For Fall 2021 semester, it is recommended that faculty clearly state the facemask policy in their syllabus:
In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective Monday, August 9, 2021, all employees, students, and campus visitors -- irrespective of their vaccination status -- must wear a mask while inside any University building, with very limited exceptions. President Geoffrey S. Mearns communicated this change in health and safety protocol to our campus community on Wednesday, August 4. Read his email.
Protocols for fully vaccinated students effective June 15, 2021, the University has loosened restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated. Specifically, the following standards apply to fully vaccinated students:
- Exempt from pre-arrival testing for the Fall 2021 semester (with attestation of vaccination status)
- Not required to engage in physical distancing
- Exempt from quarantine requirements if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (unless symptomatic after exposure)
- Exempt from any mandatory surveillance testing.
The University continues to trust its campus community members to behave responsibly, including acting in a manner consistent with our policies and protocols if they have not been fully vaccinated. With that in mind, the University does not intend to actively and routinely inquire into people’s vaccination status. However, if a student is found to have submitted false or fraudulent information about having been vaccinated, or otherwise misrepresents their vaccination status in order to take advantage of the loosened restrictions for fully vaccinated persons, that student may be subject to discipline.
Additional resources regarding COVID-19 information for faculty are the daily Notice of Circumstance letters and the Face Mask Accountability Fall 2021 toolkit.
Many faculty find it helpful to make students aware of both the academic ethics policy and the grade appeal policy.
You may consider clearly articulating your expectations regarding email and other course correspondence. Do you typically take 24-48 hours to respond? If so, consider mentioning that on the syllabus.
Do you have particular expectations for your students to use your correct pronouns or title? If so, consider including some guidance on those issues.
It may help for students to know what counts as a classroom disruption and how you plan to deal with those disruptions.
There are a wide variety of academic support services offered through Academic Affairs and University College. It is helpful for students to see those resources on a syllabus. Consider including the language below regarding the The Learning Center or the Writing Center. It is also helpful to put a link to the Counseling Center. And maybe even Cardinal Kitchen and other student success services.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center offers free Tutoring and Academic Coaching for many courses at Ball State. Students can make appointments for online (Zoom) or in-person (NQ 350) appointments. Unvaccinated students are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing in the Learning Center.
To make an appointment, visit my.bsu.edu and click on “TutorTrac” in the Additional Tools section, or just go directly to https://ballstate.go-redrock.com.
Testing accommodations for students with disabilities are available for students who have received the appropriate documentation from Disability Services. Tests may be administered in the Learning Center.
Supplemental Instruction is available in select courses. If you have an SI leader for your course, that person will provide students with information the first week of school regarding weekly study sessions.
For more information about all of our programming, visit bsu.edu/learningcenter or call 765-285-1006. Follow us on Instagram: BallStateLC.
The Writing Center
All writers improve with practice and feedback, so as a student in this course, you are encouraged to use the Writing Center (in Robert Bell 295, Bracken Library, or online) to get additional feedback on your writing. To schedule a free appointment to discuss your writing, go to www.bsu.edu/writingcenter. Online and in-person appointments are available seven days a week; however, plan ahead because appointments book quickly!