COVID-19 SYLLABUS STATEMENTS, FALL 2021 

 COVID-19 SYLLABUS STATEMENTS, FALL 2021 

SHORT VERSION FOR SYLLABI: 

(Instructors may use a short version for their Fall 2021 syllabi.) 

Panther Community Health and Safety Standards: UWM has implemented reasonable health and safety protocols, taking into account recommendations by local, state and national public health authorities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of our campus community, you are expected to abide by the Panther Interim COVID-Related Health & Safety Rules, which were developed in accordance with public health guidelines. These standards apply to anyone who is physically present on campus, UWM grounds, or participating in a UWM-sponsored activity: 

  • All individuals visiting UWM facilities must wear face coverings while indoors; 
  • Unvaccinated students coming to campus are required to test weekly for COVID-19; and, 
  • You should check daily for COVID-19 symptoms and not come to campus if you are feeling sick. 

Additional details about student and staff expectations can be found on the UWM COVID-19 webpage. 

FULL VERSION FOR SYLLABI:

(Instructors may use all or parts of the following for their Fall 2021 syllabi.) 

COVID-19 SYLLABUS STATEMENTS, FALL 2021 

1. Panther Community Health and Safety Standards 

UWM has implemented reasonable health and safety protocols, taking into account recommendations by local, state and national public health authorities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of our campus community you are expected to abide by the Panther Interim COVID- Related Health & Safety Rules. These standards apply to anyone who is physically present on campus, in UWM-controlled facilities, or participating in a UWM-sponsored activity. 

2. With respect to indoors spaces on UWM facilities (classrooms, labs, performance spaces, etc.): Masks are always required while indoors on UWM campuses and in UWM-controlled facilities, with limited exceptions – environments where hazards exist that create a greater risk by wearing a mask (for example, when operating equipment in a lab with the risk of a mask strap getting caught in machinery, or when flammable materials are being used). Such exceptions must be approved in advance. 

    • A student who comes to class without wearing a mask will be asked to put on a mask or to leave to get one at a mask handout station. Failure to do so could result in student discipline. 
    • You should check daily for COVID symptoms by completing the self-check at https://uwm.edu/coronavirus/symptom-monitor/. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever, cough, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. See the CDC’s Website for more information about COVID-19 symptoms. 
    • If you test positive for or are diagnosed with COVID-10 based on symptoms, you should complete this Dean of Students Office form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofWisconsinMilwaukee&layout _id=4. By doing so, you will get information on resources, help UWM identify individuals you may have come into contact with on campus so that UWM can work with the local health department, and allow UWM to clean campus areas you visited as appropriate. 

3. Attendance Policy 

Do not attend your in-person class if you have COVID-19, if you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, if you have been in close contact with others who have symptoms, if you need to care for an individual with COVID-19, or have other health concerns related to COVID-19. 

  • You should be aware of each of your course’s attendance policies. In case of illness, you should contact me immediately to discuss options for completing course work while ill. 
  • Notify me in advance of the absence or inability to participate, if possible. 
  • Participate in class activities online and submit assignments electronically, to the extent possible. 
  • Reach out to me if illness will require late submission or other modifications to deadlines.
  • If remaining in a class and fulfilling the necessary requirements becomes impossible due to illness, contact me to discuss other options. 

As your instructor, I will trust your word when you say you are ill, and in turn, I expect that you will report the reason for your absences truthfully. 

4. Class Content If your class will be recorded, include one of the following statements in your syllabus. 

  • Face-to-Face Class Recording (Lecture Capture) Our class sessions will be audio-visually recorded for students who are unable to attend in person and for students who are unable to attend at the scheduled time. Students who participate during an in-person class session are agreeing to have their audio/video or image recorded. 
  • Synchronous Online Class Recording Our online class sessions will be audio-visually recorded for students who are unable to attend at the scheduled time. Students who participate with their camera engaged or who utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their audio/video or image recorded. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. 

5. Potential for Reversion to Fully Online Instruction 

Changing public health circumstances for COVID-19 may cause UWM to move to fully online instruction at some point during the semester. UWM will communicate with students about moving to fully online instruction if the situation develops. 

6. Navigate Student Success Platform and Mobile App 

Students are encouraged to use a tool called Navigate. This tool can help you learn about academic resources, set up study groups in your courses, make appointments with your academic advisor, get reminders on important dates, and much more. In addition, Navigate allows instructors to send Progress Reports to students throughout the term, allowing for updates on your academic progress in a course in addition to your grade. You can log into the platform here: https://uwmilwaukee.campus.eab.com/ or by finding the Navigate link under the Current Students tab on the UWM home page. More information on how you can use Navigate and the app, including tutorials, can be found on UWM’s Navigate website. 

Updated: August 16, 2021