The College of Engineering’s weekly update aims to provide transparent and frequent information about how the College is operating, caring for its community and planning for the future.
EXPANSION OF ON-SITE WORK & TELECOMMUTING RESOURCES
Guidance on how staff will expand on-campus work is now available on the College’s HR website. Consider bookmarking it. Please review all sections of the website and work with your manager to understand how the policies, job classifications and telecommuting agreement will play out for you and your office.
As we move toward our summer activities, we expect that we will soon be able to expand on-site work. This will begin with faculty in May, and is expected to be available to some staff in late June or early July, gradually expanding to include all staff through the summer months, with the goal of being fully operational and ready for students to return before the end of August. Faculty received information from Associate Deans Steve Ceccio and Eric Michielssen via email last Friday and staff received an update in yesterday’s State of the College and via email.
MASKS NO LONGER REQUIRED WHILE OUTDOORS ON CAMPUS
The updated policy will allow individuals to go mask-free while outdoors on all U-M campuses, provided they avoid gatherings of 100 or more. The indoor requirement remains. The change goes into effect immediately and aligns with the latest guidance from the state of Michigan and applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
Updated policy language states individuals must wear a face covering when “inside buildings, on U-M transportation, participating in organized contact sports, and when outdoors in gatherings of 100 or more.”
COVID-19 TESTING SURVEY RESULTS
In early April, we asked you to take a short survey about the Campus/College’s COVID testing philosophy and infrastructure. Nearly 300 faculty and staff members completed the survey. Thank you.
We have consolidated the feedback and identified patterns. This Google Doc summarizes the data and addresses common themes in a FAQ format.
NEXUS SUPPORT FOR FACULTY
Over the past year, faculty have successfully adapted courses to teach students across modalities, including online, in-person, and blended delivery. As you prepare for the Fall 2021 semester, Nexus is available to support faculty, GSIs, and instructional teams with 1-1 instructional design consultations, technology assistance, Canvas setup and content migration, online and blended teaching resources, recording tips, and curated resources for Fall 2021 preparation. Please visit the Nexus Faculty Resources page and schedule an individual consultation today. We look forward to supporting faculty in preparation for Fall.