Frequently Asked Questions For Faculty 

Updated on June 26, 2020 8:00 AM

What resources are available to help faculty with virtual or remote learning?

The Center for Faculty Excellence is conducting training over the summer to help faculty prepare for fall 2020 virtual instruction. The Office of Faculty Affairs also has resources available. 

How can academic courses delivered virtually be adjusted to accommodate the need for more sections or varying student schedules during this time?

All faculty will be advised that delivering virtual courses asynchronously provides students a more flexible schedule in case they have to take an in-person course at the same time. All virtually delivered courses confirmed as "asynchronous" (flexible hours of instruction) will be marked on the schedule as "not on campus." Department chairs will be responsible for asking their faculty whether a virtual course they are assigned to teach will be asynchronous. In such cases, faculty are strongly encouraged to engage with students through other means, either by office hours or other scheduled activities, in order to provide a personal and real-time element to the course experience.

We've been told that in-person events or meetings cannot be scheduled until after Aug. 1. When will we know when we can begin scheduling in-person events and meetings again?

Campus leadership will decide in mid-July whether in-person events and meetings may resume, depending on the current conditions of the virus in our region. We will communicate the guidelines for in-person events to the campus community soon thereafter.

Are there reasonable accommodations being made for employees with disabilities (including medical conditions) who wish to support the course(s) for in-person instruction but are not able to come to campus?

Fresno State is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for faculty with disabilities and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Any employee requests for disability-related accommodations in the workplace, including requests made to not be on campus during COVID-19 times, are to be communicated to the ADA administrator, and/or the immediate supervisor, department chair and/or manager of the employee (who then contacts the ADA administrator).

If I am a faculty member 65 years of age or older, can I return to campus to teach or support an in-person essential course?

Employees 65 and older who would normally support in-person, essential courses (e.g. nursing faculty) will not be required to return to campus unless they elect to do so. The University will require a medical clearance from their personal physician; otherwise, they will be allowed to continue to work remotely.

If you are a faculty member unable to teach in-person essential courses due to COVID-19 concerns, Faculty Affairs will help you coordinate with your respective school/college/department to identify any alternative faculty member who can help, in accordance with the faculty collective bargaining agreement and order of assignment requirements.

Will personal protective equipment be provided if I return to campus?

To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 and to help prevent the spread of the virus, face masks or cloth face coverings are required to be worn in public spaces on campus and during in-person classes, consistent with the Governor’s order and updated state public health guidelines. You will need to bring and wear your own mask each time you come to campus.

Where can I get help if I'm feeling anxious or scared about COVID-19?

We understand that community members are concerned about the rapidly evolving progression of COVID-19. Support is available for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program at 800.367.7474.