UW-Stout strives to prioritize the health and safety of its employees, while balancing the learning environment that fosters student success. With this in mind, every attempt should be made not to alter the instructional schedule after students have registered for courses or during the term.
Changes in course offerings directly impact student schedules and could impact their commitments to live and/or work locally. Some students are not comfortable with online learning and this feedback has been received in multiple venues.
Should an instructor be subject to quarantine and/or isolation, the chair will coordinate with the instructor to ensure continuity of instruction and coordinate communications with students impacted. The Chair will notify the dean of the plan for continuity of instruction and corresponding student communication. The plan may involve a temporary change in modality and/or colleague coverage by the identified back-up instructor.
Instructors (faculty and instructional academic staff) requesting a medical accommodation to teach remotely should do so via Human Resources. Instructors are encouraged to coordinate the medical accommodations as soon as possible and prior to the finalization of course schedules.
If a course modality change is initiated as a result of an approved medical accommodation, the department chair will route that request to the college dean for approval and coordinate implementation via Registration and Records. The chair will coordinate respective student communications regarding this change in consultation with the instructor.
If student attendance concerns due to isolation or quarantine periods impact the learning environment, instructors may continue to reach out to COVID19update@uwstout.edu. The communication will be routed to additional stakeholders (department chair and/or college dean and/ or provost) to collaboratively discuss approaches to foster a productive learning environment.