Auburn University Second Summer Mini-Term
Frequently Asked Questions

Will Auburn offer face-to-face classes during the second summer mini-term?

Following the guidance of the CDC, state health agencies, and the Governor’s office, the university has identified appropriate plans that support multiple instructional modalities, including in-person instruction, during the second summer mini-term.


How will classes be structured during the second summer mini-term?

Beginning June 29, students may receive course instruction through one or more of the following delivery methods:

  1. Online: Courses taught entirely online that allow for greater flexibility where students are generally self-paced in completing coursework.
  2. On-Campus: Traditional classroom experiences where students attend classes and other types of instruction including labs, clinical training and fieldwork in person, on campus and other locations.
  3. Blended: Courses that offer both in-class and online learning. Blended classes use remote learning to replace in-person seat time.
  4. HyFlex: Courses allow individual students to choose their preferred method of learning daily; they can attend some sessions online, and other meetings in the classroom.

How will the instructional method of each course be determined and announced for the second summer mini-term?

Faculty will determine which of the four delivery methods best align with the learning outcomes for their courses. The delivery method for each course section will be posted on the Registrar website as it becomes available but no later than Wednesday, June 10.

Can students transfer to different sections based on the type of delivery method during the second summer mini-terms?

Yes, if space is available, students can adjust their schedules accordingly.

Will tuition be structured based on the type of course?

Auburn’s tuition and fee structure has been established regardless of the method of instruction. While the university is aware that online, remote, or HyFlex courses are different from the traditional college experience students are used to, Auburn faculty continue to teach, and the university continues to offer academic support services despite the coronavirus pandemic. As always, all Auburn students continue to receive a world-class education that prepares them for future careers.

Will physical distancing be possible in classrooms during the second summer mini-term?

Auburn University continues to align with the State of Alabama’s current “Safer at Home” order and will support physical distancing and other related measures necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instructional classrooms will have limited seating capacity.

How will the university monitor students for COVID-19 related symptoms?

Beginning in the second summer mini semester, all students are expected to use an app to self-monitor their health condition, self-report illness, and support contact tracing efforts. Students will be required to complete the screener process each day. Students who indicate they have symptoms or have been in contact with persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days will be instructed to contact the AU Medical Clinic for further evaluation.

Can students access the RBD Library and study rooms in the Mell Classroom Building during the second summer mini-term?

Students will have access to the RBD Library, study rooms, and other academic spaces provided they abide by the required protocols in the buildings.

How will physical distancing be promoted in the classrooms and other instructional/structural spaces in the second summer mini-term?

Maximum classroom capacities for rooms will be provided, along with diagrams and schemas for space/desk seating to be at least six feet apart where feasible. Each instructional space will, at a minimum, have a seating diagram showing how personal distancing can be achieved.

To support physical distancing, Auburn University will host smaller classes in larger classrooms and will offer distance learning and remote instruction, in addition to in-person classes, to help reduce the number of in-person attendees in classes.

Adequate distancing will be provided between individuals engaged in experiential learning opportunities (e.g., labs, vocational skill-building activities) as well as between students in vehicles required for travel to instructional field laboratories, etc. (e.g., skipping rows) when possible.

Auburn will open communal spaces, such as study lounges, but  the areas will have staggered use and will restrict the number of individuals allowed in at one time to ensure everyone can stay at least six feet apart.

Signage in areas such as restrooms will be added to encourage personal distancing in small areas.

Last updated: May 29, 2020