General expections syllabus statements
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Instructors teaching fully in-person, blended, or mostly online courses this fall will might consider including some syllabus statements that set students' general expectations about how you will manage the challenges of COVID-19 in your course. These sample general expectations syllabus statements can be copied, pasted, and edited without permission or attribution.
Statement 1: General statement about supporting remote students
As we learn together this fall, [I/WSU am/is] committed to helping you complete this course successfully through any delivery mode necessary. I am prepared to support any student who cannot attend our in-person class meetings for COVID-related reasons and will do my best to make the experience as seamless and engaging as possible. If you are required to isolate, quarantine, or have any health concerns that prevent you from attending class meetings, please contact me via [communication channel] at [contact information] to discuss your options for continuing the course remotely.
Statement 2: General statement about student face covering
Research indicates that face coverings, combined with physical distancing, reduce the transmission of COVID-19 significantly. In light of the elevated community spread and guidance from the Minnesota State system office and the CDC, WSU implemented a mask requirement on August 4th, 2021. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, suppliers, camp participants, and the general public) are required to use a cloth face covering to cover both the nose and mouth in all public indoor spaces on university campuses and properties in both Winona and Rochester, including leased facilities, transit shelters and university shuttles. This guidance applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. This protocol will remain in effect through the first several weeks of the fall semester. Unless you have an approved accommodation from Access Services, please come to class wearing a face covering. Approved face coverings include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth face mask, a scarf or bandanna, or a religious face covering. Your face covering should cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear. Spare disposable masks will be available in our classroom and in various other locations across campus. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement.
Statement 3: General statement about instructor face covering
Current MDH guidelines followed by WSU allow instructors to remove their face coverings while they teach if they can maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and the students. Given that I will be able to maintain that distance, I will be teaching without a face covering (or using a face shield without a mask). I will make every effort to maintain a safe distance and please don't hesitate to let me know if you are uncomfortable with the distancing in this classroom at any time. (or) Given that I will be unable to maintain that distance in our classroom, I will be teaching with a mask. Please let me know if you have trouble hearing me or need to see my mouth as I speak.
Statement 4: General statement about availability
Although we will need to interact a bit differently this semester, I am available for meetings and questions outside of class time.
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