COVID-19 and SAGES Teaching

This page will be updated with resources for SAGES Faculty as we move to teach remotely.

On 13 March 2020, it was announced that in-person instruction is suspended for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

The President’s statement includes the following:
“We have made this choice for several reasons, including:

  • the health and safety of the campus community amid rapidly growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio;
  • a desire to bring clarity regarding the university’s plans for students and their families; and
  • the academic benefits in enabling faculty and students to plan for remote course delivery during the coming months.”


Important links are included in this, sent to all faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences on 12 March 2020.

In response to the Provost’s decision to suspend in-person instruction, the College of Arts and Sciences working with UTech has created a set of simple instructions for providing remote instruction that will meet basic expectations for most courses and situations.  We have organized these into the primary modalities of teaching:

UTech has a broader suite of options for remote teaching and instructions for these ( Some of you may have sufficient experience using online learning management systems that you are prepared to implement other than the basic approaches and to teach your students to use these other approaches.  For more information about using any remote teaching tools, UTech is holding webinars (  You can also contact the UTech Service Desk (368-4357, regarding specific advice on use of various teaching resources. Please keep in mind that “remote” does not have to mean “high-tech.” The University is prepared for faculty to rely on email and telephone, if that is what works best for you and for your students.

We urge you to reach out to your students by Monday evening, March 16, to outline how you will adjust your class to remote teaching. We recommend that, in cases in which synchronous class participation and engagement continue to be expected, class meetings adhere to the regular class schedule to the degree possible to avoid conflicts with other courses and student commitments.  Faculty of students who have an approved accommodation will learn more from the Office of Accommodations and Testing (OATS) in the days ahead.

The weeks of remote instruction also coincide with spring advising season. We urge you to reach out to your graduate and undergraduate advisees who might need your advice and consultation in response to mid-semester grades. All students preparing for summer or fall registration should receive individual advising attention as they would during normal campus operations. Email and Zoom consultation can serve as good alternatives to in-person advising meetings.

Even though in-person instruction is suspended until April 6th, the campus remains open.  You can use your office or classroom to teach and advise remotely. You can also teach and advise remotely from home or elsewhere, but internet bandwidth and teaching technology is likely to be better on campus.

The College understands that these are extraordinary requests to make of faculty.  We appreciate the difficult work that this will entail. Thank you, as always, for all your work toward creating educationally meaningful experiences for students.

Questions for the dean’s office on these changes in operations due to the corona virus can be sent to