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Faculty Resource: Guidance for COVID-19

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San Luis Obispo County has set forth a series of actions to combat the novel COVID-19. The most up to date information regarding SLO County's response to the virus can be found at www.readyslo.org. We encourage our students to also refer to Cal Poly's information regarding the virus found here.

All members of the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community are encouraged to regularly check https://coronavirus.calpoly.edu/ for the latest information regarding the university’s response and procedures for maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

 

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As students, faculty, and staff make a return to campus, classes may be offered in various modalities such as in-person or virtual. Regardless of the modality of instruction, students are expected to maintain their academic integrity when completing assignments or exams. All suspected and reported cheating/plagiarism cases will be taken seriously and investigated by OSRR.

Academic Integrity FAQ for Students - Answers to common questions regarding alleged cheating and plagiarism.

Frequently Asked Questions (Faculty & COVID-19)

What are the expectations for students to adhere to COVID-19 protocols while attending in-person classes?

All students and employees are expected (unless exempt) to adhere to university safety protocols when attending in-person classes or otherwise on campus. If a student is not wearing a mask or otherwise refuses to wear their face covering properly, please make every effort to resolve the issue amicably and de-escalate the discussion while reminding the student of CSU and campus policies (including language in your class syllabus) that clearly describe the acceptable wearing of face coverings. If students do not have a face covering, invite them to seek a campus sanitation station where face coverings will be provided at no charge.

What is Campus Pass?

Campus Pass is a tool to ensure students are compliant with self-screening requirements. If a student fails to produce a green pass due to not completing their self-screening, inform the student that they will have to comply with self-screening requirements to participate in class.

What does each Campus Pass color mean?

The COVID-19 Self-Screening webpage provides detailed information on the campus pass system, but here is a snapshot of the meaning of each campus pass color: GREEN – Cleared to access all campus spaces and services. BLUE – Allowed only to access testing, health and safety sites. YELLOW – Allowed only to access testing, health and safety sites, and grab-and-go dining sites. RED – Not cleared to enter campus other than health and safety sites. NO PASS – Not cleared to enter campus other than health and safety sites.

What if a student refuses to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols?

Ask the student to leave class until they are prepared to follow the campus policy. Again, remind them of where they can get a face covering if they do not have one and/or point to syllabus language that clearly describes the acceptable wearing of face coverings. If you have asked a student to leave the class due to non-compliance, remind them that their absence will be recorded and could impact their grade per the attendance policy for the class. If a student(s) escalates the situation, causing a disruption to the class and refuses to leave, notify CPPD using the non-emergency line (805-756-2281). This should be done only when the situation has escalated to a point of willful, material, and substantial disruption to the class. If necessary, give the other students in the class a 10–15-minute break or dismiss the class for the day as you try to resolve the issue. If a disruption to the class occurs or if a student(s) is continually non-compliant—refuses to wear a face covering—notify the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities using the public reporting form (https://osrr.calpoly.edu/report)

Where can I submit a report to OSRR if a student does not comply with COVID-19 protocols?

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a report of student non-compliance to OSRR via our public reporting form, which can be found at https://osrr.calpoly.edu/report

What happens after a report is submitted to OSRR?

Once an allegation has been received, OSRR will determine specific next steps relative to the information provided by the incident report. OSRR will also provide several opportunities to comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols after an incident report has been received

What about students with exemptions?

An instructor should not decide whether a student may qualify for an exemption from wearing a face covering. Cal Poly has a process in place to make these determinations and to notify instructors accordingly. Students with medically-related exemption requests should be directed to Tina Hadaway-Mellis, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Health and Wellbeing. Students with religiously-related exemption requests should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Instructors cannot ask about or discuss a student’s vaccination status or request proof of vaccination. Some students will have a medical or religious exemption from vaccination requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I (or my student) be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct for not following COVID-19 protocols and guidelines?

Yes. It is critical for the health and safety of our campus community that everyone follows all COVID-19 related protocols. Failure to follow the campus protocols will result in student conduct action, which could include suspension or expulsion. Additionally, students living on campus may face additional student conduct action, which could ultimately include removal from University Housing.

Can I be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct for breaking my isolation or quarantine requirement?

Yes. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 (or come in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19) and fail to adhere to SLO County Public Health and CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the university.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until cleared by a medical professional. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available). Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

If I’m traveling from out of state, should I wait to get tested when I arrive in San Luis Obispo?

If at all possible, get tested in your local area prior to moving. Please be sure to verify the average turnaround time for receiving test results, as laboratory processing and reporting times vary greatly. Students preparing to move in to University Housing will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours (3 days) of arrival to campus, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, students living off campus in the San Luis Obispo community and at their permanent residences are strongly encouraged to test for COVID-19 before the first day of in-person classes on Sept. 20. Submitting proof of a negative test is not required upon start of fall term for on-campus instruction. San Luis Obispo County has several testing sites and urgent care facilities offering testing. Please see this list of testing sites in San Luis Obispo County. On-campus residents may utilize the Health Center for COVID-19 testing. Please see the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on travel here.

Is there a cost to getting a test?

The test is free if you choose to use one of the testing locations in San Luis Obispo County. On-campus residents may utilize the Health Center for COVID-19 testing. You will not be charged a co-pay, but your insurance will be charged. If you don't have insurance, you won't be charged at all.

Where can I get the latest information regarding Cal Poly’s COVID-19 response?

All members of the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community are encouraged to regularly check https://coronavirus.calpoly.edu/ for the latest information regarding the university’s response and procedures for maintaining a safe and healthy environment.


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