ?
Barret Library will work with faculty and students who currently live on campus to obtain materials that are housed in the Library. Books, DVDs, print journals, reference works, and even older print indexes will be pulled, checked out to the faculty member or students, and placed on a cart located in the foyer area between the Library and Middle Ground. The Interlibrary Loan program is ready and available to obtain articles and book chapters. Please use Help@rhodes.edu to submit requests for items owned by the Library or items requested via Interlibrary Loan. Virtual research instruction sessions for students are also available.
Barret Library Liaisons are available to work with students to help discover digital materials for their research needs. If Barret Library owns a print book, librarians will work to see if a digital edition can be obtained. On a case by case basis, the table of contents from Barret owned print books can be sent to the student, and a limited number of pages or chapters will be scanned and forwarded to the student. Students should use firstname.lastname@example.org for their requests.
What are the hours of operation for dining services?
Bon Appetit will provide service hours via the following schedule for the spring semester
Refectory (Open 7 days)
- Breakfast – 7am-9:30am
- Closed from 9:30am-11:00am
- Lunch – 11:00am-2:00pm
- Dinner – 4:30pm-7pm
Refectory (Kitchen Counter)
- Breakfast – 9:30am-10:30am
- Closed from 10:30-11:00pm
- Lunch 11:00am-2:30pm
- Dinner (Closed)
Lynx Lair (Open Monday-Friday; closed weekends)
- Lunch – 11:00am-4:30pm
- Closed from 4:30pm-5:30PM
- Dinner – 5:30pm-9:00pm
Middle Ground (Open Monday-Friday; closed weekends)
Will I be able to access campus in the spring?
All students who have completed the Spring 2021 Plan indicating wanting to be in-person will be able to access campus this spring. Students who have indicated wanting to be fully remote will not be permitted to access campus. All student access to campus will be based on full compliance with all mandatory health and safety protocols including weekly testing and daily symptom monitoring.
Access policies will be reviewed regularly based on public health conditions.
Can I use the BCLC in the spring?
Yes, the BCLC will be open this spring with limited capacity. Access policies will be reviewed regularly based on public health conditions.