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UPDATED: 3/1/22

 

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INCLEMENT WEATHER – CAMPUS CLOSING FAQs

When the university announces an official campus closure, all academic instruction and activities, online or in-person, on or off campus, will cease until the university officially reopens. Since there is no guarantee of the ability to communicate or access academic resources, students will not be expected to attend class, submit assignments, take exams or quizzes, or meet any scheduled deadlines during the closure. The instructor will make every attempt to communicate with students prior to a campus closure—but not during since this may not be possible—to provide expectations for upcoming course activities. Upon reopening, faculty will communicate with students to adjust course expectations and deadlines to make sure the course learning objectives are met.

Since there is no guarantee of the ability to communicate or access academic resources for every class member, no classes may go online. No communication will be expected. All activities or deadlines (such as class meetings, quizzes, exams, assignments) that occur within the time the campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

No. Any make-up time will take place during the scheduled class time or through out-of-class activities. Faculty should not schedule additional class meetings where all students are expected to attend—in-person or online—outside of normal class hours.

Include the syllabus statement (under Guidelines, above) to address students’ expectations well in advance.

  • When campus closures are predicted, faculty may communicate with students to provide expectations for upcoming course activities in the case of campus closing. No communication is expected between faculty and students once campus closes, since communication may not be possible for every class member.
  • When campus reopens, faculty will inform students of adjusted course expectations and deadlines to make sure the course learning objectives are met.

 

No. Since there is no guarantee of the ability to communicate or access academic resources for every class member, communication will not be expected when campus is closed. Course activities or deadlines scheduled within the time the campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

Instructors may attempt to contact students prior to closing with expectations after reopening, but all course activities or deadlines that occur within the time the campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

Any activities or deadlines scheduled to occur within the time when campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

No classes can be held on campus when the university is officially closed. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are of the utmost importance.

Faculty are encouraged to build flexibility into your course schedules to account for personal illness or campus closures. Do not schedule additional class meetings where all students are expected to attend (in-person or online) outside of normal class hours. Instead, utilize out-of-class activities that students can complete in a reasonable timeframe, such as homework, reviewing a PowerPoint, watching a recorded lecture video, reading, writing a reflection, etc.

SACSCOC requirements follow the U.S. Department of Education definition of a credit hour at one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work each week for approximately 15 weeks. For TCU, this requirement is met by having course work equal 700 minutes of instruction per credit hour plus 150 minutes of a final evaluative exercise. The use of asynchronous instruction allows using out-of-class activities for making up missed class time due to campus closures without the need for scheduling specified make-up days.

 

COVID CLASSROOM FAQs

ONLY if your classroom is disrupted by COVID-related quarantine and isolation and you determine that you cannot ensure a good classroom experience, or if you are in isolation or quarantine. Below are options for academic continuity.

  • GO ONLINE TEMPORARILY FOR THE DURATION OF ISOLATION/QUARANTINE. TCU is not providing the option for instructors to move entire courses online during Spring 2022, nor for any other reason other than COVID-related isolation/quarantine.
    • Ensure that every student enrolled in the course has the appropriate technology to participate online. If needed, contact the IT Coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. (Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.)
    • Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This will help us understand the extent that the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to students and their families.
  • RECORD YOUR CLASS and make it available to isolated or quarantined students until they are able to return to class.
  • TEACH IN PERSON and allow isolating/quarantining students to WATCH VIA ZOOM but not interact until they are able to return to class.
  • TEACH A DUAL IN-PERSON/ONLINE interactive class for the duration of isolation or quarantine.
    • Ensure that every student enrolled in the course has the appropriate technology. If needed, contact the IT Coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. (Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.)
    • Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This will help us understand the extent the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families.
  • MAKE UP MISSED CLASSES using the method you established prior to Zoom.
  • In all cases, notify your students as much in advance as possible

NOTE: All instructors are required to teach from their classrooms unless they are isolating or quarantining themselves. This includes instructors teaching hybrid lectures.

Notify your students of any change.

1, If you are too ill to teach, notify your department chair to make sure your class is covered.

2. If you are in isolation or quarantine and not too ill to teach, you can go online temporarily for the duration of your isolation or quarantine.

    • Ensure that every student enrolled in the course has the appropriate technology. If needed, contact the IT Coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. (Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.)
    • Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This will help us understand the extent the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families.

NOTE: All instructors are required to teach from their classrooms unless they are isolating or quarantining themselves. This includes instructors teaching hybrid lectures.

Yes. Notify your department chair and your students with as much advance time as possible.

Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This includes the first week of class.

Such logs will help us understand the extent that the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families if needed.

Yes, if you are able. Instructors are expected to teach from the classroom unless you are in isolation or quarantine yourself.

Computers are available in the library. If teaching synchronously, contact the IT coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.

Instructors may continue to require masks in their classrooms. Please clearly convey requirements to your students. A mask requirement can be included in your syllabus.

Instructors may continue to require masks in their classrooms. Please clearly convey requirements to your students. A mask requirement can be included in your syllabus. Students who do not comply may be referred to deanofstudents@tcu.edu. This is solely for reporting students within your classroom.

TCU Facility Services has a list of building managers on their website here.  Make your request of the building manager where your classroom is located.

 

COVID NOTIFICATION FAQs

If you have been within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period with an infected person, contact the TCU COVID-19 hotline at 817-257-2684 or via email at covidresponse@tcu.edu.

Guidance for close contacts is provided on the TCU Protect the Purple website here.

Only those within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of an infected person are considered close contacts per CDC & Tarrant County Public Health guidelines. Contract tracers interview each case to identify and notify all who meet that criteria. If you stay within the Teaching Zone you will not be considered a close contact. Sitting across the room or passing down the aisle are considered incidental contacts and are advised to be diligent in hygiene and monitor symptoms. If you have a seating chart (not required), reply to the Positive Test Instructor Notification and attach it, to assist with contact tracing in your classroom.

 

You may if you choose; however,it is not your responsibility. Those determined to be in close contact will be notified by TCU EOC.

Most likely the student has not self-reported to TCU.  Direct them to report at tcu.edu/protect-the-purple or you may email covidresponse@tcu.edu so that Campus Life can contact the student to begin the tracing and notification process.

 

OTHER FAQs

Yes. Instructors may maintain office hours either in person, online or both.

Yes.

Yes.

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

TCU Protect the Purple Guidance

Campus-wide COVID FAQs

Report Your Vaccine to TCU

Get a Vaccination on Campus

Report Symptoms, Close Contact, or Positive Test