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Guidance Regarding Online Classes March 16-20

Published on Sat 03/14/20

Dear Texas A&M Faculty, Staff and Students,
 

Below is an update which has also been shared with department and college leadership to help clarify the March 16-20 online classes. This information is also being posted on the central website today and shared via social media to help clarify.

Classes

Week of March 16 – 20
 

  • Face-to-face classes are canceled March 16-20. Classes resume online only March 23 – April 28 (the last day of classes). No assignments, exams or quizzes are permitted until March 23, 2020. Faculty will communicate with students and post a new syllabus. Note that some exceptions are being routed through leadership on a case-by-case basis for small graduate classes to meet in person and that any graduate or professional studies students with questions in these cases can consult their faculty.

 

For courses that were previously online
 

  • Prior to this week, if your course was delivered online synchronously (meaning that the instructor and students are online and communicating live at the same scheduled time), then all undergraduate and graduate courses are canceled as are all assignments until March 23, 2020. Faculty should communicate with students and post a new syllabus.

 

  • Prior to this week, if your course for undergraduates was delivered online asynchronously (meaning that the instructor posts content for students to complete on their own by certain dates), then no assignments, exams or quizzes are permitted until March 23, 2020. However, new content may be added to the course during the week of March 16-20. Faculty should communicate with students and post a new syllabus.

 

  • Prior to this week, if your course for graduate students was delivered online asynchronously (again meaning that the instructor posts content for the students to complete on their own by certain dates), then no new content, assignments, exams or quizzes are permitted until Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Asynchronous graduate courses may resume on Wednesday, March 18.  Faculty should communicate with students and post a new syllabus.

 

Final Exams and Commencement
 

  • A determination will be made in the coming weeks about the ability to hold final exams in person, as well as commencement.

 

Campus Remains Open
 

  • The university remains open to faculty, staff and students who choose to be on campus.

  • No undergraduate students are required to be physically on campus but students are permitted to be on campus for services and facility usage in line with meeting cap numbers as outlined below.

  • Graduate and professional students should contact their respective programs for additional guidance.

  • Students conducting clinical activities or student teaching should consult your respective program leadership for guidance.

 

Please consult the central website for continued updates. Thank you for your input, patience and collaboration.

 

Carol A. Fierke
Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President
    
 


Student Worker Guidance

March 14, 2020 at 6:22 p.m. CDT

 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The university has received questions from student workers, especially those needing to work to cover expenses. Student workers are permitted to work in person on campus provided that the department for which they work implements appropriate social distancing requirements and other safety measures. We recommend that departments be creative in identifying mechanisms to allow student workers to work remotely with the provision that appropriate duties can be assigned and that the department has mechanisms in place to monitor that work.
Student workers should contact their supervisor regarding their ability to work. Students feeling ill should not come to work and should self-monitor and seek medical care if needed. Students not ill and not wishing to work in person will not be required to do so and will continue to be paid only if remote work is a possibility per above and approved by their supervisor. If students are unable to work in person or remotely, the student will not be paid. Departments are encouraged to provide as much flexibility regarding duties as feasible.

Sincerely,

Carol A. Fierke
Provost and Executive Vice President