COVID-19 Request for Remote Learning

With the health, safety and well-being of all members of the Goshen College community, our broader community and the world being our highest priority, the college continues to address concerns to protect our community health. That includes the option for students to complete their fall courses remotely if they have specific COVID-19 related situations that require this option. After following the steps below and consulting their advisors, students should complete the following form to request a full semester of remote learning for the 2020 fall semester. Note that students in completely online programs (DNP, RN-to-BSN, and Collaborative MBA) will not need this policy, but students in adult and graduate programs that have some face-to-face or synchronous course work may make a remote learning request. Consult with your advisor if you have questions (see FAQ below).

Remote learning means that you will not be physically present for in-person class sessions, but you will be fully engaged with class content and learning activities through technology. Please note that professors will define whether your participation and completion of the course will be synchronous (occurring in real time with the class) or asynchronous (prepared material that can be engaged at different times). Both methods will require regular engagement with the instructor, students and course materials. Please note that remote learning is not appropriate for some courses and may require a schedule change. In some cases, remote learning would require extending your plan of study.

We have created an option for a full semester of remote learning for select students this fall. This option is available if you are unable to be physically on campus this fall due to specific COVID-related circumstances, such as: 1) having one of the CDC high risk medical conditions, 2) living with someone who has a CDC High Risk health condition, 3) supervising children doing remote learning, 4) being an international student unable to return to the U.S. in August, or 5) being unable to wear a mask or face shield for health reasons. We expect these situations to be rare; however we want to support you if you are in one of these circumstances. See Goshen College’s response to COVID-19 for the most recent information about campus plans for re-opening for the fall semester.

Steps to take before requesting remote learning

Before completing the request for full-semester remote learning form, please do the following:

  1. Talk with your family/guardian about your health, personal well-being, and academic goals.
  2. Talk with your advisor about your academic needs, considering the impact of your learning style, the type of courses in your schedule, and potential impact on your plan of study. If you are a new GC student and have not been assigned an advisor, please contact the registrar’s office ( if you have questions or need to change a course in your fall schedule.
  3. Consider your class schedule and make changes to fit your learning needs. Most fall 2020 courses will be offered with either synchronous and asynchronous activities. Some will be hybrid courses with remote activities and face-to-face meetings within socially distanced guidelines. A few courses, like labs and clinics, will be face to face and may not be available for remote learners. Courses are designated as online, remote, or hybrid in the Course Search function in MyGC.  See a description of the modes of instruction below. Course instruction mode may still be updated prior to the start of the semester.
  4. Verify that you have access to reliable high-speed internet and a working electronic device (desktop computer with webcam, laptop, or tablet) to complete your coursework. All undergrad first year students, and undergrad transfer students can receive an iPad. We provide internet access on campus, but cannot offer additional service to other locations.

Complete the request for remote learning form

To help us finalize your learning plan, full-semester remote learning requests must be submitted by August 10, 2020.

After you submit this form, the Academic Dean’s office will review your request. You may be asked to provide additional information in order to establish the best learning environment for your situation. You will be notified of the decision regarding your application via your email address within three business days.

After approval, we will notify your advisor and professors. The Academic Success Center and Student Life will work with you to ensure that you have the resources that you need.

If you are requesting a full semester of remote learning and had previously signed up to be a residential student, please contact Chad Coleman in Campus Life Operations ( about your decision not to be on campus.

If you experience COVID-19 infection or exposure that makes you temporarily unable to begin the semester as planned, you do not need to complete this application. Instead, follow the steps outlined on What to Do If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms.

Consistent with our reopening framework, we are working for the well-being of all members of the campus community in support of our mission with integrity and clear communication. We want to support your return to learning in this unusual semester and look forward to the start of the fall semester. If you have questions, please email the Academic Dean’s office at

Modes of Instruction for Fall Semester 2020

  • F2F (face to face): The course meets mostly in person on campus, with all content supported by Moodle. This is reserved for courses like laboratories that use specialized equipment or internships, for example,  where students are doing applied learning. Students studying remotely for the full semester may not be allowed to take these courses.
  • Hybrid: The course will have some synchronous attendance F2F on campus and content will be contained in Moodle. Some larger classes may be split up so that some students are meeting on campus one day and another group meets on campus another day. Most courses will fit in this category and will be flexible for remote students.
  • Remote: The course will require some synchronous class attendance via zoom with all content presented and contained in Moodle and NO on-campus face to face (F2F) meetings. A few courses will use this design which provides more flexibility for remote students.
  • Online: The course involves asynchronous attendance with all content presented and contained in Moodle. We have only a few courses and degree programs that are taught in this category, but they do offer the most flexibility for remote students.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to fill out this form or can I just talk to my advisor or professor about remote learning? All students requesting a full semester of remote learning must complete this form. Professors will be given a list of students with an approved remote learning academic plan. All other students who attempt to learn remotely without approval may earn unexcused absences.
  2. Can I choose remote learning for one class and not another? No. Remote learning is only available to students with approved requests based on specific needs. Before requesting remote learning, students should work with advisors and individual professors on expectations for specific types of classes (like labs, for example).
  3. Can I decide to learn remotely for part of the semester but not all of it? Not unless you are approved for a temporary remote learning plan.
  4. Can I live on campus and still do full-semester remote learning? No. Students may not live on campus and do full-semester remote learning. Temporary remote learning will be available to students who are in isolation for a positive COVID-19 test, in quarantine due to contact with someone who tested positive, or if they experience symptoms and are self-isolating until they can be tested. All other students will need to adhere to the attendance and participation requirements specified by professors for each course. Contact Chad Coleman, Student Life Operations ( if you have questions.
  5. What if I was approved for full-semester remote learning and change my mind? Be in touch with the Academic Dean’s Office ( if something changes that would allow you to participate in on-campus learning.
  6. Can I select remote learning as an international student? Yes. Like all students, international students already in the U.S. may request remote learning for the reasons stated in this policy. International students unable to return to the US because of border closures may request a full semester of remote learning, but will need to review their course load with their advisor to determine which courses will work with remote format and time differences. Contact Dan Koop Liechty, International Student Advisor (, with questions.
  7. Can I request full-semester remote learning for a non-COVID-19 reason? No. All students must follow the attendance and participation requirements for each class.
  8. Can I choose remote learning if I am on academic warning or probation? It depends on the individual situation. Please consult Judy Weaver, Director of the Academic Success Center (, and your advisor to consider how remote learning might be impacted by your learning style.
  9. If I have a documented learning disability, can I have learning accommodations with a remote learning academic plan? Yes. Please consult Judy Weaver, Director of the Academic Success Center (, and your advisor to consider how remote learning might be impacted by your learning style.
  10. If I choose remote learning, will I still have access to counseling services or student life resources? Counselors are able to meet with students remotely regardless of where they live. Students will be able to participate in virtual events hosted by  Campus Activities Committee (CAC) and clubs.
  11. What do I do if I would like to take a leave of absence or defer my enrollment because of COVID-19? Students considering a leave of absence should contact their academic advisor to discuss their options and follow the standard procedures in the catalog. Newly admitted students who want to learn more about deferred enrollment should contact their admissions counselor.