Updated March 18, 2021
All your efforts to plan spring semester helped students get safely back on campus and back to class. Spring semester has similar operations as fall 2020. Students have a mix of virtual and in-person instruction, clinics are serving patients with strict safety protocols, and research operations continue. All student-facing academic services are also available in-person and through virtual means. In-person events and activities continue to require prior-approval and campus visitors are restricted until further notice.
UNT is continuously evaluating the health and safety needs on campus. We expanded the staffing for contact tracing and arranged for free access to COVID testing to staff and faculty on campus. Information about the testing and contact tracing is available in the Spring Guidance for In-Person Teaching webinar and the safety protocol portion of the presentation. We are also excited to be an approved vaccination site and prepared to administer vaccinations for the UNT campus upon receiving doses.
Governor Abbott lifted all COVID-related restrictions on businesses in the community as of March 10, 2021. UNT campus safety plans and procedures remain in place for spring semester. The Return to Learn website will be your source for the most up to date modifications to academic affairs procedures. For UNT Campus information related to COVID-19, see the UNT Health Alerts website or contact the COVID Hotline at 844-366-5892 or COVID@unt.edu.
It has been a challenging year – yet we are beginning to see a brighter future. Summer classes will have all COVID safety protocols in place, but UNT is planning for a fall semester with schedules and classroom capacities back to Fall 2019 levels. More information about summer activities and fall start-up will be announced in the coming weeks. Thank you for working collaboratively and supporting each other through an extraordinarily difficult year.
UNT continuously monitors public health conditions, including infection rates in our region and state and seeks guidance from county and state health officials. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been phasing academic activities in response to conditions on campus and in the community. The following offers further detail on key aspects of each stage of the plan.
March 22 – May 3
- UNT campus closed, except for essential personnel
- All classes moved to online or remote delivery
- Willis Library open for academic and technical support
- Residence halls closed, with limited exceptions
May 4 – July 5
- Faculty/staff may have limited access to offices
- Telecommuting primary mode of work
- All 5W1 summer classes online or remote
- Limited student access to experiential learning spaces (after June 1)
- Willis Library remains open
- Restart advisory committees develop plans to reopen campus
July 6 – August 9
- Majority of 5W2 courses are online and remote
- Limited in-person instruction for select experiential learning courses
- Units reopening plans developed consistent with COVID Response Guidelines
- Student support services open in-person services
- Academic offices open 5-15 hours/week with all offices open Thursdays
- Select Clinics resume in-person services
- Select athletic teams resume voluntary practice
- Limited dining operations
- Willis Library open
August 10 - Present
- Resume in-person instructional delivery and student support services
- Classes are hybrid, remote, and online delivery
- All classes and academic services will follow social distancing and safety guidelines
- Academic support services and offices open regular business hours with limited in-person staff
- Student affairs and housing open
- Virtual academic and student services will continue
- Campus activities will scale based on demand and public health conditions
- Clinics resume in-person services
- Spring semester academic operations resume on January 4th after winter break
- Spring 2021 classes resume January 11 in the mode of delivery that is scheduled
Prepare to Return to Learn
UNT has made modifications to policies, procedures and standard practices in response to COVID-19. The following information details the changes to help academic faculty and staff prepare for on-campus teaching and operations. Information is updated regularly as decisions are made in response to health conditions and state and local orders..
Academic Calendar: Spring 2021
The spring academic calendar was modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
- Classes will start on Monday, January 11, 2021
- No classes January 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.Holiday
- There will be no spring break
- No classes April 2, 2021
- Final exams April 24-30
Activities/Events on Campus
In-person events are limited to those for students or required for academic courses/programs. In-person events are reviewed by the Academic Affairs Advisory Restart Group or the Events Subcommittee. Staff and faculty meetings such as luncheons and department meetings are restricted at this time. All events and activities are expected to align with UNT COVID response guidelines and social distancing room capacities. Events that can take place virtually should be held virtually.
- Submit requests for student activities/events/meetings that are not required for a course to the Events Subcommittee using the Events Request Form
- Submit requests for student activities required for a course to the AAARG using the Course Activity Request Form
- Submit requests for field trips using the Field Trip Form
- University-sponsored student travel is not permitted at this time. Faculty should plan to participate in virtual field trips, competitions, showcases, and other student curricular and co-curricular events.
- Guest speakers and other visitors to campus are not permitted at this time (fellow members of the UNT faculty/staff are permitted). Consider virtual guest speakers or having a remote instruction day.
Classroom Cleaning and Disinfecting
Each classroom will be fully cleaned by custodial staff each night. Each classroom will be equipped with sanitizing spray and other cleaning supplies - look for the green camoflauge bucket! Students may use these cleaning supplies to sanitize their classroom space when they arrive. Supplies will be replenished nightly by custodial staff, but if you find that the supply has been exhausted, you can order more using the Report-a-Problem app on the classroom computer.
Classroom Culture That Promotes Health and Safety
Everyone in the UNT community has a shared responsibility to sustain a healthy environment for ourselves, for our coworkers, for our students and for our visitors. Social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols are important ways to support this type of environment. Students may not understand the importance of their role in keeping the classroom and the UNT community healthy. It is recommended that faculty take time in their in-person classes to help establish a classroom culture that promotes health and safety.
A faculty-developed first day of class presentation is available to guide a discussion to help students understand the importance of following COVID response guidelines and their personal responsibility to help the UNT community stay healthy. A first day of class video with public health information presented by Dr. Cynthia Herman from the Student Health and Wellness Center is also available to explain UNT community health procedures to students.
Classroom: First Day Presentation
A presentation was developed by faculty, for faculty to use on the first day of class. The presentation will help students understand important procedures that have been put into place for the UNT community to remain safe and healthy. The presentation has yellow text and highlights in spaces where faculty should insert content specific to their classroom. Download and modify the presentation to help establish new classroom norms consistent with UNT health guidelines and your expectations.
Download the Powerpoint Presentation template
Classrooms are set up to facilitate social distancing requirements of 6 feet between students. For some rooms, this means that furniture has been removed, and places for the remaining desks are marked with tape on the floor (see picture). In other classrooms with fixed seating, seats have been marked with a “Don’t Perch Here” sticker, so that students know where to sit. Other precautions are particular to the context at hand. For example, many labs will have Plexiglas dividers installed between stations.
Classroom Seating Chart Layout
A socially distanced classroom layout has been created for all classrooms and class labs to help faculty create seating charts for in-person classes.
Classroom Seating Chart and Taking Attendance
Faculty are required to establish a seating chart and record attendance in Canvas for all students present in the room during the in-person class sessions. These requirements support the university’s contact tracing efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus. When making a seating chart check your Accessible Information Management- AIM Instructor Portal to determine if there are students in the class who need accommodations.
Instructions on how to create a seating chart are on the CLEAR website. The Office of Disability Access has more information on accommodations for students with disabilities Information on the UNT’s contact tracing process can be found on the UNT Health Alerts website.
A socially distanced classroom layout has been created for all classrooms and class labs to help faculty create seating charts for in-person classes.
Classroom Technology: Remote Capability
All general purpose (lecture) classrooms have at least one camera so instructors can allow students who may be in isolation to participate in class. In-person classes can also be recorded via Zoom and provided to students.
17 classrooms are equipped as HyFlex/Advanced Synchronous Rooms, with microphones installed in the ceilings above student seating.
- BLB005, BLB010, BLB015, BLB090, BLB140 , BLB250, BLB260
- DPK110, DPK120, DPK150, DPF175; DPD201, DPB185, DPB155
- FRSC128, FRHB102, FRHB118
Contact your department chair about remote instruction options in specialized classroom spaces.
Useful resources and training materials can be found on the Teach Anywhere site or https://classroomsupport.unt.edu/teaching-with-tech.
Classroom Technology: Microphones
Microphones have been added to all general (110) classrooms to ensure the best possible experience. Body pack microphone sets are installed in the general access classrooms. The transmitter will stay in the classroom for all faculty members to use and will sit in a charging station when not in use. The lavaliere microphone is the piece that you place on your body and clip to your shirt. This will be assigned to you individually for hygiene reasons.
For lavaliere mics: Contact DSI Tech (firstname.lastname@example.org, 940-565-2691) to deliver the lavaliere before your first class and demonstrate proper use.
To safely accommodate classes, UNT established 6-foot social distancing in classroom spaces, which will limit enrollment capacities. Additional spaces on campus have been approved as classrooms for fall semester, including rooms in the Union, Gateway, Crumbly, and Environmental Sciences allowing more in-person classes than otherwise would be possible. The academic week also includes evenings and some Saturdays to accommodate the ability to teach more students in person.
All Classrooms will be arranged to have six feet between students to allow for appropriate social distancing. These classrooms will also have equipment to stream the instruction to students who cannot attend class in-person.
Classrooms: Outdoor Teaching Spaces
Outdoor learning spaces are available for individual class meetings. Faculty may use the following outdoor spaces for instructional purposes.
- Crumley Park
- Clark Park
- Rawlins/Honors Amphitheater
- Maple Courtyard
- Bruce Courtyards
- McConnell Park
- Kerr Basketball Court
- Library Mall
- South Lawn of the Union
- Campus Green at Sage Hall
- Discovery Park (reserve through email@example.com)
Clinical operations that can occur with social distancing may resume operations as early as August 3 with an approved social distancing and hygiene plan. Clinics unable to provide social distancing should provide a plan which will include details for addressing PPE requirements to support safe operations, training for all staff members and students. The plan should also address proper waste disposal as outlined by UNT Risk Management Services.
Clinics that serve minors and cannot engage in social distancing, must implement the requirements above AND complete a risk assessment review conducted by Youth Protection.
Close Contacts and Self-Quarantine
Through the contact tracing process, individuals may be considered a close contact or asked to self-isolate of self-quarantine. The contact tracing tab on the health alerts website has definitions of these terms and more information about the contact tracing process.
UNT has developed protocols to trace contacts within our community, including UNT faculty, staff and students who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19. These protocols are in adherence with CDC guidelines and developed in conjunction with local health authorities. Contract tracing for purposes of public health includes all personal contacts and travel. The focus is on contacts within the UNT community, visits to campus, and risk within dining facilities, public areas of campus, and residence halls. The contact tracing tab on the health alerts website has detailed information about the contact tracing process.
More detailed information about classroom safety and contact tracing is discussed in the Spring Guidance for In-Person Teaching webinar and outlined in the safety protocol portion of the presentation.
COVID-19 Hotline 844-366-5892
A COVID hotline has been established to help UNT community members report and understand COVID-19 symptoms, testing information and/or results; receive guidance on actions they may need to take following potential exposure; and with questions related to COVID-19’s impact on our university operations. The hotline number is 844-366-5892 and email address is COVID@unt.edu.
COVID-Positive Student in Class
If a student in an in-person class tests positive, they should contact the COVID-19 hotline for guidance and to start the contact tracing process. Faculty teaching teaching the COVID-positive student will be notified and provided additional information, including a video to share with other students in the class.
COVID-19 antigen testing is available in the student health and wellness center for students and for employees identified as close contacts during the contact tracing process. Employees are asked to see their primary health care provider for screening and possible testing for COVID-19 or take advantage of testing offered by Texas Department of Emergency Management at the Union Garage. Go to gogettested.com to schedule a test.
Exams: Ensuring Academic Integrity
Remote, online, or partially remote classes may offer remote exams. UNT subscribes to a product called Respondus that serves as a remote proctor. While testing with Respondus, the students’ browser is locked down so they cannot access web searches and offers AI-guided proctoring through student webcams. Information on Respondus can be found on the CLEAR website . DSI CLEAR also provides Respondus support to faculty.
Exams: Final Exams for fully remote and online courses
The larger-than-usual number of courses taught remotely or online during Spring 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic presents some challenges when it comes to final exam scheduling. Faculty are asked to adhere to the following guidance in order to reduce the number of exam conflicts students face:
- If you are teaching a fully remote or online course, and the class meets synchronously (that is, at a regularly scheduled time), your final exam should be scheduled in accordance with the normal final exam schedule posted by the registrar.
- If you are teaching a fully remote or online course, and the class meets asynchronously (that is, not at a regularly scheduled time), please adhere to the following schedule when students must take the final exam during a specified time period:
Instructor’s last name begins with Schedule your final exam period on A – G Monday Apr. 26 or Tuesday April. 27 H – M Tuesday Apr. 27 or Wednesday Apr. 28 N – S Wednesday Apr. 28 or Thursday Apr. 29 T – Z Thursday Apr. 29 or Friday Apr. 30
Conflicts for individual students are inevitable, even under normal circumstances. Please include the final exam period in your syllabus to allow time to address exam conflicts. Faculty are encouraged to be as flexible and accommodating as possible during this challenging time.
Given the complexity in delivery modes this fall, some students will likely face exam conflicts across their courses. In general, faculty are asked to recognize this and be as flexible and as accommodating as they can be. Here are some modifications that will help reduce the number of conflicts.
Courses that are either partially remote or partially online may schedule on-site midterm exams before the Thanksgiving break, subject to room availability. On-site exams may not be scheduled for after the Thanksgiving break, including final exams.
Partially remote or partially online courses that meet synchronously: Instructors should use the table for scheduling midterm exams. For example, an instructor of a MWF 9:00 course would only be able to schedule on-site exams on Wednesdays 5:00-6:20 pm. Before the semester starts, the instructor would select exam dates in that time frame (say, February 17, March 24, April 7) and ask the Registrar’s Office for room assignments. Once assigned a room, these specific dates will appear in the Schedule of Classes. Instructors are not obligated to use the entire time block, but the length of the exam may not exceed the given time block. Instructors will not be able to change the date of the room reservations for exams after the semester starts. Should circumstances require a change in the date of an exam, the rescheduled exam must be held remotely.
Partially remote or partially online courses that meet asynchronously: Instructors can schedule on-site exams on Saturdays at any time of the instructor’s choosing, subject to room availability. Before the semester starts, the instructor would select exam dates and times and ask the Registrar’s Office for room assignments. Once assigned a room, these specific dates will appear in the Schedule of Classes. Instructors will not be able to change the date of the room reservations for exams after the semester starts. Should circumstances require a change in the date of an exam, the rescheduled exam must be held remotely.
Fully remote or fully online courses: Instructors may not schedule on-site exams.
Face Coverings: Campus Locations to Obtain Disposable Masks
If a student does not have a face covering for class, they are available at a number of campus locations to obtain a disposable mask. Some of the most convenient loacations include:
- Willis Library
- Union Information Desk
- VP Student Affairs office – Hurley Administration Building
- Discovery Park – Engineering Dean’s Office & College of Information Dean’s Office
- Inspire Park –Administrative Office 115
- Hall Park – Library 166
Face Coverings: During Class
UNT requires the use of face coverings inside buildings and in public settings outside, especially where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Students are expected to wear face coverings during class. There are some exceptions:
- In certain learning environments, face coverings may be removed temporarily if they impede learning such as in music or language learning classes. Reference to mask removal should be included in the syllabus. See Syllabus Statements: Face Coverings for syllabus language.
- Individuals may not be able to wear a face covering due to a disability. Please see the Office of Disability Access guidance on face coverings
- Face coverings are optional when in a single-occupancy office without visitors
Exceptions to the face covering guidelines, including the use of a face shield in lieu of a face covering when teaching, must be reviewed by the Safety and Incident Management Advisory Team. Submit a Request for Other Exceptions form for consideration.
Face Coverings: Locations to obtain a disposable mask
There are a number of locations on campus that have disposable masks available for students who do not have a face covering or need a new one.
Face Coverings: Non-Compliance
Face coverings are required in all UNT facilities and when outdoors and unable to maintain a consistent minimum of 6 feet separation from others. Read the UNT System Guidelines on face coverings for most current information.
Tips for Addressing Noncompliance of Face Covering Requirement have been developed to assist with situations when a student or university employee does not comply with the face covering requirement
Face Coverings: Students with Disabilities
There are circumstances where students may not be able to wear a face covering due to a disability. Please see the Office of Disability Access guidance on face coverings.
Face Coverings: Tips for Noncompliance
Tips for Addressing Noncompliance of Face Covering Requirement have been developed to assist with situations when a student or university employee does not comply with the face covering requirement.
Face Coverings: While Teaching
UNT requires the use of face coverings inside buildings and in public settings outside, especially where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Faculty are expected to wear face coverings while teaching.
Exceptions to the face covering guidelines must be reviewed by the Safety and Incident Management Advisory Team. Submit a Request for Other Exceptions form for consideration.
Faculty Development Leave
Given travel uncertainties, for those who are planning Faculty Development Leave for the 20-21 academic year, you can request a deferral of the FDL by one year.
Faculty Flexible Work Arrangement
When working remotely, faculty are expected to reside within the North Texas region. Prior approval from academic leadership and the Provost is required if faculty plan to teach outside the DFW region by submitting a request for a Faculty Flexible Work Arrangement.
Faculty who become ill must contact their department chair and to address the continuity of instruction, appointing a substitute instructor if necessary. The federal emergency sick leave provides 80 hours of paid sick leave (prorated for part-time) that can be used for quarantine. An employee who is sick (symptoms or diagnosis) can also use the federal emergency sick leave if a physician or governmental agency required the quarantine, as well as regular sick leave accruals if the faculty member needs to be out more than two weeks.
A list of scenarios is posted to aid in determining leave eligibility.
Faculty Office Hours
Faculty are asked to support students in their learning and provide office hours in a format that will meet students’ needs. Office hours are required of all faculty teaching courses and may be scheduled in-person or in a virtual format.
- Faculty Remote Teaching Assignments
As faculty plan for spring instruction, we will be potentially permitting on a very limited basis field trips (pending public health conditions improving). Field trips must have prior approval and will be limited to those that are essential for the learning outcomes of a course or program, that are in our region and are able to implement appropriate safety measures. Requests for field trips will need to be completed prior to December 11th and will be reviewed by the Academic Affairs Advisory Restart Group (AAARG). Complete the field trip request form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of Operation
Regular Academic Affairs spring hours of operation will be 8am-5pm Monday through Friday starting January 4th. Units may limit in-office staffing to allow for social distancing while supplementing services with virtual options. Units providing academic support services may open for additional evening hours to accommodate student schedules. Offices will post hours of operation on the entrance doors and the department website.
Human Resources Information Regarding COVID-19
Information about employment, work schedules, personnel and other human resources questions related to COVID-19 can be found on the UNT System HR webpage.
Ill Student in Class
If a student is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms in class, faculty should politely ask the student to excuse them self from class and return to their place of residence. Refer to the Health Alerts website for self-monitoring information. The student is also asked to contact the COVID Hotline for assistance.
Willis Library will be open with modified hours to support the needs of our students, staff and faculty. The libraries have added inter library loan services and compiled resources from remote facilities to the Willis Library location.
Personal Protective Equipment
UNT requires the use of face coverings inside buildings and in public settings outside, especially where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Disposable face coverings are available in locations around campus if there is a need for a mask. Faculty are also allowed to wear a face shield in lieu of a face covering while teaching. Face shields can be requested through college PPE liaisons.
Remote Learning Spaces – Perch Points
Several spaces on campus have been designated as Perch Points. These spaces are dedicated to students who may have a remote course immediately before or after an in-person class. Students will have a space with WIFI access and the ability to actively participate in their remote class. These will not be quiet spaces as student may need to actively engage in synchronous instruction. Perch Points will have signage posted prior to the start of the fall semester. Find a convenient Perch Point location.
All academic affairs units must complete a reopening plan and obtain approval prior to staff and faculty returning to work in the space. See the list of units approved to open.
The Division of Research and Innovation has a Research Re-Opening Plan. Plan details are outlined on the Research and Innovation website.
Safety Training (Required)
COVID-19 safety training is being offered via UNT Bridge. New employees will receive notification that they have been registered for this training and they must complete it within days of starting. Employees who are working remotely must take the training prior to returning to campus. Training webinars to help faculty prepare for the classroom are available in Bridge.
Schedule of Classes
The spring schedule of classes was developed to allow for more in-person classes. In-person classes will continue to require social distancing and masks to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
The summer schedule of classes will continue with a mix of in-person, remote, partially remote and online courses. Health and safety measures will remain in place.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a higher rate of absenteeism is likely. Students may become ill or asked to quarantine because they have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Faculty must be mindful that student absences will be part of the semester and should modify course syllabi to explain how absences will be accommodated. Suggested modifications include:
- If you have attendance points – reconsider during the pandemic
- Offer remote access to course information and materials in Canvas
- Where possible, allow students to Zoom into class
- Provide flexibility in accepting late assignments and offering make-up exams to accommodate absences
If a student misses more than one class without notification, send the student an email to check in and submit an early alert notification in EIS. This can be done be logging into EIS, under Faculty Homepage, select Faculty Center. Click Class Roster and the Early Alert icon is in the second column. Learn how to submit an early alert.
Faculty Senate adopted an attendance policy for inclusion in syllabi. See Syllabus Statement: Student Absences
Due to worldwide travel advisories, international travel is currently restircted for students, staff and faculty. Faculty-led and third-party study abroad programs will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the International Risk Oversight Committee (“IROC”) and AAARG. Exception requests can be submitted by completing the restricted travel exception request form.
All units planning summer camps and programs are required to submit a proposal to a review committee to ensure the program will meet established criteria and that the appropriate facilities and support services will be available. Eligible summer programs include those that A) have operated in the past or like programs operated by the same program leadership B) are funded by a grant awarded to UNT C) have no overnight programming for k-12 students and D) have no field trips or off-site excursions.
The review will be a 2-phase process. First, programs will submit a notice of intent outlining the program’s target population, required services and facility needs. Once it is determined that the campus will be able to accommodate the summer program, organizers will then be asked to develop a safety plan. The initial notice of intent to host a summer program will be due March 12. The Summer Program Request includes details about the process.
Syllabus Statement: Absences
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a higher rate of absenteeism is likely. Students may become ill or asked to self-isolate because they have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. While class attendance is expected, it is important to be mindful of the health and safety of everyone in our community, especially given concerns about COVID-19. In spring 2020, Faculty Senate approved a COVID-19 impact on attendance statement to include in course syllabi. The statement was revised in July to align with newly adopted UNT procedures. Below is the attendance impact statement to include in fall 2020 syllabi. It is also included in the syllabus template available on the DSI CLEAR website.
Attendance Policy [faculty should adapt their class attendance policy to suit their circumstances] [Insert Professor’s regular attendance policy here].
COVID-19 impact on attendance
While attendance is expected as outlined above, it is important for all of us to be mindful of the health and safety of everyone in our community, especially given concerns about COVID-19. Please contact me if you are unable to attend class because you are ill, or unable to attend class due to COVID-19 including symptoms, potential exposure, pending or positive test results, or if you have been given specific instructions to isolate or quarantine from a health care provider or a local authority. It is important that you communicate with me prior to being absent so I may make a decision about accommodating your request to be excused from class.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 please seek medical attention from the Student Health and Wellness Center (940-565-2333 or askSHWC@unt.edu) or your health care provider PRIOR to coming to campus. UNT also requires you to contact the UNT COVID Hotline at 844-366-5892 or COVID@unt.edu for guidance on actions to take due to symptoms, pending or positive test results, or potential exposure. While attendance is an important part of succeeding in this class, your own health, and those of others in the community, is more important.
Syllabus Statement: Class Materials for Remote Instruction
Remote instruction may be necessary if community health conditions change or you need to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. Students will need access to a [webcam and microphone – faculty member to include what basic equipment is needed] to participate in fully remote portions of the class. Additional required classroom materials for remote learning include: [list specific software, supplies, equipment or system requirements needed for the course]. Learn more about how to be successful in a remote learning environment
Syllabus Statement: Class Recordings
Synchronous (live) sessions in this course will be recorded for students enrolled in this class section to refer to throughout the semester. Class recordings are the intellectual property of the university or instructor and are reserved for use only by students in this class and only for educational purposes. Students may not post or otherwise share the recordings outside the class, or outside the Canvas Learning Management System, in any form. Failing to follow this restriction is a violation of the UNT Code of Student Conduct and could lead to disciplinary action.
Syllabus Statement: Face Coverings
Adopting common statements about face coverings in the classroom will help faculty set expectations for students. The following statements are approved to be used in syllabi. More information about language to include in syllabi can be found on CLEAR’s syllabus template website. Faculty will add to their syllabus the statement that applies to the in-person portion of their course section.
- Face coverings are required in all UNT facilities. This course has been approved for an exception to the face covering requirement to facilitate student learning. Portions of the class to be delivered without face coverings. Times when face coverings can be removed will be indicated during each class period. If you are unable to wear a face covering or do not feel you can safely attend class without your face covering due to a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Access to request an accommodation. UNT face covering requirements are subject to change due to community health guidelines. Any changes will be communicated by your instructor.
- Face coverings are required in all UNT facilities. Students are expected to wear face coverings during this class. If you are unable to wear a face covering due to a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Access to request an accommodation. UNT face covering requirements are subject to change due to community health guidelines. Any changes will be communicated via the instructor.
CLEAR provides consultations and training to assist faculty as they design remote courses. Resources can be found at online.unt.edu/teach online.unt.edu/teach. Faculty can also request a Remote Teaching Toolkit with equipment to support virtual teaching.
Expanded professional development opportunities to support faculty teaching remotely and in-person are also available. Upcoming courses will be centered around engaging in the socially distant classroom.
Several Trainings are available asynchronously at clear.unt.edu/getting-started-online.
- How to Organize Your Course – Creating Modules, Due Dates, a Using the Calendar to Stay Organized in Canvas
- How to Work with Graded Assignments – Creating Assignment Items, Grading Assignments, and Using the Assignments Index in Canvas
- How to Work with Quizzes & Exams – Creating Quizzes, Importing Questions, and Using Question Banks in Canvas
- How to Implement Discussions – Creating Discussion Items, Graded vs. Ungraded Discussion, and Using Discussion Prompts in Canvas
- How to Get the Most out of Zoom – Accessing Zoom, Scheduling a Session, and Using Zoom effectively during a Live Session
- How to Keep it Legal - Copyright, and Trademark Compliance
Coming Soon: Teaching with Tech in the Socially Distant Classroom and Academic Integrity
Teaching When Faculty Get Sick or Self-isolate
Departments need to plan for the various faculty attendance scenarios that may occur in the fall. Faculty may be feeling healthy but required to self-isolate at home due to possible COVID exposure, having COVID-related symptoms, or being asymptomatic COVID-positive. In these cases, faculty could continue to teach remotely. Throughout the academic year, faculty may become sick and unable to work. In these cases, faculty should take appropriate sick time to take care of themselves and see their health care provider as needed. Because COVID-19 effects people very differently, each instance must be evaluated by academic leadership for an appropriate response. Some possible results of faculty not able to teach in-person include:
- In-person experiential classes may move to remote delivery or assign a substitute to ensure students continue to progress in the in-person course
- Partially remote courses may be assigned a substitute to continue in-person instruction, moved temporarily to fully remote delivery, or moved permanently to fully remote delivery
Transition to Remote Learning
All faculty teaching in-person or partial remote/online need to be prepared to transition to fully remote instruction during the semester, if requested to. Faculty members will receive official communication if a request to transition is necessitated by a change in public health conditions.
The University of North Texas System has issued travel guidelines that apply to all UNT System institutions. For more information about travel, visit the UNT System’s travel guidelines. UNT has issued the following additional guidelines.
Domestic Travel Restrictions: University-sponsored domestic travel is generally prohibited until further notice for students, faculty, and staff. Travel to attend or present at conferences is not permitted at this time. Requests for domestic travel should be submitted to email@example.com and will be reviwed by AAARG for potential approval.
- travel in support of COVID-19 recovery efforts;
- travel necessary to conduct research
- travel by employees whose primary responsibilities include necessary travel, such as recruitment and advancement;
- travel related to a course or academic program requirement;
- travel to bring a finalist for an essential hire to campus for a visit.
International Travel Restrictions: All university-sponsored international travel is generally prohibited until further notice for students, faculty, and staff. Travel to attend or present at conferences is not permitted at this time. Exception requests are permitted and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the International Risk Oversight Committee (“IROC”) and AAARG. Travel exception requests can be submitted by completing the restricted travel exception request form. See the study abroad section for information about study abroad travel.
All approved international travelers will be required to follow the testing and quarantine requirements of their destination country, and all requirements of the United States and the University of North Texas upon their return. As of March 17, 2021 all air passengers entering the US must show a negative COVID test taken no more than three days before boarding their flight.
UNT will require all persons arriving from international travel to report their arrival to the UNT COVID hotline and quarantine for 10 days prior to returning to campus. Fully vaccinated individuals are required to quarantine for the full 10 day period.
We want you to be safe if you’re planning to take a vacation. To prepare for your vacation, review COVID information from the state or local health department in your location, along your travel route, and at your planned destination. Tips can also be found on the CDC’s travel webpage and on the Travel Texas website. Depending on the COVID activity in the areas where you travel, you may have to self-isolate off-campus for 10 days upon your return.
Faculty and staff are strongly urged not to travel for the two weeks prior to the start of the spring semester.
External visitors to academic units are not permitted on campus. Postpone issuing invitations to external visitors to academic units until such time as guidance is provided otherwise.
Planning for university-sponsored travel for students should be postponed until such time as guidance is provided otherwise.