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.
Due to the state Department of Health and Human Services’ new order, released yesterday (11/15), several of the adjustments planned for Nov. 20 will now need to be accelerated by three days.
BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, THE FOLLOWING WILL BE IN EFFECT:
- In-person staffing levels should move to the lower density levels planned for post-Nov. 20. Activities that should continue to be supported by in-person staff include research labs, facilities management including docks, and study spaces for students.
- Building access will be limited to Engineering faculty, students and staff.
- All classes must be moved to remote instruction. Instructional labs should close to students.
- Faculty can continue to use classrooms to stream classes or record their lectures via zoom. We also have self service recording studios and Nexus supported recording studios.
- Researchers can continue to carry on their research with their teams, with the exception of a subset of Tier 2 human research studies (those specifically classified as an observational study or Benefit Level 4 on the human research activation checklist), which should prepare to pause in-person activity with research participants by Friday, Nov. 20 at the latest.
- The Wilson Student Team Project Center will be closed. All student organization activities should move to remote.
ADDITIONAL GRADING OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS
In recognition of how current events continue to impact our students, the University recently announced changes to grading policies for both undergraduate and graduate students for Academic Year 2020-2021 (Fall, Winter, & Spring/Summer terms):
- Undergraduates will be given the choice of keeping traditional letter grades or using Pass and No Record COVID assessments on their transcripts.
- Graduate Students policy changes will apply to all enrolled in Rackham (MS, MSE, PhD) and non-Rackham (MEng, DEng) graduate degree programs.