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FAQs for Academic Operations

These FAQs are offered as a resource to academic departments, instructors, and academic staff. The Provost's Office will continue to update this list as needed, in partnership with our Academic Planning group and the many University offices involved in academic operations.

More information about the University's COVID response and guidance is available at the UConn COVID website, at covid.uconn.edu/.  

Spring 2022 Semester Remote Start FAQs

The University announced on Dec. 30 that it would start the first two weeks of the spring semester remotely, from Jan. 18 through Jan. 29. We have assembled this set of FAQs specific to academic activities occurring throughout January. The remainder of FAQs on this page will apply to the spring semester as in-person operations resume.

On-Campus Presence

  • Can I still come to campus to work?
    Individuals may come to campus for work where in-person, on-campus presence is essential for a unit’s or individual’s academic or business needs, such as:

    • Using your office for research or class preparation purposes
    • Using your office to work in-person, in consultation with your manager to align with the needs of your unit
  • What is the status of in-person, on-campus activities?
    While we encourage events and visits to be virtual to the extent possible, they are permitted to be in-person and on-campus in accordance with campus guidelines and precautions. (Please see Campus Visitors Guidelines.) Specific examples include:
    • Hosting a consultant or vendor whose work requires presence in-person and on campus.
    • Hosting interviews. Where possible, units are advised to consider remote options for interviews, but are also allowed to host candidates in-person as needed.
    • Guest speakers.
    • Public events.
    • Rescheduled exams. Instructors may schedule make-up exams with students in-person, given that does not require a student to move in to residential housing sooner than Jan. 29.
    • Dissertation defenses. This is left to the discretion of individual committees
    • Student work. Students may come to campus for work if it is required for the completion of their duties, given this does not require a student to move in to residential housing sooner than Jan. 29.

Library Facilities & Services

The Storrs and regional campus libraries will not be open for studying but we will seek other places for the limited number of students on campus who are unable to study in their rooms. Public computers and printers will be available in Bookworms Cafe. This two-week period will likely end on Jan. 30, with January 31 being the anticipated date when in-person operations would resume.

During this time, interlibrary loan services will continue and physical materials can be requested for pickup at most Library locations. Please see the Library COVID update page for more details.


Course Materials Access

  • To the extent possible, instructors are encouraged to make course materials available for the first two weeks of the semester through virtual means, such as posting to HuskyCT. We have found in previous semesters that books and other physical materials are difficult for students to access in the first few weeks of classes when the semester begins with remote instruction, as well as with ongoing supply chain issues more globally. Please also see our FAQ on Fair Use.
  • Instructors planning to deliver content through online software that would come at additional cost to students should reach out to their department head or campus director to consult on such services.
  • Students in need of access to technology resources during the first two weeks of remote instruction should visit techsupport.uconn.edu, where they can email or chat with ITS staff or search the Knowledge Base for guidance on a number of topics.

Course Modality

  • Synchronous versus asynchronous. Individual instructors and their department heads should determine during this two-week period of remote instruction whether courses should be delivered synchronously or asynchronously. This may vary based on a number of factors particular to any individual course.
  • Changing modality for the semester. Wholesale changes of course modality for the spring semester are not anticipated. Should an instructor wish to change course modality, it should be based in pedagogy and will require department head, dean, and Provost’s level approval.

 Clinical/Field Experiences, Internships, Field Trips

  • Clinical/field placements and experiences
    • Clinical simulation labs on campus. These should be virtual (or delayed) for the first two weeks; that is, students should not come to campus for them.
    • Actual campus clinical sites, with live patients, etc. These can happen in person but a premium must be placed on de-densification and rigid protocols (sign in, questionnaire on travel and exposure, vaccination requirements, masks with N95 preferred, social distancing, and cleaning environments between use). However, if there are ways to delay these activities for students for two weeks, please consider doing so.
    • Off-site clinical placements. These are at the discretion of the host site. Residential Life has reached out to academic units and is coordinating with the Provost’s Office to determine which undergraduates are not local and therefore need access to be in their dorm rooms to resume their off-site clinical work in the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Off-site internships
    • Students may continue with their off-site internships and should follow the guidance provided by supervisors for that internship.
  • Field trips
    • Instructors should delay any in-person field trips until all students have moved back to the residence halls, meaning no earlier than Jan. 31. This may change, subject to other updates regarding the resumption of in-person activities.

Professional Travel

Travel for research and other work-related activities (such as conferences) is still permitted. Faculty and staff must submit pre-approval for their travel and book their accommodations through Concur. They are also advised to check regularly on entry and exit requirements for their travel destinations, as these change frequently. Please visit https://travel.uconn.edu/ for the most recent information on professional travel procedures.


International Students and Scholars, Study Abroad

Global Affairs is working closely with several offices across the University to address needs of international students and scholars, including earlier move-in dates as needed for students whose international travel to the U.S. has already been booked. Study Abroad will continue in the spring semester, as well. Please visit International Student and Scholar Services, and Experiential Global Learning for updates.

Spring 2022 Academic Activities

Please consult these FAQs for activities scheduled to begin following Jan. 29 (after the initial two weeks of remote instruction).

Instruction and Classroom Management

COVID Exposure

Academic Events and Meetings

Student Support

COVID Resources

Weather

Reading Days