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Plan for Fall 2020

Resources for learning online here

UIW COVID-19 Community Updates and Operations Information

Teaching and Working

Teaching

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Our UIW fall academic calendar will remain unchanged, with most classes beginning as scheduled on Monday, August 24. The School of Osteopathic Medicine will begin classes on Monday, July 27. The Rosenberg School of Optometry, Feik School of Pharmacy and School of Physical Therapy will begin classes on Monday, August 17.

Fall Break, Thanksgiving Week and Finals

With the safety of all students, faculty and staff in mind, the University has made the decision to cancel the Fall Break scheduled for Oct. 15-16. We will continue regularly scheduled Thursday and Friday classes those days to reduce the risks posed by UIW community members who would otherwise travel over the long-weekend and then return to campus.

During Thanksgiving week, regular classes will meet Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24. After Thanksgiving, all programs will continue online only, for all sections, to reduce the risks posed by travelers returning to campus.

Finals week will remain as scheduled, Dec. 7-11, and will be held online.

Faculty Training and Remote Learning Instruction

Instructional Technology has been hard at work providing faculty a variety of workshops and other tools for online course delivery. They have provided more than 2,000 one-on-on consultations to faculty as well as weekly Saturday webinars. In addition to these opportunities, the University has developed a variety of web resources for faculty including:

UIW faculty are engaged in extensive summer workshops—a month-long course in June, weekly Zoom seminars on special topics, and Saturday morning working sessions to share best practices in remote learning.

Sections with remote learning will keep their section sizes. Small sections provide for more individualized attention, increased participation, and better communication between the instructor and students.

Plans for Spring 2021

The plan for Spring 2021 will be updated by Monday, October 5. As of now, we will prepare to resume normal operations and deliver all Spring 2021 courses in-person.


Working

Student Employees and Work Study Employees

UIW Bookstore with Cashier Shield

UIW is currently in Phase 1, which means offices remain closed and only essential personnel are working on-campus. Departments and offices that have hired student employees to begin work in July or in the near future should not have the student employees work on campus unless they are determined to be essential personnel (i.e., residence life). Student workers may work remotely; however, supervisors are responsible for ensuring the remote work agreement and the student confidentiality statement in the student employment handbook are completed.

COVID-19 Leave Policy

View the Pandemic Policy for Vacation and Sick Leave.

Keeping Your Area Safe

Employees may deny entry to their workspace to visitors without face coverings. As members of the UIW community, we have a shared responsibility to ensure the safety of our coworkers and students. One way we protect one another is by following the safety precautions outlined in the COVID-19 Return to Campus Requirements and Expectations Policy. The policy requires face coverings to be worn in common areas and when six foot distancing is not possible. Disposable face coverings can be requested through Purchasing.

Cleaning and disinfecting has been increased in response to the pandemic. In addition, employees should frequently sanitize shared office equipment, including photocopy machines, fax machines, and scanners, among other items, and employees should frequently sanitize touchpoints and high touch surfaces within office suites or departments, including breakrooms and other shared spaces. Disinfecting wipes can be requested through Purchasing. For additional cleaning requests, contact Facilities Management.

Safety barriers have been installed in public areas. Additional requests may be submitted to Facilities Management.

Telecommuting and Remote Work

Employees will return to campus based on the Continuity of Operations Phase Plan. Additional information about returning to work, vulnerable individuals, and accommodations can be found in the UIW Return to Work Guidelines and Employee FAQ's on Work and Leave.

Safe Teaching

Like all UIW employees, faculty will wear safe face coverings when on campus. Faculty must have a mask on when students approach them, whether in class or in their office. If an in-person class makes it difficult to teach while wearing a face mask, instructors may use face shields and remain in designated areas that are further than 6 feet from student seating.

Faculty will follow all UIW employee guidelines for safe practices on site, and they will instruct students about general safe guidelines for everyone on campus, and specific safe practice in their particular class. Additional classroom guidelines for instructors will be finalized soon.

The University will provide face coverings for those who arrive without theirs, and materials for wiping down individual spaces before and after class. The University will ensure thorough cleaning of classrooms at least once each day.

Faculty should direct their material requests through their deans.

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