FAQ for Faculty

Academic

The following resources may be helpful in preparing to teach Hy-Flex courses:

  • Online introductory resources
  • Instructor workshops (a collaboration between the Office of Open Learning (OOL), Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL), including hands-on training in hy-flex classrooms)
  • Orientation workshops for GAs and TAs through GATA Network, CTL, Graduate Studies, and OOL
  • HyFlex Teaching and Learning Grants
  • Email hyflex@uwindsor.ca for individual consultations

Technical Support

** Onsite assistance will be available in each building during the teaching hours **

For technical issues, a TeamDynamix ticket will lead to the quickest response.  It is staffed until 8:30pm weekdays and 6:00pm on weekends. Pedagogical concerns should be addressed to OLcoursehelp@uwindsor.ca

Submit a Ticket through this link.

All courses offered online will have online assessments. This is in keeping with UWindsor’s goal of being transparent to students at the time of registration. For guidance on alternative assessment methods, please reach out to the Office of Open Learning.

Hy-Flex instructors must wear a mask while moving throughout a classroom. If positioned behind a plexiglass barrier, the instructor may remove their mask. This encourages audio clarity and visual annunciation cues which may enhance comprehension.

The Hy-Flex model ensures safety by keeping face-to-face classes within the classroom health and safety guidelines and providing an opportunity for synchronous learning. However, it is the combination of classroom capacities and the other protocols in place for the campus community that ensure overall safety. For example, there are guidelines for the shared use of equipment (e.g., sanitizing your hands before and after using equipment, the cleaning protocols for classrooms and high touch equipment by facilities services staff, the ventilation in rooms, wearing of masks etc.).

Given the potential for ongoing health-related concerns, the University has made the decision to extend the use of the student self-report of illness interface for the Winter 2022 semester (with the exception of students in the JD and the Dual JD). See http://ask.uwindsor.ca/app/answers/detail/a_id/577.

As always, students are entitled to request accommodations based on medical or compassionate grounds, such as bereavement or serious mental or physical health circumstances, or unanticipated extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student (e.g., jury duty, caring for an ill family member, labour disputes, etc.) (Bylaw 54, 2.18 and Bylaw 55, 1.11).  Determinations about whether and how to accommodate students who submit requests for consideration based on compassionate grounds will as usual be made by instructors and/or the Associate Dean, in keeping with any standard procedures within specific Faculties and the Senate bylaws.

Course substitutions are designed to address this issue. In some instances and with permission of their Department Head or Associate Dean, a student may be able to defer taking the course until a subsequent semester or year. Students in their graduating year should contact their Department Heads or Associate Deans to seek a course substitution for the required course.

Department Heads and Associate Deans can request this on behalf of the student using the Office of the Registrar Academic Advising Report Course Substitution Form. For graduate studies, please use the Faculty of Graduate Studies Course Substitution Form.

Protocols

UWindsor’s Safe Return to Campus Plan enacted robust protocols to keep UWindsor’s campus and community safe. To learn more, visit the COVID-19 Protocols, Guidelines and Resource Documents page.

COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all employees, students, volunteers, contractors and visitors who attend campus. In addition, Health & Safety precautions are in place to ensure protection while on campus such as mask wearing, occupancy limits and physical distancing that must be maintained on campus, in addition to a number of other protocols. You can read more about these by review the COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Yes, completion of the self-assessment is a Provincially regulated component that must be adhered to for all staff, visitors, and students. Mask use will still be required in campus buildings and classrooms for all those on campus.

A comprehensive list of COVID-19 Protocols, Guidelines and Resource Documents can be found at this link.

Through Zone and Flow Analysis, optimum traffic flow routes have been determined and directional markings have been placed in all buildings. Buildings where student classes and activities are planned are being reevaluated to ensure adequate entrances and exits, flow patterns in stairwells and hallways. This includes placement of hand sanitizer stations.

The Workplace Accommodation Guide document provides an overview of the workplace accommodation process including the responsibilities of Human Resources, supervisors, employees and the union/association. It also highlights examples of potential accommodation needs within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campus Activity

A Flexible Workplace task force is being formed to engage in meaningful dialogue about creating a more flexible workplace. The task force will work collaboratively to explore and recommend a strategy to offer flexible work arrangements beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to those staff positions whose work is conducive to flexible arrangement.

COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all employees, students, volunteers, contractors and visitors who attend campus. In addition, the University of Windsor has launched Take a Jab, a Vaccination Awareness Campaign empowering the UWindsor community to get vaccinated in order to support our return to campus efforts and promote the general health and safety of our community.

The data being collected through the SafeLancer App and the QR scanners is stored on servers in Canada for 30 days after which time it is deleted. The data will only be accessible by the Health & Safety department and may be shared with the local Health Unit for contact tracing purposes should there be any potential exposures to COVID-19 on campus.

Staff who suspend their parking pass will not be permitted to use the staff/student lots on campus. Pay and Display lot or street-metred parking is available.

Guidelines for the Shared Use of Printers, Photocopiers and Fax Machines are available on the Resource Documents page of the Return to Campus website. A number of Health & Safety related guidelines are posted along with specific information for supervisors and employees.

As per the University of Windsor non-medical mask policy, masks are required to be worn in campus buildings and classrooms. Those who have mask exemptions will be provided with alternate work/learning opportunities and will not be able to enter a campus building or classroom. Students who are unable to wear a mask are encouraged at registration to choose the online or hy-flex synchronous online / livestream online sections of courses and labs.

Visit the Available and Remote Campus Services for a continuously updated and comprehensive list of campus services.

The Department of Human Resources has created a Mental Health Resources page to connect faculty and staff to resources that support positive mental health.

It includes:

  • Supports available through the Employee and Family Assistance Program delivered through Morneau Shepell.
  • Services, programs, and resources available in the community.
  • Helpful mental health information and resources.

International Students

The University of Windsor will continue to support the intake of international students since the start of the pandemic. Through the International Readiness Plan. We continue to update our communications to students as government mandated travel restrictions change.

All incoming students continue to be supported before, during and after their travel to Canada. The International Student Centre continues to be fully operational to support their needs and put the appropriate supports and referrals in place.  This will potentially include an in person Softlanding Program in August and September, and a virtual International Student Orientation in September.

The International Student Arrivals Team will continue to answer question, guide and assist students through the quarantine and arrivals process, and support them each day of their quarantine.

All students are also being encouraged to look for opportunities to become fully vaccinated through Health Canada approved vaccines before travelling to Canada where possible.