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Academic Year Information for Faculty

Classroom Building Facial Covering Enforcement

UA emphasizes education, assistance and enforcement to reinforce the benefits of facial coverings and requirements for their use. Below are some tips for how YOU can help.

Educate and Assist

  • Communicate the importance of facial coverings over the nose and mouth to reduce transmission of illness.
  • Communicate that wearing a facial covering is required in order to participate in person.
  • Post University-approved signage. Resources are available at healthinfo.ua.edu/about-covid-19.
  • Partner with student leaders and campus influencers to promote cooperation.
  • Announce mask requirements on syllabi, in initial class meetings, and at other gatherings.
  • Inform and encourage others to use facial coverings by relaying the benefits of their use to our entire campus community.

Enforce

  • Appropriate building and office representatives should manage enforcement in building.
  • Instructors should manage enforcement in the classroom.
  • Enforcement will be addressed as a disciplinary issue by
    • The Office of Student Conduct for students
    • Supervisor or Human Resources for employees
    • UAPD for campus visitors

How you can respond to a non-compliant individual:

  1. Remind the individual of the mask requirement in a non-confrontational way.
  2. Tell them where they can obtain a mask.
  3. Ask them to leave the room until they can comply.
  4. Instructors may choose to suspend or delay class, and/or refer the noncompliant student to Student Conduct. Instructors should notify their department chair and/or dean regarding the non-compliance and that they reported to Student Conduct.
  5. If you’re unable to defuse and resolve the situation on your own, or if anyone feels their safety is threatened, contact UAPD or another appropriate official.
  6. Campus visitors not wearing masks can be reported directly to UAPD or another appropriate official; it isn’t necessary to confront them directly.

Policies & Procedures

  1. Except as provided in Item 7, students must attend classes in person, unless remote attendance is prescribed by a specific ODS accommodation.
  2. You are not required to record your classes, unless as a part of a specific ODS accommodation. You may record your classes if you choose. The easiest way to do this would be to arrange automatic Panopto recording by contacting our IT department. Due to privacy concerns, any recordings that are made should be shared only with students enrolled in the class. We understand that students have valued the opportunity to view class recordings as a study aid, or as an opportunity to benefit from classes that they could not attend. Except as provided in Item 7, watching a recording of a class will not count as attending the class under Law School attendance policies.
  3. Faculty who contract mild or asymptomatic COVID but are well enough to continue teaching via Zoom, or faculty who must quarantine must notify Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee of their need to teach a course remotely. Except as provided here, upon approval of the dean and provost, or as provided in Item 8 below, the teaching of individual class sessions as well as the course as a whole must be conducted in the delivery mode specified during enrollment. Faculty who are unable to teach class sessions due to COVID or quarantine must also notify Associate Dean Lee.
  4. You may, if you choose, use Zoom technology as a supplement to, but not as a substitute for, in-person interactions with students. You may, for example, use Zoom for an optional review session prior to an exam or for office hours in addition to those held in person.
  5. Mask policies will be set by UA. Masks are now required in all classrooms and classroom buildings. This includes the Law School building. This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Given the increase in COVID cases and recent CDC guidance, UA is taking this step to further protect the Fall 2021 semester.  Additional information can be found at https://healthinfo.ua.edu/news/ua-to-reinstate-indoor-mask-rule-will-review-and-monitor/  A revised syllabus statement reflecting these policies can be found at https://cit.ua.edu/technologies/additional-resources/academic-continuity-planning/syllabus-statement/
  6. As was the case last year, changes to federal, state, local, or UA health and safety policies may require corresponding changes to the policies announced here.
  7. Students who have been directed to isolate or quarantine, by UA or a healthcare provider, may attend class sessions remotely until the directive is lifted. In this context, remote attendance by Zoom, or by viewing or listening to a recording of the class, may be counted as “attending” the class. The choice of means is within your discretion. Any students in this situation must make arrangements in advance through Dean Lee, and Dean Lee will discuss with you the best method of remote attendance for your class.
  8. If a class session would otherwise be cancelled and rescheduled due your absence (because, for example, you are required to isolate or quarantine or are attending a professional conference), the class session may be taught remotely at the scheduled time with the prior written approval of Dean Lee. Such absences should be rare, and only occur when strictly necessary.