Faculty Services

Workforce and Additional Support

Human Resources (HR) will continue to support employees through the oversight and implementation of alternate work location policies. They will adopt flexible sick leave policies so that employees stay home when sick or when known exposure to COVID-19 has occurred. In coordination with the campus safety office, HR will provide employees with a letter of actions on self-care tools and benefits available to them. Department chairs will receive a copy of the letter.

There will be specially themed HR e-blast communications for health matters. The email blast will publish weekly to promote employee well-being, provide health and safety guidance and promote the employee assistance program for support.

Communication channels will remind faculty to self-screen, to monitor their health daily and to not come to work if ill. Faculty will be reminded of the mandate to self-quarantine if they have any symptoms or have received a positive COVID-19 test.

HR will work with Career Services to post jobs that will support safety operations this fall. The Public Health & Safety Assistants will provide various services:

  • Distribute self-monitoring checklists
  • Distribute face masks if individuals arrive on campus without their own
  • Perform touchless temperature scans
  • Remind University students, staff and faculty to maintain minimum physical distance when necessary

Department chairs may allow faculty an accommodation to continue working remotely due to high-risk factors after discussions with HR.

Instructional Settings

Classroom schedules will facilitate block scheduling to minimize contact resulting from regular class moves by students. Students will remain in classrooms while faculty cycle in and out. The furniture in each classroom will be spaced apart, or blocked off, to support social distancing.

Faculty members teaching face-to-face will be provided with a face shield to use with their own face masks upon request. Face shields will be available to department chair offices to pick up at Mail and Receiving Services in CAB 117. Faculty teaching in face-to-face settings will be provided with a microphone and headset to assist with voice projection while wearing a mask during classroom instruction. Faculty can obtain a headset from ITS.

Regarding classroom management, the student code of conduct currently includes policies relevant to maintaining  healthy practices and social distancing standards. These are all covered under section 13.4, Article III, clause l Endangerment: actions that endanger the health, safety or well-being of one’s self or others; and section 13.4, Article III, clause n.: failure to comply with direction from University officials acting in the performance of their duties. Faculty can locate this within the Student Handbook, available at this link Student Handbook.

If a faculty member or University official determines a student is endangering the health of others, they may request that the student leave a classroom or other area of campus. Promptly report the student to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Should there be a disruption in class that cannot be solved by asking the individual to leave the classroom, the faculty member may call University Police for intervention. The Safezone app is available for all members of the campus. The app can call the campus police and pinpoint the user’s device location for quicker response.

By Aug. 1, all faculty are to include the self-monitoring checklist and a reminder of student responsibilities to perform daily self-screening within their syllabi. This additional note must be in all syllabi regardless of whether the faculty member teaches online or face-to-face courses.

For faculty wishing to have a Plexiglas partition in their face-to-face instruction, please use the Work order system to request a moveable partition. The partition will be delivered to the classroom.

A resource checklist that includes supplies to be provided and other useful resources will be available for faculty and dean and department chair offices by Aug. 10, 2020.  As an added resource we are providing a helpful guide for faculty.