As activities increase and operations resume on campus, university officials will closely monitor and assess how the virus progresses and policies and procedures to mitigate it. If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions and reduced on-campus presence may need to be implemented again. Actions taken will be based on guidance from public health officials.
- Student Responsibilities
- What Will Happen If the Virus Spreads?
- Classes and Instruction
- Course Delivery Modes
- Virus Outbreak – Effect on Classroom
- Resilient Teaching
- Internships and Experiential Opportunities
All students are expected to comply fully with the policies, protocols and guidelines.
- Face Masks or Cloth Face Coverings: Properly worn face masks or cloth face coverings (covering both the nose and mouth) will be required in all classrooms, hallways, auditoriums, instructional spaces, laboratories, common areas, shared spaces, and restrooms. A face covering is required in the presence of others in all indoor spaces. In addition, face coverings will be required outside when adequate social distance cannot be maintained and you are within 6 feet of another person. Any exceptions to these requirements will be outlined in the protocols. All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to comply with this requirement.
- Social Distancing: In addition to face masks/cloth face coverings, people should make every effort to stay 6 feet from other people. Please remember that wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Cleaning: All of us must share responsibility for cleaning public surfaces to decrease touch risk of spreading the virus. Disinfectants, hand sanitizer and other supplies will be available across campus. Students and faculty will both play a role in disinfecting and keeping surfaces in classrooms clean.
- Mandatory Student COVID-19 Training in Blackboard: All students will be expected to complete a COVID-19 training module before coming to campus. All employees are completing a similar training because it will take all of us adhering to the protocols and parameters to continue our activities.
- Health Monitoring and Symptom Screening: Students must use the university’s COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker to assist in self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.
- The purpose of this self-checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.
- Your responses are completely anonymous, and no personal information, IP address, or geolocation will be collected.
What Will Happen If the Virus Spreads?
Non-compliance with protocols, especially face mask/face covering and social distancing requirements, will increase the spread of the virus. As a result, more drastic restrictions or scaling back activities may be necessary if protocols are not followed. Please know that if lack of adherence to the protocols result in prolific virus spread, we may be forced to scale back or limit activities and interactions.
Classes and Instruction
Classroom capacities will be reduced to comply with CDC and national public health recommendations. Based on the facility protocols posted on the web, it is clear that not every instructional space will support the capacity booked for the fall due to the necessary protocols. Deans, chairs, and faculty are evaluating each course section using a principled set of considerations or factors to decide whether a course should be offered in one of four formats: face-to-face, hybrid, remote, or online.
Given the space limitation necessitated by the protocols, some classroom changes and use of large spaces will be needed. Once course format and classroom assignments are complete, we will make this information available to faculty and to every student so they can see the format for the courses they are enrolled to take. Course delivery modes will be updated in the scheduling system over the next couple of weeks. We anticipate having all course delivery information updated in the system around July 20th.
The university continues to evaluate classrooms and seating capacity. The seating chart below illustrates a sample classroom with physical distancing.
Course Delivery Modes
|COVID 19 Mode of Instruction||Face to Face Component (requiring student’s physical presence)||Synchronous Component||Assessment Proctoring (if used)|
|FACE TO FACE “Room”||50% to 100% FACE TO FACE IN CLASS||Varies to 100% FACE TO FACE and ZOOM||FACE TO FACE or ELECTRONIC PROCTORING|
|HYBRID “Uses Room AND Zoom”||Up to 50% FACE TO FACE IN CLASS||Varies to 100% FACE TO FACE and ZOOM||FACE TO FACE or ELECTRONIC PROCTORING|
|REMOTE “Converts Room TO Zoom”||NONE||Varies to 100% SYNCHRONOUS – ZOOM ONLY||ELECTRONIC PROCTORING|
|ONLINE “Fully Online”||NONE||NONE||ELECTRONIC PROCTORING|
|Teaching Format Glossary|
|FACE TO FACE||Face-to-Face Instruction – students and faculty are physically in a room together, at the same time, to engage the subject matter.|
|HYBRID||Hybrid Instruction – Room AND Zoom. Includes HyFlex; a course designed to teach some elements face-to-face and some remotely using technology with the instructor and the students in the same place at the same time for some aspects of instruction and remote for others. “Some Room Some Zoom”|
|REMOTE||Remote Instruction – a course originally designed for face-to-face delivery but now delivered using technology where the instructor and student are not physically in the same space, combining synchronous and/or asynchronous components, with synchronous components restricted to the times specified on the schedule. “Converts Room TO Zoom”|
|ONLINE||Online Instruction – a course is designed specifically for delivery to students who are not physically nor synchronously present with the instructor. The pedagogy is designed to teach the material using technology. In addition to asynchronous interaction, it may include occasional synchronous student interaction with the instructor as is mutually convenient.|
Virus Outbreak – Effect on Classroom
If a student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19 and has been present in a classroom or on campus, a notification will be posted to the university’s COVID-19 webpage. Additionally, that classroom will be taken “offline” for a 48-hour period to allow for safe cleaning of the space. Faculty and students who use that classroom will be notified. MSDH will have the responsibility for contact tracing, supported by a university-based contact tracing team to make it more expedient and efficient. The anonymity and confidentiality of persons with COVID-19 will be protected, and their identity will not be disclosed publicly.
The university’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has created a Keep Teaching & Learning Community that is helping our faculty to develop teaching strategies that are adaptable to whatever situation the virus presents. Faculty will be encouraged to account for the fact that attendance could be affected by quarantine or isolation. This “resilient pedagogy” will enable our faculty to keep teaching their courses in whatever format is necessary. This will ensure that we get our new students started off well as they start their academic journey and will keep our current students on track toward their degrees.
Internships and Experiential Opportunities
Many companies, organizations, and programs have scaled back in accordance with protocols recommended by the CDC and other health officials. Schools, the Career Center and others are working to determine which of these opportunities can be done virtually or in-person with restrictions in place. Information about the protocols or response to the pandemic by the outside organizations will be available from program directors, the organizations offering these experiences, and/or the Career Center.
UM Libraries will be open and will provide services. Adjustments to the schedule and the access to specific areas may need to be adjusted due to public health guidance. Please visit the UM Libraries website for details.