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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: March 30 at 12:12 pm


These FAQs address the current precautionary mitigation of the Norman campus move to in-person instruction starting Monday, March 23. Thank you for your flexibility in the decisions you will have to make. Our shared goal is to continue to provide students with as much opportunity as possible to complete their coursework.

The information provided is necessarily broad, and therefore will not address every issue or question that arises in a specific course. There may be unforeseen situations that arise and cannot be predicted. In these cases, reach out to your department staff, relevant Dean’s Office, resources identified on the Teach Anywhere website, or the Office of the University Registrar for assistance.

If you are teaching in the summer semester, we recommend that you plan for the possibility that instruction in the first few weeks of summer semester may need to be delivered online.

Classes

Yes. It is not permissible to conduct any in-person instruction through the remainder of the spring semester. This requirement extends to all courses administered through the OU Norman campus. Evaluation of the spread of COVID-19 will be ongoing throughout the period of time classes are online, and updates will be provided on an ongoing basis. In-person instruction includes classes, office hours, review sessions, presentations, field trips, and projects that require that students to work together or with the instructor in person.

No. The University is not closed, and classes will continue online from Monday, March 23, through at least the end of the spring semester.

Yes. It is not permissible to conduct any in-person instruction through the spring semester. In-person instruction extends to individual meetings between an instructor and student.

Instructors should consider options for students to complete remaining coursework that would have taken place during in-person meetings. In many cases, this might be achieved via Zoom, Skype, or other technology.

If instructors wish to include a live, syncronous component via Zoom, instructors are strongly encouraged to schedule these during regular class meeting times.

Class sessions that are recorded can be viewed by students at alternate times established by the instructor.

No. Instructors are required to continue their courses with the least amount of disruption to the syllabus as possible. While some assignments may need to be altered to facilitate an online format, point totals should remain unchanged.

Instructors should continue to comply with academic accommodations authorized by the ADRC. Students currently receiving ADRC academic accommodations should have already provided instructors with an email outlining their approved accommodations. If a student has new or updated accommodations for any reason, the ADRC will provide the student with a new letter to give to instructors. In some cases, ADRC may reach out directly to instructors to let them know that a letter is forthcoming. Note: Students are required to contact ADRC of any requests for updated accommodation.

No. Papers and projects can proceed as planned. However, if students are required to work in groups or teams but cannot collaborate remotely on a particular paper or project, instructors should review other options for completion requirements or deadlines of the paper or project.

Exams

No. The in-class exam format is not permitted.

An in-class exam can be converted to a take-home exam. Instructors may also consider other testing formats (e.g., oral exam via Zoom) in lieu of a take-home exam if it is appropriate for their course’s learning goals.

Instructors are discouraged from using services that result in an additional charge to the students such as online proctoring. For more guidance on ensuring academic integrity online, please refer to this article.

A take-home exam can be administered via a course management system (e.g., Canvas) or via email (e.g., PDF, scan/send). Keep in mind that neither distribution nor collection may involve students coming to campus.

To minimize students’ schedule conflicts, it is required that instructors schedule their take-home exam for the same time period as the originally scheduled in-class exam.

Regardless of when a take-home exam is distributed, it cannot be due prior to the end of the scheduled in-class exam time.

No. Faculty members are expected to make every effort to continue their courses in a manner consistent with what appears in the syllabus.

Library Services

All library facilities will be closed to physical access and will suppport virtual-only services starting Monday, March 23 through the duration of the semester.

For the most up-to-date information on resources available from University Libraries during this period, please visit libraries.ou.edu.

Grade Policy

Please visit the Grade Policy page to review the current grade policy and associated FAQs.