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Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Calendar

When does Thanksgiving Recess start?
Thanksgiving Recess will be Nov. 21 through Nov. 29. Bradley students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving, but will attend classes virtually through the end of the semester instead.


Health Accommodations

What are the expectations regarding wearing a mask?
Bradley asks everyone to wear a mask while on campus in order to protect the health of others and to allow learning to continue. This is especially important in common areas, shared workspaces, classrooms and labs.

Can individuals wear a face shield without a mask?
It is not known if face shields provide any benefit to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings. It is recommended that face shields are worn in conjunction with a cloth face covering. Face shields should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin.

Can individuals with health concerns get permission to not wear masks on campus?
Appropriate accommodations will be made to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for those who should not wear masks.  Accommodation requests for students with health issues that do not allow them to wear a face-covering should be sent to Accommodation requests for employees with health issues that do not allow them to wear a face-covering should be sent to To ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests should provide appropriate medical documentation or reference to previously submitted documentation. 

How will safety issues about HVAC be addressed?
University Facilities Management will follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for the maintenance and care of Bradley HVAC systems.

Can physical distancing requirements be overridden with permissions?
Bradley asks all employees to wear masks and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more in order to protect everyone's health and allow learning to continue on campus. Faculty members in labs, research spaces and clinical practica will explain guidelines for attendance and behavior, as physical distancing will be a challenge. Additional Personal Protective Equipment may be required.

Can students be forced to participate in face-to-face classes?
Some students may not be able to return to campus, while others may want to continue taking classes virtually. You should note, however, there may be exceptions to virtual classes like a practicum or lab experience. If you’d like to apply to take your classes solely in a virtual environment, you must send a request to and include a brief description of why you’re making the request. All requests must be submitted by August 10. They will be reviewed and shared with several offices across campus. If accepted, you will agree to the following: all tuition and fees will remain the same (minus housing fees); you will not be able to reside in the residence halls or SAC; all grades received will be letter grades (unless the course is already delivered as a pass/fail course); this decision is for the entire fall 2020 semester only (you will not be able to switch between virtual and face-to-face learning during the semester); and virtual learning may change your financial aid.

Can a faculty member be forced to participate in face-to-face classes?
If you are interested in teaching some or all of your classes online this fall, let your department chair know by no later than noon August 10. You don't need to provide medical justification for making your request. Instead, we ask you to be thoughtful about your request based on your individual circumstances and the needs of the department and university. We will need to be particularly mindful about how we handle areas where accreditation requirements make online learning difficult.

Tech Needs

How long will faculty and students have access to Sakai?
The Sakai contract expires in May 2021. Sakai may be used through the end of Spring 2021.

Will there be training available for faculty and students on how to use Canvas?
There are asynchronous training modules for both faculty and students and contextualized guidance built into Canvas. Once Canvas has been integrated with Bradley’s single-sign-on system and student information system, everyone at Bradley will be able to access Canvas to begin learning and using the system.

Does Panopto work on Canvas?
Yes. Panopto integrates with Canvas and has greater functionality than it does in Sakai.

For faculty and staff, what is the capacity for video capturing? And who will provide streaming support for it?
Faculty and staff can use Panopto from their laptop to capture video at any time and place. Instructions for doing so are available here. Classrooms that are well equipped for lecture capture include: BECC 1120, 1222, 1260, 2140, 2160, 2241, 2259, 3170, 3224, 3225, 3240. All of these rooms have full, room-integrated lecture capture functionality. Each room has a laminated quick-start guide for lecture capture on every podium for faculty use. These rooms can be reserved from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reserve these rooms, faculty or staff should contact their administrative assistant with these instructions or log in (here) with your Bradley credentials. Additional rooms for video capture are being assessed. For streaming support, contact the IT Service Desk at 309-677-2964 or email and a support ticket will automatically open.

Is Bradley increasing the number of its Zoom licenses?
Zoom is one of several options for web conferencing, along with Google Meet and Bongo; a comparison of capabilities is available here. Bradley has campus licenses for Google Meet and Bongo. Zoom Pro licenses can be requested through a college dean and the CIO; the request will then be reviewed by the Provost.

Course Delivery

Room Capacities

Are the COVID-19 capacity numbers published for faculty? If so, where?
The list of COVID-19 capacity numbers has been shared with deans and department chairs. A committee made of dean’s representatives currently meets weekly to assess course needs, review updated enrollment and negotiate room changes. This group can also ask for rooms to be reassessed for capacity.

At this time, should faculty go ahead and designate some of their courses as fully online? Wouldn't this free up more space?
Approval is needed to transition current classes online.


Can faculty ask students to attend class for a few extra minutes every class day?
After much discussion with faculty, registrar and financial aid staff, Bradley has decided to keep the posted academic schedule. Changing the schedule of classes, the calendar's start and finish and academic deadlines would create more problems for students who have other classes, jobs and financial aid requirements. Faculty should respect student time by starting and ending on time.

Can faculty ask students to take tests on weekends?
Plans are being made to establish a proctored exam center that will allow faculty to schedule exams on Saturdays in the Michel Student Center ballroom. Faculty must add any course schedule alterations to the course syllabus and discuss it with students. They should also understand students may not be able to attend during these added times and should be reasonable with alternative arrangements.

How can and why should faculty members consider utilizing the proctored exam center?
A proctored exam center in the Michel Student Center ballroom is being established for faculty to have another option that will help promote and improve academic integrity in classes that do not meet all in one session. Proctored exams will take place on Saturdays anytime between  8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Faculty members can reserve ballroom A (36 students) and/or Ballroom B and C (50 students) by contacting their dean’s office. Instructors should plan to proctor their own exams and bring a colleague along if both ballroom options are being used; the wall between rooms will not be opened. After reserving, instructors must add any course schedule alterations to the course syllabus and discuss it with students. They should also understand students may not be able to attend during these added times and should be reasonable with alternative arrangements.

What is a hybrid delivery?
View the Teaching Modalities for Alternative Delivery document for more information.

Labs, Clinicals and Internships

Can faculty ask students to attend classes on weekends?
In an effort to complete all laboratory and clinical courses, some weekend expectations may be required. Faculty must add any course schedule alterations to the course syllabus and discuss it with students. They should also understand students may not be able to attend during these added times and should be reasonable with alternative arrangements.

Will students' internships, practicums, clinicals or student teaching experiences continue?
As long as a site is still operating, a student should report as previously assigned. If a student has further questions, they should contact their academic advisor or career advisor (as appropriate).

How will students know if there are any changes in their internship, practicum, field or clinical placement?
Throughout the fall semester, students should check their email daily for updates on the status of these placements. Remember email is the official mode of communication for Bradley University; any changes in placement will be communicated in that manner.

Where should students go if they have questions regarding internships, practicums, field or clinical experiences this fall?
Students will be expected to communicate with their Bradley supervisors. They should also communicate with the department and program offering the internship, practicum, field and/or clinical experience courses they will be enrolled in this fall semester.

The Return to Class team will be adding more frequently asked questions in the coming weeks.

This page is intended to provide information about the novel coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.