Faculty / Staff Reopening FAQ

Students Requesting Accommodations:

I have gotten a few questions from faculty who have been approached by students asking for accommodations.  These are students enrolled in face to face or hybrid classes who are now wanting to go to remote instruction.  The guidance that was sent out through the Niner Notices and other communications to students directs them to their advisors.  The first response for these students would be to move them into another section of a course or a different course that would still meet their programmatic needs but which is offered online.  It is inevitable that there will be students that cannot be accommodated in this way. For these students,  I would ask instructors to make accommodations to the extent possible. We have tried to accommodate faculty without question. I anticipate that faculty will understand that students may also need accommodations. We would like to keep barriers for students at a minimum. CTL and AISLE are available to assist faculty if they need help in making this work. If you have other advice or concerns, please let me know. (from Provost Joan Lorden)

Faculty Classroom Guidelines (as summarized by CoAA):

All students are asked to conduct their own daily symptom-checks (everyone will be provided a digital thermometer and asked to take their own temperature prior to coming to campus each day, etc.).

Students are advised that they should not come to class if they are sick.

All students are required to wear face coverings. Students are permitted to remove face coverings in classroom or lab settings only when explicitly granted permission to do so (such as while asking a question, participating in class discussion, or giving a presentation) and while at an appropriate physical distance from others. Failure to comply with this policy in the classroom or lab may result in dismissal from the current class session. If the student refuses to leave the classroom or lab after being dismissed, the student may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for charges under the Code of Student Responsibility. Faculty may use the Academic Integrity Charge Form to report.

It is within the purview of an instructor to ask a student to go home if they are exhibiting any symptoms – even if the student thinks the symptoms are something other than COVID.

If a student is sent home, they should be advised to monitor their symptoms and strongly consider checking in with the university health center or their healthcare provider.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to notify the university (they must complete this form). Following this notification, representatives from Emergency Management and/or the Student Health Center will follow up with the student (as necessary) and the student’s instructors will be notified.

If a student has been exposed to COVID-19-positive individuals and/or has been notified to self-quarantine due to exposure, they are required to notify the university (they must complete this form). Following this notification, representatives from Emergency Management and/or the Student Health Center will follow up with the student (as necessary) and the student’s instructors will be notified.

Students may not return to class until they have been cleared by the university and told that it is safe to do so. In order for a student to return to class following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or period of self-quarantine, they must contact Student Assistance and Support Services and must submit an online request form prior to returning to class.

Faculty do not have any responsibilities regarding contact tracing other than complying if contacted by a tracer.

If a student or instructor tests positive, the entire class does not necessary need to move 100% online. This decision will depend on the conditions associated with the nature of the contact, the classroom settings, etc. Emergency Management will make the decision on how the class should proceed.

If a student or instructor tests positive, Emergency Management will notify Facilities Management when a positive case has been reported on campuses, and they will then disinfect necessary spaces per the Building and Environmental Safety protocols.

Other classroom safety issues: faculty may not take students’ temperatures prior to allowing them into class and they may not require face shields in addition to masks. As directed by the Emergency Management Team, we may not add additional medical rules or requirements for students and others entering our spaces.

Answers to many questions are found on the Niner Nation Cares website. All faculty are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the website and its content.

Suggested syllabus language may be found on the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Are there support service resources available to students?

Yes. Please refer students HERE.

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