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COVID-19 Faculty Resources

The Campus Health and Wellbeing COVID-19 webpage includes information for students related to COVID-19. Additional information for faculty may be found at the Academic Affairs Frequently Asked Questions page.

Syllabus Statement Template

As the University continues to respond to COVID-19, the following syllabus sections are designed to help provide guidance to students about their responsibilities when on campus and while interacting with instructors and classmates. These sections reflect current policy and practices. There is no requirement to include this information in a syllabus; faculty may incorporate sections as they deem appropriate.

Updated August 30, 2023

COVID-19 Classroom Protocols and Campus Safety

Cal Poly is committed to protecting the health and safety of the campus community. Taking preventive steps, as well as monitoring your health and staying home if you are feeling unwell, will help protect the entire Cal Poly community.

This class aligns with campus COVID-19 protocols. Your presence in class is your attestation that you are following these protocols. Please note that safety protocols may change throughout the quarter. You are expected to follow all protocols as outlined on the Campus Health and Wellbeing COVID-19 webpage.

Thank you for doing your part to ensure the health and wellbeing of our classroom community.

Face Coverings

Anyone is welcome to wear a mask in the classroom if they so choose, and members of our classroom community may wear face coverings for any number of reasons. Please do not infer anything about vaccination or health status based on an individual's decision to mask. The people with whom you interact may have compelling but private reasons to remain masked. Please treat others the way you would want to be treated if your roles were reversed.

COVID-19 Isolation

Please follow the practices outlined in the Student Isolation and Quarantine Guide, which is designed to support students who have received a positive COVID-19 test, who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. As your instructor, I support these practices because they will help maintain a healthy and safe classroom environment.

As soon as you know that you will be absent from class and/or unable to complete coursework as a result of a known COVID-19 related issue, please email me right away. If you are unable to contact me due to an extenuating circumstance, please follow the guidance outlined on the Instructor Notification of Student Absence webpage on the Dean of Students website to ensure someone connects with me about your absence(s).

Please be aware, pursuant to the class attendance policy, isolation due to COVID-19 is an excused absence and will allow you to make up missed work, which may include virtual opportunities for major assignments and exams. In the event of this circumstance, you are encouraged to get notes from a classmate to ensure you stay current on class discussions and activities that you may miss. If you aren’t personally connected with anyone in the class, please let me know and, following your permission in writing, I will do my best to find someone willing to share their class notes while keeping your status confidential.

Finally, if you find yourself struggling with course materials while absent, please consider working virtually with a tutor at the Writing and Learning Center and/or requesting a virtual office hour meeting with me so I can help you remain engaged while in isolation. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is also available to support you in the event of an extended absence.

Please note that faculty are not required to teach a course in more than one modality. That means you likely will not be provided a virtual version of every lesson delivered in person or every course activity assigned. That said, I understand this remains a challenging time for all of us, and I will do my best to support you should you be asked to isolate in place due to COVID-19. Please stay in touch with me about COVID-19-related absences; I will keep your status confidential.



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