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ECAS Faculty Forum on Covid-19 - Shared screen with speaker view
Jess Barber
If students reach out to inform us of illness or possible exposure, can/should we as faculty ask them directly if they are off-campus? I'm not sure that all students would think to mention this without prompting.
Joanne Brzinski
@Jess: You can ask them. You can also fill out a Student of Concern form. Whether the student is on or off campus, we are happy to hear from you about your students
Deboleena Roy
@Jess - If a student reaches out to you, please do go ahead and ask them if they are off-campus.
Jess Barber
Great - thank you both!
Judith Miller (she/her)
what do we do if we suspect an off campus student is sick, but the student refuses to get tested or reach out to college? I worry about damaging a mentoring relationship. Is reporting confidential?
Joanne Brzinski
@Judith: You can share these concerns with us on the Student of Concern form. There are some limitations in what we can do, but we can also reach out to the students, even without identifying the source of our information.
Sharon Strocchia
At the previous webinar, it was acknowledged that there have been 4-7 day bottlenecks for notifying close contact and that several faculty have not received any official notifications of positive cases except from students themselves. A suggestion was made that faculty notify students anonymously (especially in a small seminar setting) that someone in the class tested positive. This suggestion seems reasonable and also preserves confidentiality. The inability to notify affected students places faculty in an untenable position of knowing students have been exposed but not being able to stop the transmission chain.
Caroline Fohlin
One of my students told me that students are being doubled up in the conference center. Is this true?
Judith Miller (she/her)
With my students' permission, I have been starting classes by taking a few fast photos of the class. We thought that would be a good way to facilitate contact tracing.
Rachelle Spell
Just so we know how flexible the decision process could be: Considering the % of infections from off-campus, would we consider 1) Strongly suggesting/requiring that students stay on campus during Fall Break? 2) Ending the in-person component of the semester at Thanksgiving?
Sara Jackson Wade
Sara Jackson Wade
Resources and Tips for Temporarily Transitioning to Remote Instruction
Debra Vidali (she/her)
I have 3-5 students (in a Freshman seminar of 16 students) who are not able to attend class due to positive COVID-19 diagnosis or roommates who have tested positive. I’d like to create a discussion board for those students to participate with each other asynchronously. But it sounds like we are being advised to not create customized discussion groups for those who can’t come to class, because of health disclosure concerns. Could you please clarify? Thank you!
Sharon Strocchia
One of the threads running through faculty comments is concern with classroom density. Many of my colleagues are teaching classes where students are jammed into the room shoulder to shoulder. Thinking ahead to next semester, can the College consider de-densifying to perhaps 75% of classroom capacity? I imagine this suggestion sends shudders through admins, but it might make sense from a faculty perspective. Thank you.
Joanne Brzinski
@Debra: I think you have to do what you think best for your students and your class. If that is the best way to provide support for your students, I think you can do that
Patricia Cahill (she/her)
so grateful for the attention to student mental health. their struggle is real!
Joanne Brzinski
If we decrease density as much as we did last year, the majority of our courses would be online--just because of space constraints. That would be an implication to keep in mind
Shaunna Donaher
Given the number of asymptomatic cases identified shown on the Dashboard, is there any thought about requiring regular testing of all on campus?
Juliette Apkarian
When booster shots are approved, will they be required?
Matthew Payne PhD
I was just typing the same question as Juliette but would add a question on what is Emory’s assessment policy for emerging variants of interest?
Caroline Fohlin
are you tracking unvaccinated students, and are they causing more infections?
Tanine Allison
When we see instances (such as Debra’s above) that 3 or more students in a single class are testing positive, we cannot help but feel concerned that transmission is happening in the classroom setting. Can you explain what is happening to create these numbers if not classroom transmission?
Robyn Fivush
exactly! You are assuming there is no classroom transmission so you are not testing for it?
Caroline Fohlin
doesn't that party event violate the compact?
Caroline Fohlin
Clifton C Crais
If this was last Feb., isn’t this very old data and a mapping that may not relate to the current situation?
Judith Miller (she/her)
I wuld be very interest in seeing one of those maps about a week from now
Sharon Strocchia
Are there any plans at the College level to contextualize student evaluations for untenured faclty?
Dieter Jaeger (he/him)
is anyone modeling our current outbreak and transmission rates to make predictions on where we are headed in the next 4 weeks?
Caroline Fohlin
So unvaccinated have much higher rate
Caroline Fohlin
And they are putting the rest of us at risk
Joanne Brzinski
@Dieter: Yes, we have had on-going conversations about models for future infections.
Matthew Payne PhD
Can leadership tell us what the models are telling us about this surge?
Dieter Jaeger (he/him)
Second Matthews question - with the additional question of whether the models correctly predicted the past 10 days 10 days ago ..
Rachelle Spell
Some of the stresses of this semester are not from COVID but from a difficult restart of the campus after shutdown. My faculty have had to deal with stressed faculty support (classroom technology, DAS, etc.). Has this been campus-wide?
Sharon Strocchia
Thanks, @Deboleena, my question was about context of pandemic, not collecting evals.
Debra Vidali (she/her)
Many college students (and others) think that it’s easier for them to just get the Delta variant during this wave, so that they ‘get it over with’ and won’t have to worry about it beyond a mild case now. Could you please share how you are providing health messaging to students regarding this psychological dimension, and how much Emory’s messaging can impact the risky behavior?
Clifton C Crais
Not clear to me that Matt’s and Dieter’s question has been addressed.
Judith Miller (she/her)
agree w Debra V's comment: so much relies on the willingness of off campus students to test and report themselves. My sense (hearing classroom conversation) is that many students have chosen that path.
Clifton C Crais
I would also say that students seem incredibly eager and hungry to learn. And that is a very good thing!
Debra Vidali (she/her)
Thank you