University of Houston-Victoria
Provost

Fall 2020

COVID-19 Course Syllabi Addendum

Face Covering Policy (required for all who come to campus for any reason but especially for courses with a face-to-face component)

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University is requiring the use of face coverings on campus including classrooms for both faculty and students. Faculty may use a face shield during instruction, any other time when a faculty member is not in a private office, a face covering will be worn. With very limited, preapproved exceptions, students must wear a face covering. Face coverings must cover your mouth and nose and be worn throughout the class session.  A mask with a valve is not considered an adequate face covering and should not be used, as it can expel exhaled air, increasing the risk to others. Eating or drinking during class is discouraged and is not an excuse for removing the face covering for any extended length of time.  Failure to comply with the requirement to wear a face covering in class will result in your being asked to leave the classroom immediately and a disciplinary referral through the judicial office in Student Life. Requests for accommodations relating to the face covering policy may be directed to Cheryl Worley in Disability Services.

Required Daily Health Self-Assessment

Your presence in class each session means that you have completed a daily self-assessment of your health/exposure and you:

  • Are NOT exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have tested positive, you HAVE been released from your doctor and can return to classes.
  • Have NOT knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or suspected/presumed COVID-19

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that are not clearly related to a pre-existing medical condition, do not come to class.

Excused Absence Policy

Regular class attendance, participation, and engagement in coursework are important contributors to student success. Absences may be excused for reasons including: medical illness of student or close relative, death of a close family member, legal or government proceeding that a student is obligated to attend, recognized professional and educational activities where the student is presenting, and University-sponsored activity or athletic competition.  Attendance in a synchronous class (for classes that are hybrid/online or online/synchronous) count as class attendance.

Syllabus Changes

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the instructor may need to make modifications to the course syllabus and may do so at any time. Notice of such changes will be announced as quickly as possible through Bb classes and/or UHV email.

UHV Email

Email communications related to this course will be sent to your UHV email account, which each University of Houston-Victoria student receives, and/or through Blackboard classes.

Webcams

Access to a webcam is required for students participating remotely in courses. Webcams must be turned on when requested by your instructor and may also be required during exams to ensure the academic integrity.

Course Delivery Formats and Final Exams

  • Hybrid/Online Courses: Some students may have a designated face-to-face spot reserved, but alternative ways to participate will also be provided. These alternatives may include (but are not limited to) attending class sessions through synchronous streaming, viewing recordings of class meetings asynchronously, participating in discussion boards, and/or completing self-directed activities.
  • Synchronous Online Courses: Synchronous online class meetings will take place according to the class schedule. There are no on campus components to these courses. In between synchronous class meetings, there may also be asynchronous activities to complete (e.g., discussion forums and assignments). These courses may have a final exam which will be delivered in the synchronous online format, and the specified date and time will be announced during the courses.
  • Asynchronous Online Courses: These courses are taught asynchronously, which means there is no designated day or time assigned to the course (although optional synchronous sessions are possible, such as virtual office hours or discussion groups). Asynchronous instruction generally involves accessing content, such as recorded video lectures, readings, discussion prompts, assignments, and assessments during a flexible time frame, with due dates as specified. These courses may have a final exam at the course conclusion. The exams will be asynchronous, and the date and time that it will be released and due will be announced during the courses. Prior to the exam, descriptive information, such as the number and types of exam questions, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the exam, and procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the exam period, may be provided.

Helpful Information

Health FAQs: https://www.uhv.edu/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions/

Health Services: https://www.uhv.edu/counseling/health-services/