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Teaching During a Pandemic

This page is designed to help you navigate adjustments that need to be made in order to follow physical distancing guidelines and safety measures, while still providing a high quality, valuable experience for students in University 101. 

Last Updated On: September 1, 2020
This webpage will be updated as the latest information becomes available. 

Face Coverings Per University policy 3.04, face coverings are required for all students, faculty, and staff in classrooms and in environments where physical distancing is difficult. This includes UNIV 101 students, instructors, peer leaders, and guest speakers. If a student comes to class without a mask, instructors may enforce the requirement by either providing a face covering to the student in the class, requesting the student to leave the class, or referring the student to the Office of Student Conduct. 

Below is the language we recommend you include on your syllabus regarding face coverings:

"Face coverings protect you and your classmates in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Faculty, students and staff are required to wear an appropriate face covering in all classrooms and in other designated areas on campus. Face coverings should cover your nose and mouth in a community setting. Students with conditions that prohibit them from wearing a face covering must register with the Student Disabilities Resource Center (SDRC); appropriate accommodations will be approved by the SDRC, and I will be notified. Failure or refusal to wear the required face coverings in designated areas may result in your immediate removal from the classroom and corrective action, including referral to the Office of Student Conduct, in accordance with University policies and procedures (UNIV 3.04)."

Cleaning  - Because timing will not permit professional cleaning of classrooms between class sessions, students and instructors are asked to be considerate of the classes that will follow theirs, as instructors will be responsible for wiping down high touch surfaces before the next class period. 

  • We encourage you to be mindful of navigating technology use in the classroom to avoid multiple people touching the computer. For example, if you are holding class presentations, we recommend having one person (peer leader or instructor, for example) control the technology. Please be sure to wipe down technology after class.  

Room Layout - Classroom furniture will be pre-arranged to ensure the spacing follows physical distancing guidelines. The furniture should not be moved or reconfigured.  

  • Seating recommendations and traffic flow directions will be provided for classrooms. To facilitate contact tracing and encourage physical distancing, instructors are encouraged to keep seating charts to the extent possible. 

Technology - Most classrooms will be equipped with technology to allow for live streaming. This equipment can be used in the event a student/instructor must quarantine and cannot attend class. 

Below you will find a list of activities to avoid and modify per the recommendations of physical distancing and safety. We recognize this list is not inclusive of every activity that you may have planned for your course. Please reach out to a member of the University 101 Programs team with any questions regarding modifying any additional activities. 

Things to avoid :

  • Anything with a prop (yarn, balls, bells, marbles, etc.) 
  • Activities with physical contact (human knots, holding hands, touching, etc.) 
  • Food is prohibited in all classrooms this fall. 

Things to modify: 

  • Group Work: Please follow physical distancing guidelines (four feet between students) when facilitating small group discussions and activities. Additionally, materials should not be shared among group members.
  • Name Tents: We recommend students take their name tents and bring them back for each class period. University 101 Programs will not be providing markers, so students will need to bring their own.  
  • Journals: To reduce the exchange of supplies between students and instructor, we recommend using Blackboard or other online platforms for journals, instead of physical journals. 
  • Submission of Assignments:  We recommend assignments be submitted electronically through Blackboard. 
  • Material Distribution: We recommend that one person (instructor or peer leader) be responsible for handing out all papers. 
  • Activities with Close Proximity to Others: Suggestions to consider for modifications are listed below.  
Activity Modifications
I have a link
  • Students stay in their seats and when they have a link, they raise their hand or stand up. Then they say their connection, sit back down, and the next student goes.  
  • The instructor can also consider mapping out the path of links using the board or paper. You would put the names of your students in a circle and draw a line from one student to another when a link is made. This can be tracked by the peer leader or instructor.  
Crossing the Line
  • Instead of all participants standing in a line and stepping forward, students can stand up at their seats or raise their hands when a statement applies to them. 

  • If the room is large enough, you can keep the activity in its normal format, while encouraging more distance between students.  
Social Barometer
  • Instead of having students cluster together, you could have them raise one hand if they agree and two if they disagree. You could also consider lifting fingers (1-5) to shadow the strongly agree-strongly disagree scale, although this may be more challenging to see from a distance.  

  • If the room is large enough, you can keep the activity in its normal format, while encouraging more distance between students. 
  • We recommend facilitating these digitally (a PowerPoint slide, picture show, collage, etc.) vs. a paper. However, paper is available from the University 101 office should you choose to have the students complete the assignment this way. 


  • Instructors who request copies will be asked to send electronic documents in advance so that copies can be prepared. Please submit any materials via email to Keah Tandon with two business days’ notice. 

  • Only supplies that are disposable (i.e. don’t need to be returned) will be distributed. Examples include My 30 Values cards, lifeline rolls, index cards, and cardstock for name tents. 

  • Every effort will be made to have materials picked up outside or from a designated pick-up area. 

  • If you have any questions regarding resources or would like to request materials, please call Keah Tandon at (803) 777-6029. 
  • Programs not available this fall: 
    • The Student Success Center will not be offering the Out to Lunch program this year. 
    • The Office of Parent and Family Programs will not be offering funding for Dinner Dialogues. 
    • University 101 Programs will not be offering Beyond the Classroom funds. 
    • Campus Recreation will not be offering the Challenge Course.  
  • The Student Organization Fair will look different this year. Details are still being worked out and we will share them with you once they are made available, but for planning purposes, it will not be an option to attend the fair together as a class. 

  • When creating your course calendar, please set aside 20 minutes of class time between November 16 and December 1 to administer the end-of-course evaluation. 
  • Dates to note: 
    • There will be no fall break in October this year 
    • Asynchronous Remote Class Days
      • Labor Day - Monday, September 7 
      • Election Day - Tuesday, November 3 
    • Remote Class Days (can be synchronous or asynchronous) 
      • Monday, November 30
      • Tuesday, December 1

For more information on these and additional topics, we encourage you to refer to the Faculty Senate's COVID Classroom Guidance for Faculty.

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