Fall Plan

COVID-19 Syllabus Statements

The following topics must be addressed in your syllabus: face coverings, assigned seating for face-to-face and blended classes, attendance, and student illness.

Recommended statements below reflect GSU policy or guidelines to maximize protection of students and faculty in classroom settings. If you decide to modify language on any statement, make sure you remain consistent with GSU policy. These statements were designed for blended courses and faculty who are teaching fully online courses can adopt any of the information they believe is relevant for their courses. If a student taking a fully online course becomes ill during the semester they should still contact their instructor if their illness impacts their ability to complete their coursework.

Face coverings:

Georgia State University and the University System of Georgia have mandated a face covering policy. Students are required to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities (classrooms, hallways, elevators, labs and in all other public spaces) because six feet of social distancing may not always be possible. Face coverings will be worn in addition to and not as a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings aren’t required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons. To request an accommodation, start with the Access & Accommodations Center Welcome Form found at How to Connect.

When you wear a face covering, you’re protecting yourself, but equally important, you’re protecting other members of the university community. You’re showing you’re taking responsibility for the welfare of those around you.

The university’s policy on face coverings is available in the university policy library.

Learner-centered language from Senate FAC you may choose to include:
I will be wearing my face mask in class this semester, and you are required to wear yours. I know that face masks may make some aspects of class more difficult. It will be harder for us all to project our voices and read each other’s facial expressions. However, I am willing to sacrifice these elements since wearing a mask is one thing I can control to support the health and safety of our community. This is a new situation for all of us and if we start the semester off from a place of mutual understanding it will be easier for us all to get through this together. Be aware that wearing face mask is required by GSU and there is a penalty if you choose to not wear a mask. Our university community has a strong tradition of upholding the value of mutual respect; we therefore ask students to not engage in behavior that would be disruptive to class regarding this policy.

Assigned seats:

On the first day of in-person class, students should sit only in seats indicated by a blue GSU “sit here” label. Instructors will then create a seating chart. Students should sit in their assigned seats for each in-person class session. If a student becomes ill, the seating chart will help identify those who may have been in close contact.

Attendance policy:

Blended classes: The in-person portion of classes is essential to instruction. Attending the assigned in-class sessions is one of the best ways to support student learning and to allow you to connect with your instructor and classmates. The in-class sessions will enable you to ask questions and engage in class discussions and activities in a more-in depth and personal way.

Suggestion 1: Students are expected to attend their assigned in-person class sessions. Attendance and participation will count towards XX% of the final course grade. Students may not attend a class session they are not assigned to attend. If a student develops a fever, cough or shortness of breath they should not go to class and should notify their instructor immediately. The student will work with the instructor to develop a plan to complete the necessary course content, activities, and assessments in order to meet the course student learning outcomes. The attendance policy for this class is in alignment with the “Policy on Class Attendance” in the Student Code of Conduct.

Suggestion 2: Students are expected to attend their assigned in-person class sessions. There are graded in-class activities and discussions that will contribute to the final course grade. Students may not attend a class session they are not assigned to attend. If a student develops a fever, cough or shortness of breath they should not go to class and should notify their instructor immediately. The student will work with the instructor to develop a plan to complete the necessary course content, activities, and assessments in order to meet the course student learning outcomes. The attendance policy for this class is in alignment with the “Policy on Class Attendance” in the Student Code of Conduct.

Students who are unable to attend classes in-person should work with their academic advisers to build a schedule of fully online classes. Students who need accommodations for a disability should contact the Access and Accommodations Center at https://access.gsu.edu/.

Student illness:

If a student develops a fever, cough or shortness of breath they should stay at home, not go to class or work, and stay away from other people. If a student becomes sick or is required to quarantine during the semester, they should notify their instructor as soon as possible. The student will work with the instructor to develop a plan to complete the necessary course content, activities, and assessments in order to meet the course student learning outcomes.

Students in residence halls who report an infection will be asked to return home. For those unable to do so, GSU will provide a sequestered area that will allow residential students to isolate while infected.

More Syllabus Recommendations

For general syllabus information including sample diversity, inclusion, and respect statements please go here:
Additional Recommendations for Constructing a Syllabus from CETLOE

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