COVID-19 Weekly Update (8/11)

Aug. 13, 2020



(This message was originally sent on August 11, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

Dear Department Chairs, Associate Deans, Deans, Vice-Chancellors and colleagues:

New Faculty Orientation

As you may know, New Faculty Orientation will be conducted online from Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14. The schedule for the week is on the Provost’s website. Videos and other resources will also be available on Canvas on the New Faculty Orientation page for reference.

 New CDC Guidance for Travelers

On Aug. 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance for international and domestic travelers and is no longer requiring 14 days of self-quarantine upon arrival to the United States. MU has also updated its guidelines to reflect the CDC recommendations, and strongly encourages travelers to follow the CDC guidelines for after you travel.

IT Cleaning Procedures for Equipment

We wanted to share with you that the Division of IT will maintain the following actions to comply with CDC guidelines and will encourage social distancing in all computing areas to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The details of those plans are below.

General Access/Public Computing Areas (including Residence Halls)

  1. Keyboards will have keyboard covers to preserve the life of the keyboard.
  2. Disinfectant wipes will be provided in all computing areas for users to wipe down all equipment and work areas before and after use (as supplies allow).
  3. The Division of IT will display signs encouraging users to wash hands and sanitize hands when entering and leaving the computing area.
  4. Campus Operations will provide hand sanitizing units in each public area.  The Division of IT will provide hand sanitizer in computing areas that are not covered by Campus Operations.
Technology in Classrooms
  1. Ensure all workstations are 3’ apart by removing keyboards/mice/monitors/chairs and placing signs on workstations that are not available.
  2. Keyboards will have keyboard covers to preserve the life of the keyboard.
  3. Disinfectant wipes will be provided in all computing areas for users to wipe down all equipment and work areas before and after use (as supplies allow).
  4. The Division of IT will display signs encouraging users to wash hands and sanitize hands when entering and leaving the computing area.
  5. Campus Operations will provide hand sanitizing units in each public area. The Division of IT will provide hand sanitizer in areas that are not covered by Campus Operations.
  6. Disinfectant wipes and microphone covers will be provided as supplies last in areas that have portable microphones.  It is also encouraged users provide their own microphone cover for their personal use.

Public-use Kiosks and Laptops

  1. All MacBooks and PC laptops will have keyboard covers to preserve the life of the computers during cleaning.
  2. Division employees will wipe down all exterior laptops with computer-safe cleaner in between each laptop checkout use per Dell and Apple guidelines both of which recommend using 70 percent isopropyl wipes or Clorox Disinfecting wipes
Public Printers

Public printing will adhere to building location guidelines. Some areas that have multiple printers will have markings placed on the floor so users can form a 6’ distance line to pick up their print job. All users will be responsible for making note of what printer their print job is printing too. Congregating around printers will not be allowed.

The Division of IT will have student employees routinely roaming all computing areas cleaning and disinfecting all computing areas on a regular basis. This includes, but not limited to: workstations, desktop surfaces, monitors, keyboards, mouse, printers, and mics.

From the Teaching for Learning Center

Lumen Circles (formerly Faculty Guild) matches full or part-time faculty from the same or similar disciplines across the country to work together over a 9-week period to reflect on current practices and explore areas to improve student learning.

The themes for this fall include:

  • Online Teaching Foundation
  • Active Learning
  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Open Education Resources & Open Pedagogy

UM System is providing 3-4 seats per campus. The program runs from August 24 through October 23. There is no cost to the faculty member or the department.

This program is best suited for faculty who have several years of teaching experience and who enjoy engaging in reflective practice and engaging with peers from like disciplines. To express interest in participating, please complete this form.

Communicating with Students Regarding Disabilities

The Disability Center has been in touch with students this summer as it prepares them for the fall semester. There will be more accommodations this semester, and it is important that students know how to seek these out and that faculty support their students as they navigate this. Please take a look at the Disability Center’s resources for faculty, as you plan your courses and prepare to communicate with your students: https://disabilitycenter.missouri.edu/faculty/.

 COVID-19 Campus Signage

If you want to pick and choose the signage for your building or office space, please go to https://identity.missouri.edu/campus-signage/ to see the available patterns and wording. You can easily download, print, and put them up!

As we get closer to the start of the Fall semester I encourage you, and ask you to encourage faculty to make 6’ physical distancing, and the wearing of face coverings a part of our daily routine.

Sincerely,

Latha Ramchand