Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

As we prepare for the arrival of new and returning students, we will be following all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines, as well as instructions from the United States Department of Education (DE), the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

How many students are going to be in the classroom?

At this point in time, the American College Health Association (ACHA) is recommending that in-person class sizes be no larger than 30 students. While many Malone classes already meet this recommendation, our flexible model for class structure will allow faculty to accommodate larger classes in a modified format quickly and effectively. We will continue to monitor announcements from the ACHA for further instructions.

What do you mean by “synchronous remote participation”?

In order to accommodate students who are unable to attend their courses in-person, classrooms will be equipped with webcams and a secondary monitor so that students can join the class in real-time without being physically present. 

What do you mean by “asynchronous remote instruction”?

If a student is unable to participate in the synchronous participation format, class sessions will be recorded for students to view at a later time. There may be alternative assignments for those students who cannot participate in either in-person or synchronous learning, and will be determined by faculty members on a case-by-case basis.

How will classes dependent upon in-person activities be conducted? E.g. music ensembles or science labs

Each faculty member will develop a plan of action to allow some form of “typical” coursework to be completed. This may mean staggered lab instruction, smaller gatherings for rehearsal sessions, virtual meetings, and other methods by which the faculty member believes students will receive the same quality of learning. In the coming weeks, the Provost’s Office will be working with each impacted department to develop a course-by-course contingency plan to enable students to complete required experiences as much as possible without falling behind in their progress toward graduation.