Coronavirus Update for Faculty - March 2, 2020

Dear Faculty:

I am certain you continue to monitor the news coverage of the coronavirus, as we are in concert with our campus Infectious Disease Response Team.

At this time, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Stanislaus County and there are no plans to close campus or cancel classes.

While we hope such measures do not become necessary, this would be a good time for all of us to consider ways we can continue our work in an unpredictable infectious disease outbreak. As a starting point, I hope these questions and statements prompt reflection and discussion.

How would you continue communication with students in your classes?
Are there ways in which your course(s) could continue in any form remotely (e.g., via the Blackboard LMS, via Zoom, via reading articles and submitting assignment through email, continuing online courses)?
If delivery of your course content continued while campus was closed, how would you accommodate students not able to access course content remotely or communicate with you?
If students develop flu-like symptoms, I request you maintain a flexible attendance policy so that they may continue to make progress in the course while ill and not able to attend class.
If you are feeling sick, please stay home.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation with the coronavirus and will provide campus with updates and action steps as we learn them.

Here are some links to regularly updated public health sites:

Thank you,

Kimberly Greer, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs