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Fall 2020 Teaching: Temporary Workplace Modifications Request

Dear Faculty,

As Provost Fierke indicated in her June 29, 2020 message, plans are underway to implement classes this fall. We are preparing to be fluid in our approach and are building in contingency plans as needed. Our two priorities are to provide the best education possible while preserving the health and safety of all of our Aggie family members.
At this time, Texas A&M University intends to offer courses in three ways: Face to face, remote, and online, which are elaborated on the site listed below.

As per Dr. Fierke’s message, the new schedule of courses is available for review in Howdy. The instructors currently listed in the schedule are based on early spring assignments and these may change.

We are well aware of faculty concerns regarding their safety in the classroom due to having medical conditions that may lead to increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or having a household member with such conditions. Accommodations for faculty in such circumstances may be available as per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

If you would like to request teaching accommodations based on the above-listed circumstances, please complete this form (Note: Microsoft has limited support for the Internet Explorer web browser and, therefore, is not recommended for completing forms using Laserfiche.  For best results, please open this form using the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Firefox web browsers). The medical information provided will not be shared with your department head and/or Dean, only the accommodation category under which you fall. Even if it is determined you are not eligible for ADA or FMLA, the information you submit about your risk levels will be provided to your department head for their use as they determine teaching assignments. Once you complete the form you may be asked to submit additional information.
To ensure we can post the finalized class schedule on Friday, July 24th, and have time to review all requests for accommodations, the deadline to submit the form is Wednesday, July 15 at noon. If you cannot complete the form by this deadline, please let me know.

I would like to remind you the Office of the Provost has outlined details here about the university calendar, the schedule, and the instruction of courses, including expectations for face-to-face, remote, and online course delivery. This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your continued patience as we plan for the fall semester.

Sincerely,

Blanca Lupiani, PhD
Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost

Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology