The university’s COVID remote working guidelines are being phased out and the return to on-campus working for faculty and staff is underway. All employees are expected to return to working their full schedule on-campus by August 2, 2021.
Planning for instructional continuity should address the potential for students and/or instructors to be absent due to quarantining or illness or for a shift to online class format during the semester. These recommendations should be considered to the extent possible given the nature and format of each course.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of faculty work, causing disruptions for faculty in achieving their teaching, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service goals, it is important to approach faculty evaluation for 2020, and potentially beyond, with creativity, flexibility, and understanding. These guidelines have been approved by the Provost’s Office.
Jill Irvine, Senior Vice Provost, has announced that chairs, directors, and members of Committee A should exercise maximum flexibility in evaluating faculty research and creative activity during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, given the closure of labs, research facilities, and performance spaces. As a result, all pre-tenure faculty whose appointment began on or before January 2021 are eligible to request a one-year extension to their probationary period due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus. Faculty who wish to request an extension should complete and submit the form by April 1 of the academic year preceding their mandatory review. The request for a one-year extension to the probationary period will need to be approved by the chair/director, Committee A, and the Dean before being sent to the Provost’s office for final approval.