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Frequently Asked Questions

Student FAQs

Academics

Q: When do classes begin and end?

A: The Fall 2020 semester will begin on August 24 and will conclude on December 11. Please note this is one week earlier than previously scheduled. Graduate programs in physical therapy and physician assistant studies will continue to follow their own academic calendars.

Q: How much of my coursework will be in person and how much will be online?

A: This will vary according to every student’s particular schedule of courses. Every single class will have some online component to it, including the last week of classes and the week of finals. All classes will require the use of iLearn. Classrooms will operate at a reduced capacity (50% or less). Some classes with small enrollments may be able to meet in class with all students. Others will need to adopt a rotating schedule of students who participate in class and students who participate remotely. 

Q: What if I want to only take online classes?

A: Most students wishing to take classes remotely should be able to do so. However, some courses, like clinicals, lab, and studio courses, contain elements that cannot be completed online. Students should register for online courses where possible. Marist is also preparing a list of courses that can accommodate remote learners. 

Q: Will I be required to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing in classrooms?

A: Consistent with the New York State recommended guidelines: students and faculty are to maintain at least 6 ft of distance to the extent possible when seated in a classroom setting or meeting, unless the core activity requires a shorter distance or if individuals are roommates.

Q: Will I be required to wear a mask or gloves in academic buildings?

A: All students and faculty must wear masks or face coverings in all academic buildings. The use of gloves is not required. Students who do not comply with this policy will be asked to leave the building by Security.  

Q: Will academic buildings be cleaned regularly?

A: Classrooms will be cleaned between classes. Restrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly.

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International Students

Q: As an F1 visa holder, can I fully enroll (12-15 credit hours) in on-line classes and remain in the United States?

A: No. International students in the United States must engage in on-campus/on-ground course work, this includes hybrid classes.  While taking a full academic course load (12 credit hours), students are only permitted to take one on-line class.  Students may not take a full course load of on-line courses and remain in the United States.

Q: Do hybrid courses meet the criteria for also being considered on-campus/on-ground courses?

A:  Yes.  Hybrid courses meet the federal criteria for on-campus/on-ground course requirements. 

Q: How will the current government regulations impact me if I am a new student who will be taking classes at Marist for the first time this fall?

A: You will be issued a new I-20. The I-20 will be sent to you electronically.  The new I-20 will indicate that you will be taking on-campus/on-ground classes. The new I-20 will also indicate the new start date of the academic year (August 24th, 2020).   Even though the last two weeks of classes will be on-line, this is considered a hybrid approach to learning and is acceptable per the federal guidelines of your F1 visa.

Q: How will the current government regulations impact me if I am a returning international student who will be engaging in on-campus classes?

A: You will be issued a new I-20. The I-20 will be sent to you electronically.  The new I-20 will indicate that you will be taking on-campus/on-ground classes. The new I-20 will also indicate the new start date of the academic year (August 24th, 2020).   Even though the last two weeks of classes will be on-line, this is considered a hybrid approach to learning and is acceptable per the federal guidelines of your F1 visa.

Q: How will the current government regulations impact me if I am currently in the United States and planning on taking on-campus/on-ground courses in the fall?

A: We suggest that you do not leave the United States.  You will be issued a new I-20.  The I-20 will be sent to you electronically.  The new I-20 will indicate that you will be taking on-campus/on-ground classes. The new I-20 will also indicate the new start date of the academic year (August 24th, 2020).   Even though the last two weeks of classes will be on-line, this is considered a hybrid approach to learning and is acceptable per the federal guidelines of your F1 visa.

Q: What if I am a senior who is interested in Optional Practical Training (OPT)?  Can I take on-line courses in my country of origin and still apply for OPT?

A: No.  Seniors who are interested in Optional Practical Training (OPT) must complete their senior year in the United States.  OPT eligibility requires that you must take on-campus/on-ground (or hybrid) courses in the United States for your last year of classes.  On-line course work from your country of origin in your final year at Marist excludes you from applying for OPT.  You must be in the United States to apply for OPT.

Q: If I am traveling from outside of New York state will I have to quarantine?

A: Yes.  If you are an international student who is arriving in New York State from overseas, you must quarantine for fourteen (14) days.  You will be permitted to quarantine in your dorm room.  You may arrive to campus on August 10, 2020.  If you do not quarantine you may face a fine up to $10,000.00 payable to New York State. 

Yes.  If you are an international student who is arriving in New York State from one of the following states (Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah), you must quarantine for fourteen (14) days.  You will be permitted to quarantine in your dorm room.  You may arrive to campus on August 10, 2020.  If you do not quarantine you may face a fine up to $10,000.00 payable to New York State. 

Please note that conditions around student visas are determined by the federal government and they appear to changing without notice.  We will do our best to keep you all abreast of changes.  We understand that this is a challenging time for you and your families.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Deborah Holtman, PDSO
Director of International Student Services

Wendy L. Fritz, Ed.D, DSO
Assistant Director of International Student Service