Prepping for Interterm 2021

The McPherson College campus in January.

What Is Interterm?

McPherson College offers a three-and-a-half week interterm from Monday, January 4, through Tuesday, January 26. Students take only one course, which typically meets each weekday for two to three hours. Students enrolled full time for either fall or spring semester pay no additional charges for interterm tuition or room and board.

What's Different about Interterm 2021?

The focus for Interterm 2021 is a safe on-boarding of faculty, staff, and students returning to campus from the holidays. A safe and healthy January will be the best way to ensure a successful spring semester of classes, sports, and activities. COVID-19 tests will be required of all students and college employees before their return to campus. (See links to detailed COVID updates below.) Student who can should quarantine for 10 days before returning. And everyone returning for interterm should avoid New Year's Eve parties.

Q: Will any classes be online for interterm?

A: Yes. A full listing of interterm courses and their modalities (online, hybrid, or fully in person) can be found in the right-hand column of this page.

Q: Do I have to return to campus if my interterm class is online?

A: No. Online classes are being offered to enhance the safe return to campus by reducing the density of our student population. Students do not have to return to campus for an online class. However, they are not prevented from doing so. Keep in mind that many students enrolled in online classes will need to be on campus for activities such as athletics.

Q: If my interterm class is delivered in hybrid or in-person mode, can I choose to take it online?

A: No. Hybrid and in-person classes require classroom attendance and on-campus presence. Students with documented disabilities or high-risk health conditions can apply for an online accommodation. For more information about ADA accommodations, email Carole Barr at barrc@mcpherson.edu. The college reserves the right to decline online delivery of some courses such as those with significant shop, studio, or lab components.

Q: Will the classroom set-up be the same as last semester?

A: Current plans are for interterm and spring to be similar to the fall semester. Masks will be required and all classroom spaces will be socially distanced. Faculty will be prepared to accommodate students who are temporarily unable to attend class sessions due to quarantine or isolation. Faculty who need classroom accommodations will list those in their course syllabi, and students will be required to follow those requests.

Q: Will I be able to take my spring semester courses online?

A: With just a few exceptions, all spring courses will be hybrid or fully in person, requiring classroom attendance and on-campus presence. McPherson College’s curriculum has not been designed for online delivery; with a few exceptions, courses must be completed on campus. Students with documented disabilities or high-risk health conditions can apply for an online accommodation. For more information about ADA accommodations, email Carole Barr at barrc@mcpherson.edu. The college reserves the right to decline online delivery of some courses such as those with significant shop, studio, or lab components.

 

 

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