COVID-19 Physical Education FAQ

P.E. Course Organization

Will P.E. courses be available?
Yes! Both lecture and activity P.E. classes will take place this Fall semester in designated spaces in the Wilson Recreation Center and other outdoor locations on West Campus. Undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to enroll. Graduate student must complete a form (see the Grad School webpage) and get a DSG signature before they can enroll in an undergraduate course, including P.E. courses.

Will P.E. courses be graded or S/U?
As always, P.E. activity courses are graded S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) and are worth .5 credits toward graduation requirements. To earn an S, students should have no more than 6 absences. P.E. lecture courses are worth 1.0 credit and are graded A-F. Some P.E. lecture courses carry codes such as Natural Sciences or Social Sciences.

What types of P.E. activity courses are available? Are they in-person or online?
Most of our typical P.E. activity courses are available, except for Basketball, MMA, and Social Dance. Like all academic courses, each P.E. activity course is categorized as either In-Person, Hybrid, or Online Only. For most In-Person and Hybrid sections, there is an additional Online Only section for students who are not on campus. Some exceptions include Golf and Tennis since specific equipment and Facilities are needed for these classes. Hybrid courses will hold some classes in person and others online. See the Class Notes for a course in DukeHub to determine the exact combination of in person and online meetings.

Can I attend a Hybrid course online asynchronously?
Hybrid courses will have designated in-person and online days. For in-person classes, students need to be physically present to earn attendance credit. These in-person classes will not be recorded for asynchronous attendance. For designated online days, most but not all classes will be synchronous so the instructor can provide feedback on your skill/form via a live video. See the Class Notes for a course in DukeHub to determine the requirements for synchronous attendance. Individual accommodations will be made for time zone and health reasons to allow students to attend asynchronously.

Can I attend an Online Only course asynchronously?
Most but not all Online Only courses will be synchronous so the instructor can provide feedback on your skill/form via a live video. See the Class Notes for a course in DukeHub to determine the requirements for synchronous attendance. Individual accommodations will be made for time zone and health reasons to allow students to attend asynchronously.

Can I switch from the In Person/Hybrid to the Online Only section of a course?
For courses that have an Online Only section, students will be allowed to switch to the Online Only section and/or attend asynchronously due to health reasons and with approval from their Dean and instructor.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 and have to quarantine?
Contact your instructor as soon as possible and he/she will work with you and your Dean to determine if you should have excused absences, withdraw, or be moved to the Online Only section temporarily or permanently depending on your health status. Your health and wellbeing is priority and will be considered alongside any enrollment continuation requirements.

P.E. Course Safety and Hygiene

If I’m attending a P.E. class do I need to make a reservation for the Wilson Center?
No, P.E. students will automatically have a reservation to the Wilson Center during class times. You may enter the building no more than 15 minutes before class time and will be escorted to the exit at the end of class.

If I have another class or activity in the Wilson Center before or after my P.E. class, can I stay in Wilson?
No, you should plan to exit the building through the basketball courts and re-enter at the front door to check-in for a new class or reservation.

Are masks required during P.E. classes?
Students are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside the Wilson Center, including during exercise. If P.E. classes go outside, students who are exercising do not need to wear a mask as long as appropriate social distancing is maintained. These social distancing protocols will be enforced by the instructor, and will including spacing out on fields and staggered starts on the trail.

How will P.E. equipment be sanitized?
P.E. students will be expected to sanitize their assigned equipment (e.g., dumbbells, stability ball, mats, etc.) at the beginning and end of class. Students will not share equipment during class except sometimes in the weight room, where students will sanitize equipment before and after each use. Equipment will be sanitized with pre-moistened wipes that are available throughout the facility.

Can I bring my own equipment to class?
Students may bring small equipment such as yoga mats and weight belts, but will be asked to sanitize these items in class before and after use to avoid bringing outside contaminants in to the building. Students taking P.E .Yoga and Pilates in person are strongly encouraged to bring their own mat to class.

How will social distancing be maintained during P.E. activity classes?
All classes will have designated spots (marked by an X) on the ground to maintain a distance of 10 feet in all directions from the adjacent spot. During outside activities like running and stadium climbing, students will have staggered starts. For tennis classes, only one student will be at each end of the court.