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Continuity of Teaching and Learning

The health and safety of our West Virginia State University students, faculty and staff are our highest priority . Faculty and staff provide high-quality teaching and educational services to uphold the university’s mission and ensure student success . Standards for the classroom environment continue to be adapted to comply with best practices. Classes will be taught in class, online, or hybrid (web 30, web 50, web 80) as designated on the Spring 2022 course schedule .
 
Faculty will use pedagogical methods that support high quality teaching, learning, and engagement that promotes and fosters student success in across all learning modalities . The Center for Online Learning will continue to support faculty instruction and student learning as needed .
 
Attendance will be recorded using the WVSU Attendance Tracking System in all courses to comply with federal guidelines. Seating charts will be used in classrooms, auditoriums, and lab spaces . Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized each day. All vaccinated and non-vaccinated faculty and students must continue to wear face coverings or masks inside the classroom or laboratory space; however, vaccinated faculty may opt to use a clear face shield during that instruction time . Situations involving individuals who do not comply with safety protocols will be addressed in accordance with WVSU policies .
 

Instructional Directives for Faculty

  • Faculty will be proactive in establishing classroom expectations including seating chart, use of face coverings and PPE, and attendance policy.
  • Faculty will work with college administrators and other administrative offices to accommodate student requesting exceptions to established course practices if needed.
  • Faculty will be expected to maintain regularly scheduled hours in their office on days and times convenient to students as noted in the faculty handbook.
  • Faculty will respond to students in a timely manner, typically within 24 hours or by the next business day.
  • Faculty will review the WVSU COVID-19 Syllabus Statement during first class meeting.
 
 

COVID-19 Statement

During this current and on-going pandemic, the immense impact on learners cannot be understated . There has been, is, and will continue to be stress, anxiety, fear, economic uncertainty, and general feelings of unease . You are encouraged to make use of the resources at WVSU for your physical health, mental well-being, and enhanced learning . These services include Counseling, Accessibility Services, FamilyCare Health Center, and the Office of Retention and Student Success . All offices are equipped to assist you in person or via technological means.

In order to best facilitate your learning and to provide you with a safe environment, please note the following COVID related policies and procedures:
 
  • Vaccines: The best way to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 is through vaccinations . Vaccinations are strongly encouraged for all faculty, staff, and students to ensure the health and safety of our campus . Weekly vaccine clinics will be available for students, faculty and staff on campus.
  • Distance Learning and Class Recording: Due to COVID-19, the individual class sessions may be made available to properly enrolled students who are not physically in the classroom . This may be accomplished via a synchronous live stream and/or a time delayed recording . In addition to instructor content, remote delivery may include capture of all classroom audio and visual happenings during designated class times, including that of students who may be part of the class, but who are not physically in the classroom. By remaining in the class, you are agreeing to this statement.
  • Class Changes: In the unexpected event that the University cancels in person classes, the method of delivery of in person courses may change to fully online or hybrid delivery . The nature and number of assignments may also need to be adapted to ensure quality and safety .
  • Face Masks and Social Distancing: All students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors in all University-owned, leased, or operated facilities are required to comply with current face mask and social distancing WVSU guidelines.
  • Positive COVID Test Results: If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to follow protocols per Kanawha-Charleston Health Department for an isolation period . Accommodations will be provided by the instructor upon notification from the student of quarantine/isolation . Students are responsible for completing all missed assignments.
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