Students: Guidelines for Instruction

Updated: March 19, 2020

As you know, Governor Cuomo has directed all SUNY and CUNY schools to transition classroom-based learning to a digital format, effective March 19th. This extraordinary measure is being taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of our students and their families. Fredonia is committed to your academic success and I can assure you that our faculty and staff are here to support you through this challenging transition. You will hear from your professors by March 23 with plans for completing the semester. They are working diligently to prepare messages and updates for everyone in their courses.

What can I expect?

Distance learning refers to a teaching modality where professors and students are not meeting face to face in a classroom. Your professors will communicate with you about using the options that work best for each course. They will work with you on completion of course requirements for the remainder of the semester.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind as you transition to digital instruction:

●     Distance learning formats and requirements will vary from course to course. Do not assume that the requirements will be the same for all of your courses.

●     You should log into your courses daily and follow your Professor’s instructions.

●     Online learning requires a great deal of discipline and independence. Good time management is critical for success. You should consider establishing a daily routine for each of your courses that will help you adapt to digital learning and keep you from falling behind in your courses.

While courses are transitioning to digital instruction, campus student support services - such as Reed Library (, advising, and academic offices - will be available to you online, by phone, and by email. Information about campus services and  student resources is available at  “Keep on Teaching & Learning.” This information is being updated daily as additional information becomes available.

Where should I start?

●     It is important that you check your Fredonia email daily, since this is how the campus and faculty will be communicating with you.

●     As of March 23, log into each of your courses in OnCourse daily. Once in OnCourse, look for messages in the News Forum, as well as other directions posted by your faculty.

●     Check for student resources on digital learning and non-classroom based learning experiences.

●     A coronavirus information link is available on our website and will be updated regularly (

●     If you have difficulty logging into these platforms, call the ITS Service Center at 716-673-3407 or email

What if I am doing student teaching, a practicum, internship or other non-classroom based learning?

Internships, field practicum placements, student teaching, clinical instruction and other forms of learning that are non-classroom based will also be offered digitally, but outcomes and assignments may need to be altered. Information about these non-classroom based offerings is updated on the site. Individuals overseeing these activities will communicate specific instructions for your courses as soon as they are available.

Important Changes to the Academic Calendar

Given the challenges of transitioning to a digital teaching format, the following changes are being made to the academic calendar. These changes will give students more time to adapt and prepare for the remainder of the semester and the fall. The “Revised” dates (below) are the new deadlines for midterm grades, advising, fall course registration, and withdrawal form courses or teh university.

Academic Calendar updates



Midterm grades DUE

March 25

April 1

Advising Sessions

March 30 - April 10

April 6-17

Course Registration Begins

April 6

April 14

Course/University Withdrawal

April 10

April 27

Where can I find additional information?

Check for resources and updates. This site includes resources and information for students on academic supports such as tutoring, Reed Library resources and support, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Please do not hesitate to contact Interim Associate Provost Carmen Rivera if you have any questions or concerns during this transition.  Your health and safety are our utmost concern, and our faculty is committed to ensuring your educational success.

Update: March 19, 2020

All classes in the Education Department will follow a distance learning model for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  Education instructors will contact you on or before March 23rd with updates on course content and assignments.  All Education classrooms in Thompson Hall will be closed.

Teacher Education Field Course Update for Continuity of Non Instructional Academic Programming

Updated: March 16, 2020

For Current Student Teachers:

Due to the closing of P-12 schools throughout New York State this week, please DO NOT REPORT to your Fourth Quarter Student Teaching Placements until directed by the Office of Field Experiences. 

We are awaiting further guidance from SUNY System and NYSED regarding the minimum number of student teaching days required for graduation and recommendation for certification. Further information regarding the completion of edTPA is also forthcoming. We will communicate with you as soon as we have that additional information.

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and continue to check your email regularly throughout the day. In addition, we ask that you please manage your outgoing voicemail so we can leave a message if we are trying to reach you via telephone. 

For Early Field and Graduate Candidates in Teacher Education:

Early Field and graduate candidates in teacher education will NOT be required to attend (in-person) their Early and/or Structured Field Experiences for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. However, they will be required to complete virtual field assignments in order to complete the clinical hours in their current course(s).  Your field-based course instructor(s) will be in touch with candidates by March 23 with further information regarding their current field-based course(s).

  • To clarify the groups of candidates included, Early Field Experiences consist of courses for pre-service teacher candidates, while Structured Field Experiences are for graduate students who hold initial New York State Certification. 

  • Therefore, in planning for remote assignments for the remainder of the semester, candidates will complete the following course(s) online: 

    • EDU 106

    • EDU 222

    • EDU 251

    • EDU 313

    • EDU 356

    • EDU 567

    • EDU 576

    • EDU 583

    • EDU 628

    • ENED 101

    • MUED 355 

    • MUED 356

    • MUED 450

    • MUED 451

Updated: March 16, 2020

As indicated by President Hefner's 3rd memorandum to the campus, "[W]hether residing in the Residence Halls or at home, students will receive distance education for the remainder of the semester."  If you are remaining on campus, it is understandable that you might wish to arrange face-to-face instruction with your professors; unfortunately, given the circumstances, they cannot accommodate you. At this time, you may, however, meet with your professors individually for the purposes of advising, course-related assistance, etc.

If you are working one-on-one with a professor to complete a project (e.g., research), you may continue working on the project in the lab, field, or studio.  If you choose to return and remain at home, you should work with your professor on alternatives for completion of the course.

If you are looking for updates regarding social work internships and/or CDS clinical placements, please see the separate tabs on this website.

Updated: March 16, 2020

School of Business:

Students should use their email and/or OnCourse for all important correspondence with faculty, staff and classmates.  Check your spam and blocked emails so that no important messages are lost.  

Your instructors will be utilizing distance learning in different ways.  You are mutually responsible for connecting, communicating, and participating in your courses diligently.

Students should not plan to meet in groups and should practice social distancing.

Internships in the School of Business:  Jennifer Wilkins, Internship Coordinator, Career Development Office, has offered the following advice:

All Students/Interns:

It is vital to remain active and professional in your communication. You will need to discuss next steps with your internship site supervisor (employer) directly, and keep your faculty sponsor informed. If you need assistance on how to address this with your site supervisor, please reach out to Jennifer Wilkins, Internship Coordinator, at 716-673-3327 or

Contact your site supervisor as soon as possible to discuss your ability to complete the remaining weeks and hours of your internship in-person or remotely.

Consult with the site supervisor regarding projects you are currently completing, and brainstorm possible solutions to finalize your internship hours.

Keep an electronic record of your completed hours to date and a tentative plan to finalize the internship hours, as possible. Be sure your site supervisor has access to this information, and will be able to confirm.

Business Administration and Accounting Interns received the following message from the Department’s Internship Faculty Sponsor Dr. Susan McNamara, further clarifying options available:

Option A - you have ability to continue your internship by remaining on-site or collaborating with your site supervisor to finish it at a distance - everything stays intact

Option B - you want to reduce the credits/hours needed and end your internship - send Dr. McNamara an email (

Option C - you need to earn the credits originally planned but cannot find a way to do it with your current site supervisor - contact Dr. McNamara to figure out a way for you to do an independent learning experience at a distance

Option D - you want to reduce the credits/hours needed and will find a new internship where you reside.   Fill out a new learning contract and Dr. McNamara will process it through email

Sport Management Interns must contact Jason Becker ( with any concerns or adjustments to planned experiences and hours.

Music Industry Interns must contact Armand Petri ( or Stuart Shapiro ( with any concerns or adjustments to planned experiences and hours.

Independent Studies in progress:  students should contact their supervising professor as soon as possible to work out details. 

Physical Education Courses: Students enrolled in Physical Education courses are encouraged to check OnCourse and/or email their instructor information on alternative delivery of course content. 

Student Group Leaders:  Contact your faculty advisor(s) for guidance on events, meetings, travel, and any other outstanding issues.  Until further notice, you can assume all events involving students or groups of individuals will be postponed or cancelled.  Communication among all parties involved is critical.

Updated: March 19, 2020

Things have changed as of March 17, 2020 with the Governor's Directive regarding essential/non-essential employees reporting to work.  With this new information, we can not allow any student recitals to take place until further notice.  For the present time, Mason Hall is open for students who need access to practice rooms, pianos or percussion instruments. However, please be aware that access to Mason Hall could change at any time.  SRT labs are closed.  ALL course instruction must take place in an online/remote format, including one-on-one applied lessons.  Every instructor will find alternate means to deliver meaningful learning experiences. The directives from SUNY are stringent but necessary in a time of national emergency. Even if we don’t agree we have to heed them. 

Studio faculty will be thinking about and creating alternate "final" or “capstone experiences" or re-think how juries/recitals can occur (remotely, with no accompaniment).  Applied lessons and classes that normally use instruments can continue even without access to an instrument, if the focus of the course is temporarily shifted to pedagogy, writing, and research, for example.    

Students who have already paid for live streaming of their recitals will receive a refund.  Students, who are still in town, should empty their lockers asap (as access to Mason could change at any time).  If you are not able to empty your locker, do not worry.  But please let Amy know (via email) if you wish to keep the same locker for next year.   

We will continue to keep you updated.

Updated: March 19, 2020

Theatre & Dance: 

All classes in the Department of Theatre and Dance will be adapted for distance learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  TADA faculty and staff will contact students on or before March 23rd with updates on course content and assignments.  All TADA classrooms, studios, labs, and shop spaces in the Rockefeller Arts Center are closed until further notice. This document provides more information on the Department of Theatre & Dance plans for continuity of instruction and operations

Visual Arts & New Media:

All classes in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media (VANM) will be run online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  VANM instructors will contact you on or before March 23rd with updates on course content and assignments.  All VANM classrooms in Rockefeller Arts Center and Igoe will be closed.

Updated: March 13, 2020

The Career Development Office will remain open and available for in-person, phone, or email appointments and questions during our regularly scheduled hours, 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Questions can be emailed to or call 716-673-3327;

Can I continue my internship?

YES! Interns are expected to continue their academic work related to their credit-bearing internships. Work with your site supervisor and faculty sponsor to shift the experience to a remote or alternative format. Be sure to review your Learning Contract and follow the learning objectives and tasks outlined. If you need a copy of your completed Learning Contract, contact the Career Development Office.

Updated: March 13, 2020

The Social Work Program has developed a plan to address the temporary disruption to students’ social work field placements due to national or local events such as communicable disease natural disasters, and/or civil unrest. 

If advised by the agency, supervisor, and/or government not to attend field placements, or if safety concerns warrant a temporary disruption in field placement, students should immediately consult BOTH their Faculty Liaison and Field Supervisor (s). 

In an effort to fulfil the program hour requirements and educational competencies during temporary field placement interruption, alternative field learning activities may include the use of digital technologies. 2015 EPAS Interpretation Guide 

This policy is to address short-term field placement disruption that may exceed 30 days. However, the program will also follow the university policy and procedures concerning disruption as direction to supporting determining the most appropriate response to support students in completing the field placement requirements. 

Alternate Learning Activities 

Field Instructors and Task Supervisors should assign students off-site alternative field learning activities that the student may complete in the event of a temporary field disruption. The following examples of alternative field learning activities are below: 

  • Supervision: Weekly supervision using Zoom or other teleconferencing application. 
  • Meeting with individuals, families, and groups utilizing teleconferencing applications accessed via computer, tablet, and/or telephone; provided teleconferencing applications meet any agency requirements regarding HIPPA and/or confidentiality. 
  • Training for Agency: develop training that will benefit the agency (i.e., self-care, ethics, etc.) 
  • Groups/Workshops for clients: develop curriculum for future implementation with clients (i.e., life skills, grief, trauma, domestic violence, etc.) 
  • Organizational Policy Review: review agency policies with suggestions/recommendations where appropriate. 
  • Legislative Policy Review: review relevant laws and policies that affect the population students work with (i.e., Child Welfare Act, Mental Health/Substance Abuse, Homeless, etc.). This assignment can provide a synopsis to prepare advocacy materials to write a letter to the local newspaper editor or government official. 
  • Literature Review: conduct a literature review on a specific topic relevant to field placement (i.e., effectiveness of an intervention, the impact of interrupted services of mental health or economic instability can be a social problem). 
  • Grants: research potential grant opportunities and/or prepare aspects of grant writing. 
  • Community Networking/Resource Development: teleconference with various service providers, participating in resource mapping, and develop a list of resources for clients with services offered, referral process, etc. 
  • Compete online trainings: complete assigned agency trainings and provide a certification of completion and/or a short written reflection and/or prepare a presentation to disseminate knowledge gained. 

Note - Field Instructors and Task Supervisors may come up with other activities or training in addition to the ones listed. All activities pre-approved by the agency supervisor. 

Confidentiality and the Use of Technology 

All students must comply with relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards, organizational policies to ensure the confidentiality of clients. Students and agencies are encouraged to use the standards listed in the Technology in Social Work Practice guide to inform the use of technology. 2015 EPAS Interpretation Guide 

While each agency should develop their own protocols around the use of technology and confidentiality, all students should follow the following best practices: 

  • Take reasonable steps to maintain appropriate boundaries when using personal phone numbers or other electronic communication. For example, consider temporarily hiding your caller ID when making outgoing calls, through your phone’s setting. 
  • Position web cameras so that others can only see your face- all visible confidential data removed from camera view. 
  • Conduct all sensitive conversation in a private space. Be mindful of the potential for family members or bystanders to overhear any portion of your discussions.

Updated: March 26, 2020

Our program and other professional licensure or certification courses must meet regulatory requirements, and ensure that students gain clinical experiences that will set them up for future success as professionals in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. To that end, each Student completes the following three requirements to be awarded their degree:

  1.  Graduate Credit Hour Total of 62 or higher, per our registered program.
  2. 150 clock hours with children, per NYSED 
  3. 375 direct hours contact hours, per ASHA


1. A Graduate Credit Hour Total of 62 or higher, per our registered program.
The Student Clinician must have a sufficient length of clinical experience consistent with six credits each in current placement, CDS 605 or CDS 632, to successfully complete the course. Students currently enrolled in CDS 605 or CDS 632 may need to extend their placement timelines to meet the required experience length. Students will be given a grade of Incomplete (I) until the requirement is met.  

2. 150 clock hours with children, per NYSED 
CDS collaborated with our Chief Certification Officer to ensure that this requirement can be met through a combination of 632 and 502 experiences.

3. 375 direct hours contact hours, per ASHA

Plan: CDS offers membership in Simucase, a web-based Clinical Simulation (CS) program, to all of our graduate clinicians who are short of 375 total hours. 

First-Year Students enrolled in CDS 502 will be required to participate in Simucase for the rest of the semester. Others are welcome to participate. Bear in mind, the gaining of CS hours does not take the place of the mandated externships of CDS 605 or CDS 632. First year graduate students will all automatically be enrolled in Simucase, However, anyone else who plans to participate in Simucase has to alert Mrs. Williams by end of business day tomorrow Thursday 26 March 2020.

Note: While ASHA allows up to 75 CS hours, these activities tend to take much time, and it is not possible to get 30 CS hours within the remaining time of this semester. Completing CS to the passing standards takes time and perseverance, and is nothing like the gaining of clinical observation hours. For each 60 minute simulation, plan on devoting three hours.

Caveat: As we all know, the situation is highly fluid and if the opportunity to continue 605 or 632 Placements present themselves in the form of Telepratice with Telesupervision this will be accepted as satisfying the contact hours for this course requirement. Also, please note that if the situation turns for the better at any point and the student can go back to their placement sometime in April or in the near future, we welcome this possibility in putting our students back on track.

The Clinic Director will contact each Student Clinician individually to communicate where they stand in terms of meeting these three requirements.

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