The College of Engineering’s weekly update aims to provide transparent and frequent information about how the College is operating, adapting and caring for its community. Updated information can always be found at the College’s COVID website. Questions and feedback can be submitted here.
As the College recognizes and engages around Black History Month in many ways, reflecting on how the pandemic has disproportionately affected members of our society due to systemic racism – and what we can do at individual and community levels to address them – is important for engineers. These articles explore a few of these issues:
- What COVID-19 shows about race and health, by members of the College’s diversity, equity and inclusion teams.
- COVID-19 and the Disproportionate Impact on Black Americans. Q&A with Enrique Neblett, U-M professor of Health Behavior and Health Education.
REQUIRED WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTING FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS
Beginning February 16, 2021, U-M will require all students – including graduate & professional students – who live on or come to campus to participate in weekly saliva testing through the U-M Community Sampling & Tracking Program.
This change will bring graduate and professional students in line with existing requirements for undergraduate students. In-person education and teaching will continue, along with research and other important work, as there is no indication that COVID-19 is spreading through these essential activities. Read the full announcement.
ACADEMIC INNOVATION IN EDUCATION: MARCH 1 ACCELERATOR GRANT SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Michigan Engineering has the goal of enabling faculty to bring their daring ideas in the realm of educational innovations to fruition more quickly. Proposals should be discipline agnostic with the goal of making the innovations available across the College. One award will be funded at up to $100,000. More information and call for proposals.
MAIZE & BLUE CUPBOARD N. CAMPUS WINTER SCHEDULE
Last semester the Cupboard provided access to healthy, nutritious, and nourishing food, including pick-up dates on North Campus. The mobile food distribution program will be in the Duderstadt connector every other Wednesday from 2-4PM. The next distribution date is Feb, 24.
HONOR CODE UPDATES: WHAT’S IN A NOTE?
In the rapid transition to online learning, students and instructors have shared some growing pains. A significant number of Honor Code cases have occurred where students expressed they misunderstood what resources were allowed in course assignments and exams. The biggest areas of confusion were related to:
- What are considered “open notes”
- What is “appropriate collaboration”
- An increase in students utilizing inappropriate academic support resources not affiliated with U-M.
It is recommended that instructional teams further clarify what is considered “open notes” or appropriate resources before exams and the distribution of assignments. If you have questions about how to reduce potential Honor Code violations including addressing the use of online cheating sites like Chegg, Course Hero, and Slader, please email firstname.lastname@example.org