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Fall 2021 Instruction Plan

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Arizona Western College
Fall 2021 Instruction Plan
April 8, 2021

Two Interests

The college maintains these two guiding interests in making decisions about the Fall 2021 semester:

  1. Keeping students, faculty, staff and our communities safe
  2. Helping students achieve their academic goals

Complying with CDC Guidelines

The college will adhere to CDC guidelines regarding stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Maintaining a Mix of In-Person & Remote Services for Students from Campus

Most of our employees will return to work in their offices on our campuses and be offering a mix of in-person and remote services, as per student need.

Start dates

Classes for Fall Semester will begin as planned on Monday, August 16, 2021. 12-week session will start Monday, September 13; 8-week session will start Monday, October 11.

Modalities / Class types

Classes will be offered in five formats this Fall to help students return to instructional modes that best fit their lifestyle. Not all modes will be offered at all times. Please review the course comments on the schedule carefully for this information.

Classes will be offered in five modalities (not all modes will be offered at all times):

Fall 2021 Instruction Modes


Students meet for class in person, learning in classrooms or lab space.


Students will meet with faculty and classmates via Zoom at scheduled times each week. Students are not required to meet in person with faculty or classmates. Students will complete other classwork online via our Learning Management System, Canvas.


Students meet via Zoom at scheduled times each week. Students are required to meet in person to complete some activities throughout the semester, such as a lab or field exercise. Students will complete other classwork online via our Learning Management System, Canvas.


Students will complete coursework 100% online throughout each week of the semester via our Learning Management System, Canvas. Students are not required to meet in person or via Zoom with faculty or classmates.


Students will meet with faculty and classmates a minimum 50% of the time in person at scheduled times each week, and the remaining class time is online via our Learning Management System, Canvas.

Have questions? Contact us at (928) 344-7550.

Students Living on Yuma Campus in Residence Halls

Residence Life will be at full occupancy, for the Fall 2021 semester. All students living on campus will be required to show evidence of vaccination for COVID-19. Guests and visitation, will not be permitted.

Student Spaces – The college will work to safely open district-wide student spaces, including the Diversity Lounge, Game Room, LGBTQ Resource Room, Student Military & Veterans Center, and Arnold’s Lounge (San Luis). The AWC Fitness Center will prioritize student access while the center is on limited capacity.

Student Support Services & Food Services - Student Support Services including Tutoring, Academic Library, Academic Advising, Financial Aid will continue to serve students both in-person and remotely. The Campus Eatery and Starbucks are both open with reduced indoor and increased outdoor seating.

Technology - We have nearly 800 laptops outfitted and ready to loan out at NO CHARGE to students who are registered for Fall Classes. Students will be held responsible for loss or damage to laptops but there is no up-front financial responsibility. We also have web cameras to loan. We also have increased outdoor WiFi at the 3C parking lot, the Parker Learning Center, and the San Luis Learning Center.

Placement Testing has been Replaced with Course Placement using Multiple Measures Students are now able to self-place into English and Math courses, and our faculty have created simple tables for students to follow, either on their own or with the help of their Academic Advisor, to determine which level class will be best for them.

Performances for Performing Arts – we will continue to find ways for our students to demonstrate their fine and performing arts skills for audiences. We are currently developing plans for the Fall semester.

Athletics – We are planning for regular athletic competitions with the necessary protections in place. We’ll continue to align our practices with CDC and NJCAA guidelines, and we’ll release fan attendance protocol as needed closer to the start of the competition.

International – we will continue to welcome international students to our campus and follow all of the program’s standard health and safety measures.

Healthy Behaviors and Personal Responsibility

The college will maintain an increased emphasis on educating the college community on healthy behaviors and personal responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Maintaining physical distancing between people (CDC current guidance)

  • Staying home when you feel sick, or have been exposed to COVID-19

  • The use of masks

  • Cleaning and disinfecting schedules in AWC facilities

  • Sneezeguards at all public-facing desks

  • Limiting public use of spaces. Plans will develop as we understand shifting community health metrics and CDC guidelines.