Academic Policy Changes in Response to COVID-19
How does the university plan to address practicum courses or projects that cannot be done naturally online (labs, clinicals, music, studio art, etc.)?
Details of this will be handled by individual colleges. The needs in each academic program are different and hence it will be managed locally. Faculty are encouraged to work with their curriculum committees and the Chairs of their programs/department to find acceptable alternatives when traditional labs, clinicals, studio’s etc. cannot be completed in a face to face format.
Will any classes or programs be cancelled this semester?
At this point, no classes are cancelled. If a class is not conducive for online delivery, program chairs and instructors will make decisions on how to proceed and communicate with the students directly.
Will grading be changed to P/F for select courses this semester?
At this point, there are discussions with the Deans of the Colleges/Schools, the undergraduate assembly, and faculty senate on how to proceed. Once the decision is made, it will be communicated to the faculty.
How will this affect future semesters (such as this upcoming summer, fall, and Maymester)?
At this time Summer and Fall classes will proceed as scheduled. We will remain online for the Maymester intersession term. We are continuing to monitor developments and will communicate any changes, if they arise.
Will there be an extension of deadlines for classes (such as drop dates, midterm grades, or registration for future semesters)?
Drop dates are changing from April 3rd to April 10th
Midterm grade due date will change from March 20th to March 27th
Registration for future semesters will open on April 6
How will academic services be continued (such as advising)?
Advising will transition to online appointments. Advising will be coordinated between individual programs and the Division of Student Success. Supplementary Instruction, tutoring and, the IDEAS Center will be moved online as well.
I’m a tenure-track faculty and my research, scholarship/creative activity is delayed due to the pandemic stay at home/ shelter in place orders. Are there any accommodations or adjustments to the tenure clock due to the disruption to my research/scholarship/ creative activities?
We understand that tenure-track faculty are anxious about disruptions to their research, scholarship, and creative activity schedule relating to the tenure timeline. Our current policy states that a faculty member, for personal reasons, may request a one-year extension as outlined in HOP AA-FPT-PO1 Promotion and Tenure. We have contacted UT System and they have confirmed that there will be leeway if a faculty member’s research, scholarship, or creative activity has been delayed in any significant way due to the pandemic and the current restrictions on travel, social gathering, etc.
In addition, Regents' Rule 31007, Sec. 5.1(b)(4) delegates the authority to the Provost (chief academic officer) to make the decision on a request for an extension. RR 31007 addresses extension requests that are due to a faculty member's personal circumstances. In those cases, RR 31007 does not permit any flexibility to grant an extension beyond two years. We have conferred with Executive Vice Chancellor Steven Leslie and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Alan Marks, and they agree that, under such emergency circumstances, the two-year maximum for extensions may be waived on a case-by-case basis.
Of course, it is too early to know how much disruption this will cause to faculty coming up in fall 2021 and beyond. For now, please be reassured that should you need an extension in the future, your request will be considered and UT System will support the Provost in making exceptions to the policy as it stands.
For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on research visit https://resources.uta.edu/research/coronavirus/.
Will the use of student feedback surveys from Spring 2020 change due to the abrupt shift to online teaching?
Due to state law, student feedback surveys (SFS) will still be administered and the results of the five obligatory questions posted online. Faculty will have the option of using them in all reviews (such as annual, periodic, promotion/tenure, etc.). Regardless of whether they are used in reviews, it is hoped that the results of the surveys will be reflected upon and used as a learning experience by faculty and others.
Will students be subject to the Six Course Drop Limit if they drop a class in Spring 2020?
We encourage students to try and complete the classes they are enrolled in to stay on track with their program. Students who dropped a course prior to March 16th, 2020 will be assigned a W and be subject to the Six Course Drop rule. Students who drop their course between March 17th and April 10th will be assigned a Q grade which will not impact the rule. For more details on the Six Course Drop Limit visit: https://www.uta.edu/records/courses/policies/drop-limit.php.