Classroom Procedures

The following classroom procedures are in effect:

Safety:

  1. All students enrolled in any credit class at Blinn College, including those taking entirely online classes, are required to complete a 10- to 15-minute COVID-19 training. Please check your Blinn email for a message from survey@blinn.edu titled, "Mandatory Student COVID Training." That email will include a link to the training and ask you to acknowledge the Student Agreement.
  2. Students are required to download the free app Campus Clear and certify, daily, that they are clear to come on campus. The self-certification process should last no more than 10 seconds and should be done every day of the week. Students who do not wish to self-certify will have the option of taking our classes in a remote location using the class remote access capabilities. Students may not access Blinn College campuses without prior self-certification.    
  3. All students are required to wear cloth face coverings at all times while in class or in any Blinn College facilities.
  4. Students must maintain social distancing of 6 feet while in the classroom. Approaching a classmate or the instructor without proper face covering and express consent from the other party will be considered an uncivil behavior. In this case, the instructor may invoke the College’s Incivility Protocol.
  5. Some individuals may not be able to wear a face covering due to a pre-existing medical condition or other disability. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services at their respective campus to request an exemption through the accommodation process. As this is a public health crisis, exemptions are likely only to be accommodated through face shields or online courses.
  6. Students should wait outside the building before the start of class. Please do not congregate in the hallways. Students should exit the building as soon as class is over.
  7. Students who exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, who have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who are unwell, should not attend class in person. Exposure is defined as being within less than 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more with or without a mask. 

    If you feel ill, please seek medical assistance. If it is an emergency, call 911. For hours and locations, please visit www.blinn.edu/health-clinic/hours-and-locations.html.

    Stay at home and email your instructor that you will not be in class because you are not cleared for campus access. The student will receive a call from a Blinn employee.
  8. Students who become COVID-19 positive will transition to remote access while in recovery. However, students who become severely ill can request a medical withdrawal or an incomplete (I).

 

Attendance, Academics, and Civility:

  1. Blinn College’s Attendance Policy remains in place. Students are required to attend class face-to-face or remotely via Zoom
  2. With the exception of a very small number of classes, students may freely opt out of face-to-face instruction. Please check with your instructor if your class is available for remote access. Students participating remotely are still expected to complete assignments by deadlines unless they are excused by the instructor.  
  3. During the remote portion of the class, the space occupied by the student becomes an extension of the classroom. Therefore, expectations for student behavior in the remote classroom remain the same as those for the physical classroom. Please dress as you would on campus, do not eat during class, be mindful of your surroundings, and respectful with your colleagues and faculty. Students who do not follow these rules may be subject to the College's Incivility Protocol and may be removed from the Zoom remote classroom. 
  4. This class may be recorded for future academic use.
  5. Students shall communicate with the instructor in writing as to their option of not attending class in person.
  6. Students may not change days for which they are scheduled to attend on-campus class without the faculty member’s approval.
  7. While attending class in a remote capacity, students are required to keep their cameras on during the entirety of the class time.
  8. Although Blinn computer labs are expected to be open during the vast majority of the semester, students should have access to the following technology in the event that campuses are required to close:
    1. a full computer (not a Chromebook, tablet, or smartphone),
    2. a webcam (for simultaneous remote participation and test proctoring),
    3. microphone,
    4. and reliable internet connection.
System Requirements
Note: The below are minimum requirements for participation in online courses at Blinn College. Specific programs and courses may have further hardware, software, and/or system specifications. Please check with your instructor (or refer to your course syllabus) for any additional system requirements.
Minimum Processor and RAM:
Dual Core 2GHz or higher with 4GB of RAM
Operating Systems:
Windows 10 or higher
MacOSX 10.13 or higher
Browser:
Google Chrome (version 79 or Higher)
Internet:
Broadband with a minimum of 1.5 Mbps download and 750 Kbps upload speeds
Peripherals:
Webcam (Built in or USB plugin)
Microphone (Built in or USB plugin) 

Students who use the Blinn computer labs for remote class participation will need to bring their own headset with a microphone. Please note that not all computer lab stations have webcams. Social distancing will be in effect in these labs, so availability may be limited during peak times.
To succeed in their courses, students also will need Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint for some assignments. These Microsoft Office programs are available for all students to download for free using their Blinn Buc email accounts. To install Microsoft Office 365, please visit https://my.blinn.edu/TechnologyServices/Pages/Microsoft-Office-365.aspx or contact Academic Technology at 979-830-4357.
  1. With the exception of projects that require building an artifact, all assessments and exams will have a remote option. All final exams and assessments will be administered online. Your instructor will determine if your final exam will be held during the scheduled final exam time utilizing remote proctoring or if it will be carried out asynchronously online in eCampus. Some Health Sciences exams will be proctored live.
  2. The College strongly encourages a paperless environment for Fall 2020. Assignments, homework, quizzes, and assessments should be posted online and students' assignments should be uploaded in eCampus. The exception to his rule is limited to artifacts that are an essential portion of the course grade, e.g., an art or an architecture project. In that case, a plastic receptacle should be provided.
  3. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, all Blinn classes, with the exception of select Health Sciences and Technical and Community Education Programs, will transition to online instruction, regardless of course format. The meeting times and class modalities will remain the same. Blinn will continue to offer academic resources such as libraries and writing centers.
  4. Blinn College will not change its grading system. The College will not offer P/NP as a grade alternative unless that grade alternative was inherent to that course prior COVID-19.