I am confident our commitment to our students, your passion for teaching, and our support of one another will lead to our success. I appreciate your patience, collaboration and resolve as we move forward together through these extraordinary circumstances.
Finally, I thank each one of you for your willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure we deliver on the university’s mission to provide a world-class education.
(excerpt from Provost Jim Garrett communication on March 13, 2020)
All CMU research and teaching activities must move to fully remote operations. Teaching from faculty offices, classrooms, or laboratories must move off campus and now be done remotely.
Note: as remote instruction gets underway and with many community members working from home, exterior doors to CMU buildings are transitioning to card-key access where possible. You will need to swipe your CMU ID to enter the building.
We understand the decision to transition to remote teaching comes with challenges. Computing Services and the Eberly Center have put together resources to help during the transition.
The following links contain a wealth of tools and information to get started.
Preparation and Tools from the Eberly Center
PREPARING TO TEACH ONLINE
- The goal is the same – to provide a quality educational experience that meets your course’s learning outcomes (even if the path getting there has changed).
- Start simple: Where possible, continue using the edtech tools you already have in place, and add what you need from the toolkit laid out below. Then build out from there.
- Identify the tools and strategies that align with your teaching/learning needs.
STEP 1: Secure Your Devices and Data
Secure your devices, ensure a stable Internet connection and manage your files.
STEP 2: Collaborate with Others
Collaborate with peers via web conferencing and phone; share files as needed.
STEP 3: Access Your Work
Get the software, applications and connectivity you need for remote working.
Health and Wellness
We are encouraging people to engage in social distancing practices.
Social distancing is an evidence-based public health practice to mitigate the spread of viruses.
What is it? Public health practice to mitigate spread of viruses
How do I practice it? Keep 6 feet of distance between you and others. For meetings, host online web conferences or conference calls. For events, we strongly urge you to cancel or postpone all CMU events, whether on- or off-campus, that involve more than 10 people. Please also refrain from planning future events until further notice.
MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
CMU provides resources to help academic and staff employees and eligible dependents cope with these types of life events through the Guidance Resources Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (login required). You may also call the EAP line directly at 1-844-744-1370. The EAP provides confidential, short-term counseling at no cost to the employee.
If you know a student who needs help, or a student comes to you, we encourage you to point them to Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS). CaPS counselors are available at any time, day or night, at 412-268-2922.
YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
If you are a faculty or staff member who has been to an affected area under a Level 3 CDC travel warning within the last 14 days and are experiencing symptoms, you should contact your primary care provider immediately for guidance; you should also self-isolate.
Learn tips for staying healthy, symptoms to look out for, and guidelines for self-isolation on the Coronavirus and Your Health page.
Hiring for staff positions will be conducted virtually. Recruiters will work with hiring managers to begin that process.
Because of the new guidance on domestic travel, effective Monday, March 16, all faculty interviews and Ph.D. visits must be conducted virtually. All doctoral and master’s theses defenses are also permitted to take place remotely.