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March 26, 2020
FAQ For Our Student Community
Dear students, you have questions, we have answers! ​
The exceptional situation we are currently experiencing has rightly led to many questions within your student community. We have gathered the most frequent ones and we have answered them below, in a nutshell, and with transparency. This section will be updated regularly as the situation evolves. ​
Do you have more questions? Do not hesitate to contact your student coordinator! ​
CONTINUITY PLAN ​
1. Will all in-person courses will shift to online training? ​
Each teacher will communicate (or has already communicated) their teaching plan to you to continue the semester, that course-by-course. In any case, rest assured that you will receive all the material required to achieve the skills you need to successfully complete your courses.​

2. Will there be catch-up classes when the situation returns to normal? ​
Rest assured that the College is committed to your success. We are therefore making every effort to accompany you in this exceptional situation. ​
Depending on how the situation evolves, we will be able to give you more information when you return to campus. ​
If you are concerned about your success, know that your student coordinator can help you. We understand that the current situation can be difficult for you and the normal pursuit of your studies. ​
We want to work with you to find solutions. ​

3. Could my Winter 2020 semester be canceled? ​
No. Your teachers are very committed and currently finding creative ways to teach you the required subject matter and skills. They have your success at heart and have a continuity plan for your courses. ​
Rest assured that the College is making every effort to ensure that your session can follow its normal course. ​
We are confident that the solutions will be beneficial to preserve your health, without affecting your studies and all the efforts you have made so far. ​

4. Could the 2020 summer or fall semesters be canceled? ​
First of all, it should be noted that to date, the government's action on school closures ends on April 30th. For the moment, the term beginning in June, as well as the one beginning in October, will take place as planned. ​
The College remains on the lookout for all developments related to COVID-19 and is considering all scenarios, including the possibility for students to take remote courses. LaSalle College has been a pioneer in e-learning for nearly 20 years. We are therefore in a position to offer you an efficient and state-of-the-art learning environment. ​

5. Wouldn't it be better to stop the current session rather than continue it remotely and online?​
Following the decision of the Council of Higher Education to close all schools in Turkey, the College and its teachers have made colossal efforts to allow you to continue your session remotely as quickly as possible. The decision to close our establishment is beyond our control, but the pursuit of distance courses is a challenge that we have decided to take up in order not to penalize our students. You will be able to fully take advantage of learning all the while limiting all possible negative impacts on your academic path.​

The remote learning experience is completely different from what you usually experience in the classroom. We know this requires adjustments, mutual patience, collaboration, and flexibility to achieve optimal results. However, rest assured that the solutions offered will meet the quality standards of LaSalle College. Until now, you, the students, as well as your teachers, are very happy to be able to continue your important journey at the College. We have found that the overall experience is extremely positive! 


ONLINE COURSES
1. What if I don't have a computer at home or have a slow computer? ​
All you need to take your courses online is an Internet connection (wired or mobile). If you don't have a computer at home, you can use your smartphone or tablet. ​

We are also actively working on technological solutions that will allow students with less powerful computers to still use specialized software. Your teachers will inform you of these solutions as soon as they become available. ​
Your student coordinator can help you if you are experiencing a particular situation, so don't hesitate to share it with him or her. We understand that the current situation can be difficult for you and the normal pursuit of your studies.

2. Will the quality of the online courses be equivalent to the one in-person?
At the moment, we are globally experiencing an exceptional situation. The College and your teachers are working tirelessly to put in place solutions as quickly as possible that will allow you to continue your semester. ​
That being said, we ask for your indulgence and understanding. The experience of remote learning will be completely different from the one in-person. We know that it will require adjustments, mutual patience, collaboration, and flexibility to achieve optimal results. However, rest assured that the proposed solutions will meet LaSalle College's quality standards. ​
Above all, we have your success at heart and are committed to optimizing our action plans as we go in order to meet your needs and constraints as much as possible. 

3. I'll be out of the country for the next two weeks. Will I have access to my online courses at any time or do I have to log in at a specific time?
Each teacher will communicate (or has already communicated) his or her teaching plan to you in order to continue the session on a course-by-course basis. If they choose to offer you online learning, it will be in the form of live virtual classes. The courses will, therefore, take place at the same time as your in-person courses, following your current schedule in Turkish time. ​
We understand that the current situation may be difficult for you and for the normal pursuit of your studies. ​
If you are completely unable to continue your academic progress, please contact your teachers and your student coordinator, he or she is your go-to person at LaSalle College! 

4. Who can I contact to resolve technical problems with my online courses?
Before the start of your first virtual class, log on to the platform a few minutes earlier to familiarize yourself with the tool and make sure everything is working properly. Your teachers and student coordinator will assist you if you have difficulty.

5. Can I pick up my personal belongings in my locker at the College?
In accordance with the most recent instructions issued by the Council of Higher Education and the Ministry of Health, all schools will be closed until April 30th, 2020 inclusively. This week, access to the College will still not be permitted to students, teachers and administrative staff. Any changes will be communicated to you as the situation evolves.

6. Will my absences be counted in the same way?
From the time your teachers contact you to resume your distance learning, if you are absent, you will have to inform your teacher and student coordinator. ​
Following public health guidelines, we will not ask for a medical ticket to justify your absence. ​

Keep in mind that your student coordinator can help you. If you are experiencing a particular situation, do not hesitate to share it with him or her. We understand that the current situation can be difficult for you and the normal pursuit of your studies. Together, we will find solutions. ​
Your student coordinator will listen to you; he or she is your go-to person at LaSalle College!



EXAMS AND SCHOOL WORK DELIVERIES
1. Will the exam schedule change? ​
Your teachers will let you know all the details when available. ​

2. How will the final exams be conducted? ​
Any changes will be communicated to you as the situation evolves. ​

3. How do I continue the team work and what do I do if one of the members of my final project team is absent? ​
Teamwork can still be done remotely using LaSalle College's collaborative platforms (Omnivox, MIO and the tools provided by your teachers). ​
If a member of your team is absent, please discuss the situation with your teacher.​

4. Can I pick up my personal belongings in my locker at the College? ​
In accordance with the most recent instructions issued by the Council of Higher Education and the Ministry of Health, all schools will be closed until April 30th, 2020 inclusively. This week, access to the College will still not be permitted to students, teachers and administrative staff. Any changes will be communicated to you as the situation evolves. 

5. Is it possible to extend the delivery dates for practical work or team work?
Each teacher is responsible for his or her continuity plan and will give you all the instructions required to complete your work. We therefore recommend that you contact your teacher. ​
We are aware that the current situation can be a challenge in terms of balancing studies and family life. We recommend that you contact your student coordinator to discuss your particular situation; he or she is your go-to person at LaSalle College! 


SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES
1. Are extracurricular activities cancelled? ​
All extracurricular activities are cancelled until return to campus. ​
Let us remind you that, to date, the measures taken by the government regarding the closure of schools. This situation is exceptional, and the College is required to follow the Ministry's guidelines. We are closely following the evolution of the situation and will inform you of changes and orientations on a regular basis. ​
2. Will the graduation ceremony take place? ​
Unfortunately, due to the current exceptional circumstances, we are forced to cancel the graduation ceremony for our graduates.



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