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COVID-19 FAQ


From July 14 update, yes, but the restart plan should be revised accordingly:

“Can we further ramp up research?  There has been a steady stream of anonymous reports of students aggregating in offices and hallways, eating in hallways, and of violations of the stockroom restart policy.  Any further increase of research activity/lab population must be accompanied with an additional plan on how your group will address these public health threats both in your lab AND in shared spaces. You should also plan to have detailed and specific conversations with your group on how social distancing, hand hygiene, and surface disinfection will be achieved.”

Occupancy limits in Simon Hall are set by the Simon Hall space committee, and have been reviewed and revised over the course of the past 6 months.   The Chemistry Department does not have the authority to unilaterally change any of the Simon Hall safety measures.

There is no ambiguity about wearing a mask in the building, and it should cover both the mouth and nose.

If you are contacted for mitigation (surveillance) testing and you are in an at-risk group, you can fill out an exemption form, a link to which is available in the email.  https://fall2020.iu.edu/safe-on-campus/mitigation-testing.html shows an example of what the email looks like.

Please remember that the custodial staff will only be clearing office waste containers once per month.  You can, of course, empty your own in the larger containers in the hallways.

If a student has a grievance with the instructor that doesn’t seem like it can be resolved between the student and instructor, the College will be setting up a link for the students to record their grievance.  Student’s will be informed of this new portal directly. The College will decide how to move forward with it, either contacting department administration, or possibly  advising the student that their grievance might not be resolvable under the current situation.  Just a heads up that this will come on line next week.

The UITS Student Technology Survey is linked on each course page in Canvas.  Please strongly encourage your students to complete the survey, as it will allow you to understand the challenges faced by our students in the context of virtual teaching, and the data gathered will help us provide technology support from potential departmental, College, and campus initiatives geared to address the digital divide amongst our students.

A few open air venues have popped up on campus.  While primarily intended for performances and art programming, you can request to schedule “one-off” teaching sessions using this link: https://www.iuauditorium.com/events/open-air-venues  Brian Oakley is the contact.

Some majors may be eligible for scholarship support to cover the purchase of computer hardware and the cost of internet services.  More information to come.

Respondus LockDown Browser  is a secure browser tool that prevents students from accessing external resources during proctored assessments administered in testing centers and computer labs. While taking assessments using LockDown Browser, students are unable to print, copy, go to other web pages, or access other applications. Once students start their assessments, they are locked into them until they submit them for grading. LockDown Browser is available for use in Canvas.

If you intend to have exams as a part of your class, it is essential to have a practice ‘quiz’ during the first week of class to determine whether your students are adequately equipped. The quiz can be as simple as, “Are you able to answer this question?”  In addition, you should make the information on tech requirements available to your students, either in the syllabus or on your class’s Canvas home page.  Students should also be aware that the platform works best in good lighting.

System Requirements (Students)

  • Windows: 10, 8, 7. Windows 10S is not a compatible operating system.
  • Mac: OS X 10.12 to macOS 10.15. *
  • iOS: 11.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration. The LockDown Browser iPad app is not compatible with Sakai LMS servers. All Sakai users will need to use a computer with a compatible operating system.
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
  • A broadband internet connection

* LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor may continue to run in older operating systems that have reached “end-of-life” but students may encounter unexpected results.

One has now been posted to the DUS Meeting Archive. We will also add it to the Fall 2020 Guidance on the OUCPR website.

Nearly all classrooms are now configured to meet the physical distancing requirements, though the campus is still finishing up some spaces. For classrooms with fixed seating (lecture halls), the seats in which students may sit are marked with a red dot.

The student meetings with College Direct Admit students will be conducted virtually this year, mostly through Zoom. Academic advisors should be working with their department chairs or DUSs to plan for these meetings. Some may opt to have multiple meetings or to deliver the information in an asynchronous fashion, following up with an individual advising session. Most meetings will still be scheduled for the Friday morning before classes begin (August 21).

Most on-campus housing contracts expire Wednesday, November 25. So, students will have until that point to vacate their rooms (though they need not fully move out unless they are not returning for the Spring term). This should allow for students to attend classes the week prior to Thanksgiving week.

Exams can be given during the scheduled class time during the week prior to Thanksgiving.

According to the Office of Student Conduct, all mask violations should be reported whether the student complies or not.

You don’t need to worry about confirming cases for others.  If a faculty member, staff member, or student believes they may have COVID-19, please encourage them to contact the IU Health virtual clinic for screening and guidance.

Students (as well as faculty and staff) are required to self-report positive COVID-19 results via the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form on One.IU.

Yes. If you would like an official roster of who is in each rotation, you should work with your unit’s Scheduling Officer to create a new section for the second rotation and assign students to each rotation section.

Note: This applies to in-person courses that are too large to have all students attend each day. Such courses are designated as “Hybrid Rotational” and have half the students attending in person and the other half attending synchronously online.

If an IU community member tests positive to COVID-19 by IU Health, the results will automatically be shared with the Office of Public Safety.  Persons tested by other entities (e.g. county or state health departments) must report their results to the Office of Public Safety using https://psia-fireform.eas.iu.edu/online/form/authen/007

The Office of Public Safety has its own contact tracing team who will determine potential close contacts and potentially exposed individuals based on interviews.

The same form https://psia-fireform.eas.iu.edu/online/form/authen/007 can also be used to report suspected close contact.

Use the form https://iuforms-fireform.eas.iu.edu/online/form/authen/covidposadm to report a suspected positive case or close contact for persons other than one’s self.

If a “deep cleaning” or space closure is warranted, the Office of Public Safety will inform the relevant supervisors and take appropriate actions.

Questions and concerns about this process or COVID exposure concerns should be sent to avppsia@iu.edu and jkarty@indiana.edu.

IU will provide surface disinfectant (Spartan SANI-TYZE and Diversey Oxivir) as well as hand sanitizer. Currently these items are free of charge and can be requested at https://vpcpf-fireform.eas.iu.edu/online/form/authen/blhr (CAS login required)

A completely evaporating sanitizer can be made by mixing 4 parts of 190 proof or 200 proof ethanol with 1 part water

Common spaces (classrooms, teaching labs, hallways, elevators, restrooms) are cleaned nightly using CDC-approved cleansers.

The Chemistry Building offices are cleaned the first week of each month. This includes emptying of trash cans.  It is strongly suggested that office occupants empty their trash into one of the hallway receptacles often, especially if there is food waste.

Research labs are not thoroughly cleaned to protect the workers and research equipment.  Lab members should sanitize their own areas and equipment.

A “deep cleaning” of a space is requested by the Public Safety Office in response to a positive COVID-19 test or suspected close contact.  This may involve simply closing a space for up to 96 hours after the exposure event

 

If you have symptoms, stay home and contact your healthcare provider.

IU Health will not test people who are asymptomatic at this point in time.

Free local tests at the Armory on the south side of Bloomington (location is 3380 S. Walnut St.) are available, though this venue occasionally closes during hot weather. To use this resource, you need to register. You will be given an ID number and an appointment will be set, but you are not required to actually wait for the appointment. You can just walk up, once you have the ID number.

Other testing sites in the state: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fa61af71d4474e62b2408647d1624817
IU screening signup: https://iu-cra.eas.iu.edu/healthservices/
Virtual Symptom checker app in your device app store or find at: https://iuhealth.org/covid19/virtual-coronavirus-screening
Report positive case or close contact with positive case: https://iuforms-fireform.eas.iu.edu/online/form/authen/covidpos

Anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should remain at home and be tested for the virus. IU Health will not test people who are asymptomatic at this point in time.  Free local tests at the Armory on the south side of Bloomington are available, though this venue occasionally closes during hot weather.

To use this resource, you need to register. You will be given an ID number and an appointment will be set, but you are not required to actually wait for the appointment. You can just walk up, once you have the ID number.

Other testing sites in the state: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fa61af71d4474e62b2408647d1624817

All positive cases need to be reported through the COVID-19 reporting form.

Anyone testing positive, or who has any symptoms, needs to stay home. The Community Responsibility Acknowledgement Agreement, which anyone on campus was required to sign prior to return, states that: “Comply with the university’s policy on checking for symptoms of COVID-19, testing for COVID-19, tracing people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, and quarantining people who test positive for COVID-19 or who are likely to have been exposed to it, as described by the Restart Committee (https://research.iu.edu/coronavirus/research-restart-guidelines.html).”  Also, “COVID-19 symptoms should be reported to the PI. (Still don’t know what we’re supposed to do with this info, other than send it up the reporting portal)  Researchers should take their temperature each day before coming to lab. If you have come into contact with an infected person, you should not come in and call IU Health for guidance on testing and/or quarantining.”

The restart plan still states, “Undergraduates generally will not be permitted to participate in on-campus research.” Given item 4, our need to minimize traffic in research areas, the collective need to avoid close-contact typically necessary in training new students, and the need to keep numbers in lab at a minimum, only experienced undergraduate students who will not require training should be admitted to labs.   Undergraduate researchers enrolled in a research for class credit have been receiving the link to the exception application portal, which must be completed by their advisor.  This application must also be completed for any undergraduate you are confident can safely work in your lab.  https://research.iu.edu/coronavirus/undergraduate-student-exception-request-form.html

Failure or deliberate refusal to comply with the health and safety guidance and directions adopted by the university to combat the spread of COVID-19, including failure or deliberate refusal to wear a mask in compliance with this policy, shall constitute an act of “serious personal and professional misconduct” that may result in sanctions, including termination, pursuant to ACA-52.  Disciplinary proceedings will be referred to the campus academic affairs office.

All chemistry personnel, including academic appointees, student academic appointees, Staff and Temporary employees, must wear a face mask approved by Indiana University Environmental Health and Safety so that it covers both your nose and your mouth at all times while inside the chemistry building (except while alone in a private office with the door closed, or during eating or drinking as long as adequate physical distancing is possible), and in outdoor spaces when physical distancing is difficult. Information on approved masks can be found at https://protect.iu.edu/environmental-health/public-health/communicable-diseases/coronavirus.html.

Failure or deliberate refusal to comply with the health and safety guidance and directions adopted by the university to combat the spread of COVID-19, including failure or deliberate refusal to wear a mask in compliance with this policy, shall constitute an act of “serious personal and professional misconduct” that may result in sanctions, including termination, pursuant to ACA-52.  Disciplinary proceedings will be referred to the campus academic affairs office.

Yes, an exception process will be created to consider requests for approval of essential international travel by faculty members, graduate students, and staff. The review committee responsible for implementing this exception process will consider the following factors:

  • The essential nature of the proposed travel (i.e., importance to the relevant research agenda or course of study; inability to postpone or pursue remote options or other alternatives);
  • Prevailing health conditions in the country of destination, with respect both to COVID-19 transmission rates and the availability of adequate health infrastructure;
  • The absence of any entry bans or mandatory quarantines in the destination country that would render the proposed travel impracticable; and
  • The feasibility of the proposed travel (e.g., flight availability; ability to re-enter the U.S.; access to necessary resources and facilities at the destination).

All applications for exception must be accompanied by approval from the relevant dean or unit head. Please submit applications to the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs at ovpia@iu.edu. All travelers returning to IU from foreign destinations are advised to follow the CDC's guidance for returning travelers.

The ban on university-affiliated international travel will remain in place for the fall 2020 semester. Further, from Vice President for International Affairs:

…we recognize international engagement as a core dimension of research, teaching, and service at IU. In particular, we recognize that for some individuals, international travel may be essential to their research, their academic progress, or their fulfillment of core job responsibilities. Therefore, an exception process will be created to consider requests for approval of essential international travel by faculty members, graduate students, and staff. It is unlikely that many IU students, faculty, or staff will seek to or be able to travel internationally during the fall 2020 semester, and so we expect requests for such exceptions to be rare.

The review committee responsible for implementing this exception process will consider the following factors:

  • The essential nature of the proposed travel (i.e., importance to the relevant research agenda or course of study; inability to postpone or pursue remote options or other alternatives);
  • Prevailing health conditions in the country of destination, with respect both to COVID-19 transmission rates and the availability of adequate health infrastructure;
  • The absence of any entry bans or mandatory quarantines in the destination country that would render the proposed travel impracticable; and
  • The feasibility of the proposed travel (e.g., flight availability; ability to re-enter the U.S.; access to necessary resources and facilities at the destination).

All applications for exception must be accompanied by approval from the relevant dean or unit head. Please submit applications to the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs at ovpia@iu.edu. All travelers returning to IU from foreign destinations are advised to follow the CDC's guidance for returning travelers.

All graduate students will need to be tested as a part of the ‘return to campus’ testing requirement, even if they have been on campus over the summer.  If they are registered for classes, they will be getting an email with a link to set up an appointment. After attempting to do so, if they are informed that they are ineligible for the test, they must contact the Academic Office as soon as possible.

Testing for all non-students, i.e., faculty, postdocs, staff, will begin the week of Aug. 24.  This will be a part of the random testing of ~10,000/wk people across the IU system, of which ~5,000/wk will be on Bloomington campus.