The “Stay fluid” mantra hangs in the air as the start of the semester draws near amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases iin the country. Chancellor Feyten outlined fall plans to flatten the curve in a message to faculty and staff:
- During the first three weeks of classes, faculty have more flexibility to reduce classroom density. Rather than pivoting to fully online teaching, the chancellor expressed hope that faculty would find ways to safely engage their students in the classroom at least once per week
- To encourage vaccinations, the university is launching a Community of Immunity Challenge in which prizes will be awarded as we reach the 70-, 80- and 90-percent vaccination rates. The faculty/staff version will be similar to the student version
- While the university cannot mandate the wearing of masks or vaccinations, TWU officials are requesting that faculty, staff and students wear masks while indoors and get vaccinated
- Chancellor Feyten has proposed a program where faculty, staff and students who come on campus are tested weekly. Those who have been vaccinated would be exempt. Details of the program are to come
- Staff are able to seek accommodations should they have a need, but the chancellor also recommends you talk with your supervisor about your concerns and the options available to you
- Our coronavirus website will continue to be updated with useful information
Monica Mendez-Grant, vice president for student life, also sent a message to students to address their concerns about the start of the fall semester.