The University of Olivet CARES – Faculty: Temporary Transition to Remote Instruction

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As you have now heard, The University of Olivet will temporarily pause all in-class instruction and move to remote instruction due to the recent increase of positive COVID-19 cases reported on campus.
The following is information you need to know as instructors:
• Beginning Monday, September 28, at 7:50 a.m., and lasting through at least Friday, October 9, all course instruction will occur remotely.

  • If you are already teaching remotely, your courses will continue as currently delivered.
  • If you are teaching on-campus (F2F or hybrid courses), all on-campus class sessions during the coming two-week period will transition to the use of Zoom for course delivery. Links for these class sessions should be created and posted in your courses’ Blackboard sites or provided to your students via email.
  • Instructors who have adequate internet connectivity are welcome to teach remotely during this time. Should you not have adequate internet connectivity, however, you are also welcome to use your assigned classroom to teach remotely without students present. Should you choose to do so, you are not required to wear a mask, but are asked to wipe down the workstation at the conclusion of the class period.
  • Instructors for courses that cannot be delivered remotely for the coming two weeks should contact me to discuss options for these courses.

• Students will continue to have access to computers on campus to attend their courses. Computer labs in the Burrage Library, MacKay, and Mott 307 will remain open, as will the computer labs in the residence halls.
• Mask wearing continues to be required of all faculty, staff, and students while on campus (indoors and outdoors), and everyone must continue to complete the daily temperature and health check when on campus.
Additional important OC CARES communications to watch for this evening:
1. Students — Temporary Transition to Remote Instruction (Dr. Karen Chaney, dean of faculty)
2. Students — Modified Student and Residential Life Expectations (Dr. Amy Radford-Popp, dean of student engagement)
3. Students — Modified Meal Service and Mail Service (Dr. Amy Radford-Popp, dean of student engagement)
4. Staff and Faculty — Staff Work Expectations (Terri Glasgow, director of human resources)
Thank you for your continued efforts to ensure that we are able to continue with the education of our students in this period of remote course delivery. As Provost Maria Davis continues to remind us, please be kind, patient and flexible with your students and with each other. Together, we will manage this period of public health challenges and will emerge soon on the other side.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Karen Chaney, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty


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