Updated: July 10, 2020 at 12:27AM

Instructional Spaces

Classroom and Instructional Space Reconfiguration

  • Over 300 classrooms have been reviewed, and we are now implementing physical distancing changes, developed in conjunction with and reviewed by local health authorities, in the classrooms that will be utilized in the fall 2020 semester.  
  • 27 spaces across campus (including the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, JACC, Dahnke Ballroom, the Morris Inn, and Washington Hall) will be utilized as classrooms this fall to facilitate high-enrollment classes.
  • To accommodate physical distancing, the capacity of Registrar classrooms has been reduced by an average of 59% for those without furniture type changes. The average reduced capacity across all Registrar classrooms is 54%.
  • Several classrooms were reconfigured with different furniture types to help minimize capacity reduction while implementing physical distancing.
  • Classrooms and other instructional spaces will be arranged to ensure that instructors are a minimum of 6 feet from students.
  • Classrooms and auditoriums with fixed seating have been evaluated and approved seating will be designated with a decal.
  • Clear plastic barriers will be affixed to the teaching lectern or deployed as portable screens in special circumstances.

Laboratories and Close-Contact Courses

Protocols are being developed regarding classes that require closer contact such as science and engineering labs, music courses, and art and design classes.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Classrooms will be deep cleaned and sanitized by Building Services each night. 
  • Classrooms will be disinfected, at a minimum, an additional 2 times each day by Building Services. 
  • Disinfecting spray for surfaces and hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom for use by faculty and students.
    • It is recommended that faculty disinfect the lectern and their working space(s) at the beginning and end of each class.

Seating and Dismissal

  • Wherever possible, faculty should assign seats in a classroom, starting at the back of the room and working toward the front.
    • This seating arrangement will allow for maximum distance between the faculty member and the students in the front of the room and help with contact tracing
  • Wherever possible, instructors should dismiss students by row at the end of each class (using alternating doors, if available), starting with the row closest to the door(s), in order to reduce congestion at the doors and in the hallways.
  • The passing period between classes has been increased to 20 minutes from 15 minutes to reduce congestion in the hallways and at the entrances and exits to buildings and classrooms.
  • Instructors should remind students to move through the hallways and go directly to either to their next class or out of the building and to not congregate in the halls.
  • A building ambassadors program to address the flow of students moving through classroom buildings is being created.

Face Masks

  • Students will be required to wear face coverings in classroom buildings and classrooms.
  • Faculty will be required to wear either a face mask or face shield while in the classroom.

Technology in the Classroom

Most classrooms will have dual-mode technology to allow instructors, in-room students, and remote students to interact through Zoom. If a lectern desktop computer is available in the classroom, the Zoom session must be initiated from that computer in order to integrate the classroom audiovisual technology and to use the wired connection. You can find dual-mode technology classroom information in the Fall 2020 Registrar Classroom Technology List. The OIT will continue to update this spreadsheet as we receive new information for other classroom spaces.

Important Dates:

  • Now through July 16: You’re invited to take part in one of several half-hour classroom technology demonstrations. To register for the Dual-Mode Classroom Demonstrations, go to: kaneb.nd.edu/events.
  • July 10, 2020: A video overview of classroom technology enhancements will be available and distributed to faculty.
  • July 20, 2020: Four classrooms will be available for small group classroom technology workshops