Return to Learn

Updated August 14, 2020

Like every other R1 university, we are grappling with challenges of advancing our mission in these extraordinary times. UNT is developing an academic plan to reopen the campus for fall 2020 starting with the question of “How Can We.” How can we operate to maximally advance the intellectual development of our students and support their success? How can we operate in ways that support our goal of advancing as a research university? How can we continue to demonstrate that we are a creative and caring community?

After consulting with our academic leaders, faculty senate leaders and restart advisory groups, I am outlining several stages of increased on-campus academic operations to create a healthy and safe learning environment that supports our academic mission.  This is a living plan that will be continually adjusted with the changing public health concerns and needs of our community. Implementing this plan will require everyone to contribute and work together for the success of our students and university.

FIRST DAY OF CLASS RESOURCES

Access to the July 28, 2020 Guidance for In-Person Teaching webinar is available through Bridge.

Access to the August 3, 2020 Guidance for TA/TF In-Person Teaching webinar is available through Bridge.

Access to the August 14, 2020 Guidance for In-Person Teaching Part 2 webinar is now available through Bridge. Also, see the responses to questions asked during the webinar.

Continuity Stages

We are carefully monitoring public health conditions, including infection rates in our region and state and seeking guidance from county and state health officials. Beginning May 4th, we have been phasing in academic activities in preparation to resume in-person instructional delivery and student support services. 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

  • Resume in-person instructional delivery and student support services
  • Classes will be 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 staffing
  • 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
  • Fall semester will be remote after the Thanksgiving break

Prepare to Return to Learn

The following information is provided to help prepare for the fall semester. All information is updated regularly as decisions are made in response to health conditions and state and local orders.

  • Academic Calendar: Fall 2020

    The class schedule for the Fall semester will be modified beginning at Thanksgiving.  

    • Classes will start on Monday, August 24th (no change)
    • The last day of in-person classes will be November 25th
    • In-person classes will move to remote delivery the week of November 28th
    • Final exams will occur remotely 

    Class days/times have been extended until 10 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. No classes or exams will take place on Sundays.  

  • Academic Calendar: Spring 2021

    Currently, the spring academic calendar is scheduled as planned.  Any changes to the Spring Academic Calendar will be determined at a future date.  

  • Activities/Events on Campus

    Given the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, no in-person events are being approved. This includes faculty luncheons, department meetings, student organization meetings, etc. While faculty can be thinking about how to host events that align with UNT COVID response guidelines, also consider how the event can take place virtually.

    • In-person events are not to be scheduled at this time. When events are possible, they will require prior approval.
    • 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.
    • Student clubs that you advise should have virtual meetings.
    • Guest speakers and other visitors to campus are not permitted at this time (fellow members of the UNT faculty/staff are permitted). Consider zooming in 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 camo 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 presentation will be available in early August 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

  • 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 have 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

  • Classroom Layout

    Classrooms are being 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 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 (or will be by Fall) 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 Support Services will continue to support classroom technology needs. https://classroomsupport.unt.edu/ classroomsupport@unt.edu or 940-565-2691

  • Classroom Technology: Microphones

    Microphones have been added to all general (110) classrooms to ensure the best possible experience. Body pack microphone set 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 lavalier 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 lavalier mics: Contact DSI Tech (dsitech@unt.edu, 940-565-2691) to deliver the lavalier before your first class and demonstrate proper use. 

    Classroom Support Services will continue to support classroom technology needs. https://classroomsupport.unt.edu/ classroomsupport@unt.edu or 940-565-2691

  • Classrooms

    To safely accommodate classes, UNT will be engaging in social distancing, which will limit the number of students in each classroom space. We are converting additional campus facilities for use as classroom space allowing us to teach more in-person classes than otherwise would be possible. We also will extend our academic week to evenings and some Saturdays to accommodate the ability to teach more students in person.

    General Purpose (110) 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.

    All Specialized classrooms such as labs, studios, seminar rooms, performance spaces, etc. have unique circumstances and may request an exception of less than 6 feet, but at least three feet supplemented by additional protective measures. Exception requests will be documented in the college restart plans and reviewed by the Academic Affairs Restart committee.  

    Additional spaces on campus have been approved as classrooms for fall semester, including rooms in the Union, Gateway, Crumbly, and Environmental Sciences. 

    Facilities is preparing classrooms for the revised seating arrangements for fall semester. For classrooms with fixed seating, signage will indicate seats as usable/unusable. Facilities will work with departments to minimize moving furniture out of classrooms.

  • 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 cindy.dutton@unt.edu)
  • Clinical Operations

    Clinical operations serving adults 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.

  • 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.

  • Exams: Ensuring Academic Integrity

    Remote, online, or partially remote classes may offer remote exams (all finals will be remote). 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 Fall 2020 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 Dec. 7 or Tuesday Dec. 8
      H – M Tuesday Dec. 8 or Wednesday Dec. 9
      N – S Wednesday Dec. 9 or Thursday Dec. 10
      T – Z Thursday Dec. 10 or Friday Dec. 11

      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.

  • Exams: In-person

    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, September 30, October 21, and November 18) 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 can be directed to the following campus locations to obtain a disposable mask.

    • 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 by all community members 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:

    • Faculty may opt to wear a face shield instead of a face covering while teaching, if they can maintain 6 feet of distance from others in the classroom.
    • In certain learning environments, face coverings may be removed temporarily if they impede learning such as in music or language learning classes
    • 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 faculty are in a single-occupancy office without visitors

    Any exceptions to the face covering guidelines including the use of a face shield in lieu of a face covering must be submitted to the Safety and Incident Management Advisory Team for review.

  • Face Coverings: Locations to obtain a disposable mask

    The following locations will have disposable masks available for students who do not have a face covering or need a new one. Locations with an asterisk (*) are open evening and weekends.

    • Main Campus
      • Art Building 101 – College of Visual Arts and Design
      • Business Leadership Building 290 - Ryan College of Business
      • Chilton Hall 289 - College of Health and Public Service
      • Chilton Hall 331 – College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
      • ESSC 354 – Toulouse Graduate School
      • Gateway 149 – University Advancement Office
      • General Academic Building 220 – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
      • Hickory Hall 283/254 – College of Science Advising
      • Hurley 207 - VP Student Affairs office
      • Marquis Hall 105 – International Affairs
      • Music Building 247– Ricco Dean’s Suite College of Music
      • Matthews Hall 105 - College of Education Student Advising
      • PEB – Room 209 – College of Education
      • Sage 320 – TAMS & Honors College
      • Sycamore 206 – Mayborn School of Journalism
      • Union 205 - Union Information Desk*
      • Welch Complex – CHE Main Office – College of Education
      • Willis 223 – Library*
    • Discovery Park
      • College of Engineering - A140
      • COI Advising Office - C232 // Dean’s Office : E290
    • Hall Park - Frisco
      • Library - 166
    • Inspire Park - Frisco
      • Administrative Office 115
  • 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

    To enable faculty to project their voice while teaching an in-person class, faculty may opt to wear a face shield if they can maintain 6 feet of distance from others in the classroom. Face shields are not a substitute for cloth face coverings in slowing the spread of COVID-19, therefore faculty are expected to follow UNT guidelines for face coverings at all times other than when they are teaching in the classroom.

  • 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 Illness

    If faculty become ill, contact your department chair and they will work with you to address the continuity of the class, 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.

  • Hours of Operation

    Academic Affairs summer hours of operation for July 6 through August 7th will be 5-15 hours/week with Thursday being a common day that academic offices and services are open.  Hours of operation will be adjusted based on demand and posted on the office door and the department website.

    Regular Academic Affairs fall hours of operation will be 8am-5pm Monday through Friday starting August 10th.  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.  Hours of operation after Thanksgiving will be determined at a future date.  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.

  • Libraries

    Willis Library is open from 10-4 Monday - Friday and available 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.  

  • Perch Points

    Perch Points are rooms designated for students to use to access WIFI for remote instruction. There are locations throughout campus so students who have a remote course immediately before or after an in-person class have a comfortable place to attend their remote class. Find a convenient Perch Point location.

  • Personal Protective Equipment

    UNT requires the use of face coverings by all community members inside buildings and in public settings outside, especially where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. UNT is providing two cloth face coverings for all employees. Disposable face coverings are also available in offices 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.

  • Reopening Plans

    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.

  • Research

    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.  Employees will receive notification that they have been registered for this training and that they must complete it by July 31. Those who are working remotely must take the training prior to returning to campus. Faculty and staff who have remained on campus must take the training as soon as possible. There will be multiple training modules to help faculty and staff understand the safety guidelines and expectations for returning to campus. Topics covered include social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements and other important guidelines to help keep UNT’s community safe. The course is on the My Learning page of UNT Bridge.

  • Schedule of Classes

    The fall schedule of classes was redeveloped to allow for smaller, socially distanced in-person classes, remote classes, and online classes. Academic Departments submitted recommended changes to class delivery format and a revised schedule was finalized July 15th. Classes are available as in-person, online, partially remote and fully remote.

  • Student 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. 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 for this semester
    • 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 fall 2020 syllabi. This statement was updated in July to align with more recent COVID response guidelines. See Syllabus Statement: Student Absences

  • Study Abroad

    No UNT-sponsored study abroad programs will be planned for the fall semester or winter session. Students participating in a study abroad program planned through organizations outside of UNT may be considered for approval by submitting a restricted travel exception request form.

  • 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

    The UNT fall schedule requires this course to have fully remote instruction beginning November 28th. Additional 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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  • Teaching Resources

    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. 

    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 fall semester, 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 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.

    Information on how to prepare a course for remote instruction can be found on the CLEAR website

  • Travel Restrictions

    Domestic and international travel will be prohibited for non-essential business purposes until the CDC provides guidance that travel for non-essential business purposes is safe. People who have travelled internationally, or to domestic hotspots, for personal reasons should notify Risk Management and self-isolate for two weeks before coming to campus.

    For more information about travel, visit the UNT System’s travel guidelines. Exceptions are only for essential business purposes, such as traveling to support state or federal COVID-19 recovery efforts. To request an exception, please complete the request to travel to high-risk destinations form.

  • Travel: Vacation

    We want you to be safe this summer 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 14 days upon your return.

    Faculty and staff are strongly urged not to travel for the two weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester.

    External visitors to academic units will not be permitted through the remainder of the summer. Postpone issuing invitations to external visitors to academic units for the fall 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.