1. When lecturing in a classroom, assuming the students are socially distanced apart, do I need to wear a facial covering when I am lecturing?

Yes. In accordance with the guidelines for returning to work, all instructors and students must wear facial coverings when in the classroom. Face shields are only permitted when worn with a cloth face covering or mask. More information is available at Face Covering and Masks page.

2. If I need to wear a facial covering, may I take it off if I am able to maintain a certain distance (say, 10 feet) from all students? What if I’m behind a Plexiglas teaching station?

No, you must wear a face covering regardless of your distance from students in the classroom. Face coverings and social distancing work together to reduce the risk of disease transmission on campus.

Face shields cannot be worn alone – you must wear a cloth face covering as well. More information is available at Face Covering and Masks page.

3. Should students follow a certain procedure when leaving and returning to a classroom (to go the bathroom, etc.)?

It is recommended that the doors of your classroom be propped open to minimize contact with the door handles. Facilities Management has furnished furnish a door stop for each classroom.

Where possible, students should try to enter and leave the classroom maintaining six feet apart. Instructors may also want to dismiss students in the classroom in small groups at a time, in keeping with social distancing guidelines.

In classrooms with fixed seating, instructors should encourage students to fill the available seating in a way that prevents students from having to pass by other students in each row.

4. If I use a microphone or lapel mic in my class, is there any particular cleaning procedure I should follow? Would it be better to give faculty their own microphones for the semester?

Yes, Information Technology has created a video on how to clean a microphone.

Centrally purchased cleaning supplies should be available through your school, college, and department offices for use in personal spaces and for use by faculty for teaching stations and equipment.

5. If students are taking an exam in my class on paper, what is the best procedure for collecting the exam papers?

The students can submit their exams by dropping them off at a table or desk near the exits, maintaining six feet of distance while they wait their turn to do so.

6. If I tend to walk around the classroom a lot when I lecture, should I basically try to stop that entirely?

Please do your best to stay at least six feet away from the nearest student. If this is not possible then you should not move around as much.

7. Some of my students bring a lot of things to class (electronic devices, books, backpacks, skateboards, etc.). Is there a best practice for storing these things or keeping them germ free during a pandemic while in a classroom?

The latest available evidence suggests that transmission from surfaces is rare. However, individual students should only handle their own belongings.

8. Do you think it would be easier to have assigned seating for the duration of the semester to ensure social distancing?

Classrooms will be set up to encourage social distancing. Instructors and students may not change the configuration of the classrooms. More information can be found under Social Distancing in Campus Spaces.

Assigned seating could help, but it does not change the classroom configuration set up by physical facilities.

Depending on the size and configuration of the classroom, instructors may find assigned seating to help class ingress and egress. In some classrooms (e.g., those with fixed seating) students may be asked to fill rows from the front and center as they arrive to prevent students from passing each other as they find their seats. The students should be asked to leave by row to prevent congestion in the rows as they depart the classroom.

9. If I teach a course where I want to pass around an artifact that students can hold and feel, should I require that they wear gloves to do this? Should I just pass around a box of wipes as well or should I simply forego that experience altogether?

Without specific training, most people are not able to remove gloves without contaminating their hands. In general, it is better to wash hands after touching high-touch surfaces.

To reduce the likelihood of inadvertently spreading any type of germs, it would be best not to pass the artifact around. Consider using the document camera as an alternative. Show all aspects of the artifact on the screen and talk about texture, solidity, etc.

10. How do I handle a student who refuses to wear a mask in class and/or refuses to follow social distancing guidelines?

This would be considered a student conduct issue and should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct via an incident report.

11. How often will classrooms be cleaned?

Campus cleaning protocols can be found on the coronavirus website.

Classrooms, including teaching stations, are cleaned every evening Monday through Friday. Centrally purchased cleaning supplies may be requested from schools, colleges, and departments.

UNLV will provide cleaning supplies, including sanitizing wipes for disinfecting teaching stations, for instructors teaching on-campus this fall.  Supplies are centrally funded by the university. Departments must order supplies for all instructors in one request.

To order supplies:

  • Directors, department heads, or designees must fill out the Request Teaching Station Wipes form. One person is to be designated as the department-wide representative to order supplies for a supervisory organization.
  • Please have your supervisory organization number ready.
  • Once the representative is approved and notified via email, the representative may submit a request through the Business Affairs administration portal to order supplies. The designee may submit one order every 30 days.
  • Instructions are available for how to order supplies through the portal.
  • Contact Colin Tewey at colin.tewey@unlv.edu or 702-895-1447 for more information.
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