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Course Modalities

We know the mode in which a course is taught —in-person, online, or hybrid— is important. In this regard, students should be aware of two developments:

  • By Wednesday, February 10, any course modality changes will be processed and updated — both in the online course grids and in the students’ personal schedules.
  • Also by February 10, Clark will post a “Flexible Modality” comment on the course grid for hybrid or in-person courses. This notation will indicate which faculty are willing to teach in multiple modalities concurrently, without requiring students to check with them first. The “Flexible Modality” notation can be used in the grid’s search feature to find courses/faculty willing to proactively offer flexibility and optionality to students. Please note that some faculty may choose not to request this notation and continue to require students to be physically present for their hybrid or in-person course beginning March 10. If a student wishes to take a course in a different modality than presented on the grid — and the course is not listed as “Flexible Modality” — they should contact the instructor directly.

There may be courses that are fully online all semester — that is at the discretion of the faculty member, and those are noted as online courses on Clark’s course grid. If a student is interested in continuing to take an in-person course remotely, they should contact that professor to discuss if that is possible.

We are closely watching course enrollment numbers, and will continue to monitor any changes to the spring semester schedule. If you are having difficulty getting your spring course schedule in order, email Jen Plante at or Academic Advising at

As we did in the fall, we are allowing faculty to make these decisions based on their individual health and safety concerns. We are in active conversations with our faculty to get this clarity sooner rather than later, but it is possible that course modalities may change close to the start of the semester.

That is entirely up to each faculty person. The student is encouraged to contact those professors to see if they are planning on accommodating online learners. If they are not, please contact Jen Plante who can work with the student to adjust their schedule.

Our end-of-semester survey indicated at least 80% of undergraduates were interested in some in-person instruction in the spring semester.

Student Advising and Academic Plans

Many offices and departments are ready and willing to support students, whether virtually or on campus. Undergraduates can visit the Student Success page for general assistance; graduate students can seek assistance by connecting with their departments. International students may have additional questions about travel or visa implications and, therefore, should direct their questions to the ISSO office.

The Academic Advising Center ( is staffed by professional advisers who are happy to help.

Please contact your professors directly to see if they are able to accommodate you remotely. If they are unable to accommodate you remotely you would be encouraged to take a different course that is offered online and still fulfills a requirement. If you need further assistance, contact Jen Plante at

Please email for assistance.

The student should email the course professor to inquire about a waiting list.

University’s Academic Calendar

We have planned for the spring semester final exam period to be as it was pre-COVID (so not like the fall). The last day of finals is June 4.

The summer schedule is still being finalized. An announcement will be made once it is.