As stated in the Provost’s message of March 14, students should not be expected to complete any assignments or midterms with due dates between March 15 and March 30.
Instructors must provide students, no later than Friday April 3, an addendum or updated syllabus with a revised course plan for the remainder of the semester (including key learning goals, description of remaining assignments, and any modifications to assessments/weighting).
For equity and accessibility, upon the resumption of classes on March 30, instructors should prioritize asynchronous instruction to allow students access at any time.
Synchronous course meetings should be held within originally scheduled class times EDT. Instructors may adopt alternative synchronous meeting times when agreed upon by all students. Alternative times must be reported to the department chair, who will forward this information to the College Curriculum Council and Graduate Council using this form.
Synchronous course meetings should be recorded to accommodate students who may not be able to attend class for a variety of reasons, and further to facilitate transcription for accessibility. Information about recordings, including issues of security, privacy, and copyright can be found here. In lieu of recording, instructors may make alternative arrangements to support students who may need to miss some or all synchronous sessions. Alternative arrangements must be reported to the department chair, who will forward this information to the College Curriculum Council and Graduate Council using this form.
- Instructors should recognize that attendance and participation during synchronous class meetings may no longer be good measures of class engagement, and are therefore encouraged to adopt other means of assessment and support. (For other ways to assess participation, please see the Sheridan guide, Fostering and Assessing Classroom Participation.)
- Instructors should stay in close communication with their students, and must continue to be available to students remotely during regular office hours or other appropriately arranged meetings (preferably in modalities and at times that are convenient for both them and their students).
Early Completion Exceptions
The University expects that the vast majority of courses will successfully transition to remote instruction. In very exceptional cases, it may be possible to conclude courses early that cannot be transitioned to remote instruction, if they have already achieved their learning goals and completed sufficient work consistent with Brown’s academic credit hour guidance. If, after consultation with appropriate technical and instructional support units, an instructor finds that remote instruction is not feasible for a course, this must be brought to the attention of the department chair, who must petition the Office of the Provost for approval of early conclusion of a course based on completed work by a specified date.
Even with adjustments to assignments, we recognize that some fraction of students may not be able to complete a course within the bounds of the semester. In exceptional circumstances where a student must receive a grade of Incomplete (INC), we ask that instructors consider and communicate to the student the structures and resources that will be available to the student beyond the end of the term to support the student’s completion of the course. Grades of Incomplete obligate instructors to continue to support students as they complete the course, and instructors should be mindful that their teaching assistants’ obligations end with the close of the semester.
Faculty supervising graduate and undergraduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) and graduate Teaching Fellows should be in regular contact with the students teaching in their courses. Should any student serving as a TA or instructor have difficulty fulfilling their responsibilities remotely, please notify the department chair, who should then contact [email protected] and/or [email protected]. We ask that departments also remain in regular contact with graduate students serving as Independent Instructors.