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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.

 

Student Fall 2021 FAQ

(Updated August 19, 2021)

Information regarding any changes to class room density that faculty are implementing during the first two weeks of the semester will be included in the course syllabus and distributed to students via email in Blackboard, Teams or through traditional UH email. This information will be provided prior to the first day of class with follow-up reminders through the last day to add a class, August 30, 2021. Students who have not yet received information regarding class density changes in their courses are encouraged to email their instructors.

Regular class attendance, participation, and engagement in coursework are important contributors to student success. Students should consult with their faculty instructors and/or syllabi for specific attendance policies/requirements for their courses.

The University will continue to monitor public health conditions and adjust instructional operations according to those conditions. Any changes to the current approach to instructional delivery will be communicated as quickly as possible.

Students are required to report a positive test result and or exposure to the UH COVID coordinator. Please visit the UH COVID website for instructions on how to report a positive test result or potential exposure and to engage the contact tracing process.

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. Under these policies, students with excused absences will be provided with an opportunity to make up any quiz, exam or other work that contributes to the course grade or a satisfactory alternative. Please read the full policy for details regarding reasons for excused absences, the approval process, and extended absences.

Faculty Fall 2021 FAQ

Fall Planning FAQ  (Updated August 25, 2021)

Faculty instructors may choose the pedagogical format they deem most appropriate for virtual learning in their course. Examples of available virtual learning formats include: live-streaming of the in-person, face-to-face class for students not physically present in the classroom; a recorded version of the in-person, face-to-face classes posted online in Blackboard or Teams that students may access asynchronously; or a digital version of the class materials covered in the in-person, face-to-face class posted online in Blackboard or Teams that students may access asynchronously. 

Faculty instructors should keep in mind that students may be unable to attend their face-to-face classes due to self-isolation and/or quarantine because of a positive COVID diagnosis or documented exposure. As per the undergraduate and graduate excused absence policy , the Office of the Provost suggests that faculty instructors consider developing virtual learning materials of their choice for students that require class make-up activities.  

Classroom density modifications may be implemented on alternating class days based on the total number of students enrolled. Student may be assigned to groups alphabetically based on last name, or based on student preference if practical for the faculty instructor. Please see examples below for different approaches for assigning groups based on the number of days the class meets per week.

Example 1: Face-to-face or hybrid class scheduled to meet once a week 

Student Last Name

Week 1

Week 2

Group 1

Face-to-Face Learning

Virtual Learning

Group 2

Virtual Learning

Face-to-Face Learning

 

Example 2: Face-to-face or hybrid class scheduled to meet twice a week  

Student Last Name

Monday

Wednesday

Group 1

Face-to-Face Learning

Virtual Learning

Group 2

Virtual Learning

Face-to-Face Learning

 

Example 3: Face-to-face or hybrid class scheduled to meet three times a week.  

Student Last Name

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Group 1

Face-to-Face Learning

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning

Group 2

Virtual Learning

Face-to-Face Learning

Virtual Learning

Group 3

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning

Face-to-Face Learning

 

Example 4: Face-to-face or hybrid class scheduled to meet three times a week.

Student Last Name

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Group 1

Face-to-Face Learning

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning

Group 2

Virtual Learning

Face-to-Face Learning

Virtual Learning

During the first two weeks of class you may choose to switch your face-to-face class that meets multiple times per week to a hybrid instructional model, where all students meet face-to-face one day a week, with virtual learning options being provided for the remaining class meeting days in the week.

To maximize physical spacing between students in your face-to face classes, you may assign students to specific seats in your classroom. To help facilitate this process, seating layouts for all general purpose classrooms (i.e. 110 classrooms) can be found here. This website also provides information on the instructional technology currently available in each 110 classroom, including pictures of the actual classroom space and technology layout. If you are teaching a face-to-face class in a laboratory classroom (i.e. 210 classroom), or a non-traditional classroom space such as a conference room, please contact the Office of the Registrar who will assist you in locating a seating layout chart for such non-110 classroom spaces.

Yes, faculty instructors may implement assigned seating for students in their classroom where the instructor mandates one region in the classroom for students who choose to wear a face mask, and mandates another region in the classroom for students who choose not to wear a face mask. Taking into consideration any appropriate measures the faculty instructor has decided to implement to reduce classroom density, instructors should be extremely careful not to create classroom seating arrangements that prevent either masked or unmasked students from choosing to sit in as close proximity to the instructor or the front of the classroom as they wish. Instructors who wish to assign seating in their classroom may access seating layouts for all general purpose classrooms (i.e. 110 classrooms) here . This website also provides information on the instructional technology currently available in each 110 classroom, including pictures of the actual classroom space and technology layout. If you are teaching a face-to-face class in a laboratory classroom (i.e. 210 classroom), or a non-traditional classroom space such as a conference room, please contact the Office of the Registrar who will assist you in locating a seating layout chart for such non-110 classroom spaces.

Yes. Faculty instructors should refer to the fall 2021 syllabus language document posted on the Office of the Provost website.

Students are required to report a positive test result and or exposure to the UH COVID coordinator. If you receive such a notification from a student, please remind them to visit the UH COVID website for instructions on how to report a positive test result or potential exposure and to engage the contact tracing process.

The Office of the Provost has created an informational graphic that consolidates many of the questions asked by faculty instructors concerning COVID reporting and exposure protocols, including which individuals UH contact tracers inform of a potential exposure in the classroom, and the actions which both faculty and students should take if they test positive, receive a clinical diagnosis for COVID, or who may have been exposed to COVID. This informational graphic has also been provided to department chairs and associate deans for distribution to all faculty instructors.

If an instructor is required to self-isolate or quarantine after reporting a positive test result or potential exposure through the UH COVID website, the instructor may choose to move their class to a fully online format during the period they are required to self-isolate and/or quarantine.

A faculty member who receives a positive COVID test or receives a clinical diagnosis of COVID is required to report this via the UH COVID-19 Diagnosis Form and to begin isolating immediately. If a faculty member (fully vaccinated or not) becomes aware that they have been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID, the faculty member should follow the instructions found in the following informational graphic. Supporting documentation may be requested for compliance purposes.

Yes, instructors may decide to offer office hours virtually if they so choose.

No, faculty members may not require a student to wear a face mask in their office. However, faculty members may offer a virtual appointment as an alternative to an in-person meeting if they so choose.

The University will continue to monitor public health conditions and adjust instructional operations according to those conditions. Any changes to the current approach to instructional delivery will communicated to faculty instructors as quickly as possible.

A faculty member seeking a workplace accommodation to teach their assigned face-to-face or hybrid class remotely during the fall 2021 should visit the UH Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) website to review the terms of the policy and to submit a reasonable workplace accommodation request.

A faculty member who needs to partly or fully supervise a dependent at home (including a child who is 12 years old or younger) because the dependent needs to quarantine or self-isolate because of COVID reasons, then the faculty member should contact their supervisor (i.e. department chair, or if appropriate their dean) to make temporary arrangements to teach their face-to-face or hybrid class remotely during their dependent’s quarantine or self-isolation period (up to 10 days in duration). Once any temporary remote teaching arrangements have been approved by their supervisor, faculty members should immediately contact their students to inform them that their class will temporarily be taught remotely for a maximum period of 10 days. If the class cannot be taught remotely because of pedagogical reasons (e.g. laboratory class, experiential learning class), the faculty member should work with their supervisor to identify a flexible working arrangement that allows class instruction to continue even if the individual faculty member is temporarily working remotely. Supporting documentation may be requested for compliance purposes.

While there is no requirement to make face-to-face class materials available online to students, faculty instructors should keep in mind that students may be unable to attend their face-to-face classes due to self-isolation and/or quarantine because of a positive COVID diagnosis or documented exposure. As per the undergraduate and graduate excused absence policy, the Office of the Provost suggests that faculty instructors consider developing virtual learning materials of their choice for students that require class make-up activities.

Fall Transition and Full Reopening FAQ  (Updated June 2021)

Do the recently released guidelines for transitioning back and full reopening of the campus apply equally to all faculty and staff?

The Transition and Full Reopening Guidelines recently released by the President apply equally to all UH employees, both faculty and staff members. 


What are the expectations for faculty members to fully return to campus in the fall?

In general, faculty members already have a great deal of flexibility in how and where they perform their professional responsibilities. However, certain tasks and responsibilities, such as delivering face-to-face instruction in the classroom or laboratory, conducting office hours for students, and participating in service-related tasks are by their nature faculty activities which normally require on-campus, in-person interactions. As such, faculty members are expected to transition back to their typical, pre-pandemic in-person campus work schedule by the beginning of the fall semester.


If a faculty member wishes to seek approval to modify their typical, pre-pandemic in-person campus faculty-related work schedule, who should they contact? 

In general, faculty members already have a great deal of flexibility in how and where they perform their professional responsibilities. However, if a faculty member seeks to modify their typical, pre-pandemic in-person campus faculty-related work schedule, they should first discuss their request with their department chair or immediate supervisor, before submitting their request to modify their typical pre-pandemic work schedule for review and approval by their dean.


Under what circumstances are faculty members eligible to request approval to work completely remotely?

Faculty members are expected to transition back to their typical, pre-pandemic in-person campus work schedule by the beginning of the fall semester. However, if a faculty member has a medical condition that prohibits them from coming to campus, they may request a reasonable workplace accommodation by contacting EOS either by phone at 713-743-8835 or by email at eos@uh.edu.

Will social distancing be required in all classrooms this coming fall semester?

Social distancing requirements for classrooms in the fall will be based on the most up-to-date CDC and state guidelines available at the time. While current classroom enrollment caps for fall classes are set at pre-COVID levels, the University will adjust its guidance on final classroom enrollment caps closer to the beginning of the fall semester as necessary.


Will faculty instructors and students in face-to-face classes be required to wear face-coverings in the classroom this coming fall semester?

Pursuant to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order of May 18, 2021, the University of Houston no longer mandates the wearing of face coverings on campus. However, the University encourages those who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear face coverings in public settings where they will be around other people, such as the classroom, to protect themselves and others who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 infection. As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings. Please check the UH COVID-19 website for the latest  face covering protocols.


Will sanitizing stations be available in classrooms this coming fall semester?

Sanitizing wipes and/or disinfectant spray will be available in classrooms for use on hard surfaces. In addition, all public areas are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers placed at entrances, elevator lobbies and other key areas throughout buildings. Restroom fixtures have touchless faucets, touchless soap dispensers, and touchless paper towel dispensers and foot pull door openers.


How should faculty members encourage students, other faculty members and staff to follow University mandated COVID guidelines if they are not in compliance with these requirements?

The UH COVID-19 website has a compliance FAQ page which covers ensuring compliance with COVID-related guidelines, and how and with whom concerns about someone not adhering to these requirements should be raised. 


How will the University respond in terms of instructional delivery if COVID conditions require a change from planned in-person operations during the fall?

While our assumption is that the pandemic is under control, the situation may change over the summer or during the fall. Our priority is to keep our campus community safe. Our strategy is to follow the CDC and state guidelines. If we need to respond to changes in current CDC and state guidelines, we will adjust instructional delivery to take advantage of the various online instructional modes we have already successfully deployed over the course of the pandemic.

May faculty instructors require that students attending their face-to-face classes be vaccinated?

Based on Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, any organization receiving state funds cannot require a COVID-19 vaccination. As such, faculty members (as representatives of the University) cannot require that students attending their face-to-face classes be vaccinated.


May students require that faculty instructors teaching their face-to-face classes be vaccinated?

Based on Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, any organization receiving state funds cannot require their employees be vaccinated for a COVID-19. As such, students attending face-to-face classes cannot require their faculty instructors to be vaccinated.


May faculty members ask their students if they have been vaccinated against COVID, or if they have tested positive for COVID in the past?

Faculty members should not ask whether any student has received the COVID vaccine or contracted COVID-19. However, if a student tests positive for COVID-19, it is their responsibility to report their diagnosis to the University via the online form.


Has the University made any special provisions to provide vaccinations specifically for faculty members, and if so how and/or where can I receive a vaccine?

The University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination, which is readily available at multiple sites throughout the region. Vaccinations are provided free of charge to all who request to be vaccinated.


Should faculty members encourage their students and colleagues to be vaccinated?

YES! The University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination, which is readily available at multiple sites throughout the region. Vaccinations are provided free of charge to all who request to be vaccinated.

What should I include in my fall class syllabus relative to UH COVID-related guidelines grading policies, etc.?

Mandatory and recommended language for inclusion by faculty instructors in their fall 2021 class syllabi is currently being updated by Office of the Provost and will be distributed to departments as soon as possible. Please remember that several interim policies implemented during the last year because of COVID-related considerations, such as interim student grading policies, are no longer in effect and should not be included in class syllabi going forward.   


Under what circumstances may a student request an excused absence from a class (regardless of class instructional mode)? 

Please be aware that student excused absence policies are permanent academic policies. Students may request an excused absence from class as detailed in either the Undergraduate Excused Absence Policy or the Graduate Excused Absence Policy as appropriate. Additional policies address absences related to  military servicereligious holy dayspregnancy and related conditions, and  disability.


May faculty instructors record their face-to-face classes for use as part of make-up assignments they may provide if a student has been granted an excused absence?

If they so choose, faculty instructors are free to record their face-to-face class lectures and make them available to all students in their class as supplementary class materials, or make them available as part of any class make-up activity that an individual student may be required to complete due to an excused class absence.


May faculty instructors choose to use a HyFlex mode of instruction even though their class is listed on the course schedule as a face-to-face class?

If they so choose, faculty instructors are free to deliver their face-to-face class in a HyFlex instructional mode to provide their students with additional flexibility. However, faculty members who choose to provide such flexibility to their students may not themselves deliver their class remotely, rather they must still deliver their face-to-face class in person at the required scheduled day/time and classroom location.


Do students have the right to access any portions of their face-to-face classes that faculty instructors may choose to record?

Students do not have the automatic right to have unlimited access to any recorded portions of a face-to-face class. However, if a faculty member chooses to record any portion of their face-to-face class, they should inform their students that the class activity is being recorded and for what purpose (e.g. recorded lectures will be made available as supplementary online class materials to all students in the class, recorded lectures will be available to those students as part of a class make-up activity required as part of an excused absence). This information should also be included in the class syllabus. If a faculty member wishes to use recorded lectures as part of a future class, please be aware that such recording may need to be edited to remove any individual student likenesses or interactions.


Are students required to physically attend the face-to-face classes they have registered for, even if a faculty instructor decides to record some or all of the face-to-face class lectures?

If a student is registered for a face-to-face class they are required to satisfy the in-person attendance requirements set by the faculty instructor and detailed in the class syllabus.

Will faculty members be required to wear face-coverings and practice social distancing in their personal office space this coming fall semester?

Current social distancing and face covering requirements are based on current CDC guidelines. A private faculty office is not considered a public area when it allows for reliably maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from others and includes a physical barrier between other workspaces. In this circumstance, a face covering is not required. Please check the University’s COVID-19 website for the most recent COVID safety requirements.


Will social distancing and face coverings be required in common departmental areas this coming fall semester?

Current social distancing and face covering requirements for common areas are based on current CDC guidelines. As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings. Please check the University’s COVID-19 website for the most recent COVID safety requirements.


Will social distancing and face coverings be required during in-person student office hours offered by faculty members in their personal office space?

The University of Houston no longer mandates the wearing of face coverings on campus; however we will continue to follow CDC guidelines in regard to social distancing requirements on campus, including for scheduled in-person faculty-student office hours.  In addition, individuals may continue to wear face coverings if they so choose, and the University encourages those who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings in settings where the participants cannot maintain appropriate distances from others. As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings. Please check the UH COVID-19 website for the latest  face covering protocols.


What sanitization and cleaning protocols will be in effect this coming fall semester with regard to individual faculty offices, and shared departmental and college office spaces?

UH maintenance staff, under the guidance of the COVID-19 Coordinator, have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing office buildings and common areas. As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings.

When will faculty be able to fully return to carrying out research involving human subjects?

University approved guidelines for human subjects research have been updated to allow approved procedures to be conducted at closer than six feet of distance (for fewer than 15 minutes of cumulative contact per day). Faculty members may review the current guidelines on the DOR COVID-19 Human Subjects page to determine the detailed requirements for human subject research studies that meet the updated criteria and to download supporting documents, such as the required contact tracing logs and subject informational handouts. The posted guidance is subject to change so please check back on a regular basis.


Will there be vaccination requirements for faculty, staff or students who work in research laboratories?

Based on Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, any organization receiving state funds cannot require a COVID-19 vaccination. As such, faculty members (as representatives of the University) cannot require that students, post-doctoral fellows or research staff members who work in their research laboratory be vaccinated. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and state mandates regarding in-person interactions including research operations, which are expected to change over time.  Currently, if all participants including faculty members are fully vaccinated then the following guidelines apply: face coverings are not required for indoor face-to-face gatherings or meetings; you may gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.


Will the UH Libraries be fully operational and offer their full complement of typical in-person academic and research services this fall?

As indicated in the Transition and Full Reopening Guidelines recently released by the President, all campus units including the UH Libraries are expected to transition and fully return to campus by August 2. As such, the UH Libraries is expected to return to full in-person operations and services by August 2 but may reopen at full capacity earlier than August 2. Up-to-date information on all UH Libraries services including operating hours can be found here.


The Child Care Center on campus has had restricted hours of operation during COVID that have impacted faculty members with children relative to their research schedules. Will the Child Care Center hours of operation be expanded when faculty return to campus?

As indicated in the Transition and Full Reopening Guidelines recently released by the President, all campus units including the Child Care Center are expected to transition and fully return to campus by August 2. As such, the Child Care Center is expected to return to full operations by August 2 but may reopen at full capacity earlier than August 2. Up-to-date information on Child Care Center operations can be found here.

Download a copy of the Faculty Fall Transition and Full Reopening 2021 FAQ.

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 2021 that are interested in putting in an extension for mandatory review, please submit your request by the March 1, 2021 deadline.

  • 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, the Summer 2020 semester including Sessions 1 through 4, and the Fall 2020 semester including Sessions 1 through 6.
  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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. The Office of the Provost will provide further instructions on the online procedures to be used by individual faculty members to first review and then either accept or mask their student course evaluations as soon as possible.
    6. In order to specifically acquire student feedback on remote learning in a course, the following additional question will be added to all student course evaluations beginning with evaluations for courses taught during the fall 2020 semester. The question is as follows:
      1. 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 homepage 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.   
  • The FED Resources SharePoint site 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 2021 

Required Language for Courses with a Face-to Face Component

Face Covering Policy
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University strongly encourages everyone (vaccinated or not) to wear face coverings indoors on campus including classrooms for both faculty and students.    

Presence in Class
Your presence in class each session means that you:

    • Are NOT exhibiting any  Coronavirus Symptoms that makes you think that you may have COVID-19
    • Have NOT tested positive or been diagnosed 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  Student 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. 

Required Language for All Courses

COVID-19 Information
Students are encouraged to visit the University’s COVID-19 website for important information including on-campus testing, vaccines, diagnosis and symptom protocols, campus cleaning and safety practices, report forms, and positive cases on campus. Please check the website throughout the semester for updates.

Vaccinations
Data suggests that vaccination remains the best intervention for reliable protection against COVID-19. Students are asked to familiarize themselves with pertinent vaccine information, consult with their health care provider. The University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated. 

Reasonable Academic Adjustments/Auxiliary Aids
The University of Houston complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for disabled students. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, UH strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an academic adjustments/auxiliary aid, please contact the Justin Dart Jr. Student Accessibility Center (formerly the Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with DisABILITIES).

Excused Absence Policy
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. Under these policies, students with excused absences will be provided with an opportunity to make up any quiz, exam or other work that contributes to the course grade or a satisfactory alternative. Please read the full policy for details regarding reasons for excused absences, the approval process, and extended absences. Additional policies address absences related to military service, religious holy days, pregnancy and related conditions, and disability.

Recording of Class
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 Justin Dart, Jr. Student Accessibility Center. 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
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
Please check and use your Cougarnet email for communications related to this course. To access this email, login to your Microsoft 365 account with your Cougarnet credentials.  

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."


Helpful Information

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 

Student Health Center: https://www.uh.edu/healthcenter/

Download the Syllabus Language Fall 2021 document.

 

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.