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Academic Covid-19 Protocols Update from the Provost

January 11, 2022

Dear colleagues,

In response to the rising case rates of Covid-19 and the evidence of the virus’ airborne transmissibility, we are making two key adjustments to our pandemic protocols:

  1. All individuals must be masked in indoor public spaces, including all individuals engaged in teaching and laboratory activities. Academic exceptions are limited to cases in which student learning outcomes cannot be achieved when all individuals remain fully masked. Such exceptions must be recommended by the dean and approved by the provost’s office.
  2. Faculty who must pivot temporarily to remote teaching due to Covid-19 impacts need to speak with their chair, director, or dean to receive permission to teach remotely for the specified or anticipated timeframe. Later this week, chairs, directors, and deans will be sent a link to a simplified Qualtrics reporting mechanism so we can track Covid impacts on instruction and, where needed, shift our effort to supporting those working remotely as well as to supporting students whose in-person classes temporarily have shifted to a remote modality. Data from prior semesters show, for example, that students seek more in-person tutoring and support services when their in-person classes go remote.

As has been the policy in prior semesters, students or employees who are exposed to someone with Covid-19, experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or test positive for Covid-19 need to submit a Covid-19 report form.

Thank you for helping us keep our community as healthy and safe as possible.




Lisa Vollendorf, Ph.D.

Interim Provost

University of Northern Colorado