Important updates about:
Spring 2021 semester
The spring semester will begin on February 1, 2021, one week later than originally scheduled to allow additional time to remain off campus during the anticipated most severe wave of the pandemic. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, we have eliminated spring break from the semester.
Residential students will move into the residence halls on January 30 and 31 except travel advisory students who will move in earlier. Please refer to the Residence Life and Student Health and Wellness sections of the Resolved and Ready website for additional information.
Summer 2021 instruction
Plans for the Summer 2021 academic session are currently being determined. Much of the summer’s instructional modality will be dictated by the status of the pandemic and rollout of widespread vaccine distribution. We will have more information to share by mid-March regarding summer instruction.
View Rider's student checklist for a successful start to the semester.
As Rider did in the fall, spring classes will be delivered in three primary formats:
- Fully in person
- Faculty selecting this option will be responsible for submitting a detailed contingency plan for remote or hybrid instruction to their academic dean
- Light hybrid: Students can expect up to six in-person meetings per semester with the rest of the course content delivered remotely (may be asynchronous, synchronous or a blend)
- Heavy hybrid: Students can expect seven or more in-person meetings per semester with the rest of the course content delivered remotely (may be asynchronous, synchronous or a blend)
- Fully (entirely) remote (may be asynchronous, synchronous or a blend)
These modalities were developed to assure a safe and gradual return to the classroom, with a remote option for those with individual circumstances and concerns. Faculty were given a choice of modalities for their course delivery, and students were presented with a range of course delivery options during spring course registration. All in-person courses (whether fully on ground or hybrid) will continue to occur in classrooms and spaces that have been properly reorganized to accommodate proper physical distancing. See the Student Health and Wellness section for more information in that regard.
The enhanced course roster (ECR) reflects the modalities for each course. Students may have compelling needs to switch a course or two to a different modality since originally registering this past fall. Students have two options to do so:
- For classes where there are open seats: changes may be made directly through myRider.
- For classes that are closed, please contact the Academic Coordinator in your Dean’s office.
All remote courses will require students to have access to a personal computer equipped with a webcam and microphone and access to a high-speed internet service provider. For assistance with technology needs, please visit the Rider University OIT website.
The following on-campus spaces are available to take remote classes and/or study:
- SRC Lobby
- BLC Commuter Lounge and Lower Level Lobby
- Cranberry's Common Area
- Daly's Dining Hall
- Lynch Adler Hall Lobby
- Fine Arts Lobby
- Sweigart Lobby
- Gill Chapel Basement and Main Floor Lobby
- Outdoor Patios (Sweigart, SRC, Fine Arts, BLC Lower Patio and Front Plaza)
- Library Common Spaces
- Parking Lots (in cars)
- Fine Arts Classrooms 261 & 278
- Bierenbaum Fisher Hall Classrooms 216 & 314
- Lynch Adler Hall Classrooms 127 & 128
Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with the CDC’s guidance on travel, there will be no study tours for the spring semester. Further guidance regarding summer study abroad will be forthcoming.