This page will be updated as information changes. 8/7/2020
COVID-19 is dramatically impacting our campus and world. This site will provide you with guidance, strategies and resources for delivering courses online and leveraging the appropriate technology to keep your course running. It also provides other faculty-specific information and guidelines.
If your primary technology issue is that you do not have access to internet service, please see the link below for the best options where available:
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COVID-19 Electronic Screening
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Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing for Fall
Q: Where can faculty go to find the most up-to-date information on SU’s COVID-19 efforts?
A: Updated information is maintained on the SU COVID-19 webpages, including Informed Faculty, Informed Staff and Informed Students. All full-time faculty, adjunct faculty and academic staff also should have access to the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Instruction and Town Hall Canvas site. Please see the Communication Flow statement and other important documents there.
All COVID-19 Task Force teams are sharing documents in One Drive and uploading completed documents to the COVID-19-19 Canvas site. Additionally, ID&D and COVID-19 Task Force teams are designing draft Canvas and syllabi statements that faculty can add to their courses. Documents will be shared soon.
Q: Is there a Faculty Readiness Checklist that academic areas can use to gauge readiness for Level 2 return?
A: There are several readiness resources. The SU Technology Support Center Knowledgebase has useful information to search by keywords. On the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Instruction and Town Hall Canvas site, please use the Modules “Useful SU Links” and “External Teaching Resources,” and “External COVID-19 Higher Education Resources,” with documents such as Johns Hopkins’ “Open Smart.” For students, SU’s Center for Student Achievement created a video to support students transitioning to online learning. Additionally, Instructional Design and Delivery has MyClasses support for faculty and students on successful online learning.
Q: How do we address attendance language for syllabi?
A: Faculty need to be reasonable in their attendance expectations due to COVID-19 and technical challenges. Policies will vary faculty to faculty and for different programs. Student Affairs is developing policy statements for students to switch to online learning when warranted.
Q: Because students can add/drop during the first week of classes, how should I assign students to their respective cohorts for appearing in the classroom during hybrid classes?
A: Under the Add/Drop mechanism, all students registering to add F2F and hybrid classes must be admitted by the professor. The Registrar’s Office will cap F2F courses on Wednesday, August 19, to avoid enrollments over the COVID-19 classroom capacities.
Q: Will Supplemental Instructors still provide course support during COVID-19 operations?
A: Yes. As indicated in the “Coding Classes for Fall” document, GullNet class notes should include whether the class is supported by Supplemental Instruction. Please contact Heather Holmes for more details.
Teaching Modalities and Quality
Q: How will students know how courses will be taught?
A: All SU courses are coded to correctly reflect our usual coding system, with additional instruction notes added, where needed:
- Face-to-face section numbers: 001-410
- Hybrid section numbers: 601-699
- Online course section numbers: 701 – 749
- Remote course section numbers: 750-799
All undergraduate and graduate students received an email on July 10 with information on course sections, including an infographic to explain the four class modalities. In addition, all students will be notified that they are expected to visit course MyClasses sites during the week before classes start. Faculty are encouraged to contact their students on or before Monday, August 17, to notify them that the MyClasses courses will open on or before Monday, August 24.
Q: How can we ensure equal quality to all students and similar experiences?
A: Faculty can survey students and communicate with them at least two weeks prior to start of the semester to explain course expectations and delivery mode. SU provides a variety of educational experiences, which work differently for different students. What we should try to ensure is “SU-level quality,” which is high-quality instruction.
Q: Not all students have access to computers with cameras and microphones. How should faculty make them aware of technology requirements for individual courses?
A: Faculty will need to share in advance course technology specifications for devices and operating system requirements. Programs could consider making laptops with webcams a requirement so that financial aid might be used. Minimum computer requirements by major were provided to students at orientation in June. In addition, SU academic units can provide some help; however, the University is not in a position to make a loaner-computers available to everyone who wishes to obtain one.
Q: Can we require students who choose to stay online to have access to a printer/scanner? Can we make sure that students on campus, including those in self-isolation have such access?
A: It is better to help distance students leverage digital services (e.g. DocuSign, Scannable App, etc.). See for example, the Adobe Scan app to use phones as scanners. On-campus, students can access Student Printing Services at Guerrieri Academic Commons. The SU Bookstore is exploring e-text options for all required texts. They anticipate a no-cost shipping option for remote/online students for course materials. We recommend establishing a centralized printing service through the GAC for remote and online students to email as files to be printed with a pick-up location.
Q: How will faculty evaluations be handled this fall?
A: The tentative plan is to adopt a similar strategy to spring 2020 semester, in which evaluations are administered for instructional reflection, with flexibility about reporting the results as representative of overall teaching effectiveness. Faculty and programs might consider alternatives to student evaluations, such as a student reflective essay, focus group exit discussion, faculty mentor meeting with mentee students, or other options.
F2F and Hybrid Classroom Management and Safety
Q: Will there be language for syllabi regarding face mask requirements?
A: Yes. ID&D and COVID-19 Task Force teams are designing draft Canvas and syllabi statements that faculty can add to their courses. Please see the guidance sent from Human Resources on July 17 and the updated campus mask policy posted above.
Q: Will faculty be required to send students to the new in-person academic assessment site at the Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall?
A: No. If faculty are teaching F2F and hybrid, they should hold exams in their own classrooms, if safety guidelines permit. Remote and online courses should use online exams. The academic assessment site will be available by reservation for up to 104 students for faculty who need a larger space to proctor in-person exams. Guidance on the in-person assessment site was sent via email on July 11 and is posted on the Faculty Canvas.
Q: I have exponentially more students registered for a class than can fit in my assigned classroom with physical distancing measures in place. What are my options?
A: In these types of situations, SU will work to find a larger classroom, wherever possible. Faculty may still need to rotate students with some attending in-person and some attending virtually. Please consult with your department chair if you require a larger space after reviewing your classroom designation and enrollment in GullNet.
Q: Are there any guidelines for teaching hybrid classes in which half of the students are in the classroom and half attending virtually?
A: How faculty use their class space and time is entirely up to them. The only thing that is inviolable is staying below COVID-19 classroom capacity. Some hybrid faculty are planning to live stream or record within the classroom for distance students.
ID&D is creating resources for best practices for classroom management in person and virtually. The Fulton Remote Teaching Specialists are designing a model to identify one faculty member in each department to learn more about these types of pedagogy challenges in order to share best practices and support colleagues; please see the Faculty COVID-19 Canvas for more information.
Some faculty plan to use mobile technologies that allow for FaceTime, Skype or Hangouts to bring online students into the classroom. The Teaching with Technology Subcommittee is available to address additional technology needs within classrooms. Please contact Robin Hoffman through Knowledgebase if you have specific needs that are not already included in the technology setup.
Q: Will an online version of every course (even those being taught F2F) need to be available?
A: By Monday, August 24, every course should have a published Canvas course containing at least the syllabus and gradebook. F2F and hybrid classes should be ready to pivot to fully online if needed based on COVID-19 levels.
Q: Are faculty required to record and post F2F classes?
A: All hybrid courses (combination of F2F and synchronous sessions) should be live streamed. Recordings of sessions/portions of courses are with the purview of faculty. If faculty have concerns about live streaming sensitive discussions, asynchronous activities could be offered to students who are remote while each team engages in a private discussion. Be sure to include plans for this in your syllabi and/or prominently on your MyClasses site. Feel free to discuss with your dean or chair. Please refer to document on “Safe and Effective Learning Environments.” Additional potential syllabi statements will be shared soon.
Q: What technology will be available in the classroom to facilitate hybrid instruction?
A: Classroom Technology is installing webcams with built in microphones in all instructional classrooms by early August. Some moveable mounts have been ordered that will clamp onto desks/tables. Faculty are encouraged to visit their classrooms soon (contact your dean to be put on the list of essential personnel and try to coordinate with other faculty to maintain social distance) to determine what is available and should contact their chairs and/or dean to request anything they need which is not there.
The Teaching with Technology Subcommittee also is available to address additional technology needs within classrooms. Contact Robin Hoffman through Knowledgebase if you have specific needs that are not already included in the technology setup. Please note: You may not have access to the building you are scheduled to teach in if it is different from the location of your faculty office. You will need to request access.
Remote and Online Teaching
Q: Is there a copyright statement that can be added to classroom recordings stating they are provided for student use during this semester only, and any permanent copying, posting or sharing of these materials is strictly forbidden and a violation of both University policy and copyright law?
A: ID&D and COVID-19 Task Force teams are designing draft Canvas and syllabi statements that faculty can add to their courses. Documents will be shared soon. Here is one potential statement on recording:
Lectures are recorded or delivered from written notes and electronic files to guarantee they are protected under Federal Copyright law. You are permitted to take notes of lectures and to use course materials for your use while enrolled this course. You may not record or take photos of lecture material without the instructor’s express consent, and you may not publicly distribute or display - or allow anyone else to publicly display or distribute - course materials, notes or recordings from class in any form without obtaining prior written permission from the instructor. By taking this course you agree to abide by all course policies.
Q: Is there a policy regarding the recording of lectures or discussions that contain potentially sensitive material or a disclaimer about technological errors that can be added to syllabi?
A: ID&D and COVID-19 Task Force teams are designing draft Canvas and syllabi statements that faculty can add to their courses. Documents will be shared soon. Faculty can include statements about sensitivity of topics and video- or audio-only instruction.
Campus Health Issues
Q: What is the plan if a faculty member becomes seriously ill and cannot teach?
A: Faculty need to work closely with chairs, directors, deans and administrative staff to ensure that at least one other colleague has access to their Canvas site, syllabus, and course materials in case of an emergency. Department administrative assistants can be added to Canvas courses as teaching assistants to send messaging to students if an emergency arises.
Faculty should arrange colleagues now who can serve as potential designated substitutes for courses, and add them to the Canvas before the semester begins. Chairs should have emergency plans in place to hire potential adjuncts, if necessary. Please see the July 17 Human Resources Sick Leave document on the Faculty Canvas site.
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Instruction for Fall
Modalities for Fall 2020
SU will offer courses in four modalities in fall 2020. Please see below and the attached infographic for an explanation of each modality.
- Face to Face (F2F) (Section # between 001-410) – On campus, in person, on set days and times.
- Hybrid (Section # between 601-699) – Some F2F instruction and some virtual instruction.
- Remote (Section # between 750-799) – Virtual instruction that takes place during set days and times; students are expected to attend via video conferencing according to US Eastern Time.
- Online (Section # between 701-749) – Virtual instruction that takes place at any time; assignments have specific due dates.
By Monday, August 17, faculty should communicate with students about the course and delivery modes. By Monday, August 24, faculty should have published their MyClasses site for students.
Visit ID&D First
Your very first step in preparing for online instruction is to consult Instructional Design & Delivery (ID&D)’s course continuity page. Updated as issues arise and situations change, this is your one stop for information on:
- Getting the tools you need to get started:
- Communicating with your students. Learn about the three ways in which you can quickly communicate with all your students
- Starting and modifying your MyClasses courses. Get all the information from building a course for the first time or how to modify what you already have.
- Delivering course content with Panopto. Learn about enabling Panopto and how to use it to record class sessions.
- Using Zoom to conduct live classes online. Learn how to get started, incorporate into MyClasses and schedule class meetings.
- Creating assignments, discussions and assessments and all the best practices tools needed to move this online.
Communicate With Your Students
- Even as you form a plan, use email or MyClasses to communicate with your students.
- For incoming students, this may be their first experience with online learning in higher education. Please communicate how the course may be different, how they might need to adjust their learning strategies, prioritize their work, etc.
- Share your expectations for checking email or MyClasses for information.
- Set up and share office hours when you will be available by phone or online.
- Students will have a lot of questions; manage expectations for how quickly they can expect a response from you.
- Foster communication between students; it provides a sense of community (particularly during unusual times), and it allows you to reproduce any collaboration you build into your course to help keep students motivated to participate and learn.
- It’s possible that some students do not have access to the internet or a computer when away from campus. Please report any access issues you may identify among your students to Associate Provost Rich Wilkens at email@example.com so that we can work to mitigate these. The IT Helpdesk will continue to operate.
- If you’re planning for remote course delivery (i.e., livestreaming instruction), you must adhere to your regularly scheduled course day(s) and time. You may choose an online approach instead, but please be consistent in your choice and communication with students.
Your Outcomes and Content
- Narrow your focus to the most essential learnings for your course. As you transition online, just pick two to start.
- Review your syllabus. Consider what will change temporarily, what can stay the same.
- Consider what content would students typically be exposed to and how this content can still be made available.
- Use existing materials to support learning: online resources, library services, shared resources from colleagues in your discipline.
There are low-tech and high-tech ways to deliver a course online; explore what works best for you and your content:
- Read textbooks and articles
- Share files through MyClasses
- Share video links through email
- Submit assignments by email
- Submit assignment in MyClasses
- Discuss topics – conference calls
- Communicate over email
- Post lecture materials and content in MyClasses
- Complete MyClasses and Turnitin assignments
- Use MyClasses discussion boards
- Use MyClasses quizzes for assessment
- Record Panopto videos
- Host live Zoom meetings
- Communicate using Announcements
Instructional Resources & Support
ID&D is ready to assist you and has set-up several workshops to support you (look for emails from ID&D as well as Melissa Thomas). In addition, the University is purchasing webcams that will be available from ID&D and your dean’s office – look for details to come.
Continue to visit the ID&D Course Continuity page as it is updated to reflect new developments and needs.
Don’t find what you need? Visit the ID&D Support Center to search for more information or put in a request for help.
Your liaison librarian is ready to assist with your transition to online classes in a variety of ways; please see the Faculty tab on the COVID-19 LibGuide linked above.
Clinical, Field Placement & Internship
The following guidelines apply to all SU students in their clinicals, field placements, and internships:
- Education formats such as clinical, small simulation, field placements, internships, and other similar experiences may continue on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Dean.
- Students should not:
- Attend clinicals, field placements, or internships if they have been asked to self- quarantine by public health authorities or SU
- Participate in the care of known or suspected COVID-19 patients
- Clinicals, field placements, and internships will be canceled in the following circumstances:
- At any site that is treating a patient with COVID-19 where appropriate environmental controls cannot be implemented per CDC guidelines
- At any site when crisis standards of care are used to care for COVID-19 patients
- At any site unable to provide students with site-specific, appropriate personal protective equipment. Students are encouraged to provide their own face mask/shield. If this is not possible, the University will provide face masks/shields
- At any site where there is an insufficient level of staff employees to carry out regular duties. Students will neither be expected nor permitted to perform services in lieu of an employee.
- Students must:
- Communicate with their clinical, field placement, or internship instructor before attending any scheduled experiences to check if cancellation is warranted.
- Immediately communicate to their clinical, field placement, or internship instructor and their school’s clinical, field placement, or internship coordinator any safety concerns and stop participating in the experience until the issue is resolved.
- Inform their clinical, field placement, or internship coordinator if they have a health condition that puts them at high risk or have other relevant circumstances (e.g., caregiver for an immunosuppressed family member).
- Work with their clinical, field placement, or internship coordinator to identify educational experiences that reduce their risk while meeting educational requirements.
- For international clinicals, field placements, and internships, travel advisories from the CDC and State Department as well as SU guidance on international travel should be followed.
- Clinical, field placement, and internship sites and/or SU retain the right to cancel student participation at any time to protect the safety of students and staff.
- SU will be compliant with all Federal, State, Local and USM mandatory guidance.
- Signage Approval
Additional Information & Guidelines
We recognize the need to continue research activity, whether students working on theses and dissertations, undergraduate research projects, or faculty research programs. Students who need to access the labs or other research facilities may do so with the permission of their dean who will provide information on the need to limit interaction, maintenance of social distance, and limiting of access to campus by people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. In order to be given permission to conduct research on campus during this time, both students and faculty must affirmatively declare to follow the research policy. To seek permission, students should email the dean of their school and CC their research advisor with their name, student ID number, the room number to which they will need access and if they live on or off campus.
While GAs are students first, many are involved in delivering instruction, supporting students and other activities. GAs will be expected to continue to work, but their specific responsibilities may change during this period. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research, supervisors and department chairs will be directly communicating with graduate students during this period.
Training and Professional Development Sessions
We recognize the need to continue to provide some of the previously planned training and/or professional development. Please check with your department chair or dean regarding trainings that have been rescheduled or moved online.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding all non-essential domestic and foreign travel. The governors of Maryland and surrounding states have issued stay-at-home orders and encouraged residents to cease all non-essential travel to help slow the virus’ spread. Only those with “critical employee” designations should report to campus, and only for duties that cannot be completed from home.
SU has suspended authorization of State funding for all out-of-state travel for faculty, staff and students. Members of the SU community with scheduled University-sponsored out-of-state travel should contact their direct supervisors for more information.
Any member of the SU community who travels to a country with a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 1-3 is required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to campus. If members of the University community develop cold- or flu-like symptoms, the CDC advises that you call ahead and notify your health care provider of symptoms and recent travel history. Contact with others should be avoided until a health care provider has provided an evaluation.
Campus Cleaning Procedures
The Department of Physical Plant’s facility services team adopted a “Green Cleaning Process” of campus years ago in response to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process and to disinfect and clean the campus in a healthy and sustainable process. Recently, facility services increased the frequency of disinfecting to daily of all frequently touched and hard surfaces that may come in contact with our hands to reduce germs and the spread of COVID-19 virus. These surfaces include handrails, door knobs, elevator controls, switches, classroom desk tops and similar items. Custodial services reviewed cleaning and disinfectant chemicals with BISM, Acme, and Daycon (outside contract suppliers) to confirm the disinfectant kills the COVID-19 virus. We have worked with our custodial chemical suppliers to make sure we are using the proper chemicals to achieve these goals.
In addition, our floor maintenance program not only cleans and puts a shine on the floors but all common areas are cleaned daily to reduce germs from getting tracked throughout buildings. We use entry walk off systems within all buildings to reduce dirt from getting tracked into the buildings and also vacuum carpeted floors on a routine basis and use a HEPA grade filters within the vacuums to minimize dust particles by 95 percent.
Cleaning Frequency Guide
The mission of facility services is to provide a safe and clean environment in support of the University’s goal to provide a quality education. The following cleaning standards have been implemented during the COVID-19 virus for the campus.
Room Type Frequency Method Restrooms Daily with routine policing Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of entire restroom Frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, stair railings, desk tops, and elevator controls) Daily Thorough disinfection of entire surface Maggs PAC, Stadium, UFC – showers, locker rooms, and training facilities Daily Thorough cleaning and disinfection of entire area Classrooms Daily Disinfection of surfaces, vacuum as needed Health Center Daily Disinfection of surfaces, vacuum as needed University Police Daily Disinfection of surfaces, vacuum as needed Laboratories Daily Touched surfaces disinfected and other areas cleaned routinely Offices Daily, Weekly Trash emptied as needed, surfaces disinfected if permitted or accessible. Residence hall rooms/suites 2 days per week Bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected. Students responsible for own living space.
Facility services uses chemicals that have been approved by BISM, Daycon, and Acme for disinfecting of facilities. Facility services also utilizes the EvaClean PX200ES hand held electrostatic sprayer and Purtab mixture in spray bottles for a one-minute kill claim for the COVID-19 virus and also has a 14-hour protection window. Areas that are being treated daily:
- Locker rooms
- Public shower areas
- Elevator controls
- Light switches
- Health Center
- Training rooms
- Door knobs
- Classroom desks
- Lab tables
- University Police
- University Fitness Center
The wax that is utilized on floor tile surfaces has an antimicrobial infused into the wax, causing bacteria to be unable to grow and reproduce.
The University community is encouraged to utilize bathrooms for the purpose of washing hands, which is stocked by facility services. Facility services does provide and maintain certain hand sanitizer stations located in most buildings on campus. Facility services does not provide individual or jug size hand sanitizers for use, this would be a departmental expense and process. Individual departments would be responsible to fund and refill hand sanitizer stations that are in addition to the locations below. Hand sanitizer locations on campus:
- Guerrieri Student Union – South entrance
- Guerrieri Academic Commons – Service Desk & Help Desk
- Perdue Hall – First floor near room 151
- Maggs PAC – Near dance studio
- Holloway Hall – First floor near center elevator
- Simulation Lab
- Conway Hall – First floor; two locations: tower entrance and southeast entrance
- Wicomico Hall – Two locations on first and second floor. One location on third floor
- Manokin Hall – Two locations on first and second floor. One location on third floor
- Chester Hall – Near elevator first-sixth floors
- Severn Hall – Near elevator first-sixth floors
- Chesapeake Hall – First floor lounge
- Commons Building – Near cashier’s station
- Henson Hall – Three locations
- Devilbiss Hall – First floor
- Blackwell Hall – Advising desk
- Fulton Hall – First floor near elevator
- University Fitness Club
- Nanticoke Hall – Two locations on first and second floor. One location on third floor
- Pocomoke Hall – Two locations on first and second floor. One location on third floor
- Sea Gull Square – Near elevator first-fifth floors; First floor reception; First floor room wing
- Choptank – near elevator 1st – 6th floors
- St. Martin Hall – First floor lounge
Facility services is budgeted for and provides hand soap, paper products, hand driers, and other supplies necessary in bathrooms and areas responsible for cleaning.
Departments may elect to provide hand sanitizer or other disinfectants within their department, offices or classrooms.
COVID-19 Additional Notes
- Facility services will be available to address any urgent disinfectant needs that are determined to be necessary.
- Frequency will change based on occupancy of space, campus closure or special circumstances.
- Routine scheduled cleaning, during non COVID-19 conditions, will be adjusted in order to complete tasks under this procedure.
- Facility services will also modify this procedure based on need or as directed by director of physical plant and/or assistant director of physical plant – facilities services.
- Procedure will also be modified as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other credible sources provides guidelines and recommendations.
Salisbury University would like to ensure all faculty and staff have access to resources during the COVID-19 epidemic. Guidance Resources, SU’s Employee Assistance Program, has information available to help you through this time.