Academics, Research & Creative Work

To support excellence in the student experience while maintaining safety, we have realigned our fall course schedule to include a variety of modalities for course delivery, in-person, hyflex, and online offerings. Our facilities staff have worked tirelessly to adapt our classroom spaces to allow social distancing and stay within occupancy requirements, and our IT staff have led initiatives to secure state-of-the art equipment and to provide training in enhanced AV supports for inclusive and hyflex teaching. We have decommissioned classrooms that cannot safely accommodate a minimal class size of eight students, as well as decommissioned classroom seats, bathroom fixtures, and other physical structures to support appropriate social distancing. These adaptations are not permanent and can be reversed should greater opening be possible. We will use signage to support appropriate distancing and accommodations in elevators, indicate smooth traffic flow to reduce transmission, and identify materials to support individual responsibility for personal space disinfection (e.g. wipes, disinfecting spray) and prevention (e.g. hand-washing, face coverings, social distancing).

The University has invested in technological, student, and faculty supports to deliver our exceptional student experience across modalities. And our Office of Teaching & Learning has broadened their extensive offerings to support instructors. New supports for student success are described below. Research, scholarship and creative work, and clinical services are integral to both our public good mission and our experiential training model. To promote safely continuing these core functions, each research team and clinic have approved protocols and overarching guidance for in-person activities on campus. For example, waiting rooms have been decommissioned, participants are met in the parking lot and escorted in, and research participants and clients complete the visitor questionnaire so that we act quickly to limit exposure should a visitor either become ill or should we learn they were exposed while on campus. Similarly, protocols for disinfection of shared equipment and space are both governed by broad university policies and developed specifically for each clinic or research team. 

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