Frequently Asked Questions - For Faculty and Staff

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Q: Will faculty will be given extra masks in case students need them? If so, where and when will they get them?

A: Faculty will have extra masks available. These will be delivered to individual departments for distribution. Other areas that have masks available for distribution include the Student Center Info Desk, Buley Library, and the Wintergreen building.


Q: Will faculty be given specific guidelines on enforcing mask policies in classrooms/common areas?

A: The CSCU System Office has supplied guidelines for requiring and "enforcing" mask policies. These are posted on the SCSU Reopening website. The guidelines are also essentially abstracted on a Fall 2020 Syllabus Suggestions and Recommendations document to be distributed to academic departments.


Q: What happens when a student is in a classroom and has refused to put on a mask and/or wear the mask properly? Is the faculty member responsible for removing the student from class?

A: No faculty member should take the role of our police. Faculty members are responsible for sharing the mask (and other relevant) guidelines with students and explaining the policy and repercussions should a student opt not to follow the guidelines. There should never be a confrontation or argument. Faculty, administrators, and/or staff members are asked to speak with any person not wearing a mask, assuming they may have forgotten theirs, and point them to the nearest location where they could obtain one. If a student refuses to put on a mask or fails to comply and refuses to leave the area or becomes disruptive to the class or ongoing proceedings, the University Police should be called (203-392-5375).


Q: Can faculty choose to wear a face shield instead of a cloth face covering while teaching on ground?

A: Face shields can be worn in addition to cloth masks but are not an appropriate alternative. If needed, masks that have a transparent mouth area are a possible alternative. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not considered appropriate alternatives to masks.


Q: What types of accommodations will DRC students receive regarding face coverings?

A: The DRC Office will review requests for accommodation on a case-by-case basis. If a student does qualify for this accommodation there could be options available (e.g., surgical mask, which isn't tight on the face), alternative face coverings, or shift to online learning. Because it is a public health issue, the DRC will work with each student to avoid not wearing any sort of face covering at all. If a student is approved for an exemption, they will receive the same accommodation letter usually provided by the DRC and the faculty are familiar with. As always the students will also be advised to contact their faculty instructor as soon as possible before the first class.


Q: Is training available for HyFlex classrooms?

A: Yes, our Office for Online Learning is offering training on HyFlex delivery. Recorded training modules will also be available.


Q: Is a list of on-campus spaces where students can take their online synchronous courses posted on the website?

A: Yes, there is a variety of locations around campus for students to study and engage in learning. Most of the study spaces and computer labs that are typically used for these purposes will also be available, albeit at reduced capacities to allow for appropriate physical distancing. See where the study spaces are located.


Q: Will students and faculty be reporting COVID-positive test results?

A: Yes, everyone from campus will report COVID-positive test results to COVID-19 Coordinator Erin Duff: or (203) 392-8626.


Q: If a faculty member tests positive for COVID, who needs to be contacted to support their students in their online or on-campus course(s)? If it's chairpersons, where will they receive instructions for this?

A: Coordination for contact tracing and appropriate notifications will stem from our campus COVID Coordinator. Individual faculty members should alert their chairs. If the faculty member is asymptomatic and able to continue teaching, this obviously will be fully online.


Q: What happens if all students registered for a HyFlex course decide not to attend in person? Can a faculty change the modality?

A: Students have signed up for courses as they were listed during registration. Faculty also, in concert with chairs and deans, arranged for mode of course delivery. At this point plans are made, rooms organized and reserved, and students are anticipating a certain mode of delivery. Schedules and mode of delivery should, barring no change in individual or campus or region circumstances, remain in place.


Q: What do faculty do if they encounter an issue in their classrooms related to technology, heating/AC, other?

A: As always the IT Help Desk will be available to support these needs. For other infrastructural needs, Facilities should be contacted through the usual work orders.