Academic
Calendar

All students—undergraduate and graduate—will begin the 2020-2021 academic year as scheduled on August 24. A modified Welcome Week program for new students will take place August 19-23. Undergraduate students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break as final exams for fall semester will take place remotely during the first week of December. Academic programs that have required in-person experiences—such as clinicals, practicums and internships—will continue in-person after Thanksgiving, unless remote options exist.

Key Academic Dates

Undergraduate Calendar

  • Wednesday, August 19 – Sunday, August 23: Welcome Week activities
  • Monday, August 24: Classes begin
  • Monday, September 7: Labor Day will be an instructional day (College offices open as determined by each respective vice president)
  • Thursday, October 8: Last day of Session I classes
  • Friday, October 9: Fall break; no classes (College offices open)
  • Monday, October 12: First day of Session II classes
  • Tuesday, November 24: Last day of full semester classes and last day of Session II classes
  • Wednesday, November 25: No classes (College offices close at noon)
  • Thursday, November 26 – Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving break; no classes (College offices closed)
  • Monday, November 30: Reading day
  • Tuesday, December 1 – Friday, December 4: Final exams (remote)

Graduate Calendar

  • Monday, August 24: Classes begin
  • Monday, September 7: Labor Day, no graduate classes (College offices open as determined by each respective vice president)
  • Wednesday, October 14: Last day of Graduate Session I classes
  • Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16: Fall break; no graduate classes (College offices open)
  • Monday, October 19: First day of Graduate Session II classes
  • Wednesday, November 25: No classes (College offices close at noon)
  • Thursday, November 26 – Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving break; no classes (College offices closed)
  • Wednesday, December 9: Last day of Graduate Session II and full semester classes

Class Schedule

The College’s Monday/Wednesday/Friday courses will meet for 70 minutes instead of the normal 65 minutes, and Tuesday/Thursday courses will meet for 100 minutes instead of the normal 95 minutes.

Students, including students-athletes, who have questions regarding how the modified academic calendar and daily class meeting schedule may impact practice times and schedules, will soon receive a follow up communication with additional details.

Fall 2020 Course Schedule Updates

Course updates have been completed in Merlin for the fall 2020 semester. The College’s “learn from anywhere” approach expands the variety of instructional modalities (in-person, online, blended) available to students for this upcoming semester. The updated schedule reflects the college’s continued emphasis on in-person learning, while incorporating a wider variety of blended and online course options.

Students can review their course schedule to see the instructional delivery for each class by logging into Merlin at www.merlin.noctrl.edu and navigating to your Fall schedule under Merlin / Students / Academic Profile / My Class Schedule.

Students with questions about their course schedule or options should contact their academic advisor or the Office of the Registrar at registrar@noctrl.edu or 630-637-5252.

The updated course delivery types are listed in Merlin under the “Section Name and Title” column as the last portion of the section name, and include the following:

  • In-Person: Traditional face-to-face instruction format; wearing masks will be required. In-person courses are noted with 1, 2… (ex: NCC*100*1)
  • Online Synchronous: 100% online instruction, with synchronous online meetings during specified class meeting days/times. Online synchronous courses are noted with “OS” before the section number (ex: NCC*100*OS1)
  • Online Asynchronous: 100% online instruction, with no required synchronous course meetings. Online asynchronous courses are noted with “OA” before the section number (ex: NCC*100*OA1)
  • Blended: Courses with a mix of in-person and online instruction. Blended courses are noted with “BL” before the section number (ex: NCC*100*BL1)
  • Split Section: Students in class are divided into 2 smaller groups to accommodate in-person instruction in a physically distanced environment. Each group will meet in-person with the instructor on some days and online other days; additional details will be provided by the instructor before the course begins. Split courses are noted with “SP” before the section number (ex: NCC*100*SP1).

Academic Instruction

The College is embracing a “learn from anywhere” approach by expanding the range of instructional modalities and leveraging technology to create inclusive learning opportunities for all students. The College’s primary modality will continue to be in-person classes, but our faculty’s inspired instruction will now also include a wider variety of fully online and combination formats. For those who are unable to return to campus, more information about special accommodations is forthcoming.

Once the course schedule has been updated with any changes to instructional modality, all students will be notified via email so that each student can review their course schedule. Advisors will help guide students in making adjustments to ensure that their schedules fit their individual needs and that they continue to make steady progress toward their degree completion.

Classrooms & Labs

In-person instruction will require a six-foot minimum distance between all individuals and face coverings will be required to be worn in all classrooms, labs and studios. Classrooms and other instructional spaces have been evaluated for new maximum capacities based on physical distancing requirements and furniture and equipment will be arranged accordingly. Depending on class sizes and room capacities, there may be circumstances where students attend class in-person on some days and remotely on other days for synchronous or asynchronous instruction in order to maintain physical distancing requirements.

Contact Information

Students with questions about their course schedule should contact their academic advisor, or the Office of the Registrar at 630-637-5252 or registrar@noctrl.edu.

Faculty with questions about their course schedule should contact their department chair or academic dean.