For Instructors

This page will be continuously updated with additional resources, guidelines and protocol information. If you have questions not covered by the resources on this page, please double-check our general FAQ before you submit a question to the Implementation Team.

On Thursday, July 30, Provost Koker held an open forum for instructors. View the 7/30 Open Forum recording.

Instructor FAQ

What happens if a student in my classroom tests positive for COVID-19?

Students are asked to reach out to their instructors if they test positive for COVID-19 so they may secure any materials/information they need to complete their courses online, if the student is well enough to do so. Contact tracers will reach out to those who are considered to have had close contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. If you are not contacted by a contact tracer, you may assume that you are not at-risk and do not need to take steps to isolate or quarantine. 

Will the academic calendar change? Are classes moving online after Thanksgiving?

The 2020-2021 academic calendar has not changed. The University is planning to hold the fall 2020 semester according to the traditional semester structure: class will begin after Labor Day and progress for 14 weeks, including the 3 weeks of school after Thanksgiving. The discussion of moving on-campus classes to a virtual format after Thanksgiving will depend on the campus threat level at that time; however, the University’s current plan is to prioritize classroom time for the entire semester as long as public health guidance allows.

How often does a face-to-face class need to meet in person?

Each course setup with a face-to-face modality will utilize classroom spaces at least once per week, and all students will have the opportunity to attend an in-person class at least once per week. Exceptions for alternative classroom utilization schedules should be discussed with the department and approved by the corresponding dean. If a course traditionally does not meet in person once per week, this expectation does not apply.

Who informs decisions regarding instructional changes for the fall semester?

The work of the UW Oshkosh Emergency Operations Committee, Recovery Task Force and Implementation Team is informed by recommendations and health guidelines from local, state and federal health officials. All plans for the fall semester are subject to change as health parameters can change rapidly and without notice. The campus community can find the most up-to-date information on the Titans Return website. 

Can instructors change their classes to an online or in-person format on their own?

Instructors need to contact their department chair and respective dean’s offices regarding all potential course delivery changes.

Can instructors wear plastic face shields instead of cloth masks?

Cloth masks generally provide better risk reduction for others in the room as opposed to plastic face shields. However, we understand that instructors may wish to teach with face shields instead of masks in order to avoid the impacts to communication caused by cloth masks. For this reason, instructors may choose to wear face shields instead of cloth masks while they are teaching.

What should one do if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

Any employee or student experiencing symptoms should not come to class/work. Testing symptomatic individuals will occur through local health providers. At this time, logistics and feasibility regarding population testing  and contact tracing associated COVID-19 are under consideration.

Can instructors require the students in their class to fill out the UW Oshkosh Health Self-Assessment?

UW Oshkosh has developed a health self-assessment available through the UWO Mobile app that University community members and guests may take on a daily basis to assess their health. Instructors may recommend that students fill out the self-assessment tool and send the results to the instructor.

Can faculty pause their tenure clock or delay post-tenure review this semester?

During the 2020-21 academic year, postponements or suspensions for one year will be available for faculty who wish to stop their tenure clock or post-tenure review clock. Instructors can learn more about this process by reading through the 2020-2021 Clock Stop PDF.

Can faculty, staff and students use University facilities to perform research?

In order to maintain a safe working environment and ensure compliance with current COVID-19 safety guidelines, all UW Oshkosh faculty, staff, and students who (a) engage in research and creative activity outside of classroom teaching activities and (b) are using university-owned facilities or conducting research or creative activities at an off-campus location are required to complete the Research and Creative Activity: Standard Operating Procedures Accommodation Form

The purpose of the form is to document safety measures faculty, staff and students are adopting in order to accommodate or supplement the four UWO Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed by the Titans Return Risk and Safety Implementation Team.

If exceptions and accommodations are requested in this form, they will be reviewed by Risk & Safety and shared with your college dean’s office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or


Classroom Mask Management

Instructors should clearly inform their students that a class cannot begin until all students are wearing a mask properly. This Classroom Mask Management document contains helpful information that may be useful for communicating expectations to students and responding to a student who refuses to wear a mask in class.

Course Delivery Methods

Instructors can learn more about the HyFlex and Modified Tutorial delivery methods by reading the information located on this page and on the Course Delivery Comparison document.

Attendance Guidance

The unique circumstances present this fall will require a number of new attendance guidelines for communicating expectations and recording students’ attendance at both face-to-face and alternative class meetings.

Online Accommodations

Learn more about the requirements and expectations for online accommodations for in-person course delivery.
Online Accommodations: HyFlex
Online Accommodations: Modified Tutorial

Syllabus Guidance

The Implementation Team has developed COVID-19 language to include in syllabi for courses with face-to-face components during the Fall 2020 semester.

Course Delivery Methods

The Titans Return Implementation Team has identified several course delivery methods to be used in the Fall 2020 semester. Each course will be assigned to one of these categories: Standard In-PersonOnline (or Remote), HyFlex and Modified Tutorial. Below is some more information about how they HyFlex and Modified Tutorial delivery methods will work from the instructor’s point of view.


Campus Presence

Instructors design the course to be delivered in-person and accommodate students online as well. Students may participate in person or online and have the option to transition between attending class onsite or online at their discretion.

Attendance Requirements

Instructors may not require students to attend in person but may require synchronous attendance. Students do not need to request a formal accommodation to attend remotely. Students must follow campus attendance policies and processes for excused absences if they are unable to attend either online or in-person on any given day.


In-person lectures may be delivered online in a synchronous format or be made available in an asynchronous format.  When delivered synchronously, lecture materials must be made available to students with a valid excuse for missing the lecture.


If an in-person discussion is held, online students may either participate live, be provided with a recording of the discussion, or participate in a parallel online discussion/activity via Collaborate Ultra breakout rooms. This is up to the instructor.

Modified Tutorial

Campus Presence

Instructors design the course to include a required onsite component that meets at least one day a week. Instructors should be prepared to accommodate students who need to participate fully online.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend any assigned onsite components in person. However, students who wish to be accommodated online must let the instructor know before Sept. 4, 2020.  If a student determines they need to attend the course via an online accommodation after Sept. 4, 2020, they must request a formal accommodation from the Dean of Students via normal channels. Students must follow campus attendance policies and processes for any absences. 


Lecture materials must be made available to students who have an accommodation to participate online or an excused absence.


If lab instruction, activity and assessment are part of the onsite component of the course, an alternative online lab instruction, activity and assessment achieving the same learning goals must be available for any students who have an accommodation to participate online or an excused absence.

Both HyFlex and Modified Tutorial


Instructors may choose between all online assessments or a combination of online and onsite. In-person assessments must have online alternatives.

Course Resources

Handouts, assignment descriptions, required readings, etc. should be provided to all students online. Exceptions include course textbooks, workbooks, lab materials or other materials that would typically be purchased for the course.

Attendance Modulation

Instructors may adjust class attendance expectations to allow for in-person, face-to-face delivery of the course to smaller numbers of students. For example, by having some students attend class every other class session, or for half of the class period. This is a method to meet physical distancing goals where classrooms may have limited capacity. Attendance modulation may be combined with HyFlex and Modified Tutorial methods.