Staff Update COVID-19
As Bradley transitions next week to online/virtual learning, we want to thank you for all of changes you have had to make in these uncertain times. This is not how anyone at Bradley wanted or expected this semester to proceed. The COVID-19 pandemic is, for many of us, the most significant global event of our lifetimes.
Along with the disruption of our work life, almost every facet of our daily experience has changed. While this has created anxiety for the entire Bradley family, there is comfort in knowing we are in this together and we will get through this together. We ask for your continued patience as we navigate our way through this unprecedented situation.
As the faculty move to teaching online, there are a number of training workshops available to faculty and staff, beginning today, Wednesday, March 25. You may register for the workshops here. Links to the virtual workshops will be emailed at least one hour prior to the session with instructions on how to connect.
- Bongo & Panopto for Course Continuity: 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m., Wednesday, March 25
- Sakai for Course Continuity: 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m., Wednesday, March 25
- Zoom & Google Meet for Business Continuity: 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m., Wednesday, March 25
- Sakai for Course Continuity: 1 p.m.-1:50 p.m., Thursday, March 26
- Bongo & Panopto for Course Continuity: 2 p.m.-2:50 p.m., Thursday, March 26
- Zoom & Google Meet for Business Continuity: 3 p.m.-3:50 p.m., Thursday, March 26
Please direct any questions regarding the workshops or their technologies to email@example.com. You may also call the IT Service Desk at (309) 677-2964 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for direct help with course-related technology. The Course Continuity Guide has links to repositories filled with video-based and text-based tutorials.
Faculty have been asked to reach out to their students before Monday, March 30, to let them know how their courses will be taught and how they will connect with them, e.g., virtual office hours. Bradley has requested and received a waiver from the Department of Education that allows the university to compress the semester, meaning we will not be required to add an extra week of classes to make up for the extra week of Spring Break.
Additionally, the university is looking at changing a variety of deadlines (e.g. midterm grades, drop date, etc.). Those decisions are in process and hopefully ready by early next week. Advising and early registration will be delayed by one week. The academic advising start will move from April 6 to April 13, and the early registration start will move from April 9 to April 16.
The university has developed resources to aid students’ transition to online learning. There are also plans to redeploy some staff to assist with student engagement efforts for the remainder of the semester. These engagement efforts could involve you. This is an essential task because now more than ever we need to keep our students engaged and ensure they keep up with their studies so they don’t fall behind.
Other resources for students:
- Students working with the Office of Student Access Services will continue to receive accommodations in their classes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Access Services at (309) 677-3654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Academic Success Center also remains open. All previous services are now available exclusively online. Email email@example.com for assistance.
- Smith Career Center is operating virtually. Visit their website for details.
- Bradley’s Health Services remains open to students who remain on campus or in the vicinity. You must call for an appointment (309) 677-2700), as walk-ins are not allowed at this time. You may also call after hours, if necessary, and your call will be handled by a healthcare professional.
- Library services are available by calling (309) 677-3502, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting https://www.bradley.edu/academic/lib/
- Important extended deadlines:
- Academic Advising: April 13-23
- Early Registration: April 16-23
- Midterm grades due: 3 p.m., April 1
- Tuition and fees: no late fees will be assessed
- Course Withdrawal date: The deadline for course withdrawal will be extended and we will communicate those details when the decision is finalized.
All employees should change their outgoing voicemail message to reflect whether they are in or out of the office, check voicemail regularly and respond to emails as often as possible. There are still many more decisions to be made and your best source of information continues to be www.bradley.edu/coronavirus.
We know this time is stressful for everyone so we want to remind you that Bradley provides resources to help full-time staff employees and eligible dependents cope with these types of life events through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Call 1-888-293-6948 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year). The EAP provides confidential, short-term counseling at no cost to the employee. Additionally, employees enrolled on an Bradley-sponsored Health plan can schedule time to speak with a counselor in the privacy of their home through the Virtual Visit option.
There will be challenges with all these changes, and we know not everything will go smoothly or perfectly, but we are doing everything we can to make this as smooth as possible. Thank you again for all your efforts during this difficult time.
–Sent to Staff on 03/25/2020
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