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Teaching Educational Process During Fall 2020 Semester

As part of Qatar University efforts to carry out a smooth educational process during Fall 2020 semester, and in light of the current health situation in the country and worldwide and the State’s plan regarding COVID-19, and as part of the preparations for fourth phase that is expected to start in 1 September 2020, Qatar University decided to commit to the following instructions regarding the teaching method during Fall 2020. These instructions will remain effective until further notice.

Teaching Guidelines

  • Classes will continue according to the announced Fall 2020 calendar with no changes.
  • All academic policies and procedures suspended during Spring 2020 are reactivated.
  • Teaching will continue to be online except for students enrolled in some specific courses. Faculty members teaching these courses will communicate directly with their students to notify them that teaching will be on campus. These courses include:
    • Graduate studies courses (diploma, masters and doctoral degrees). Face-to-face teaching on campus will start on Tuesday, 1 September, 2020.
    • Practical laboratory courses that require students to attend physically and perform hands-on experiment in the laboratory. Departments offering these labs will monitor the teaching process in light of the announced safety measures by the University. Students will attend these courses on campus starting from Sunday, 6 September, 2020.
    • Graduation and research projects, as well as courses of special nature that require students to attend on campus following the approval of the College Dean. Academic departments ensure that all safety measures announced by the university are applied.
    • Internship, fieldwork, preceptorship, and clinical practice courses. Colleges are to develop a mechanism in coordination with the training bodies and according to the safety measures announced by the relevant authorities.
  • Main (midterm and final) exams for all courses will be conducted on campus regardless of the teaching method of these courses (online or on campus). A plan for conducting midterm and final exams will be developed and shared early enough before the exam date with making sure that all safety measures are applied.
  • Office hours will be provided online by faculty members
  • Library, learning centers and student services (academic advising, career services, student learning support, student counseling, special needs services and financial aid services) will continue to provide their services online and face-to-face whenever is possible. Additional details regarding these services will be announced later.  

It is also important to stay updated regarding the different announcements and instructions that will be sent out later from different sectors and departments such as the Student Affairs Sector, Campus Facilities and General Services Department, etc. Given the nature of the pandemic, all plans remain subject to reviews and updates according to the directives received from the relevant authorities. It also requires members of QU community to show understanding, cooperation and flexibility in order for the University to be able to deal effectively with this reality in order to overcome the potential challenges.

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