Provost's Faculty Update in UMToday

March 18, 2020

To all UM faculty:

I very much appreciate the flexibility and creativity you are all bringing to these challenging times. The purpose of this message is to reinforce some of the most critical points for faculty in President Bodnar’s communication of yesterday afternoon:

Faculty-specific Telework Agreements

As reinforced in the message that Faculty Senate and UFA leadership sent out to many of you, a key reason for encouraging remote work arrangements, where possible, is to reduce exposure to health risks for our colleagues whose responsibilities cannot be completed off campus. Faculty who are able to perform their work via a telework arrangement are encouraged to do so, and to do this a faculty-specific Telework Agreement is required. This agreement is important for tracking purposes and legal matters such as worker’s compensation coverage. This agreement form should be submitted to your department chair/director, who will then forward to Terri Phillips (with a cc to you, and to Vice Provost Nathan Lindsay).

Academic operations for the rest of Spring 2020

  •  The CDC issued guidance March 15 recommending that organizations cancel in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for the coming eight weeks. Consequently, the migration to remote learning will remain in place through the duration of the spring semester. Classes will be taught with remote instruction for the remainder of the semester. We will not resume face-to-face instruction in spring 2020.
  • Faculty are encouraged to explore options to accelerate completion of learning outcomes in their courses. In cases where the established learning outcomes and educational goals can be achieved and assessed at an accelerated pace, instructors may complete their courses prior to the regular end of the semester. This works best for courses that have been designed for asynchronous instruction and will not be possible in all classes.

Research and creative scholarship

Please read the most recent guidance for research and creative scholarship. Campus facilities required for research and creative scholarship and the University offices that support those efforts remain open.

UM Summer

Instructors teaching Session I courses (that start May 11) should plan for remote instruction in May and should contact UMOnline if they would like assistance transitioning to a course to an online format. This includes the 12-week session, first six-week session and first three-week session and UM sponsored non-credit camps/experiences that start in May. No decision has been made yet about instructional formats for sessions that start later in the summer.

How to stay informed

As of today, two daily versions of UMToday will be sent to bring you the very latest information on University operations, response and information around COVID-19.
I want to thank you for all the efforts you are making to rearrange your lives and priorities as we all adapt to unprecedented circumstances with levelheadedness and calm.

Jon Harbor, Provost