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FAQs for Faculty

Find answers to the most frequent questions we have received from instructors. We will continue to add updates. If you have a question that is not on this page, send to ConnectedCampus@tcu.edu.

LAST UPDATED: 7/16/21

Hybrid Certification

ALL instructors, whether teaching in-person or online, must complete Hybrid Certification through the TCU Koehler Center.

Will there be distancing in the classroom?
Classrooms will allow at least 3 feet between students and 6 feet around instructors, to use if desired.

Will I have a traditional classroom on campus for fall?
We are utilizing traditional classrooms and some other spaces on campus. We continue to evaluate and update all classroom spaces as the semester nears.

What kind of layout and technology will I have in the classroom?
You can view classroom layouts and technology on the TCU IT website.

Can I change my classroom?
Please do not attempt to change your classroom location on your own. What you see available in the system may not be available since we are updating classrooms constantly.

Can I combine classes that are smaller due to the previous 6-foot distancing?
Work with your dean on combining classes. Remember to maintain 3 feet of distance between students and 6 feet between instructors and students. Please be mindful of students’ schedules.

Will we go back to a “normal” schedule if health and safety guidelines are lifted before or during the Fall semester?
We will maintain the current schedule throughout the Fall 2021 semester.

ADJUNCTS

How many courses may I teach for Fall 2021? 
TCU adjuncts teach a maximum of 10 credit hours per semester and 20 credit hours per academic year. Occasionally, the Provost’s Office approves a limited number of adjuncts to teach 22 credit hours in an academic year, if the dean demonstrates that unexpected teaching needs have arisen.

Can I receive a visiting lecturer appointment for Fall 2021 if I request to teach an additional course?
Visiting Lecturer positions are requested by deans during the annual budget cycle to cover temporary leaves or vacancies. A Visiting Lecturer typically teaches 12 credit hours per semester.

Is Hybrid Certification still required of all faculty? What if I am teaching in person?
Yes. All TCU instructors must complete Hybrid Certification, whether teaching in-person or online.

What is Hybrid Certification?
Hybrid Certification through the TCU Koehler Center is required and designed to support a smooth hybrid course experience for instructors and students, as well as meet SACSCOC guidelines. There are three elements: TCU Online Skills Workshops; Hybrid Design and Delivery Course; and a One-on-One Consultation. Details and deadlines are available at www.cte.tcu.edu.

Will I be paid a training stipend?
New faculty, instructors and adjuncts will be paid a training stipend for the Fall 2021 semester only. Following the Fall 2021 semester, the training will be expected of new faculty members but will be considered part of their onboarding and professional development.

Who do I contact to sign up for Hybrid Certification?
The TCU Koehler Center provides Hybrid Certification.

TCU health and safety guidelines are updated as needed on the TCU Coronavirus COVID-19 website.  Campus members are expected to continue to practice good personal hygiene, regularly monitor their health and stay home when sick. We encourage every Horned Frog to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Where can I get the vaccine on campus?
The TCU Brown-Lupton Health Center is offering free walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations on weekdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Appointments are not required. Like other health care facilities, masks continue to be required in Health Center.

Should I let TCU know that I am fully vaccinated?
Yes. Please fill out the TCU verification form so we can track our move toward a more normal TCU experience.

What if I am not fully vaccinated? 
Those who are not fully vaccinated or have not confirmed their vaccine with TCU will be required to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. Face masks and physical distancing remain expected for campus members who are not fully vaccinated.

What if I am symptomatic for COVID-19 or think I have been exposed?

  • Seek a viral test. There are several options for COVID-19 testing on or near the TCU campus. For a full list of details, see  COVID-19 Testing Locations.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, do not come to campus. If you are on campus, leave immediately and begin the isolation process. Contact the TCU COVID-19 hotline at 817-257-2684 to begin contact tracing and cleaning protocols.
  • Contact your dean to assure your class is covered by another instructor.

What if a student gets sick in my classroom? 
If the student needs immediate medical attention call 9-1-1. If the student is healthy enough to return to their residence, instruct them to go there and contact the TCU Health Center.

Will I be notified if a student tests positive for COVID-19? 
Yes. All in-person class instructors will be notified, along with their dean and the dean/building manager of all classrooms visited by the student.

Will I be notified if a student must self-quarantine due to COVID-19 positive test results? 
Yes. Campus Life will email instructors with the student’s name and dates expected to be unable to attend class. The student will be advised to communicate with their instructor.

How will a quarantined student make up class time?
It is at the discretion of the instructor. Quarantine is like any other illness. Students are expected to confer with their instructors on how to make up class assignments.

Domestic Travel

  • Without Students – Create an approval process for your college. Maintain a Travel Log of approved domestic travel.
  • With Students – Provide a list to ConnectedCampus@tcu.edu for consideration. More guidance is being developed. Check back here.

International Travel