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Carl R. Ice College of Engineering

Carl R. Ice
College of Engineering

1046 Rathbone Hall
1701B Platt St.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5590
deanengr@k-state.edu

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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

The priority of the university and college throughout this evolving situation will always be to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community. Our focus is on maintaining a high-quality learning environment while balancing needs of students and faculty and being able to respond to changing conditions related to COVID-19.


Am I required to wear a mask on campus?

All faculty, staff, students and visitors must properly wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while on the K-State campus, whether in building hallways, public spaces, classrooms or other common areas. Face-covering requirements apply to those in offices or other work spaces, and even in outdoor settings when six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Policy and face-covering FAQs are available at https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/guidance/health/face-covering.html.


What should I do if I lose my face mask/face covering while on campus?

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will have several one-time-use masks available at select office locations in the engineering complex. However, these will only be for temporary wear and you should obtain a replacement face covering as soon as possible.


What changes will I see in the classroom?

To minimize risk to faculty and students, we are de-densifying all classrooms and instructional spaces by requiring six feet of physical distancing in our seating arrangements. We are also assessing these areas for ventilation issues. These changes are associated with practices and guidelines established by the CDC to help protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, GTAs and staff. 

Because some rooms have fixed seats and tables, much of the actual physical distancing in these areas will be more than than six feet, thus greatly reducing classroom capacity. For example, Paslay Auditorium (DUR 1073) is a 185-seat lecture hall that has been reduced to 35 approved seats.

Paslay Hall Auditorium with sheets of paper indicating COVID-19 approved seatingWhite sheets of paper indicate COVID-19 approved seating.

Engineering Hall Auditorium (DUE 1109) has been reduced from 250 to 48 seats. 

Engineering Hall Auditorium with sheets of paper indicating COVID-19 approved seating
White sheets of paper indicate COVID-19 approved seating.

Rooms have also been evaluated regarding ventilation rates for potential transmission of COVID-19. As a result, many classrooms across campus have been taken offline and declared unavailable for use. This situation adds to the challenge of finding instructional space for our classes and students.  


How will fall classes be taught in the college?

Students will be offered robust and innovative teaching and learning experiences this fall that will include courses offered in-person, online or in a blended/hybrid format.

Fully in-person classes will be limited to enrollments of less than 50 students and these will need to be held in larger classrooms to support physical-distancing requirements. Classes with 50 or more students will be offered through high-quality online instruction or in a blended/hybrid format that maintains in-person class meetings for less than 50 students.

Students who have already enrolled in fall courses will be notified of these changes by Aug. 3 so they can make needed adjustments to their schedules, pending availability of courses.

More information is available at https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/guidance/academics/academic-instruction.html.


What is a blended course?

Blended courses will use a mixture of online content with some in-person instruction. For example, the lecture material may be posted in advance of the weekly class. The instructor may then hold recitation, class discussion and/or problem-solving sessions during normally scheduled class times for a particular course. However, these sessions will have reduced numbers of students due to reduced classroom capacities associated with CDC social-distance guidelines and other health-related parameters that have reduced the normal capacity of a classroom. In another example, the lecture material may be posted online for students to review and a class may have smaller group, in-person lab experiences to supplement the class material. Faculty may also choose other types of blended activities that will provide some type of in-person instruction associated with each of their classes. 


Will Fiedler Learning Commons and the Collaborative Learning Lab be open?

With reduced classroom capacities, we have had to look at other spaces, which include Fielder Learning Commons and the Burns & McDonnell Collaborative Learning Lab. These areas will be used during the day to accommodate some of our courses. At such times, they may not be available for student use. However, we will have tables and chairs, placed with appropriate social distancing, throughout our atriums for makeshift study spaces. 


Will SAS tutors be available?

SAS tutoring will be available, but operational guidelines and locations are still under review.

 

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