DATE: March 12, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
In consideration of our evolving learning environment during the pandemic, we are proposing for the remainder of the semester “Flexible Instructional Days” during inclement weather. This means that on days when situations like winter weather or a building emergency require us to close our physical campus, we can continue to provide instruction. To that end, below are some guidelines to ensure student access and success.
- Unless otherwise announced, when a Shepherd University location is closed for inclement weather, instructional activities will continue virtually.
- Classes that were previously scheduled to be held virtually will continue as scheduled.
- Faculty: Do not require attendance during the synchronous session or penalize students for failing to attend.
- It is expected that a recording of synchronous zoom presentations be provided for students who may experience weather-related internet outages and that a 24-hour grace period be given for assessment/assignment submission.
- For information on recording your zoom presentation, permission protocols, and uploading it to Sakai, visit: www.shepherd.edu/ctl/zoominars
- Note: A reminder to make sure your videos are accessible by using closed captioning. If you need assistance, please visit www.shepherd.edu/ctl/onlineshepherd
- Classes that were previously scheduled to be held in person can meet as follows:
- By default, such classes will meet virtually at the usual time using Zoom or another platform or communication mechanism specified by the instructor.
- Alternatively, the instructor may notify students that the class material will be made up a.) in person at another time determined by mutual agreement, b.) online, synchronously at another time determined by mutual agreement, or c.) asynchronously.
- Note: Clinical experiences, field placements, internships, and other experiential learning activities will follow the policies identified for each experience as it relates to their academic program and the policy of the clinical site.
Students and faculty that have questions or concerns should contact the academic program department chair/director.