The impact of the the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been wide ranging and has affected all aspects of our society. In response to the pandemic, the School of Communications has created this informational hub highlighting resources, initiatives and FAQs to assist students, faculty and staff.
Attendance & Participation
The School of Communications has temporarily suspended its uniform attendance policy to allow faculty to set their own course policies related to attendance. Faculty in the school still believe that students must be fully engaged in all aspect of their courses, regardless of whether they are taught on campus, online or in a hybrid mode of instruction. Just as faculty are expected to clarify their own attendance policies, students are responsible for attending class and making sure they understand the attendance requirements of each professor. Class participation, as defined by the instructor, is essential for learning and a key criterion for faculty to evaluate student performance in a class.
Unlike the spring when classes were interrupted mid-semester, the university will return to the traditional use of the pass/fail option. Please note that students cannot use the pass/fail option in classes within their major, minor and the Elon Core Curriculum. For more information on the Pass/Fail option, visit the 2020-21 Academic Catalog Pass Fail Elective Policy.
COVID-19 Policies for Production Spaces and Student Organizations
The School of Communications COVID-19 Policies for Production Spaces and Student Organizations have been written to ensure safe and healthy working environments in our studios, control rooms, student office spaces, the Gear Room and on-location shoots. In order to keep our community safe, the guidelines in this handbook are required. Indeed, the Elon Honor Code calls on each of us to make a solemn, personal commitment every day to protect our own health and the health of others.
To promote academic depth, School of Communications must complete a minor, double major or semester abroad (12 credit hours or more) in an Elon-approved program. Students who are unable to complete the semester abroad experience to meet this requirement due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, should review the possible options and discuss the best option for completing this requirement with their academic adviser.
The School of Communications has provided a number of options to maximize opportunities for students to earn internship credit. (The deadline for winter registration is Thursday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m. and the deadline for spring registration is Friday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m.)
To address possible questions related to advising and the impact of COVID-19, the School of Communications has created responses to the following frequently asked questions.
During the upcoming registration period, if a class is closed when you register, you will have the option to waitlist most School of Communications courses (with the exception of COM 100 and SPT 212). Details are available here.
Students, please be aware that the following resources are available:
- Adobe Creative Cloud Access
- Production Hub website – designed to give students, faculty and staff a one-stop location for information about production gear and workshops
- Computer recommendations – recommended specifications for students who want to purchase a computer
Equipment for Instruction
- All students should have a pair of headphones with a microphone. This equipment may be necessary during remote classes, in-class instruction with laptops, and working on desktop computers in the labs.
Prospective Student Tours
The School of Communications is hosting virtual tours of its facilities through the summer to provide prospective students an opportunity to “see” the campus for themselves.
Visitors will get a look at the school’s facilities virtually via a slideshow, and students are welcome to ask questions along the way. Come find out what it’s like to be a student studying and living “Under the Oaks.”
To register for a tour, submit a request online.
The ElonCommCollective is a peer-to-peer initiative in the School of Communications that provides students with information about new COVID-19 policies on campus. The communication project, led by nine undergraduates, kicked off in July with the publication of its first video titled “Why I Wear A Mask.”