As stated in the Niner Notice, it has become necessary for the University to adjust plans for the start of the spring semester due to COVID-19 cases continuing to climb at record levels and the more transmissible omicron variant becoming increasingly more prevalent.
Classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, January 10, 2022, but all undergraduate and graduate classes will be delivered virtually until Monday, January 24, 2022.
Please refer to Niner Nation Cares for the latest updates, protocols and guidelines.
FAQs for Faculty
May faculty work on campus during the period of remote instruction?
Yes, faculty have access to campus offices and research labs and should follow established guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing.
May academic department student employees work on campus?
Students are not required to be on campus during this time. However, individual students may choose to work on campus during this time in consultation with their supervisor. Gatherings of groups are not allowed. Mask-wearing protocols apply.
Can fine arts rehearsals be held on campus during the period of remote instruction?
The intent is to halt in-person gatherings to reduce spread of the virus. Students are not required to be on campus during this time. However, individual students may choose to come to campus during this time for private practice.
May a faculty member switch their course to fully online for the remainder of the semester?
No; students have the expectation that classes will continue as they were listed when they registered. This is our commitment to students. See AY 2021-22 FAQ.
Should capacity guidelines be altered for performances and other events?
All group events must be postponed, canceled, or held virtually during this period.
Should building access and operation hours be adjusted during the period of remote instruction?
Campus remains open, so building access and business hours should not change. However, capacity restrictions should be considered for interior spaces such as labs and workshops to ensure appropriate social distancing.
Will Atkins library be open?
Yes. Library hours.
What is our protocol for class field trips?
Field trips are restricted at this time.
Can scheduled on-campus interviews with job candidates continue?
Campus meetings, including candidate interviews, should be held virtually.
Can performances continue as scheduled?
No. All group events must be postponed, canceled, or held virtually.
Will N95 masks be provided for faculty and staff?
Individuals may request a N95 mask (sometimes called an N95 respirator) through this campus form. One mask per request. For details on how to use a N95, please refer to the Environmental Health and Safety site.
Can faculty require students to wear N95 masks in class?
No. See face masks requirements.
Do the restrictions on assignments, tests, and in-class discussion apply to graduate students moving in January 19-21, 2022, also?
No, this applies to undergraduate students only due to the delay of move-in for on-campus students in the residence halls.