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.
The semester is in full swing, with midterms right around the corner. According to the University’s COVID-19 Dashboard, overall case counts have been noticeably lower this week in comparison to recent weeks at both the campus and county level.
In the College of Engineering, cases have been managed in a proactive manner. Thank you to everyone who has been transparent and thoughtful in both communicating with their instructors and supervisors when they tested positive for COVID-19, as well as following public health protocols to keep the risk of community spread very low.
Please remember to follow these key protocols to ensure North Campus remains safe for everyone:
- Wear a face covering, including outside
- Maintain six feet of distance of others
- Do not move furniture to congregate in groups
- Use the ResponsiBLUE app every day
- Follow increased cleaning and safety procedures in labs
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and avoid touching your face
GATHERING STUDENT FEEDBACK
Soliciting feedback throughout the term is an important way to get a pulse on how students are doing, especially in an online course. It’s important to consider how students are managing both with course content and with course navigation or ease of use. For tips on gathering student feedback, visit the Nexus Faculty Resources Blog here.
INCREASED LAB CAPACITY & PARTICIPATION OF UNDERGRADS IN BENCH RESEARCH
- October 5, the fraction of bench lab spaces used IN EACH BUILDING can be expanded to 60% (up from the current 45%).
- October 5, for those involved with Human Subject Research, engaging with participants aged 65+ will no longer result in an automatic Tier 3 categorization.
- October 12, all undergraduates are allowed to participate in bench research (previously only “returning” seniors were allowed).
All other COVID-19 research requirements remain in place. Faculty should continue to work with their UAs to develop/maintain their cohort lists, which can be sent to the Associate Dean for Research’s office for processing.
MUJO’S & FIRESIDE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Sadly, staying open has proven challenging for some of our campus food spots. This page on the Unions website has the most up-to-date info and hours.
ONLINE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WEBINAR TAKEAWAYS & ASSETS
On Tuesday, September 29, Joanna Millunchick, Michigan Engineering’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, hosted a webinar examining issues related to academic integrity in the new remote teaching context, with a specific emphasis on online exams.
Find the video recordings, chats and slides here. (Go to the bottom of the page for the list of special committee reports)