FAQ - Faculty

Last updated August 19, 2020
  • The faculty member should ask the student if they were tested by Campus Health or if they have reported the test result to Campus Health; Campus Health will confirm that the student is positive and begin contact tracing. The faculty member should report to Campus Health when a student tells them they are positive.
  • Because of HIPAA, faculty may not announce to the class that the student has tested positive. Campus Health will conduct contact tracing with those they believe have come into close contact with the student.
  • Since students will be physically distanced and wearing masks, the likelihood of transmission is minimal. While the particular student should not return to class until they have isolated for 10 days, the other students in the class will not need to quarantine and the instructor should continue meeting with the class as usual (with physical distancing and masking required, of course). Faculty should not penalize students for absences while they are in quarantine because we want students to stay home when they are sick. Faculty should work with students virtually so that they can make up any work missed, and if students are too ill to study during quarantine, faculty should plan on allowing students to make up work upon their return. (Date Added: 07.27.20)
  • Faculty should have a continuity of instruction plan for every semester, since missed classes for illness, family crises, and other reasons are always a possibility.
  • The faculty member can continue to teach remotely if not feeling particularly ill for the 10 days they are in isolation. Isolation is typically discontinued after day 10, so long as they do not have a fever when not taking medications and their symptoms, if any, have improved.
  • The continuity of instruction plan could include
    • asking a colleague to step in for you, or
    • having asynchronous assignments available so students can continue working even if the faculty member cannot. Departments may make their own contingency plans for if a faculty member is out for an extended period.
  • Faculty must contact Campus Health (to arrange a test or report a positive diagnosis), their department or program chair, and their students to inform them of changes to class schedule. As with students, faculty health information is private; Campus Health will do contact tracing, and chairs or program chairs may not announce that a faculty member or instructor tested positive. (Date Added: 07.27.20)

When physical distance of six feet is maintained, faculty members may choose to not wear their mask or face covering for the specific purpose of lecturing. Faculty are encouraged to work with Disability Resources to determine appropriate accommodations (e.g., distancing, remote interpreting) in such situations. For classes using sign language interpreters, interpreters should use physical distancing without a face mask for in-person interpreting or provide remote interpreting. (Date Added: 07.27.20)

Only faculty members have the option to remove their mask for the specific purpose of lecturing if they maintain at least six feet of physical distance from their students. Faculty who stay six feet away from students and choose to not wear their mask while lecturing may then choose to wear a face shield while lecturing but it isn’t considered necessary by public health officials. Please note that face shields provide no protection from inhaling the virus and are not a substitute for masks or face coverings. (Date Added: 07.27.20)