What will Fall 2020 look like at Texas A&M at Qatar?
The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority at Texas A&M University at Qatar. As our teams work diligently to adjust and prepare for the return of our campus community this fall, we will continue to share the most up-to-date information about academic operations for Fall 2020, including the university calendar, scheduling changes, and the instruction of courses and labs on this site. Please make sure to consult this page often as plans continue to evolve.
Stay healthy and safe, and we’ll see you — in person or virtually — in August.
Students, the university has implemented a new Bring Your Own Device policy that requires that students have access to technology for online and remote delivery. You can find the College of Engineering's requirements for devices here.
Important dates on the university calendar
- Courses begin online/remote on Sunday, 23 Aug. 2020.
- In-person (face-to-face) courses resume on campus, Tuesday, 1 Sept.
- The last day of face to face instruction is currently scheduled for Thursday, 3 Dec. All assignments and projects that require any face-to-face interaction must be completed at this time. The only remaining graded activity that is permissible are activities and projects that may be accomplished remotely, including final exams.
- The last day of instruction for fall 2020 will be Sunday, 6 Dec. All course to be held online/remote.
- Fall break will be 11–15 Oct. No classes nor any other university-related activity may be scheduled for these days.
- The reading day for Fall 2020 is Thursday, 26 Nov. No classes nor any other university-related activity may be scheduled on this day.
- Final exams begin Tuesday, 8 Dec., and will go through Sunday, 13 Dec. All final exams will be administered online.
More details are provided on the official academic calendar webpage. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the university calendar regularly for updates.
- The new schedule of courses is expected to be published around the end of July. Students will be able to make changes to their fall schedule online from 23 to 27 Aug., or through their academic advisors (via email) during the same time. All changes must be completed by 27 Aug. at 4:30 p.m.
- The standard course schedule is being adjusted to accommodate 20-minute passing periods throughout the day with cleaning between courses. This means the day will go later into the evening. Courses may be scheduled Sunday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- There will be no programming hour in the fall (12–1 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1–2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays) to allow for more time to schedule classes.
- Room assignments are being made to accommodate optimal use of available classrooms based on physical distancing seat capacity.
Modes of course delivery
At this time, Texas A&M University at Qatar is planning to offer courses in three ways:
- Face-to-face courses, which must also be streamed remotely via Zoom from the classroom for those students who cannot be in the building
- Remote only — no face-to-face interaction with students. Some instruction delivered during scheduled class time via Zoom; some instruction may also be delivered asynchronously
- Online — no face-to-face interaction. Courses must be prepared using principles for online learning
Click here for more information on the modes of course delivery.
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