Fall 2020

Welcome back to campus! As classes resume and offices re-open, some things may look a little different. Our office hours remain Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00. We are also offering extended email and virtual hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 7:00. If you need assistance during these extended hours/days, please email registrar@hood.edu.  If needed, we can schedule phone or Zoom appointments to discuss in-depth matters. 

While some staff are working on campus in the office, others continue to work remotely to support all Hood College students, faculty, staff and alums. There are plexiglass dividers at the front counter to minimize contact, and we will also limit the number of students in the office to a maximum of 3 at a time.  Hand sanitizer will be available and of course, face masks are required.

As usual, you can always communicate with us via email. Undergraduate students can email registrar@hood.edu and graduate students can email hoodgrad@hood.edu. Please use your Hood email address when communicating with the College. Our main office phone number is 301-696-3616 and we will check voicemail regularly to assist you as soon as possible. 

We have provided detailed information below, as well as answers to the questions we know you have, about what the fall term might look like. We will continue to update this page and add resources as additional decisions are made and information becomes available. We also encourage you to review Hood College's official COVID-19 page (https://www.hood.edu/discover/welcome-home-blazers) for College information. 

We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented circumstances.



In an effort to get back to normal, while following health and safety guidelines, Hood College is happy to be able to provide a blend of face-to-face classroom and high-quality online instruction.  This fall 2020 semester, Hood is offering courses in traditional, hybrid and online modalities. View a snapshot of your learning options here. While most class delivery modalities have been updated already, we encourage you to review your schedule in Self Service closer to the start of the term on August 17 for final revisions.

Why was the academic calendar changed?

Over much discussion with college staff and faculty, and community health partners, the decision was made to start the fall 2020 semester a week early and end before Thanksgiving to avoid mass travel over the Thanksgiving holiday to and from campus, and to attempt to end the semester before a possible second waive of COVID-19 in conjunction with the typical flu season.

Why did the new calendar eliminate Labor Day, Fall Break and reading days?

Because of the condensed semester length, we eliminated holidays and breaks to ensure the College is meeting state and accreditation requirements for coursework hours.

If my class is scheduled to meet face-to-face, can I still attend online?

Yes, you can work directly with your instructor to make accommodations to attend class remotely.  Lectures will be recorded and available through Blackboard.

What does synchronous vs. asynchronous mean?

Synchronous: courses that have set meeting days and times.  Traditional and hybrid courses are considered synchronous, though the online components of hybrid courses are asynchronous.

Asynchronous: courses that do not have set meeting days and times.  Lectures and additional coursework will be administered through Blackboard and while there deadlines to assignments, exams, etc., you do not need to log into the course at designated days and times to participate.

Can I override the time conflict of two courses that meet at the same time if I plan on attending online?

No - To ensure the best learning experience in each course, students will not be allowed to enroll in two or more courses that are scheduled to meet synchronously (at the same day/time), regardless of whether the student plans to attend online. ​In extenuating circumstances, course overlaps of up to 15 minutes ​may be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by both instructors and emailed to the registrar's office for processing. Overlaps exceeding 15 minutes will not be approved.