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VT教务长关于春假后上课和教学的通知(2020年3月16日)

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    发表于 2020-3-16 10:36:19 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
    以下是VT Provost教务长提供给学校领导层的信息(2020年3月16日
    Below is a general update provided to the senior leadership by the Provost.

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    延长春假后,应该阻止学生返回校园吗?学生会被允许返回校园吗?是否会要求不返回校园住宿的学生支付住宿费用?

    在延长的春假结束时,如果学生能够留在家中或校外其他地方,在对他们和居住在那里的人构成低健康风险的环境中,他们应该认真考虑这样做。但是,如果不能在校外居住或学生需要在校园内访问在线学习,则会在校园内提供住房。学生必须在2020年3月18日(星期三)之前通过填写基于网络的表格,将其意图告知住房和居住生活  。如果学生决定不返回校园住宿,从而终止他们的住房 合同,大学将向每位学生返还$ 1,000。

    到目前为止,约有45%的有住房合同的学生做出了回应,超过85%的学生要求终止他们的合同。

    请注意Frank Shushok上周五发布的消息(请参阅https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2020/03/covid-students-031320.html ) 也涉及餐饮合同。

    春假后恢复在线教学,这是否包括所有需要动手的实验室和工作室等?

    是的,不会有例外,也不需要校内说明。如有必要,实验室将通过Zoom或其他合适的媒介进行展示。包括教室和大学在内的教学空间,如教室,工作室和实验室,将被关闭。正在开发识别各个空间的特定细节。

    还会允许本科生在校园工作吗?

    在最初回答“否”之后,我和其他人收到了许多关于例外的请愿书,也有人担心这会对学生造成经济困难。结果就是改变–学生员工是我们员工队伍的重要组成部分,因此想要工作且身体健康的学生可以工作。能够进行远程办公的学生可以在其部门和主管的指导下进行选择。


    是否可以允许研究生助理在校园工作?

    是的,将需要研究生助理来支持教学工作和研究,但不必这样做。我们的目标是保留所有研究生助理,但是大学无法资助那些决定不工作且受到壁画授权机构支持的人,这些机构除非进行工作,否则不会批准工资。我希望随着我们对细节的了解,将会有更多的指导。


    图书馆会继续开放吗?

    是的,但是减少了运营,适当地采用了公共卫生措施并远离了社会。泰勒团队制定的运营计划已于昨天获得批准,并将在不久的将来进行沟通。


    我们有几位求职者接受了校园面试。大学将不再为他们的旅行报销吗?我们应该将所有采访移至Zoom吗?

    所有采访都应移至Zoom。不可退还的费用将从部门/学院的账户中偿还。例外情况将被批准进行招聘工作,包括候选人所需的第二次访问校园,以期采取公共卫生和社会疏远措施。


    对于暂停大学资助的旅行,这对目前正在旅行途中的人们如何起作用?我们会为已经出差的人报销吗?

    我们将补偿因会议取消或由于担心冠状病毒而决定不参加会议而导致的未退款费用。在大多数情况下,这些退款将记入最初指定用于报销的部门或大学帐户。由谁来报销,由外部赞助商资助的旅行将更加复杂,但是教师将无害。

    预算和财务计划团队已草拟了详细的战略,涵盖了现有差旅以及未来计划中的差旅。他们的建议计划将于明天由IRT进行审查。


    我们出国留学课程的现状如何?

    所有夏季计划都已取消,我们正在研究此举带来的财务问题。

    特朗普总统禁止从欧洲旅行后,OIA完成了将我们的学生带回家的看似不可能完成的任务,只有一小部分选择庇护所。



    是否可以报销课程,课程和/或实验室费用?

    与计划,课程和实验室费用相关的成本(如学费)与材料,设备,人员和与特定课程(在某些情况下是课程的实验室部分)相关的经验相关。由于我们打算支持课程的完成,包括实验部分,因此我们假设将产生许多此类费用,并且无需退款。如果某个课程费用与非常具体的旅行经历或该课程的其他材料费用相关联,而这些费用在春季或作为递延解决方案的一部分将不会代表学生购买或花费,则部门可能会建议:大学将课程费用退还给学生。这些请求将按课程进行评估,并处理退款。


    在何种程度上应鼓励远程工作?

    在家工作是社会疏远策略的重要组成部分,应予以鼓励。这对于年龄较大的人和具有潜在健康状况的人尤其重要。在许多情况下,有学童的雇员无法获得托儿服务,患病的人和与患病的人保持联系的人也需要待在家里。请保持灵活性,并充分利用Zoom来开展更多业务。在许多情况下,我们将需要掩盖无法完成分配工作的同事。在其他情况下,您可能需要为目前被分配在我们管理COVID-19时不必要的职责的个人确定有价值的工作。请查阅Bryan Garey今天在VT Daily (https://vtnews.vt.edu/) 发布的消息。

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    ·       Should students be discouraged from returning to campus after the extended Spring Break?  Will students be allowed to return to on-campus housing?  Will students who do not return to on-campus housing be required to pay housing expenses?

    At the end of the extended Spring Break, if students are able to stay at home or elsewhere off-campus in an environment that presents a low-health risk for them and those living there, they should seriously consider doing so.  If, however, staying off campus is not feasible or students need to be on campus to access online learning, housing will be made available on campus. Students must let Housing and Residence Life know of their intentions by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by completing a web-based form. Should students decide not to return to on-campus housing and thereby terminate their housing contracts, the university will rebate each student in the amount of $1,000.

    So far, about 45% of students with housing contracts have responded and over 85% have asked to terminate their contracts.

    Note that Frank Shushok’s message released last Friday (see https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2020/03/covid-students-031320.html) also deals with dining contracts.



    ·       After Spring Break, instruction will resume via online delivery.  Does this include all hands-on laboratories, studios, etc.?

    Yes, there will be no exceptions, no required on-campus instruction.  If necessary, laboratories will be presented via Zoom or another suitable medium as demonstrations.  Instructional spaces such as classrooms, studios and laboratories will be physically closed, including both departmental as well as university.  Specific details that identify individual spaces are being developed.



    ·       Will undergraduates still be allowed to work on campus?

    After initially responding “no”, I and others received many petitions for exceptions, and concerns were also expressed about the financial hardship that this would have on students.  The outcome is a change – student employees are an important part of our workforce, so students who want to work and are healthy may work.  Students who are able to telework may do so at the discretion of their department and supervisor.



    ·       Will graduate assistants be allowed to work on campus?

    Yes, graduate assistants will be needed to support instructional efforts and research, but should not be required to do so.  Our goal is to retain all graduate assistants, but the university is not in a position to fund those who decide not to work and who are supported by extramural granting agencies that will not approve salaries unless work is performed.  I anticipate that more guidance will become available as we work through the details.



    ·       Will the library remain open?

    Yes, but with reduced operations, appropriate application of public health measures and social distancing.  An operations plan developed by Tyler’s team was approved yesterday and will be communicated in the near future.



    ·       We have several job candidates with campus interviews.  Will the university no longer reimburse them for their travel? Should we move all interviews to Zoom?

    All interviews should be moved to Zoom.  Nonrefundable expenses will be reimbursed from departmental/college accounts.  Exceptions will be approved for recruitment efforts involving necessary second visits to campus for finalists, with the expectation that public health and social distancing measures are in place.



    ·       For the moratorium on university funded travel, how does that work for people currently in the middle of their trips? I assume we will reimburse those who are already on a trip – is this correct?

    We will reimburse faculty for nonrefunded expenses resulting from conference cancellation or a decision not attend because of concerns about coronavirus.  In most cases, these reimbursements will be charged to the department or college accounts originally designated for reimbursement.  Travel funded by external sponsors will be more complicated to address, in terms of who pays for the reimbursement, but the faculty will be held harmless.

    The budget and financial planning team have drafted a detailed strategy that covers existing travel as well as that being planned in future.  Their proposed plan will be reviewed by the IRT tomorrow.



    ·       What is the status of our study abroad programs?

    All summer programs have been cancelled, and we are in the process of working out the financial issues resulting from this action.

    Following President Trump’s ban on travel from Europe, OIA accomplishing a seemingly impossible task of getting our students home, with the exception of a small number who chose to shelter in place.



    ·       Will program, course and/or laboratory fees be reimbursed?

    The costs associated with program, course and lab fees, like tuition, are linked to materials, equipment, staff, and experiences associated with specific courses and in some instance the lab portion of courses.  Since completion of courses, including lab sections is what we intend to support, the assumption is that many of these costs will be incurred and no refund will be necessary.  In instances where a course fee is linked to a very specific travel experience or other material cost of the course that will not be purchased or expended on behalf of the student either in the spring or as part of a deferred solution, the department may recommend to the university that the course fee be refunded to the student.  These requests will be evaluated and refunds processed on a course by course basis.



    ·       To what extent should remote work be encouraged?

    Working from home is an important component of the social distancing strategy, and should be encouraged.  This is particularly important for older individuals and those with underlying health conditions.  In many instances, employees with school children who have no feasible access to childcare will need to stay at home, as will those who are sick and those who have been in contact with others who are sick.  Please be flexible and make use of Zoom to do as much of your business as possible.  In many cases, we will need to cover for colleagues who cannot accomplish their assigned work.  In other instances, you may have to identify worthwhile work for individuals who are currently assigned duties that are not necessary while we manage COVID-19.  Please refer to Bryan Garey’s message released toda via the VT Daily. He has also sent more detailed instructions to your HR directors.




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