Info For Academic Faculty/Instructors
Prior to leaving home each day, all employees must take their temperature and complete the COVID-19 assessment through the RebelSAFE App
or the CDC’s Self Checker
Log into WebCampus
with your ACE ID and password. After viewing the training slideshow, answer all questions correctly on the five-question quiz. You can retake the quiz if needed.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Given the persistent challenges of the ongoing pandemic, we have been working with NSHE and our sister institutions to help our students weather this crisis. NSHE has authorized the option for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading for fall 2020 and spring 2021. Given the myriad struggles many students have been experiencing, UNLV has agreed to offer this option.
Please submit your final grades, as you normally would, by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15. The Office of the Registrar will process students’ S/U requests and convert letter grades to the appropriate equivalent, as described below.
- Boyd School of Law, UNLV School of Medicine, and School of Dental Medicine have established their own procedures for 2020-2021 grades. Law, medical, and dental students should consult with their respective deans’ offices.
- Forms to request a change in grading basis to S/U will be available in the UNLV Self-Service Center for undergraduate students and in the Grad Rebel Gateway for graduate students. See the table below for dates when the form will become available and submission deadlines. Log in to the UNLV Self-Service Center to learn more about how to complete the form, and which factors to consider when deciding whether to request S/U grading, or visit academic advising FAQ or the Graduate College COVID-19 Updates page.
Submission Dates for S/U Grading Requests for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
||Final Grades Due
||S/U Request Form Opens
||Deadline to Submit S/U Request Form
||Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020
||Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
||Thursday, December 31, 2020 (5:00 pm PST) for undergraduates. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 (5:00 pm PST) for graduate students
||Tuesday, May 18, 2021
||Wednesday, May 19, 2021
||Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (5:00 pm PST)
- Forms will only be accepted after final grades post in MyUNLV. It is important that students check your final grades, so they are aware of the letter grades they may choose to replace.
- The S/U grading request form includes several statements to advise students of the potential impacts of S and U grades on their academic progress, financial aid, and GPA. Students must acknowledge that they have read and understand each of these statements before submitting the form.
- If students request a change to S/U grading for any course, the Office of the Registrar will make changes according to the following equivalencies:
- S = “D-” or better for undergraduate students
- S = “B-” or better for graduate students
- U = “F” for undergraduate students
- U = “C+” or lower for graduate students
- “S” and “U” grades are not included in GPA or grade point balance calculations. If students choose the S/U option for all of their classes, they will have no semester GPA, and their cumulative GPA will not change. If they choose the S/U option for some of their courses, only those for which they keep letter grades will be included in their semester GPA.
- “S” or “U” grades may impact eligibility for some forms of financial aid. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships with questions about their specific situation. Information about S/U grades and Millennium Scholarship eligibility can be found in Academic Advising FAQ.
- “S” grades will satisfy most UNLV prerequisites and graduation requirements. However, students should consult with their academic advisor about specific requirements of their program or any programs/institutions to which they plan to apply in the future.
- Students in Pre-Social Work, Social Work and Pre-Nursing programs will not be able to request S/U grading for certain required courses. These courses will be listed on the S/U petition form.
Preparing for Your Semester
Review your teaching schedule in MyUNLV to verify the mode of instruction for your class(es) is as you expected. For corrections or questions, contact Vice Provost Brent Drake at Brent.Drake@unlv.edu or Registrar Sam Fugazzotto at Sam.Fugazzotto@unlv.edu.
The registrar’s office reassigns classrooms based on current approved capacity for gatherings. Faculty receive a message when this process is completed and the schedule has been finalized each semester.
- The Provost’s Office solicited from all faculty their preference for mode of instruction for the fall.
- The Provost met with deans and the incoming and outgoing Faculty Senate Chairs to discuss responses and a principle-guided process to change mode of course delivery to remote or hybrid.
- UNLV shifted all lecture courses with more than 50 students to remote delivery, achieving a 50/50 mix of remote and in-person courses.
- Stipends were offered to instructional faculty not on contract for the summer (i.e. B-contract academic faculty, PTIs and Gas) who completed additional online instruction training.
- All instructional faculty were encouraged to prepare their courses for remote delivery, should it be necessary based on public health and government directives.
- Operate with safety as a primary consideration.
- Provide the best learning experiences possible.
- Schedule courses required for students to make academic progress and toward timely graduation.
- Adopt all feasible risk-mitigation procedures that do not interfere with or substantially and predictably degrade our mission fulfillment (e.g., increasing the time between classes to lower hallway density).
- Weigh costs and benefits of risk mitigation procedures that do degrade our mission fulfillment. Generally, these decisions are best made at the level where understanding of the details and complexities is highest. This is typically the academic department or college.
- Prioritize local control of mode of instruction to the greatest extent possible with due consideration of all the previous principles.
- Maintain the planned mode of instruction and consider student preferences for mode of instruction as much as possible within the constraints of the first four principles.
- Provide as much clarity as possible regarding the expected nature of instruction and other operating procedures.
High-Quality Instruction for Remote and In-Person Courses
UNLV has established minimum criteria for high quality instruction. These include:
- Remote instruction may be conducted through WebCampus/Canvas, Cisco Webex meetings, recorded lectures, email, telephone conversations, and other methods of communication. Resources and support are available through the Faculty Center, Information Technology (“Teaching & Working Remotely”), and Online Education.
- A detailed syllabus, including expected learning outcomes available online before the course begins.
- Active instruction, including lectures, class discussions, learning or laboratory activities, student group work, and question-and-answer periods.
- Learning materials or opportunities that support out-of-class or individual learning (assigned readings, exercises, viewing or listening activities, etc.).
- Consistent opportunities for student-instructor interaction that support learning.
- Virtual or in-person office hours based on the schedule in the course syllabus distributed the first day of class.
- Responding to student emails and phone calls in a timely manner.
- Opportunities for student-to-student interactions that support learning.
Appropriate assessments of learning aligned with course learning outcomes.
Software and Technology Resources
- Free or discounted software titles are available for employees.
- IT created a series of tutorials about Webex, UNLV’s web conferencing tool, and Panopto, a lecture capture service. Videos are one-to-two minutes long and cover step-by-step instructions to help students get started with these technological tools.
- Faculty members who are teaching on-campus, in-person classes can request a microphone from the Lied Library. These microphones will not work for online courses through Webex, Zoom, or Google Meet. Learn more.
- The IT Help Desk remains available for technical assistance between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, including weekends. Submit a help request online, email email@example.com, call 702-895-0777, or ask Scarlet the chatbot for assistance.
Preparing for In-Person Courses
- Visit your classrooms well in advance of the first day of class.
- Test equipment, practice lecturing while wearing a mask, and make sure you have access to the technology you need.
- For assistance or to request equipment that is not in the classroom, contact Classroom Technology Services at 702-895-0771.
Delivering In-Person Courses
- Face coverings are mandatory for instructors and students in the classroom at all times. For guidance on how to enforce these mandates, please see our De-escalating disagreements with colleagues and students video.
- Instructors may not remove their masks during lectures.
- Instructors and students who wish to wear face shields may do so, but face shields are not a substitute for masks. Individuals who wear face shields must also wear masks.
- Do not alter classroom configuration.
- Facilities Management will space the seating and desks at least six feet apart, and tape off seats and rows in lecture halls to ensure six-foot distance between seats. For more information, visit the UNLV COVID-19 best practices web page.
- Students may use designated on-campus classrooms for studying or to do remote course work.
- Students who are registered with the Disability Resource Center may receive assistance by calling 702-895-0866 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessments, Proctoring, and Supplemental Course Materials
- Clearly state procedures in the course syllabus for students who cannot come to campus for in-person assessment exercises because they do not reside in Southern Nevada, lack childcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or have health-related issues.
- Procedures may include using the Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor for test delivery in WebCampus, or the Department/School/College paying the cost of remote proctoring through ProctorU ($20 for an exam that lasts 61-120 minutes). Students cannot be asked to pay these fees, unless they were informed of the fee in MyUNLV at the time of registration.
- Instructors cannot request students to purchase materials for a course, such as consumables, software or other technology, if those expenses were not disclosed at the time of registration.
Alternative Forms of Assessment
The Faculty Center, the Office of Online Education, and the Office of Information Technology offer assistance to suit various disciplines, teaching practices, and class designs, including:
- Synchronous and asynchronous workshops to assist instructors with online courses, and
- Design assessment instruments that discourage academic misconduct on web-based and remote courses. For more information, visit Tips for Discouraging Academic Misconduct.
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Illness Reporting and Response
As UNLV prepares to resume some in-person instruction and welcome students, faculty, and staff back to its campuses, we must all be prepared to respond to quickly to minimize the spread of COVID-19, as well as other illnesses. Prior to leaving home each day, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must take their temperature and complete the COVID-19 assessment through the RebelSAFE App or the CDC’s Self Checker.
Preparing for Student Illness
Faculty and instructors teaching in-person courses should plan for students who become ill during the semester and cannot come to campus for an extended period of time.
- Any individual at UNLV who reports a confirmed case of COVID-19 to you should be asked to complete the university’s voluntary online reporting form. This supports the university’s effort to notify individuals of necessary quarantine and stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. It also helps to deploy support and resources to the individual from the Student Health Center. Do not send a notification out to your class regarding potential exposure to COVID-19 without consulting with the university’s Clery Act Coordinator Ashley Angell. Such a notice may share protected personal information and may be a violation of federal law, which will result in heavy fines against UNLV. Do not send a notification out to your class regarding potential exposure to COVID-19 without consulting with the university’s Clery Compliance Coordinator Ashleigh Angell at Ashleigh.Angell@unlv.edu or 702-895-3833.
- Requests for short-term arrangements will be generated from the self-reporting form. Instructors will receive a letter from email@example.com if a student has reported a need for academic accommodations resulting from illness.
- Instructors must make a good-faith effort, in collaboration with the student, to make temporary adjustments for the student to complete coursework.
- Students who require longer term accommodations (beyond two weeks) will be referred to the Disability Resource Center (DRC).
- If students indicate that they belong to a group that is at higher risk of severe illness, and cannot be part of in-person activities required for their degree programs, and the course instructor is unable to provide on online or remote alternative, then the chair or director of the academic unit is expected to allow students to substitute the course(s) with a suitable web-based/remote course(s), or to waive the requirement(s).
Preparing for Faculty/Instructor Illness
Instructors may become ill during the semester and may be unable to teach for a period of time. Academic unit chairs and directors should have contingency plans to cover courses for ill instructors. Deans’ offices may work with the Office of Academic Resources to request funds to hire part-time instructors to cover courses whose instructors become ill.
Any individual at UNLV who reports a confirmed case of COVID-19 to you should be asked to complete the university’s voluntary online reporting form. This supports the university’s effort to notify individuals of necessary quarantine and stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. It also helps to deploy support and resources to the individual from the FAST Center, Human Resources and the Provost’s Office. Do not send a notification out to colleagues or classes regarding potential exposure to COVID-19 without consulting with the university’s Clery Act Coordinator Ashley Angell. Such a notice may share protected personal information and may be a violation of federal law, which will result in heavy fines against UNLV.
From the Disability Resource Center
As part of UNLV’s decision to transition from face-to-face to remote instruction, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) encourages you to review the following guidelines along with the faculty notification letter(s) you previously received this semester. To ensure that course materials created can be used by student(s) that receive accommodations in your course through the DRC these guidelines are necessary.
Alternative Formats (Alternative Media Services)
- Electronic versions of course materials must be available to students in (Word Documents, Powerpoints, or Searchable PDF).
- PDF Files created from photocopied materials are not accessible.
- Electronic content should be uploaded to Webcampus, the UNLV-supported learning management system, to ensure compatibility with assistive technology.
- Handwritten notes are not accessible. Materials must be in the above formats or typewritten.
Accommodations Related to Exams and Quizzes
Things to keep in mind:
- If an instructor is providing class notes, they must be in an accessible format (please see above).
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