Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Work in the Division of Academic Affairs During the COVID-19 Crisis

Face Covering Policy 

Employees who are unable to wear face coverings due to a medical condition should request a reasonable accommodation through Human Resources. More information can be found here

Technology to allow synchronous live streaming and lecture capture has been or will be installed in most classrooms before fall classes begin. The list of classrooms so equipped is available here

 What happens with promotion and tenure (or any other reviews) scheduled for the Fall of 2020?  

URI/AAUP and the University also have an agreement in principle on this issue. URI/AAUP andthe University are working on an agreement that is flexible enough to address every individual faculty member’s circumstance. Some faculty may be ready toachieve promotion and tenure despite the global pandemic, some faculty may have scholarship delayed, and some may have hiring packages delayed. 

Is there a way for us to recoup personal money spent on cancelled travel? 

Providence Based Faculty 
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz and Amanda Izenstark thought it might be helpful for there to be a venue where Providence-based faculty can connect and support each other, especially as many of us may not be coming to campus.To this end, they now have a listserv: 

Subscribers can send the following message subscribe faculty-in-prov 

Is the library available? 
URI/AAUP has advocated for closing the library in order to protect faculty and staff. For now, the University is keeping the library open but reduced access and hours. The information is here:

Where do faculty with no remote teaching experience even begin?
First, realize that you have the latitude to determine what you want to do and how you want to do it.  For some faculty, remote learning may consist only of email exchanges with students.

Second, you do not need to be an online expert.  This article has advice on how to boil the class down to the basics.

Third,  ATL has great resources here. They have information to help you transition from face-to-face classes to online learning that will help you decide which methods and tools might be most useful.  

How do I grade the extra work that will accumulate? 
Recommendations from ATL and the Provost suggest adjusting the workload to what is manageable. The Remote Learning Task force and ATL have received questions about assessing student work and will provide more guidance on that subject.


How do I manage a work-life balance? 
At this moment, we can all feel like we are always “on.” I recommend setting limits on your work time. It is ok if every email is not answered immediately. Sometimes (maybe many times) people send emails when they are thinking about it and do not expect an immediate response. If a conference call or video conference is scheduled at a time you are not available decline it the same way you would during regular workdays.  We all work in different ways and at different times. Find the balance that works for you and stick to it.  

Faculty Senate Discussion with President and Provost, March 19,2020. (WebEx) The recording does not require a password          URI Faculty Senate Meeting-20200319 2008-1 


Employee Assistance Program – EAP

State employees, dependents and household members can receive free confidential assistance with personal and job-related problems through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Trained counselors provide professional assistance with a wide range of issues, including stress, eating disorders, family and relationship problems, depression, and substance abuse. Access to legal and financial professionals is also available.  For more information, or to access this benefit, contact EAP at 1-866-248-4094, or log on to Access code: RhodeIsland

provost’s memo to all faculty 3-13-2020