Remote Study Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

  • What classes can I take if I am studying remotely?

    All students may enroll in nearly any course regardless of format; students studying remotely may select courses that are online or held in-person. A small number of in-person courses may not be available for remote study, and those are clearly labeled in BannerWeb with text saying "Class may not be taken remotely." Classes that are entirely remote can be identified in BannerWeb where the classroom location indicates "Online." Regardless of the format of the course, students should plan to participate in all courses at the time at which they will be taught as scheduled on BannerWeb (i.e., synchronously).

  • If I am studying remotely, do I have to participate at the time scheduled in BannerWeb?

    Yes, students who are studying remotely must plan to participate in their courses synchronously, during the time scheduled in BannerWeb. Students who are in distant time zones are encouraged to adjust their course schedules accordingly.

  • Can I enroll in a course being offered in an in-person format if I am studying remotely?
    Yes. Students who are studying remotely may enroll in courses that are being held in-person. A small number of in-person courses may not be available for remote study, and those are clearly labeled in BannerWeb with text saying “Class may not be taken remotely. Student must be on campus to take this class.”
  • Can international students study remotely and live in the United States?

    Per federal guidelines, first-year students on F-1 visas must be outside the U.S. in order to study remotely. International students on a non-immigrant visa who wish to study remotely should contact International Education for advising before submitting a request to study remotely. Students do not need an F-1 visa to study remotely from outside the United States.

  • If all of my courses are being offered online, do I have to study remotely?

    No. A student may live on campus even if the courses in which they have enrolled are being provided in an online format so long as the student does not declare a remote status, and the student complies with all requirements for on-campus residency, and attends classes in person if the course is offered in person. The remote study option allows the student to remain in their home community and study online even if the course is being held in-person.

  • Can a student who lives locally off-campus take classes on-line and/or in person?

    Yes, a student who lives locally off-campus may take a class offered in any format. Students who are living off-campus will be expected to physically attend classes that are held in person unless they have applied to study remotely, and must comply with the testing, daily health screening, and Healthy Web Compact requirements.

Technology and Course Materials

  • What technology do I need to study remotely?

    Students who are studying remotely will often engage with their classes through Zoom. To participate, students will need a computer with camera and audio, reliable internet access, and the ability to access Zoom. Students who have questions or technology needs should contact their Westhampton or Richmond College Dean’s office or find more information here.

  • How can I obtain my course materials if I am studying remotely?

    Students may contact the University bookstore to order materials for their courses; the bookstore is prepared to assist students who are studying remotely. On the University Bookstore website students may also see the list of required course materials and determine if there is a better way to obtain the required materials locally. Students may also check the University Library to determine whether the required materials are available electronically in the library. Please note that not all courses require books; some may have all materials available electronically.

Housing and Access to Campus

  • May I live on campus if I am studying remotely?

    No. Students studying remotely will typically live in their home community, and they will not be allowed to live on campus. Students who are studying remotely will not be required to attend class in-person, and they will not be required to participate in the University’s daily health screening activities.

  • May I come to campus if I am studying remotely?

    No. Students who are studying remotely will not be required to participate in the University’s daily health screening, and they will therefore not have access to campus. If you are considering studying remotely and think that you might require access to campus, you should reach out to your College Dean.

Deadlines

  • When do I have to decide if I want to study remotely?

    The deadline for notifying the University that you want to study remotely is August 5th. The deadline for remote study selection has been set so that students can make a determination prior to moving to campus. Students who are studying remotely will not be living on campus. Faculty will expect students who are living on campus to physically attend classes that are held in-person unless they are ill, in quarantine, or in isolation.

  • If a student begins the semester in-person but wants to pivot to studying remotely, is that an option?

    The deadline for remote study selection has been set so that students can make a determination prior to moving to campus. Students who are studying remotely will not be living on campus. Faculty will expect students who are living on campus to physically attend classes that are held in-person. If, sometime during the semester, a student decides that they no longer want to be in residence at Richmond, they will need to contact their College Dean. Moving out of their residence hall prior to the scheduled move-out date would be disruptive, and the Deans’ offices would work with students to understand the challenges and consider the best options to support the student’s continued academic progress.

  • If a student begins the semester studying remotely, can they change to in-person study later in the semester?

    Students who choose to study remotely in the fall should plan to do so for the entire semester. Campus housing will not be available for students who are studying remotely, and students who are studying remotely will not be required to participate in the University’s symptom tracking, because they will not be accessing campus. Changing mid-semester would be disruptive and the public health requirements very challenging, so that it would be very difficult — even if the student were living locally — to return to in-person classes mid-semester. Students who study remotely for the fall will be welcome to return to in-person study in the spring.

Orientation and Campus Resources

Campus Health and Safety

Tuition and Returning to Campus

  • Will my tuition be adjusted if I study remotely?

    No. Tuition for courses taken while studying remotely will be the same as for study on campus. Undergraduate students who had planned to live on campus will be provided with revised bills, reflecting the elimination of room and board charges. Any financial aid awarded will also be reduced to reflect the fact that the student will not be in residence. Students who have questions about financial aid while studying remotely should contact the Office of Financial Aid.

  • How will I return to campus in the spring (registration and housing)?

    Students who are studying remotely will be treated like all other students for purposes of spring course registration; they will register according to their class priority. Students who would like on-campus housing in January when they return to campus will receive information in October about how to apply for spring housing.