Academic Continuity (Faculty Guidance)
What Will the Fall 2021 Semester Look Like?
We will continue to update this FAQ and encourage you to submit questions to Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.
1. A student told me they tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do next?
Inform Environmental Health and Safety at 907-786-1300 or email@example.com. Ask the student to begin self-quarantine immediately. Work with the student on a plan to meet course learning outcomes remotely if the course is a face-to-face course.
2. A student told me that another student shared they have COVID-19. What do I do?
Thank the student for coming forward to you. Inform Environmental Health and Safety at 907-786-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will reach out to the student to determine whether they have COVID-19 and advise on next steps.
3. A student in my in-person class tested positive for COVID-19. Does the class have
to shift to remote learning?
No. Fully vaccinated faculty and students who have been exposed to someone in their class who tests positive for COVID-19 do not have to shift to remote learning, and do not have to self-quarantine. Class members will be informed through the contact tracing process if they are not vaccinated to self-quarantine and will need to work directly with the instructor to complete any missed assignments.
4. I want to require all students in my course to provide proof of vaccination. How
do I do that?
The university is not requiring proof of vaccination to attend in-person classes. You may not require students to respond to questions regarding their vaccination status or require them to be vaccinated in order to attend courses. If you have further questions or concerns, please work with your dean or director.
5. I want to make proof of vaccination part of the grade. Is that possible?
No, you cannot make proof of vaccination part of the grade.
6. I want to require all students in my course to wear a mask because we will not
be able to maintain social distance. May I do that?
Faculty should follow current university masking requirements. Effective August 2, 2021, masks are required in all UAA facilities and in all facilities across the UA system, regardless of vaccination status. View the mask policy.
7. A student cannot attend my class due to COVID-19. How do I handle class attendance?
Faculty should follow their regular policies around attendance, keeping in mind that students may not be academically penalized for COVID-19 related circumstances, including the need to self-quarantine.
8. I am teaching in-person classes. Do students need to maintain 6 feet of social
distancing during class?
Yes, as much as is reasonably possible.