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Faculty Information

Boston University is developing the policies and guidelines related to the health and well-being of the University’s more than 10,000 faculty and staff working across our three campuses.  Resources and information are available at this site.  The COVID-19 Employee Support Line at 617-358-4990 or covidhelp@bu.edu will continue to be an available resource, as will the Human Resources Service Center at 617-353-2380 or hr@bu.edu.

Information specific to Questrom School of Business is outlined below. For more information on the general plans for the return to campus at Boston University, please visit the Back2BU site


Guide to Academic Integrity
Guide to the LfA Classroom
Community Syllabus Statement
  1. You should not come to campus if you are sick, think you might be sick, or have been in close contact* with a COVID carrier.
  2. In collaboration with your chair, each faculty member should have identified a backup plan (ex-ante) for each course.
  3. If you are not able to teach, let your department chair know right away and activate the backup plan.
  4. You can teach remotely if you feel well enough.

* Close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes with the compromised individual.

See Dean Fournier’s July 27th email to Questrom faculty and staff (including the white paper attached to that document) and the BU Today article from August 3rd.  Airflow improvements include exchanging air multiple times per hour and bringing in air from outside.  See the BU Today article for more information.  Because of social distancing and improvements in air flow, time in the classroom or building should not be an issue.

See Back2BU.

See Back2BU and President Brown’s July 27th letter to faculty and staff.

Testing frequency depends on which ‘tier’ you are assigned to.   We expect to see more information about testing the week of August 10 but expect that faculty teaching in classrooms will be tested before school starts.

Tests are available starting August 15th and you will be able to sign up for the most convenient location.  For most of us teaching at Questrom, Kilachand Center will be the closest.

See Back2BU.  Only those who meet the definition of “close contact” will be quarantined.  “Close contact” is defined as being less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes with the compromised individual.

Breadwinners remains closed.  You can order Starbucks through GRUBHUB and will allow limited seating (~14 seats).

There will be designated places in the Hariri Building for eating (student and staff/faculty lounges) where you can unmask 6 feet apart with social distancing to eat (note that masks are always otherwise required in the building).  There will probably be vending machines in student lounges.  There will be NO eating in the classroom. Drinking will be permitted with a straw.

Yes.  Faculty will have access to the 1 Silber Way (West) elevators and will be asked to use only these elevators to gain access to the upper floors, including from the parking garage.

Students will only have access to the Questrom (East) elevators and will be able to take these elevators to 9th floor classrooms as well.  Students will be expected to use stairs to access classrooms on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors.

We are working on developing protocols for entering/exiting the classroom.  It will be up to the instructor’s discretion whether they choose to enter early to set up or prefer to wait until students are seated.  The protocol will include an expectation that students show that their app has a ‘green screen’ which indicates that they are in compliance with the testing and symptom-reporting protocols and have not tested positive.  The university is establishing procedures for situations where students do not comply with protocols.

Classrooms will be cleaned daily, but not between classes. There will be wipe dispensers in the classroom. Students are expected to clean their space when they arrive and before leaving. Faculty are responsible for cleaning the podium between classes

We have developed a Questrom Community Syllabus Statement, which is being distributed to faculty and will be available on the LfA QuestromTools site.

Yes. Everyone must wear a mask.  Face shields are not a substitute.  You can wear a face shield in addition to a mask, but we have heard that it may muffle your voice.

For any direct contact with students such as classrooms or meetings, we can ask students to show that their app has a ‘green screen’, which indicates that they are in compliance and have not tested positive. We hope to develop a culture where this is a normal part of the interaction. The building will have banners to support a culture of community commitment to masks, social distancing, and other university protocols.

If a student refuses to wear a mask and will not leave the classroom, you should dismiss the class.  If time allows, you could go to your office to finish the class remotely (giving students time to relocate to a place where they can attend by Zoom).  There will be guidelines for how to report students who refuse to comply.

There is an official process for students to seek exemptions. The expectation is that if a mask-exemption is granted to a student, a reasonable accommodation is that the student will take all classes remotely and will meet remotely with faculty, advisors or teammate.

Faculty are not expected to provide masks and a student should not get as far as the classroom without a mask.  The university is making it very clear that this is the student’s responsibility.

Central BU has modified the BULink to allow students to indicate how they plan to attend class (LfA or Remote) and where they will be living this fall (Dorms, Boston area, elsewhere). This information is being collected now and students can change their minds at any time in the semester.

The information will become available in the Faculty link. We are told that this last software change is only a few days away. Once this patch is deployed you will be able to check the fall plans of your students.  Surveying your students might, therefore, be a bit redundant. However, you might seek additional information (for example the time zone in which they will study) and therefore you should feel free to reach out.

The Questrom Program Deans have already contacted students to outline what they should expect at Questrom this fall and will continue to update them. However, in this socially distanced world, it is more important than ever to connect with your students and build relationships in whatever way we can.  Therefore, we would encourage you to reach out to your class sections as soon as possible to connect with students and let them know you are working on the fall semester.  Here are some points to cover in this communication:

  • Describe in general terms how you plan to run the class this fall and how you are preparing.
  • Assure students that you will be available to meet with them, both through Zoom office hours and personal appointments if that is their preference. Faculty (apart from those with workload accommodations) must be available for in-person meetings with students if requested.  Questrom will provide a safe meeting space (you should not meet in your office).
  • Consider surveying students to find out where they will be during the fall semester, and then use this information to determine the timing for office hours.
  • Let students know you are excited to meet them and that they can reach out if they have questions or concerns.

The general expectation is that LfA will be run in a synchronous fashion and that students should be able to engage in a synchronous manner.  If this is not possible due to time zones and the course has more than one section, the best option is probably to change sections.  This can be done directly if there are open seats, or via Questromworld waitlists if the sections are full. We have added several early morning and late evening sections to support these time-zone constraints. Students should also contact their academic advisors to discuss schedule options

In the case that a student cannot attend the class live and cannot change their schedule, the student should contact their professor to discuss how to make arrangements. We hope that these situations will be kept to a minimum.

There is also a clear expectation that all remote participants will attend classes with their videos on when the class meets (no exceptions).

Classroom capacity has been significantly reduced and most students will have to rotate between in-class attendance and zoom attendance.   Information on new capacities and seating plans are available here.

Except in the case of cohorted or coordinated classes (e.g., MBA core, undergraduate core, MS programs), faculty are responsible for setting up the rotations for their sections.  We will not be organizing rotations on a Questrom-wide basis because many students also take courses in other BU schools.

To set the rotations:

  1. You will receive confirmation of your classroom assignment in mid-late August (although we do not expect many changes, please consider that all room assignments are only tentative until we hear that they are confirmed by the Registrar office).
  2. Once you get confirmation of your room, you will be able to check for its adjusted capacity (our understanding is the capacity number does not include the faculty member but does include the Moderator if you have one in your course).
  3. You will then need the number of students who are taking the course via in-person LfA (the 100% remote students are not included in the rotation).
  4. You can then set up rotations. Given the data gathering that is needed, we anticipate this will only be possible in late August or early September. We suggest two options to manage the rotations. So that we can maximize seat usage, our goal is to make it possible to have dynamic rotations where students can drop/join depending on circumstances; seats are at a premium in our severely reduced capacity in Harari.

We have found that during remote teaching, students appreciate regular office hours and they actually show up.  Here are some best practices for LfA office hours:

  • All office hours will be conducted via Zoom.
  • Schedule at least two, one-hour sessions per week. For larger class sections, offer more time to accommodate the additional students.
  • Schedule sessions that can accommodate students in different time zones.
  • Send students a recurring calendar Outlook invite (including the zoom link) for all office hours and class sessions.
  • Send students an email reminder 15 minutes before office hours begin.

The LfA Task Force and IT are developing a guide to help faculty choose the best options for exams and will make it available as soon as possible.

LfA Classroom Moderators:

  • Moderators will be hired and allocated by BU Central Campus Administration and will not be familiar with your course material.
  • The LfA Classroom Moderator is intended to be a facilitator of remote student engagement via Zoom, assisting the faculty member to handle the simultaneous and remote modality. They are also expected to provide first-line support for classroom technology
  • Moderators are assigned for classes larger than 20 students that do not have an assigned TA.
  • Moderators are moderators! They are not TA’S nor may they do more activities than those described by University Guidelines for Moderators. They will not be doing TA tasks such as taking attendance or tracking participation

TAs

  • Assigned TAs will fill the Moderator’s roles as well as expected TA’s roles.
  • TA’s will be trained in Moderator duties by BU Central.
  • Coordinated courses with assigned TA’s at the course level (e.g. undergraduate core) but no TA’s for discussion sections are eligible for discussion section moderators.