Reopening Information for Students

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Q: Is there someone I can speak with if I have questions regarding my course schedule and course modalities?

A: Any continuing student with questions about their schedule regarding modalities will be best served by connecting with their advisor (See Who is My Advisor?).


Q: Where can I access information about all of the academic changes for Fall 2021?

A: You should be able to get information from your academic advisor. For questions specific to your major, connect with your academic advisor or your department chair.  Contact information for the department chairs can be found on the relevant department website (listed under “faculty”).


Q: While we have many more on-ground options this semester, will students have an opportunity to interact with faculty who are teaching online?

A: The many courses we offer are going to be in a variety of modalities with many more in-person options available this semester.  There remain many that are hybrid and online, the latter including asynchronous and synchronous.  For many courses, even if asynchronous, the instructors are setting up separate "meeting" times for real time interactions.  Of course, our "on ground" and hybrid course will give you plenty of opportunities to interact with your instructors in person.

Information for virtual meetings with on-line instructors will likely appear in your syllabi.  Otherwise, students should connect with their on-line instructors to learn what opportunities for real-time interaction will be available. 


Q: Will students still be completing field work such as student teaching and internships?

A: Students should contact the individual(s) in the department in which the fieldwork is organized for specific information about fieldwork placements for the fall semester.  Our on-site off campus internship opportunities and accessibility are driven by our off campus partners so these opportunities, as they exist now, can vary.


Q: Will students be required to be vaccinated or have regular covid testing for clinical placements, clinical rotations or classroom practicum?

A:  Clinical providers for allied health programs and the State Office of Early Childhood have indicated that students (and faculty if on site) are required to be vaccinated or tested every week in order to participate in clinical rotations or classroom practicums.  Students who are not vaccinated will be allowed to participate in these programs only if given an exemption and these students must be tested on a weekly basis.  


Q: Are there any designated places on campus where I can study and/or engage in my online classes while social distancing?

A: Yes, there are a variety of locations around campus for students to study and engage in learning. Most of the study spaces and computer labs that are typically used for these purposes will also be available, albeit we will retain appropriate physical distancing. See where the study spaces are located.



Q: Is Admissions still offering tours to prospective students?

A: Yes



Q: What if I forget to bring a face covering to campus?

A: The university has designated places where students, faculty, and staff can acquire a disposable face covering. The Student Center Info Desk, Buley Library, and the Wintergreen building are among these locations.


Q: Are shuttle buses running on campus this semester?

A: The only shuttle services offered during the fall 2020 semester will be Union Station and the Lift-Equipped Shuttle.  All other services will be suspended until further notice.

Information Technology 


Q: What resources does the Help Desk have for students? 
A: Visit the Online Help Desk website to find a plethora of Help Desk resources to help you navigate your technology needs.


Q: What if I don’t have internet? 
A: There are various internet providers that are offering free or reduced internet to students and/or low income households: 


Q: What if I don’t have a computer? 

A: In some situations, students may qualify for a loaner computer/device from the Center for Educational and Assistive Technology (CEAT).  Please continue reporting your computing issues and needs to the Help Desk ( for tracking purposes.

A:  Any students who have basic needs that may impact their ability to be successful in the classroom should contact the Dean of Students office at The Dean of Students team will try to support you to the best of their ability.


Q: Many of the platforms that my instructors are using are new to me; where can I learn more on how to use Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and other platforms? 
A: For more information on how to use Southern’s various platforms, please check out our video tutorial library: You may want to explore the links below: 

Living on Campus


Q: Where can I access information about residence life policies and procedures for fall 2021?

A: For comprehensive information regarding living on campus, residential students should refer to the Office of Residence Life website.


Q: Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 if I am living on campus?

A: Only unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students need to be tested.  Before moving in, unvaccinated students must have uploaded a negative COVID PCR-Test administered within 7 days of arrival.  Unvaccinated students will then be required to test on the day of their arrival.  All unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated residential students will then be required to participate in weekly testing.


Q: Is there someone in Residence Life that I can speak with?

A: Yes.

  • Live Chat with a member of the Residence Life team, 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Call the office of Residence Life, 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday at (203)392-5870
  • Email the office at

Student Employment


Q: If I work in a campus office, do I need to wear a mask?

A: Masks must be worn in cubicle spaces and common spaces.  If in a single occupant office, a mask may be removed, but if someone enters said office, a mask must be worn during that interaction. 

Student Involvement


Q: What will campus life look like this year?

A:  This fall will bring a dynamic campus life both on-ground and virtually.   We know that students are excited to be back together and enjoy being on campus again.  We were also excited to increase participation through virtual events from students who are not always able to spend extra time on campus.  Our plan is to return to many of our regular traditions like Week of Welcome, Homecoming and athletics events.  Our clubs and organizations will combine in-person events with online activities and meetings.  Some things might look a bit different based on COVID protocols at the time and we will adjust if conditions necessitate.

We will continue to send out the “This Week @ Southern” email to highlight various events that are being hosted by departments and student organizations. Visit for a list of events hosted by student organizations.

Follow Southern’s clubs and organizations and many departments on social media (Instagram, Facebook, etc)!

Student Wellbeing


Q: What if I am housing and/or food insecure or have some other barrier to my success as a student? 
A: Any students who are housing and/or food insecure or have other basic needs that may impact their ability to be successful in the classroom should contact the Dean of Students office at The Dean of Students team will try to support you to the best of their ability.