Instruction and Course Modes
What tools should I use to deliver my classes online? Which tools and services are authorized for use in remote instruction?
Faculty must use Georgia Tech-provided tools and platforms in order to safeguard student information. Those existing tools include Canvas, Kaltura, Piazza, and BlueJeans and WebEx video conferencing. Find the full list of authorized tools, resources, and tutorials for all of those services and more at services.gatech.edu.
Where can instructors find help in using AV technologies in the classroom?
GT Remote and Hybrid Teaching Academy Course: https://gatech.instructure.com/courses/152498
Resources, including recordings from training sessions: https://gatech.instructure.com/courses/152498/pages/synchronous-session-gt- classroom-av-technologies-in-support-of-hybrid-teaching?module_item_id=961498
What process should a student follow to request an academic or employment accommodation?
Students may request an accommodation through the Office of Disability Services (ODS) due to the presence of a condition as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Registering with ODS is a 3-step process that includes completing an application, uploading documentation related to the accommodation request, and scheduling an appointment for an “intake meeting” (either in person or via phone or video conference) with a disability coordinator.
What advice does disability services have for conducting virtual advising appointments? Most of the virtual platforms that we access to, like BlueJeans meetings, do not have a closed captioning option.
The Office of Disability Services encourages the use of Microsoft Teams instead of BlueJeans at this time for captioning as it has an automated function to do so.
Can a faculty member request a teaching accommodation?
If a faculty member has a change in their health situation, requests for teaching accommodation can be made at any time.
Are individuals with mental health concerns (i.e. anxiety, depression) qualified to request accommodations?
Mental health concerns may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Visit: https://hr.gatech.edu/resources/employee-relations/disability and complete the Georgia Tech Reasonable Accommodation Form.
Student Services and Support
How will student services be offered?
- Housing and Residence Life will be returning to normal occupancy in the fall.
- Dining Services will be returning to pre-Covid operations, with no social distancing table or seat spacing.
- Georgia Tech Public Transportation: In alignment with CDC guidance for transportation, both drivers and riders will be required to wear a mask while using campus buses and shuttles. Distancing will remain in place until July 1.
- Stamps Health Services: In alignment with guidance for healthcare facilities, masks will continue to be required for both staff and visitors.
- CARE and the Georgia Tech Counseling Center will be available for both virtual and in-person appointments.
Are laptops available for students to borrow? What about hotspots? Can they be shipped?
The Library has a limited quantity of laptops available for long-term loan for students in need. Students can contact email@example.com to request a laptop. For students in need of a computer, a variety of laptops/tablets are available for no-cost, long-term loan and can be shipped to addresses off-campus or picked up on campus by appointment.
OIT-Digital Services can also provide loaner laptops and hotspots to students. Requests can be made here (requires a Georgia Tech login).
Health and Safety
Face Coverings and Face Covering Policies
Georgia Tech’s current face covering guidance says that individuals who are vaccinated do not have to wear a face covering. Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities.
Testing on Campus
Students, faculty, and staff who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue to participate weekly in Georgia Tech’s surveillance testing program. Visit the Covid-19 Testing site for up-to-date times and locations.
How is the health data of students, faculty, and staff being used, housed, and protected?
All health data is kept in a password-protected file. Individual data from students, faculty, or staff is used to provide guidance to that individual regarding steps they should take to care for themselves and protect their contacts. Since Covid-19 is a reportable disease, individual data will also be shared with the Department of Public Health, as required by law, and used to assist with contact tracing efforts. Aggregate data will be used for quality monitoring, disease trends, and focusing mitigation and control measures.
Handling Student or Faculty/Staff Illness
What happens if a student, instructor, or staff member tests positive?
The Institute has also developed procedures, key decision points, and communication processes for faculty should a student in one of their classes fall ill or test positive with Covid-19.
As is the case in any semester, faculty may cancel a class if they have an illness or emergency situation and cover any missed material at their own discretion. If an instructor needs to cancel a class, they should notify students as early as possible.
Faculty who are staying home due to symptoms should monitor their health closely and consult with their school chair to determine if remote instruction or substitute instruction is most appropriate for the course. If they need to cancel a class repeatedly, a backup will be supplied in the form of a temporary substitute instructor or asynchronous work. No course will be canceled after the first class has occurred.