April 3, 2020
Academic contingency planning
In this time of extraordinary challenges and uncertainty, we would like to suggest the following to ensure continuity in our academic programs.
- We urge you to identify a backup person or persons to cover the responsibilities of key individuals in your department in the event that someone is unable to work for a time due to illness.
- If possible, each instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses should arrange for a colleague to be prepared to cover their classes should they be required to miss time due to illness.
- Stellar class websites provide an efficient vehicle to communicate with all students registered in a class via email. Instructors should ensure that one or more colleagues have administrator-level access to their Stellar websites.
- In the event that later in the semester a subject cannot continue (e.g., the instructor becomes ill and backup is not possible), a department or program head may make a request to the Chair of the Faculty that full credit for the subject be awarded, with PE/NE grades submitted based on work completed to that point.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments or questions.
A. C. Cope Professor