Are We Expected to Teach?

If students are prevented from coming to campus for an extended time, you will likely be required to continue your course teaching remotely unless granted an exception by your dean.

Deans may grant an exception because of the infeasibility of certain cases of remote teaching, such as teaching a theater class or conducting a laboratory. In cases where a course consists of lecture, lab, and/or recitation, the feasible components of the course must still be taught with the goal of meeting all course outcomes.

Are Students Expected to Complete Course Work?

Every effort should be made to enable students to complete their course work. We ask that all instructional faculty, including graduate teaching assistants serving as instructors of record, provide maximum leniency and flexibility in student attendance and course participation during OSU’s response to COVID-19, including implementation of remote teaching delivery. During this period, incomplete grades should be used as little as possible.

If a student cannot complete a course or earn an incomplete, please refer them to OSU policies and resources for extended absences. In such cases, two options exist:

  • When a student is unable to address a mitigating situation, a family member should contact the Student Care Team.
  • When a student is able to address their particular situation, they can do so with their course faculty member or instructor of record. If a late change to their course is necessary, students should use the Academic Requirements Committee Petition for Late Change of Registration form.

What About Courses with Significant In-Person Activities, Such as Lab Courses?

In cases where laboratories or other course activities involve face-to-face contact, academic units should consider alternatives, including using alternate activities to obtain similar learning outcomes via remote delivery; or exemptions in extreme cases when minimum course outcomes are still met.

What About DAS Accomodations?

OSU Disability Access Services (DAS) will continue to provide support to faculty, graduate teaching assistants and students registered with DAS should the need arise for classes to move to a remote environment. It is possible that not all accommodations students have been granted will be able to be similarly provided in a remote environment. DAS is mindful of these challenges and will work with faculty, graduate assistants, students and departments to quickly determine reasonable options.

What About FERPA and Data Security?

To ensure adherence to federal and state privacy laws, it is imperative that all work with student data continues to be performed using OSU-licensed tools, even while using personal computer devices to connect to OSU servers and services. Additionally, any email communication with students or about students must be done using OSU email.

Recording Lectures

We encourage you to record lectures and class sessions if it will assist with student learning or if it will provide greater access to students who may be in different time zones or who may have trouble with their technology. At the same time, we want to make you aware of things you can do to mitigate concerns around student privacy.

  1. By virtue of registering for your class, students have agreed to be known to you and to the other students in your class.
  2. If you intend to use your recorded lectures for another purpose (e.g., for another offering of the same class) then students cannot appear (i.e., they cannot be seen, heard or have their names revealed) in your recording unless they have provided their consent (see FAQ below).
  3. If your recorded lecture or class session involves a class discussion, and you are concerned that the recording may be viewed by others outside your class, we recommend that you:
  • Provide instructions for students to protect their identity by disabling their video.
  • Provide instructions for students to change how their name appears in Zoom (be sure to direct students to inform you of the pseudonym they choose for your attendance and participation purposes).
  • Provide options for students to ”opt out” of being on camera or speaking:

You must communicate this information using Canvas tools and at the beginning of each recording.

  1. If you have a confidential student in your class, which you may find in your “Summary Faculty Class List” in Online Services, you must take extra precaution to ensure your recorded video cannot be accessed by other students if the recording includes any information about the confidential student(s).