MSUM is committed to the continuity of instruction in the event of an emergency disruption that may result in the suspension of activities, including face-to-face classes on MSUM’s campus. MSUM is committed to preparing for any significant disruption in classes, whether it's from closure due to flooding, weather, medical emergency, campus evacuation or other emergency.
An emergency closing of the University, campus closure and/or suspension of classroom meetings is not a suspension of instruction. Faculty duty days remain in effect and scheduled instructional duty days remain intact, though the means of delivery may change.
You will hear more about potential flooding and updates about the COVID-19 virus in official university email communication. We will keep you updated on the university’s plans during this period.
Updates to Faculty:
Faculty: Preparing for Continuity of Instruction
Minnesota State Policies:
All MSUM courses have a course shell within the campus-supported Learning Management System (LMS), D2L Brightspace (per the Course Online Presence Policy). It is strongly recommended to use this platform in the event that face-to-face classes are temporarily suspended. If you are the Instructor of Record on the Course Schedule, you can find your course shell in D2L Brightspace. If you are not the Instructor of Record, please see your Chair, Dean, or department administrative assistant for details.
It is a long-standing requirement that a course syllabus be developed and distributed to students at the start of the academic term. According to MSUM policy, the syllabus is “prepared to clearly notify students of course content, course requirements, and course expectations”. This syllabus should be included with the course in D2L Brightspace along with contact information for the faculty member assigned to the course.
With this in mind, all faculty with instructional assignments are asked to provide a syllabus addendum to their students as soon as possible. You may wish to file your addendum with your department chair or Dean and upload it to D2L Brightspace. The addendum should detail how you will communicate with your students and maintain instruction for a short-term period during a flood or other campus emergency.
This addendum should address the following considerations:
Maintaining instruction implies that students are engaged with the course material and instructor. We believe three meaningful interactions per week will fulfill our obligations to the policies. This could include online discussions, student submission of graded or ungraded assignments, class meetings, webinars, phone conferences, posted lectures, etc. For information about how to provide alternative delivery methods including how to use D2L Brightspace to directly email your class, consult the following document, provided by the Office of Online Learning:
Preparing for Continuity of Instruction Help Guide
*When a long-term emergency closure occurs after the completion of at least two-thirds of a semester, the president, after consultation with the chancellor, may declare the semester to be complete, in accordance with system procedure.
During times where continuity of instruction is converted to an online environment, students who have approved and communicated with you their Accessibility Resources accommodations must be provided accessible course materials to use in an online environment. If you have questions or concerns regarding Accessibility Resources accommodations, please contact the Director of Accessibility Resources.
In addition to the guidelines for Continuity of Instruction, faculty may wish to consult with the Office of Online Learning by submitting a HelpDesk ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please review these resources for guidance on how to make materials accessible.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. With the changes to delivering education and supporting students remotely, we offer the guidance below. If you are unsure of how to use the technology solutions, contact the Office of Online Learning at email@example.com.
Communication with Students and FERPA
Online Teaching Formats and FERPA
Working from Home, Student Data, and FERPA
If you are unsure of how to use the technology solutions, contact the Office of Online Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.