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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Overview

Overview

The international public health crisis of COVID-19 has caused the University of Houston to make many substantial changes in the way our faculty teach, how our students learn, and how we support each other during this critical time.

This website will be an online repository for the policy changes that affect students and faculty.  Please bookmark this site for future reference as any additional updates will be posted here.

 

Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy

Spring 2020 Undergraduate No-Risk Grade Policy Flowchart-Provost

Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston is implementing an interim policy for undergraduate grades.

  1. The Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered during Spring 2020 Sessions 1, 4, 5, and 6 as well as the 2020 Summer Sessions. The policy will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
  2. All undergraduate courses for the applicable sessions will be graded according to their current grading scheme.

    a. If the current grading scheme is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U):

    i. Grades of Unsatisfactory (U) will automatically convert to No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).

    ii. Grades of Satisfactory (S) are awarded course credit while no course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).

    b. If the current grading scheme is Letter Grade:

    i. Students have the option to choose either a Letter Grade or a Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme on a course-by-course basis.

    ii. Under the Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme, grades of D- and higher are considered Satisfactory (S) and are awarded course credit. No course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).

    iii. Details regarding the process through which students choose their grading options will be communicated by the Office of the University Registrar by April 27, 2020.
  3. The deadline for students to choose their grading option is 5:00 pm on May 18, 2020.*
  4. Satisfactory (S) and No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR) grades are not factored into term or cumulative GPA.
  5. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor to discuss questions regarding the impact of their grade option choice on academic matters. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid should be consulted to discuss the impact of their grade option choice on financial aid matters.
  6. The deadline for completing course requirements associated with Incomplete grades due in spring 2020 is extended to August 10, 2020. Students should contact their instructors to discuss plans for completing course requirements by that date. The incomplete deadline extension will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
  7. Grades received as the result of academic honesty sanctions will be handled consistent with the University of Houston Undergraduate Academic Honesty Policy
  8. The Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy also applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered during Summer 2020 Sessions 1, 2 , 3 and 4. The policy will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.*

    * For Summer 2020 session deadlines and further information on the grade selection process, visit the Office of the University Registrar's guide on Interim Grading  at  https://uh.edu/about/offices/enrollment-services/registrar/interim-grading-policy/

Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston is implementing an interim policy for undergraduate grades.

  1. The Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered in all sessions during Fall 2020. The policy will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary. 
  1. All undergraduate courses for the applicable sessions will be graded according to their current grading scheme.

    a. If the current grading scheme is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U):

    i. Grades of Unsatisfactory (U) will automatically convert to No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).

    ii. Grades of Satisfactory (S) are awarded course credit while no course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).

    b. If the current grading scheme is Letter Grade:

    i. Students have the option to choose a either a Letter Grade or a Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme on a course-by-course basis.

    ii. Under the Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme, grades of D- and higher are considered Satisfactory (S) and are awarded course credit. No course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).
  1. The deadline for students to choose their grading option is 5:00 pm on December 23, 2020 .

  2. Satisfactory (S) and No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR) grades are not factored into term or cumulative GPA.
  3. The students’ official transcript will record only the grading scheme that the student chose to reveal. Students are free to request a change in their transcript, showing the assigned letter grade at any time via formal request to the Office of the University Registrar with the understanding that the grade change impacts the term and cumulative GPAs and becomes permanent.
  4. In the event that a program, department, or college enforces prerequisite or minimum GPA standard policy, a student may still choose a Satisfactory (S) grade for official reporting.  The letter grade assigned by the instructor remains part of the student record and can be accessed at the program level, even when Satisfactory (S) is the reported grade.  
  1. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor to discuss questions regarding the impact of their grade option choice on academic matters. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid should be consulted to discuss the impact of their grade option choice on financial aid matters.
  2. The deadline for completing course requirements associated with Incomplete grades due in Fall 2020 is extended to January 15, 2021. Students should contact their instructors to discuss plans for completing course requirements by that date. The incomplete deadline extension will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
  3. Grades received as the result of academic honesty sanctions will be handled consistent with the University of Houston Undergraduate Academic Honesty Policy. Students forfeit the S grade or NCR if stated in the academic honesty case sanction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which terms are covered under the Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy?

The policy has been extended and now covers the following terms:

  • spring 2020 (sessions 1, 4, 5, and 6)
  • summer 2020 (all sessions)
  • fall 2020 (all sessions)

How do students select their grade option for courses?

Please review step-by-step guidance provided by the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) at  https://uh.edu/about/offices/enrollment-services/registrar/interim-grading-policy/. If you have any questions, please contact OUR at 713-743-1010 (option 7) or uhour@uh.edu.

The students’ official transcript will record only the grading scheme that the student chose to reveal. Students may request a change in their transcript, showing the assigned letter grade at any time via formal request to the Office of the University Registrar with the understanding that the grade change impacts the term and cumulative GPAs and becomes permanent.

When is the deadline for students to choose their grading option?

Spring 2020: The deadline to choose grading options for the spring 2020 term has passed.
 
Summer 2020: The form availability dates and submission deadlines to choose grading options for the summer 2020 term are listed below:

Session Form Availability Date (in myUH) Form Submission Deadline
Summer mini June 2, 2020 June 8, 2020, 5:00pm
Summer 1 August 10, 2020 August 17, 2020, 5:00pm
Summer 2 July 6, 2020 July 13, 2020, 5:00pm
Summer 3 July 27, 2020 August 3, 2020, 5:00pm
Summer 4 August 10, 2020 August 17, 2020, 5:00pm

Fall 2020: The deadline is for the Fall 2020 semester is December 23, 2020. Forms will be made available at the end of the semester after faculty have posted course grades.

The students' official transcript will record only the grading scheme that the student chose to reveal. Students may request a change in their transcript, showing the assigned letter grade at any time via formal request to the Office of the University Registrar with the understanding that the grade change impacts the term and cumulative GPAs and becomes permanent.

I withdrew from one or more spring 2020 classes before the Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy was announced. Can I change my withdrawal to NCR under the policy?

No. However students who dropped after 3/16/2020 and had a W were offered the option to be reinstated in their course enrollment and were able to use the interim grade selection option. Requests for reinstatement were processed through the Office of the University Registrar . The reinstatement window closed April 3, 2020 . See information related to W grades on this page.

If I withdrew from one or more spring 2020 classes, will it count against the 6 W limit?

No, withdrawals from spring 2020 courses were excluded from the 6W count.

How do I determine whether to select a letter grade or S/NCR for each of my classes?

A number of issues should be considered when selecting your grade option. It is important to carefully read the grade policy, consult with your academic advisor and other experts as needed, and determine if/ how your earned letter grade or the S/NCR option will impact the following: particular student populations, degree progress, careers, graduate/professional school, and eligibility for programs and financial resources. Questions and answers in this FAQ will provide important contacts, policies, tools, and/or guidance for each of these factors.

How will choosing the S/NCR option affect international students?

Please send questions regarding the implications of S/NCR for international students to Jin Zhang, Director, International Students Services Office: jzhang20@Central.uh.edu.

How will choosing the S/NCR option affect students on the GI Bill?

Please send questions regarding the GI Bill and VA Certification/Eligibility to: UHGIBILL@uh.edu.

Does a grade of S fulfill degree requirements or meet prerequisites if my major or minor requires minimum letter grades in specific courses?

Some degree programs may require minimum letter grades due to accreditation, licensure, or to ensure adequate preparation for subsequent courses. Please consult with your academic advisor to discuss the implications of selecting S grades in courses for which minimum letter grade requirements exist.

In the event that a program, department, or college enforces prerequisite or minimum GPA standard policy, a student may still choose a Satisfactory (S) grade for official reporting.  The letter grade assigned by the instructor remains part of the student record and can be accessed at the program level, even when Satisfactory (S) is the reported grade. 

Will S grades count toward meeting Latin Honors criteria?

For the purposes of Latin Honors, the credit earned from S grades will count toward the last 54 credit hours and will not be factored into GPA. In selecting grade options, consider the impact changing one, some or all course grades will have on the final GPA. A helpful grade calculator can be found at: https://www.bauer.uh.edu/UHGPACalculator/. It is important to be aware of the following GPA thresholds for Latin Honors:

3.90 to 4.0 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
3.70 to 3.89 Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
3.50 to 3.69 Cum Laude (with honors)

Additional information regarding Latin Honors criteria can be found at: http://publications.uh.edu/content.php?catoid=34&navoid=12515#Graduation_with_Honors

I repeated a course and planned to use it for Grade Exclusion of a prior course. If I choose an S grade will it still qualify?

An S grade for a course repeated in Spring 2020, or any semester under which the Interim Grade Policy is in effect, will satisfy Grade Exclusion for requests eligible under the Grade Exclusion Policy. More information about the policy can be found at: https://uh.edu/provost/policies-resources/student/grade-exclusion/.

How will S/NCR affect eligibility for UHin4?

For grades of Satisfactory, course credit is awarded and counts toward the credit hour accumulation required to remain eligible for UHin4. Courses in which NCR is selected will not be given credit and will not count toward UHin4 requirements. More information regarding UHin4 requirements can be found at: https://uh.edu/provost/students/new-coogs/uhin4/index.

What is the impact of choosing S/NCR on academic standing?

Academic standing is based on GPA, and grade options should be selected carefully to maintain good academic standing, avoid being placed on academic probation, or avoid being placed on suspension. Grades of S or NCR do not impact GPA and grade points awarded for letter grades can be found at: http://publications.uh.edu/content.php?catoid=34&navoid=12493. Students are encouraged to use a grade calculator to determine the impact of letter grades earned on term and cumulative GPA. Grades of S or NCR should be considered when earned letter grades will result in probation or suspension. A helpful grade calculator can be found at: https://www.bauer.uh.edu/UHGPACalculator/. More information regarding the academic standing policy can be found at: http://publications.uh.edu/content.php?catoid=34&navoid=12452.

How will choosing the S/NCR option affect Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid? Are there any other financial aid implications?

Students who choose the S/NCR option will not have those courses counted in the qualitative (GPA) component of our satisfactory academic progress policy. Only the quantitative component (attempted hours) will be impacted for determining students’ satisfactory academic progress. Students who are already on an academic plan for financial aid purposes must maintain the requirements of that plan, which are earning a GPA of at least 2.25 for each semester on the plan and successfully completing each course attempted; therefore, any student on an academic plan, who chooses the NCR option will not be meeting the requirements of their plan and will lose financial aid eligibility.

How will S grades will affect prerequisites for medical school, nursing school, and other health professional programs?

Pre-Health students should carefully decide whether to keep the letter-grade they receive for courses based on information provided by the health professional programs in which they hope to apply. While some programs have decided to accept Pass/Satisfactory grades for pre-requisites completed during the pandemic, this policy has not been universally adopted and many are still indicating a preference for letter-grades. It is possible that applicants with letter-grades in pre-requisites courses will remain more competitive compared with those using Pass/Satisfactory. Students may strongly consider selecting Satisfactory if they receive a C or lower in the course. Students are strongly encouraged to contact our office and their major advisor with questions before making a final decision. Read the Pre Health Advising Center page for more information https://uh.edu/pre-health/covid-19-updates-phac/

My question isn't listed here, who do I contact?

Email grading@uh.edu with any further questions you might have.

Interim Graduate Grade Policies

(updated April 10, 2020 to include all 2020 summer sessions)

Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston is implementing an interim policy for graduate grades.

  1. The Interim Graduate Grade Policy applies to all graduate students in courses offered during Spring 2020 Sessions 1, 4, 5, and 6 as well as the 2020 Summer Sessions. The policy will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
  2. Many professional programs have complex issues associated with the proposed grading modification due to accreditation, licensure, or state-by-state regulatory organizations. Professional students in the Law Center, Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing are exempt from this policy. Other professional programs may request exemption from the policy with permission from the Dean of the Academic College and from the Dean of the Graduate School. Professional students should check with their program for further assistance and guidance.
  3. All graduate courses for the applicable sessions will be graded according to their current grading scheme.

    a. If the current grading scheme is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U):

    i. Grades of Unsatisfactory (U) will automatically convert to No Credit Reported COVID19 (NCR).

    ii. Grades of Satisfactory (S) are awarded course credit while no course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR).

    b. If the current grading scheme is Letter Grade:

    i. Students have the option to choose either a Letter Grade or a Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme on a course-by-course basis.

    ii. Under the Satisfactory/No Credit Reported COVID-19 (S/NCR) grading scheme, grades of C- and higher are considered Satisfactory (S) and are awarded course credit. No course credit will be awarded for a grade of No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR)

    iii. Details regarding the process through which students choose their grading options will be communicated by the Office of the University Registrar by April 27, 2020.
  4. The deadline for students to choose their grading option is 5:00 pm on May 18, 2020.
  5. Satisfactory (S) and No Credit Reported COVID-19 (NCR) grades are not factored into term or cumulative GPA.
  6. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their academic advisor to discuss questions regarding the impact of their grade option choice on academic matters. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid should be consulted to discuss the impact of their grade option choice on financial aid matters.
  7. The deadline for completing course requirements associated with Incomplete grades due in spring 2020 is extended to August 10, 2020. Students should contact their instructors to discuss plans for completing course requirements by that date. The incomplete deadline extension will be reviewed for continuation through future terms if necessary.
  8. Grades received as the result of academic honesty sanctions will be handled consistent with the University of Houston Graduate Academic Honesty Policy.

Probation Extension Policy

Modifications to the  Promotion and /or  Tenure (P&T) Process  

  • Guidelines on extension of the probationary period due the impact of COVID-19 will apply to both tenure track (TT) and promotion eligible non tenure track (NTT) faculty members.

  • With support of their department chair and/or dean, a faculty member may request an extension based on  the negative impact of the current COVID-19 situation on their timely progression towards promotion and/or tenure. Such a request can be made under existing provisions in the current P&T and NTT policies for “Extension of the Probationary Period for Emergencies”.

  • Extension requests related to  the negative impact of COVID-19 on their timely progression towards promotion and/or tenure may be made by a faculty member at any time during their probationary period up until March 1 of the year in which their mandatory review is scheduled.

  • For those faculty members currently scheduled for mandatory review beginning in fall 2020, the March 1, 2020 deadline for the Provost to review such requests has been extended until May 31, 2020.

  • Current policy allows up to two, one year extensions of the probationary period for birth or adoption of a child. Faculty members who have already received two previous extensions for birth or adoption of a child may request an additional extension based on  the negative impact of the current COVID-19 situation on their timely progression towards promotion and/or tenure.

Interim Student Course Evaluation Policy (effective April 9, 2020)

Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston will implement an interim policy for administering and utilizing the results of student course evaluations. The intent of the interim policy is to ensure that faculty members continue to receive useful quantitative and qualitative student feedback on the courses they have taught during this period. In addition, the interim policy is designed to account for the impact of the sudden and unforeseen transition to online instruction, while also acknowledging that standard indicators of student learning and faculty teaching performance might be skewed or un-calibrated under the current circumstances.

The interim policy is effective immediately and will be implemented as follows:

  1. The Interim Student Course Evaluation Policy applies to all faculty members teaching courses offered during the Spring 2020 semester including Sessions 1, 5, and 6, the 2020 Summer Mini Session, and the Summer 2020 semester including Sessions 1 through 4. The policy will be reviewed for possible extension through future terms if necessary.
  2. This policy applies to student course evaluations administered in all undergraduate, graduate and professional program courses taught by all instructors of record regardless of faculty title during the time period this interim policy remains in place.
  3. The following steps will be undertaken as it relates to student course evaluations under the interim policy:

    a. Online student course evaluations will continue to be administered for all classes using the processes and procedures already in place for each department and college. Student course evaluations for the spring 2020 semester will be available for students to complete online beginning April 13, 2020. Student course evaluations for future terms will be available to students following the previous calendar.

    b. Once completed, student course evaluation results will be available online for review by the individual faculty member. The faculty member will have the opportunity to review their evaluation results (both quantitative scores and qualitative comments) at the individual course and/or section level and to then make a choice on whether or not to retain the results of the evaluation or to mask a particular evaluation in the official record.

    c. Student course evaluations masked in this fashion by the faculty member shall be excluded from being part of any future faculty performance review processes, such as the Faculty Annual Performance Review (F-APR) process and the promotion and/or tenure review process.

    d. As such, if an individual faculty member chooses to mask a student course evaluation, the content of such a masked evaluation shall not be used or included as part of any future performance evaluation of the faculty member by any departmental, college or university committee, or administrator.

    e. Faculty members can find instructions on how they may mask their student course evaluations here.

    f. In order to specifically acquire student feedback on remote learning in a course, the following four additional questions will be added to all student course evaluations beginning with evaluations for courses taught during the spring 2020 semester. The four questions are as follows:

    i. The curriculum changes made to the course during the remote learning period enabled me to continue learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. (scale of 5-Strongly Agree to 1-Strongly Disagree)

    ii. The online learning tools used in this course were sufficient for me to continue learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. (scale of 5-Strongly Agree to 1-Strongly Disagree)

    iii. The assessment methods (e.g., tests, quizzes, assignments) used in this course during the COVID-19 pandemic were appropriate. (scale of 5-Strongly Agree to 1-Strongly Disagree)

    iv. Please share feedback on your course experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your comments on different aspects of the course (such as lectures, virtual sessions, online discussions, course communications, assignments and testing methods) will be appreciated. (free response)

Blackboard and online learning platforms

Faculty can receive technical support and learn best practices for Blackboard and other online learning tools at instruction.uh.edu

University Information Technology

713-743-1411 UH IT Tech Support Help Desk

Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 8pm.

Faculty Engagement and Development

The FED  has transitioned its face to face  faculty development programming to both synchronous (i.e. Teams, Zoom, live streaming) and asynchronous  (video recordings, pod casts, SharePoint site) remote platforms  that can all be accessed through the  FED  home-page  website . In addition, the FED already maintains and curates a wide range of on-line faculty development resources  and programing on its website that remain available to faculty members at any time.    

These events and resources include:  

  • The  FED Events calendar  where faculty can virtually join  face to face  programing  originally scheduled for April (e.g. Mastering the Craft of Teaching, Advancing Pedagogy, CITE Info Hours, Frontiers in Research Collaboration, DOR-led presentations, etc.) , or interact with their faculty colleagues in a less formal  setting during our virtual morning Faculty Bagels sessions held twice a week.   
  • T he  FED  Resources   SharePoint  sit e   provides access to  a variety of  on-line  resources  and  information  available to faculty mem bers concerning remote access,  on-line  instruction research and scholarship resources, informational videos and  pod casts,  working and schooling from home,  work-life balance and self-care,  ideas on how departments or groups of individual faculty members can organize and manage virtual face to face events  for faculty  such as departmental meetings, “water cooler” conversations, drop-in “happy hours”, music concerts, etc.   

The FED staff remain available remotely to answer any questions that faculty members  through Zoom, Teams or voice call.  The FED can be contacted  via   email at  FED@central.uh.edu . Contact information for individual FED staff members  can be accessed  here .    

Faculty are encouraged to use  all the resources the University offers  to maintain physical and emotional well-being. 

 

Syllabus Language Fall 2020

Download a PDF of the Syllabus Language Fall 2020 document.

Required Language

Face Covering Policy (required for courses with a face-to-face component) 

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University requires face coverings on campus including classrooms for both faculty and students.  Face coverings must cover your mouth and nose and be worn throughout the class session.  A mask with a valve is not considered an adequate face covering and should not be used, as it can expel exhaled air, increasing the risk to others. Eating or drinking during class is discouraged and is not an excuse for removing the face covering for any extended length of time.  For additional information on the use of face coverings, please see Face Covering FAQs. Failure to comply with the requirement to wear a face covering in class will result in your being asked to leave the classroom immediately and a disciplinary referral through the Dean of Students Office. Requests for accommodations relating to the face covering policy may be directed to the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD).

Required Daily Health Self-Assessment (required for courses with a face-to-face component)

Your presence in class each session means that you have completed a daily self-assessment of your health/exposure and you:

    • Are NOT exhibiting any  Coronavirus Symptoms
    • Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19
    • Have NOT knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or suspected/presumed COVID-19

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that are not clearly related to a pre-existing medical condition, do not come to class. Please see  COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols for what to do if you experience symptoms and  Potential Exposure to Coronavirus for what to do if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19. Consult the (select: Undergraduate Excused Absence Policy or Graduate Excused Absence Policy) for information regarding excused absences due to medical reasons.

Excused Absence Policy (required for all courses)

Regular class attendance, participation, and engagement in coursework are important contributors to student success. Absences may be excused as provided in the University of Houston Undergraduate Excused Absence Policy and Graduate Excused Absence Policy for reasons including: medical illness of student or close relative, death of a close family member, legal or government proceeding that a student is obligated to attend, recognized professional and educational activities where the student is presenting, and University-sponsored activity or athletic competition.  Additional policies address absences related to military service, religious holy days, pregnancy and related conditions, and disability.

Interim Undergraduate Grading Policy (required for undergraduate courses)

Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston has implemented an Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy for undergraduate grades which applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered in all sessions during fall 2020. Under this policy, students have the option of converting final assigned letter grades to S (Satisfactory, applicable to any letter grade from A to D-) or NCR (No Credit Reported COVID-19, applicable to grades of F) on their transcripts. Please visit FAQs for additional information.

Recording of Class (required for all courses)

Students may not record all or part of class, livestream all or part of class, or make/distribute screen captures, without advanced written consent of the instructor. If you have or think you may have a disability such that you need to record class-related activities, please contact the Center for Students with DisABILITIES. If you have an accommodation to record class-related activities, those recordings may not be shared with any other student, whether in this course or not, or with any other person or on any other platform. Classes may be recorded by the instructor. Students may use instructor’s recordings for their own studying and notetaking. Instructor’s recordings are not authorized to be shared with  anyone without the prior written approval of the instructor. Failure to comply with requirements regarding recordings will result in a disciplinary referral to the Dean of Students Office and may result in disciplinary action.

Syllabus Changes (required for all courses)

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the instructor may need to make modifications to the course syllabus and may do so at any time. Notice of such changes will be announced as quickly as possible through ( specify how students will be notified of changes).

Recommended Language

Resources for Online Learning

The University of Houston is committed to student success, and provides information to optimize the online learning experience through our Power-On website. Please visit this website for a comprehensive set of resources, tools, and tips including: obtaining access to the internet, AccessUH, and Blackboard; requesting a laptop through the Laptop Loaner Program; using your smartphone as a webcam; and downloading Microsoft Office 365 at no cost. For questions or assistance contact UHOnline@uh.edu.

UH Email

Email communications related to this course will be sent to your Exchange email account which each University of Houston student receives. The Exchange mail server can be accessed via Outlook, which provides a single location for organizing and managing day-to-day information, from email and calendars to contacts and task lists. Exchange email accounts can be accessed by logging into Office 365 with your Cougarnet credentials or through Acccess UH. They can also be configured on IOS and Android mobile devices. Additional assistance can be found at the  Get Help page.

Webcams

Access to a webcam is required for students participating remotely in this course. Webcams must be turned on ( state when webcams are required to be on and the academic basis for requiring them to be on ). ( Example: Webcams must be turned on during exams to ensure the academic integrity of exam administration.)

Honor Code Statement

Students may be asked to sign an honor code statement as part of their submission of any graded work including but not limited to projects, quizzes, and exams: “ I understand and agree to abide by the provisions in the (select: University of Houston Undergraduate Academic Honesty Policy , University of Houston Graduate Academic Honesty Policy ). I understand that academic honesty is taken very seriously and, in the cases of violations, penalties may include suspension or expulsion from the University of Houston."

Course Delivery Formats and Final Exams  

HyFlex Courses: This course is a HyFlex course. Some students may have a designated face-to-face spot reserved, but alternative ways to participate will also be provided. These alternatives may include (but are not limited to) attending class sessions through synchronous streaming, viewing recordings of class meetings asynchronously, participating in discussion boards, and/or completing self-directed activities. This course will have a final exam per the University schedule. As the University will be transitioning all classes and final exams given after the Thanksgiving Break to online delivery, the exam for this course will be delivered in the synchronous online format, and the specified date and time will be announced during the course. Prior to the exam, descriptive information, such as the number and types of exam questions, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the exam, and procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the exam period, may be provided.

Synchronous Online Courses: This course is being offered in the Synchronous Online format. Synchronous online class meetings will take place according to the class schedule. There is no face-to-face component to this course. In between synchronous class meetings, there may also be asynchronous activities to complete (e.g., discussion forums and assignments). This course will have a final exam per the University schedule. The exam will be delivered in the synchronous online format, and the specified date and time will be announced during the course. Prior to the exam, descriptive information, such as the number and types of exam questions, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the exam, and procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the exam period, may be provided.

Asynchronous Online Courses (or asynchronous exam in another course format): This course is taught Asynchronously, which means there is no designated day or time assigned to the course (although optional synchronous sessions are possible, such as virtual office hours or discussion groups). Asynchronous instruction generally involves accessing content, such as recorded video lectures, readings, discussion prompts, assignments, and assessments during a flexible time frame, with due dates as specified. This course will have a final exam at the course conclusion. The exam will be asynchronous, and the date and time that it will be released and due will be announced during the course. Prior to the exam, descriptive information, such as the number and types of exam questions, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the exam, and procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the exam period, may be provided.

Alternative Assessment in Any Course Format: An alternative assessment will be used in the place of the traditional final exam at the course conclusion. Instructions will be provided, including the date and time that the assessment materials will be released to the class and will be due, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the assessment, procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the assessment period, acceptable submission formats, and submission location.

Helpful Information

COVID-19 Updates: https://uh.edu/covid-19/

Coogs Care: https://www.uh.edu/dsaes/coogscare/

Laptop Checkout Requests: https://www.uh.edu/infotech/about/planning/off-campus/index.php#do-you-need-a-laptop

Health FAQs: https://uh.edu/covid-19/faq/health-wellness-prevention-faqs/

Student Health Centerhttps://www.uh.edu/healthcenter/

Virtual Office Hours

Below are several dates for Virtual Office Hours to answer any specific questions:

Office Hours for Faculty Affairs, Mark Clarke, Thursdays, 3 - 3:30 p.m.
Office Hours for Undergraduate Education, Teri Longacre, Fridays, 1-1:30 p.m.
Office Hours for Graduate Education, Sarah Larsen, Fridays, 10-10:30 a.m.