Instructional FAQs for the Fall 2022 Semester

Reminders about Health Communication and Practices 

  • Students’ medical information—including COVID-19 illness and vaccination status— is private and faculty cannot disclose to others in class.
  • Masks cannot be required in classrooms or offices, but you are welcome to wear one.
  • For any illness, support the idea that students should stay home if they are sick or contagious, not only to stop the spread, but also to promote their personal wellness. Provide university resources on COVID-19 and a link to the university’s Exposure Action Chart.

Campus COVID-19 and other Health Resources

The university’s HealthPoint Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides services to faculty and staff through video and phone counseling. You may also find some of these EAP resources helpful for managing stress:

Learn more about mental health resources available via telehealth at these links:

Student guidance for illness, COVID-19 exposure or positive test

  • Students should reference the COVID-19 Exposure Action Chart if they have been exposed to COVID-19 and have questions about what to do next.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate at home. Ask them to contact the Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL) if they need assistance with isolation options, class absence notification or other support. Instructors can also share this guidance on ending self-isolation and returning to regular activities after COVID-19 infection.
  • Students are not required to reveal their health status. If you wish to require documentation of illness, direct your students to obtain notification from Student Emergency Services (SES). SES will obtain their medical documentation and will then confirm with you without revealing details.
  • If students are isolating or too sick to attend class (due to any illness), clearly state how they should communicate with you and how they can continue to meet class expectations where possible.

Faculty guidance for illness, COVID-19 exposure or positive test

  • Before the fall term, establish a contingency plan for another faculty member to cover your class if you are not able to teach due to illness or emergency.
  • Faculty should report their test result to the Occupational Health Program (via 512-471-4647 or ohp@austin.utexas.edu). Please note a notification will be sent to your department chair.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, review the COVID-19 Exposure Action Chart for more guidance.
  • If you are ill or isolating but still able to teach, you have the flexibility to temporarily move a class online.
  • If a class is moved online, you are encouraged to record the class and make it available on Canvas.
  • If you must institute a temporary change in modality for health reasons, ensure that students are notified as soon as possible.

Faculty members living with Immunocompromised dependents

A temporary Flexible Teaching Modality Arrangement (FTMA) is available for the fall 2022 semester for faculty and assistant instructors (AIs) who live with an at-risk household member defined as immunocompromised and who:

  • weighs less than 88 lbs and is of any age, or
  • is under 12 years of age and of any weight

The request for this FTMA may be completed online via Qualtrics:

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