COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Messaging

Important Health and Safety Reminders

Dear Colleagues, I hope the first few weeks of the semester have been productive for you and you are beginning to settle into a comfortable rhythm for your classes. I want to share some important health and safety reminders as we approach cold, flu and COVID-19 season, and as we continue to process the tragic […]

Important Follow-up Regarding Masks in the Classroom

Dear Colleagues, As we were informed in Monday’s NinerNotice, the University is changing its guidance on face masks in response to a directive from the UNC System Office. I know that many of you planned your teaching schedule with the assumption that face masks would continue to be a requirement this semester and I have […]

Faculty Special Accommodations During Pandemic Period

To: Department Chairs/School Directors Cc: Deans, Associate/Assistant Deans, Business Managers, Faculty Council President From: Lori McMahon, Associate Provost for Academic Budget and Personnel We continue to plan for a Spring 2022 semester with primarily (70% or greater) face-to-face classes. The instructions below assume that in preparing the spring schedule, department chairs have taken into account […]

COVID-Related RPT Extension Requests for Tenure-Track Faculty

Dear colleagues, At the start of the pandemic, I announced our decision to give all faculty an automatic one-year extension to prepare for reappointment, promotion, and tenure (RPT) decisions. Labs and other facilities were closed, classes went remote, conferences were cancelled, and in general, life was upended. While not all faculty chose to avail themselves […]

COVID-Related Class Concerns

Dear colleagues, During University Convocation, we heard that some faculty with documented needs were unaware of the process that is in place to address concerns about in-person classes. While department chairs accommodated many of the needs of faculty that were known in spring when the class schedule was built, circumstances can change. We want to […]

Faculty Classroom Guidance during Pandemic

Dear colleagues, We are now a week out from the start of classes. As faculty, you are trusted sources of information for your students. Take the opportunity to welcome your class – whether through email, Canvas, or in person – and to educate them about health and safety during the pandemic. As you do so: […]

Instructor’s Fact Sheet with COVID-19 Resources

Instructors: As you welcome students to your class — whether through email, Canvas message, or in person — you may wish to share this information regarding health and safety during the pandemic. This is an opportunity to remind students of mask-wearing expectations and to explain your classroom policies related to the ongoing pandemic, such as […]

Academic Policies and Suggested Syllabi Language for AY 2021-22

Dear Department Chairs and Directors: As we prepare for the start of classes for the fall term, I am writing to remind you of the importance of communicating with all faculty members the content and significance of the University policies, especially those applicable to faculty members. Please reserve time in a faculty meeting to highlight […]

Classroom Expectations Related to Face Coverings

TO: UNC Charlotte Faculty FROM: Joan F. Lorden, Provost Kevin W. Bailey, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs RE: University/Classroom Expectations of Students Related to COVID-19 We write to remind faculty of the protocol that was established last year surrounding violations of student expectations related to required face coverings in the classroom to control COVID-19. The […]

Fall 2021 Course Delivery Guidance

Dear Colleagues, In the past year, you have had to pivot often in response to changing conditions. Things are changing again, but the decreases in infection rates and the increasing availability of COVID vaccines mean that the latest change is to a more normal fall. Fall is likely to still entail testing, tracing, and mask […]