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Faculty Guidance Regarding Face-to-Face Instruction

Published on Tue 10/05/21
Dear Faculty,

Thank you for your dedication to our teaching mission. I would like to address a concern brought to the Dean of Faculties by several college deans and department heads. They are seeking guidance regarding instructors who fail to teach their courses in the face-to-face format advertised during preregistration.

The guidelines below were developed and vetted with the Council of Deans, the Dean of Faculties, the Faculty Senate Speaker, and the Office of General Counsel. Please be aware that currently this issue seems to be very limited on campus. This information is shared in an effort to be transparent and ensure that teaching expectations are equitable for all faculty.

Guidance for face-to-face instruction

The Office of the Provost recognizes that managing a proper faculty workforce during pandemic conditions is an evolving challenge that puts pressure on deans, department heads, and college educational structure. To help support department heads in this effort and provide equity of work conditions for all faculty, the following guidelines are issued.

Faculty who do not comply with mandatory face-to-face teaching will:
  1. Receive a written directive from their department head to remediate the situation within 3 business days, by contacting the Department Head to discuss proposed solutions or alternatives, or Andy Barna in Human Resources to request an accommodation that may qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). An email from the department head is considered an official written notification.
  2. If no satisfactory resolution is reached or ADA accommodation is requested or granted, the faculty member will receive a written reprimand, requesting a resolution of the situation within 24 hours and identifying which of the following sanctions will be applied (individually or in combination):
    1. Three years ineligibility to be nominated to any university awards
    2. Ineligibility for merit raise for the current fiscal year
    3. Unsatisfactory rating on their annual evaluation
If the situation is not resolved after the reprimand and sanctions are applied, faculty may be charged with insubordination, which could result in further disciplinary actions, up to and including termination.

Respectfully,

Timothy P. Scott ’89
Interim Provost & Executive Vice President