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Fall 2020 Academic Policies in Response to COVID-19

Academic Policies across campus are being amended in response to COVID-19. Please check in often for the most up-to-date information.

Course Delivery Alternative Modes for Fall 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Senate Council acted on behalf of the University Senate to approve the use of alternative delivery modes for courses offered in Fall 2020 as needed to protect the health of students, staff, and faculty. Instructors should work within their units to determine the most suitable modality for course delivery based on health, safety and pedagogical concerns, but units should not seek Senate approval for the use of such modalities on this temporary basis.


Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Several modifications to the academic calendar have been made in response to the COVID-19 situation. The current calendar is available here.

The calendar features a Reading Day. The current Dead Week restrictions on certain instructional activities would continue to apply to Reading Days. An additional restriction would apply to Reading Days, namely no required class meetings or, more generally, no “required interactions” (SR Reading Days are not academic holidays.


Recommended Syllabus Statements

Face Covering/Distancing Policy

The Senate Council endorses the following recommended syllabus statements for faculty teaching face-to-face courses.

  • In accordance with University guidelines, students must wear UK-approved face coverings in the classroom and academic buildings (e.g., faculty offices, laboratories, libraries, performance/design studios, and common study areas where students might congregate). If UK-approved face coverings are not worn over the nose and mouth, students will be asked to leave the classroom.
  • Students should complete their daily online wellness screening before accessing university facilities and arriving to class.
  • Students should not move chairs or barriers in classrooms and should socially distance at all times, leaving a six (6) foot radius from other people. Masks and hand sanitizer can be found {specific location in building} if needed.
  • Students should leave enough space when entering and exiting a room. Students should not crowd doorways at the beginning or end of class.
  • For more Senate resources about syllabi click here.

Class Recording Notification

The University of Kentucky Student Code of Conduct defines Invasion of Privacy as using electronic or other devices to make a photographic, audio, or video record of any person without their prior knowledge or consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress.

Meetings of this course may be recorded. All video and audio recordings of lecturers and class meetings, provided by the instructors, are for educational use by students in this class only. They are available only through the Canvas shell for this course and are not to be copied, shared, or redistributed.

As addressed in the Student Code of Conduct, students are expected to follow appropriate university policies and maintain the security of linkblue accounts used to access recorded class materials. Recordings may not be reproduced, shared with those not enrolled in the class, or uploaded to other online environments.

If the instructor or a University of Kentucky office plans any other uses for the recordings, beyond this class, students identifiable in the recordings will be notified to request consent prior to such use. In anticipation of such cases, students may be asked to complete an “authorization of use” form by a faculty member.

Video and audio recordings by students are not permitted during the class unless the student has received prior permission from the instructor. Any sharing, distribution, and or uploading of these recordings outside of the parameters of the class is prohibited. Students with specific recording accommodations approved by the Disability Resource Center should present their official documentation to the instructor.

All content for this course, including handouts, assignments, and lectures are the intellectual property of the instructors and cannot be reproduced or sold without prior permission from the instructors. A student may use the material for reasonable educational and professional purposes extending beyond this class, such as studying for a comprehensive or qualifying examination in a degree program, preparing for a professional or certification examination, or to assist in fulfilling responsibilities at a job or internship.


Excused Absences

Academic policies regarding excused absences can be found in the Senate Rules under "Excused Absences". The Senate Council has interpreted excused absences for the Fall 2020 semester to include an excuse from required in-person interactions if the student has been directed to self-quarantine by the University (including its app), a medical professional, public health professional, or government official.