This page will be updated as information changes. Latest updates: 5/28/2020 2:45 p.m.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:
Guide for Returning to Campus
Members of the Campus Community:
In accordance with guidance from Governor Larry Hogan and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SU will implement new safety protocols for critical employees coming to campus.
Beginning Monday, June 1, all employees will need to complete a daily COVID-19 screening before reporting to their regular worksites. At screening locations, employees will be required to answer a short list of questions regarding symptoms before swiping their Gull Cards or providing their employee ID numbers for clearance to proceed to work. All employees should have their Gull Cards ready and know their employee ID numbers before entering the screening line.
Weekday screening locations are:
- 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. – Avery Street Lot (drive-up, enter from West College Avenue, exit onto Avery Street)
- 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Wayne Street Parking Garage (drive-up, Wayne Street entrance/exit)
- All other times – SU Police Department, East Campus Complex, Power Street (walk-up, at door)
All weekend screenings will take place at the SU Police Department.
The screenings follow guidance provided by the Maryland Department of Budget and Management for entry into state buildings. SU contractors also are required to complete a screening at one of the above locations before reporting to worksites on campus. Those found to have symptoms of COVID-19 will be given instructions regarding self-confining and seeking medical care.
This is part of a phased plan for employees returning to campus. During this phase, only those employees with approval on file with the Human Resources Office should report to campus, and only as scheduled. While on campus, employees should have their Gull Cards visibly displayed at all times and wear face masks as appropriate.
More information is available in the attached Faculty and Staff Guide for Returning to Campus. This document also will be posted on the SU COVID webpage and updated as the situation changes.
Those with questions about the new protocol, or about their critical/non-critical employee status, should contact their supervisors. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our campus safe.
SU’s Faculty and Staff Guide for Returning to Campus is available for download. Please check often for updates.
Visit ID&D First
Your very first step 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 many students, this will be their first experience with online learning. 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 synchronous course delivery (e., livestreaming instruction), you must adhere to your regularly scheduled course day(s) and time. You may choose an asynchronous approach, 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.
Guerrieri Academic Commons
The GAC will be open limited hours. Those who do come to the GAC are encouraged to practice social distancing. There are many resources and services available online that you can access from home. For full details, see: https://libraryguides.salisbury.edu/COVID-19.
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
Based on what is known today about COVID-19, most college students are not representative of a high-risk population for the virus. Current data suggest that those most at risk are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or underlying chronic medical illness. 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 appropriate personal protective equipment
- At any site experiencing a staffing shortage
- 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.
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.
Information on Masks and Gloves
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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.