Although it is not absolutely certain what will happen throughout the next academic year, if the situation continues as it is now, with current regulations still in place, the following main characteristics of the University academic school year are described as follows:
Our University has an eminently face-to-face teaching methodology, and its vocation is to continue this type of teaching in all University Degrees, both Undergraduate and Postgraduate.
Following from the above, and given that we would like to guarantee the maximum safety for the entire University Community, we will follow the Plan of Action to adapt to teaching and for the implementation of safety and hygiene measures for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Taking into account the above-mentioned features, while measures of physical distancing and restriction of the ability to meet in large groups due to reasons of health are in effect, the Law School has chosen to teach in an totally physically present face-to-face, normal classroom setting in those Postgraduate programs in which the number of students enrolled allows for distance measures to be respected. Thus, there are several programs such as the Official Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Official Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property, Master’s Degree in Law and Maritime Business and Official Master’s Degree in International and European Business Law, in which it is initially planned for all classes to be taught entirely with physical face-to-face attendance, provided that, throughout the academic year, current distance and safety measures are maintained. Even in some of those programs that have students enrolled from other countries, classrooms will be equipped with a camera and ambient microphone system that will allow those who cannot travel to Madrid from abroad, due to travel restrictions as a result of the pandemic, to follow classes in a synchronous on-line fashion by means of the Collaborate or Microsoft Teams platform.
In programs where total group attendance is not possible due to the large number of students enrolled, in order to guarantee current distance and safety measures, such as the Official Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession (although some groups may indeed have total physical face-to-face attendance) ) and the Official Master’s Degree in Business Law (although it is possible that classes on Monday afternoons may be taught in person), teaching will be carried out in a simultaneous bi-modal format, with the maximum possible presence of students in the classroom permitted by law (under current regulations, a minimum of 70% physical face-to-face attendance and a maximum of 30% synchronous virtual on-line attendance) with alternating attendance within the group. In this way, teaching activities will be carried out at the same time through physical face-to-face instruction, with the number of students legally permitted in classrooms, and by virtual on-line instruction with the rest of the students enrolled in the course, through synchronous re-transmission via video-conferences (using Collaborate or Teams media platforms). Students who physically attend class will alternate, so that all enrolled students can attend in person with face-to-face teaching at least some days of the week.
An important investment in technology continues to be made in order to remain at the forefront of this educational model, with the purchase of more cameras, microphones, software…
Implementation of exams under “Ordinary” and “Extraordinary” Calls to Sit for Exams will be face-to-face, and will follow the recommendations of Teaching Guides for courses. If, due to the current Health crisis, modifications are then required in the procedures and format for evaluation, they will be specified in an addendum to the Teaching Guide that may be consulted through the University Moodle Platform.
In the event that the Health crisis requires entering into another period of lockdown, with suspension of physical face-to-face classroom teaching activity, courses for Postgraduate Programs will be taught entirely in an on-line teaching format, during which efforts will be made to prioritize “virtual”-synchronous classroom attendance. (All classes will be taught at the same time as with the previous format).
To guarantee the prevention of COVID-19, and following the Plan of Action to adapt teaching to the current situation, as well as the implementation of safety and hygiene measures for the 2020/2021 academic year, any regulations to be implemented which affect the use of facilities and buildings will be made public, as well as rules for the hours of occupancy, use of entrances and exits, routes to be taken for the flow of students, timetables…
Before the beginning of the academic year, further information will be provided to all members of the University Community. We ask that the maximum attention be paid to all channels of information, through regular consultation, including emails, apps and the general University web page, as well as the web pages for the School or Faculty and the information on the program in particular.