Faculty should refer to the Executive Summary of the Academic Operations Team report for Fall 2020. These guidelines may be modified as new information becomes available. For specific questions, please see your department chair, who should have the most up-to-date information.
All faculty and staff are required to complete training that will provide general guidance for our return to campus. Training is available in myLearn now and was due September 5.
As a research institution, Mizzou is well prepared to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible through this pandemic. We have adopted science-based protocols and procedures that will help protect our communities. Please watch this video to better understand how the protocols and policies we have implemented across campus will limit the risk of exposure and help keep all of us safe.
General course-related guidelines for fall 2020
- All courses that are offered in-person should be prepared to accommodate students who cannot attend class because they are sick, in self-isolation, etc. How this will occur depends upon multiple factors, such as the type of class, the size of the class, and its learning objectives. Strategies for accommodating students might include the opportunity to attend class virtually through software like Zoom and having class lectures recorded and available for download. Class instructors will be expected to have plans for these types of accommodations in place by the beginning of the semester.
- All course materials including syllabus, readings, assignments, lecture materials and gradebook should exist in digital format and be uploaded to the Canvas course site.
- Class size and assignments must be able to adapt to comply with risk mitigation and other public health requirements.
- A contingency plan for alternate methods of course delivery should be developed, in case it becomes necessary for the university to transition to fully remote instruction for a period of time. Such courses should follow best practices for online education.
- Instructors should offer office hours and other meetings with students online. They may hold face to face office hours and other meetings if appropriate physical distancing can be maintained.
- Instructors should be flexible on attendance policies considering campus guidance to students regarding staying home if they do not feel well.
- Students and instructors will follow all campus-related risk mitigation strategies described in the Show Me Renewal Plan.
When you’re in class
No matter the venue, social distancing is expected for all members of our community.