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COVID-19 Resources for Students

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving situation. The College of Education takes its role seriously and will update this site as frequently and accurately as it can.

Washington state is slowly coming out of Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home Stay Safe order and has moved toward its phased reopening (“Safe Start”), effective May 31 (Governor website – May 31, 2020). A lot of state law will govern WSU policy.

Governor Jay Inslee has also implemented a statewide face covering, effective June 26, 2020, legally requiring individuals to wear a face covering when in a public space (indoors or outdoors).

There have been lots of changes. How does it affect you? Here are the things you either want to know or need to know.

There are still some areas being discussed by WSU, including certain refunds. We are not speculating on those at this point.

  • All locations across the WSU system are planning to resume in-person operations in the fall semester (Kirk Schulz email – June 10).
  • Instruction is planned to include a HyFlex model, that combines in-person and distance education delivery.
    • Face-to-face classes should not be taught in courses that require seating for more than 50 students at a time.
    • Faculty should have the option to use the HyFlex approach, offer a course entirely online, or offer multiple in‑person sections of a course (e.g., one‑third taught on Monday, one‑third taught on Wednesday, one‑third taught on Friday) that requires seating more than 50 students at a time.
    • Many courses requiring a seating capacity of fewer than 50 students should be taught as a distance course if an instructor is in a high‑risk group.
    • All courses planned for face‑to‑face delivery should have a backup plan for online delivery in the event that conditions require such a move.
  • Some changes are still being considered to the 2020-2021 academic calendar to minimize breaks and to reduce travel, especially after Thanksgiving.
Campus modification
Cleveland Hall, Education Addition, PEB/Smith
  • For both synchronous, and asynchronous instruction, keep the times as previously scheduled for the semester, in order to eliminate unnecessary chaos, course conflict, and maintain some predictability for faculty and students (Mike Trevisan email – March 17).
  • If instruction cannot effectively be done in your office, you may use one of the Zoom classrooms, working with Stacy to schedule this, leaving the building promptly after you’re done, and not interacting with anyone (Mike Trevisan email – March 24).
  • Cleveland 30 is a university classroom, not a College of Education classroom. As a consequence, Stacy does not schedule this room (Mike Trevisan email – March 17).
  • President Schulz will host a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall on Friday, June 12 (YouTube link).

These rules are for undergraduates only, for Spring 2020 only, and all come from Mary Wack’s memo – March 27 unless otherwise specified.

  • P/F grading option can be requested on a course-by-course basis until June 1. Students can also reverse a request for any course.
    • P=A, B, C. F=F.
    • A new grade, PP=C-, D+, D, will be used.
    • P will satisfy prerequisites requiring C or above when PERC runs.
    • PP gives passing credit.
    • PP may not satisfy some prerequisites.
    • The advantage of the P, PP grade option is it has no negative impact on the student’s GPA whereas a letter grade, in particular C-, D+, D, could have a negative impact. It also allows P = C and above to satisfy prerequisites and requirements in many majors.
    • Departments should be extremely generous in accepting P and PP grades for their requirements. In particular, students with the fewest resources to transition online are the ones who will need P/F flexibility the most. From an equity standpoint we need to open this window wide. (This bolded emphasis was given in the memo.)
  • P/F option can be used for UCORE and Honors courses.
  • P/F should NOT be requested for undergraduates in graduate courses (Phyllis Erdman email – April 10).
  • For graduate students in undergraduate courses (Phyllis Erdman email – April 10):
    • This grading scheme change should only be done if approved by program and not counting on the graded credits for the program of study.
    • Rather than use the online Registrar’s Office form for undergraduates, graduate students should use the Graduate Student Petition Form on the GS website (which will allow the proper considerations and approvals and ensure the change is in their best interest).
    • The Registrar’s Office added career to the inquiry so we can periodically check on any electronically submitted forms.
  • P grades may satisfy major requirements in many departments — check with the department (WSU COVID-19 site).
  • There will be a form online through the Registrar’s Office to request this option.
  • Advisor approval is not required (no easy way to gather signatures), but the form will strongly recommend students contact advisors, as well as consider financial aid impacts.
  • Decision to not pursue the XC grade (Phyllis Erdman email – April 10):
    • Rather, we should use the existing X and I grades as needed to allow more time for either the students or the instructor as needed.
    • Faculty should use the Incomplete grade agreement form on the GS website to make clear expectations of work and completion timeline.
  • The limit for W (course withdrawal) is raised from 4 to 6 and extended to May 1.

For additional help, view this Pass/Fail flyer put together by the College of Education’s academic advising team.

Work arrangements
  • Effective June 29, 2020, employees reporting to a WSU work location for any reason and for any length of time will be required to complete COVID-19 symptom attestation.
  • In general, all campuses, colleges, and areas are instructed to 1) “liberally (allow) employees to telework from home or other remote locations”, 2) Postpone or reschedule any non-essential meetings or utilize Zoom…”, 3) “Modify any one-on-one in-person meetings to ensure social distancing”, 4) “Adapt recruitment processes to adhere to social distancing by using Zoom or teleconference interviews” (HR policy memo sent from Theresa Elliot-Cheslek – March 15).
  • In our college, the expectation to telework remains. Whenever possible, please work from home (Mike Trevisan email – March 24)
  • WSU employees can start to come back to in‑person work as permitted under phases 2, 3, and 4 of the state’s plan for reopening.
  • Human Resource Services writes: “Through Phases 2 and 3, teleworking or working at an alternative work location remains the preferred work option. WSU employees who can telework without hampering essential operations should continue to do so” (“Returning to a WSU Work Location” – HRS website).
  • Campus employment is important for many students. WSU Pullman is committed to providing opportunities for our student employees when available. This may include alternative work projects or working remotely while other positions may require them to be physically present. They are to contact their supervisor to learn of available options, including whether they need to be on campus to continue their employment (Student Affairs memo – March 19).
Student teaching

The guidance that has been put out to us by the Professional Educator Standards Board.  In summary, it is:

  • Emergency Teacher Certificate that allows a candidate with one or more incomplete assessments at student teaching to still be able to be certified and be hired, finishing the rest later.REQUEST AN EMERGENCY TEACHER CERTIFICATE
  • Extension of the registration for any of the required tests from 6 months to 18 months owing to the closing of testing centers.
  • Waiver of the required number of hours for student teaching if the institution thinks the student has met the standards and is ready for teaching.
  • Extension of expiring certificates for an additional year (not for student teachers).
  • The overriding principle for internships and practicums is to practice extreme social distancing. If extreme social distancing cannot be obtained, students are to stop the internship or practicum experience.

  • ALL trainees (graduate students as well as undergraduate students and post-docs) should be encouraged to telework to the fullest extent possible in order to maximize social distancing (Graduate School memo – March 20).
  • The decision of whether a graduate student must report to campus in general, and to a research or teaching setting in particular, should begin with the student, not with the research advisor or teaching supervisor (Graduate School memo – March 20).
  • If research for students is part of the internship/practicum, they can continue as long as extreme social distancing can be implemented. In the case of human subjects research, this research must be stopped, unless the PI can obtain approval for a revised IRB protocol that mitigates close contact with people.
  • If internships and practicums cannot be completed, supervisors will follow guidelines from regulatory or accreditation boards or agencies, or work with students to determine the best course of action given their specific situation.

  • We are currently seeking clarification from the Office of the Provost on what to do for students who will be unable to complete their internships or practicums despite possible accommodations.

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