COVID-19 Faculty Resources
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Syllabus Statement Template
As the University continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 your syllabus; faculty may incorporate sections as they deem appropriate.
COVID-19 Compliance, Classroom Protocols, and Campus Safety
Cal Poly is committed to protecting the health and safety of the campus community. Taking preventative 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 requirements. Your presence in class is your attestation that you are following the University's current COVID-19 safety protocols: completing daily health screenings, following your ongoing testing schedule if applicable, and attending class with a green campus pass.
Please note that safety protocols may change throughout the quarter. You are expected to follow all protocols as outlined in the most recent campus updates.
I may conduct random or daily checks of the campus pass, so please be prepared to share your pass when asked. [optional: I also expect you to have proof of a blue, yellow, or red pass via a forwarded email or screenshot from a particular date on which you were absent from class for a COVID-19-related reason]. If you misrepresent your campus pass status, you are in violation of the student code of conduct, will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and may be subject to failing this class.
As we move through the quarter, please be aware that your timely communication is key to your success. In particular,
- Alert me in advance of potential single sign-on restrictions from campus applications.
- Email me as soon as you know you will be absent from class and/or unable to complete coursework for a known COVID-19 related issue and include proof of yellow (quarantine) or red (isolation) campus pass status and/or a screenshot of the campus pass for the day of the absence(s).
Thank you for doing your part to ensure the health and wellbeing of our classroom community.
While not required, please feel free to wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk tolerance. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers helpful information on face coverings.
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, and please remember to always carry a mask with you.
COVID-19 Testing and Compliance
If you are required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 testing, be reminded that it is your responsibility to adhere to your testing schedule. More details on this campus requirement are available on the COVID-19 Testing webpage.
Failure to comply with COVID-19 testing requirements may result in restrictions from campus services, spaces, and applications, including access to the Cal Poly Portal, Canvas, and Zoom. You will receive several notifications before restrictions occur; please heed those notifications and alert me in advance of restrictions from campus applications.
Be reminded that University policy states, “campus email is an official method of campus communication to students and may be used as the sole method of communication for some campus matters.” Campus policy will be followed, and communications will be initiated through Cal Poly email. An absence due to testing non-compliance restrictions, and any late or missed work resulting from that absence, [may be] considered unexcused and is subject to the course attendance and make-up work policies.
Daily Symptoms Screening
As long as the University utilizes the daily symptom screener and the campus pass as a safety measure for our community, I reserve the right to check the campus pass. Please be prepared to show your pass upon entry to each class meeting. Only students with a green pass will be allowed to attend the day’s class session. Note that having a blue pass does not fall within the University’s attendance guidelines for excused absences. Absences due to a blue pass are therefore subject to course attendance and make-up work policies. Please visit the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening webpage for more information on the campus pass. Students who misrepresent their campus pass status are in violation of the student code of conduct, will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and may be subject to failing this class.
Isolation and Quarantine
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 you will be absent from class and/or unable to complete coursework for a known COVID-19 related issue, please email me right away, including proof of a yellow (quarantine) or red (isolation) campus pass status and/or a screenshot of the campus pass for the day of the absence(s). 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 and quarantine 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 these circumstances, 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/quarantine. 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 or quarantine. Please stay in touch with me about COVID-19-related absences; I will keep your status confidential.
Attestation Form for Collection
*Note: Faculty may consider adapting the statement below as an attestation form that they ask students to sign.
I attest, by virtue of my presence in class, that I will follow the University's COVID safety protocols by completing daily health screenings and ongoing testing as applicable, and that I will attend class with a green campus pass. I understand that I may be asked randomly or daily to share my campus pass and will be prepared to do so. I also will be prepared to provide evidence of a blue, yellow, or red pass from a particular date on which I am absent from class for a COVID-19 related reason. Finally, I understand that if I misrepresent my campus pass status, I will be in violation of the university's student code of conduct, will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and may be subject to failing this class. I commit to doing my part to ensure the health and wellbeing of our classroom community. Signature: ____________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________