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College of Science and Mathematics

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Virtual Learning Support


Updates from Dean Wendt

 

4/27/2020

Virtual Learning Environments 

CTLT and the Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives have developed recommendations for students in virtual learning environments. Please take the time to read them. They provide guidance on how to treat one another respectfully in a virtual environment and how to organize your learning environment to help you succeed in online classes. 

Students with Dependents 

The Dean of Students Office has developed a set of resources for students with dependents. Cal Poly provides many types of support for students with dependents. If you are in the especially challenging situation of caring for others while taking classes, please reach out and use the resources listed here.

Undocumented Student Resources 

Our undocumented students are likely experiencing an added layer of anxiety right now as the Supreme Court gets closer to issuing a decision on DACA, and my heart goes out to those of you dealing with this terrible uncertainty. We will do all we can to ensure your success at Cal Poly despite this very difficult situation. The university’s Dream Center has information about the Supreme Court case and resources for students.  

 

Though shelter-in-place is becoming more familiar, it’s not becoming easier and may be more difficult as time goes on. 

Please continue to be patient and kind to yourselves, one another, your faculty, and your family and to take time for yourselves. Remember that your health and your family’s health are the priority. If you think it would be helpful to speak to a professional, please reach out to Cal Poly’s Counseling Services and 24/7 hotline at 805-756-2511. 

I’m proud of the way you all continue to practice our values of love, empathy, and respect, and I know that by continuing to do so, we’re building a stronger, more compassionate, and more resilient community. 

 

4/10/2020

Inclusion and Equity 

As you read in the email from the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, it’s crucial that we come together as one Cal Poly community during this difficult time. COVID-19 does not discriminate by race or national origin, yet some have reacted to the outbreak with hate, bias and xenophobia toward Asian people and people of Asian descent. Cal Poly rejects racism and discrimination in all of their forms. We must stand firm in our support of one another and practice our values of love, empathy and respect for all. 

Study 25-35 

I know you’ve heard it before, but study 25-35 is as important as ever in the virtual environment. Whether your classes are offered synchronously or asynchronously, each class will require about 12 hours of your time every week, four in class and eight outside of class. Please plan your number of units and your daily schedules with this in mind. 

Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC) Grading 

This quarter is going to be more stressful than usual. To help reduce that stress, Cal Poly has suspended its usual credit/no credit (CR/NC) policy. For CSM students, you can elect to take an unlimited number of major and support courses CR/NC during spring quarter. This may not be true in other programs across campus. 

You can choose to take a class CR/NC until the last day of classes, June 5.  However, I encourage you to wait to make that choice until April 21. If you designate a class CR/NC before April 21, it will impact your expected academic progress, which affects your registration schedule for fall classes. If you are unsure about whether to take a course CR/NC, I encourage you to speak with an academic advisor. You can schedule an appointment online

Questions and Concerns 

We want to know what you still need to know about CSM courses and operations in general. If you have a question about a specific course, please reach out to your professor. If you have a general question, there are two good ways to contact the college. You can send your question to the CSM Student Council, with whom I will be meeting next week. The student representatives are listed on the email attachment and you should reach out to them directly if you want to share concerns or have questions.  

There are also forms on the home page of each department’s website. The college website provides general CSM and department-specific information relating to spring quarter. For information not specific to the college or your major, visit Cal Poly’s Coronavirus Information website

Self-Care 

Taking care of yourself and those close to you on an ongoing basis is crucial to everyone’s health, and mental health is every bit as important as physical health. Vardha Bennert from the Physics Department will offer a workshop titled Mindfulness & COVID-19 on Thursday, April 16, from 11a.m. - 12 p.m. RSVP online by April 15. 

Please reach out if you find yourself in need. We will all need help to get through this. Youcan contact Cal Poly’s Counseling Services and 24/7 hotline at 805-756-2511. You can find information on resources to meet your basic needs and for wellbeing on Cal Poly’s Coronavirus Information website

 

 

4/3/2020

Fees 

For a complete list of what spring quarter fees will be charged and what will be refunded, visit the Fee Refund Guidelines page on the Cal Poly Coronavirus Information website.  

 

Classes and Labs 

You should have received instructions from your professors on how your classes and labs will be delivered. If you haven’t heard from one of your instructors in CSM, you should contact the chair of the department offering the course. 

Pay close attention to your Cal Poly email and Canvas throughout the quarter. These are the methods faculty will use to communicate with you. 

 

Progress to Degree and Graduation 

If you are on track to graduate in June, we will make sure you have the opportunity to complete your degree by the end of spring quarter. We are also doing all we can to ensure that all students can continue to make timely progress toward their degree this quarter. 

 

CSM Student Services 

Our entire CSM Student Services team is available remotely and ready to work with you for all of your academic and pre-health advising needs throughout spring quarter. You can schedule an appointment on their website. Please take advantage of this resource if you have any questions about how any of the spring quarter changes will affect your academic progress. 

 

Virtual Computer Labs 

Virtual Computer Labs is a cloud-based application streaming service that gives Cal Poly students web-based access to specialized academic software previously only available in on-campus labs, such as SAS or MATLAB. You can log in or learn more about Virtual Computer Labs from home. 

 

If you don’t have the  technology you need to succeed in virtual classes, reach out to University Advising at  retention@calpoly.edu. They will consult with students who email this address individually.  

 

Self-Care 

Remember that taking care of yourself and those close to you is of primary importance, even as you return to taking classes. We will all need help to get through this. Please reach out if you find yourself in need. You can contact Cal Poly’s Counseling Services and 24/7 hotline at 805-756-2511. 

 

This experience will change all our lives in many ways. If we remember to practice our values of love, empathy and respect, that change can in part look like a more connected and caring community.

 

3/27/2020

Information on Classes and Virtual Learning 

  • Faculty are dedicated to your learning and success and working together on creative ways to bring Learn by Doing online. This will look different for different departments and different classes. Please watch Canvas and your email for announcements from your department chair and individual professors regarding specific courses.  

3/20/2020

  • All spring instruction will be virtual, including labs, senior project and research. 
  • You are not required to stay in San Luis Obispo.
  • You will not be required to be on campus for any reason during spring quarter and are strongly encouraged to return home. 
  • Those who feel safer at the university, those who have no other housing options and/or those who may have limited access to technology and the internet can remain on campus.
  • If you plan to stay locally, please complete this short survey so that we can be prepared to support you.
  • If you don’t have the technology you need to succeed in virtual classes, reach out to University Advising at retention@calpoly.edu. They will consult with students who email this address individually. 

Grad Students 

  • Know that we will make the necessary arrangements to ensure timely progress to degree. 
  • A university policy limiting research during spring quarter was released today to ensure the health and wellbeing of faculty, staff and student researchers. Please note under section four of the policy that alternatives will be worked out on a case by case basis when necessary. You can work through this process with your research advisor. 

Biological Sciences

 

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Chemistry & Biochemistry 

 

4/7/2020

Office Hours: 
Seth Bush, Department Chair
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/510231150

  • Will all chemistry classes be offered?  
    • We kept all of our courses open!  They still have their original capacities and we are doing our absolute best to make them as positive an experience as possible.
  • How will labs be offered online?  
    • We are working on this.  It is going to vary from instructor to instructor, but again, we are doing our best to make sure it is a meaningful experience for all.  It will not be the same as in-person labs AND we recognize that as a department we will likely need to provide opportunities to fill in gaps with some hands-on experience when (knock wood) we meet in person again.
  • When can I do research? Or my senior project?  
    • As of this moment, research activity is limited to virtual work.  Please reach out to your research advisor for updates and guidance.
  • Should I drop by lab courses?
    • If you can take a class this quarter… please, please, with burgers and cheese, take it!  We cannot guarantee seats down the line for labs you could take this quarter.  See #2…
  • When will my classes meet?  
    • Your instructors should reach out to you.  If you have problems with course time conflicts let your academic advisor know. They can help!

 


Kinesiology and Public Health

 

3/30/2020

  • The KPH Administrative, Instructional Support Staff, and Department Chair are working remotely. The department can be reached via email at kinesiology@calpoly.edu or publichealth@calpoly.edu. We are checking voicemail every 30 minutes, Monday - Friday between 8 am – 5 pm. Feel free to email the department chair directly at kjankovi@calpoly.edu or call (805) 756-2534.
  • Reference your email to see an attached planning document that we have been using in the department that indicates how the faculty are planning to offer courses. Be advised, this plan still subject to change.
    • Synchronous Instruction = classes have established meeting days and times and the instructor will require students to be online in class at that time.  It would be the scheduled class time in PASS.
    • Asynchronous = coursework will be completed in a self-guided manner.  Students will have deadlines but will not be required to log in for class instruction at a predetermined time.
    • Combination = Students might have to log in at a predetermined time for discussion or an exam, but the rest of the class is self-directed. Another possibility is that the lecture is asynchronous but the lab is synchronous.
  • Seniors will be able to graduate in the spring. We have not canceled any classes and we added more seats to classes today.

Lab Classes 

  • Faculty members will contact you soon if not already. Your instructors are still trying to work things out and making decisions about the most practical way to deliver courses this coming quarter. They will tell you what they are planning as soon as they can. We appreciate your patience.​​

Liberal Studies

 

4/1/2020

Contract Information 

Delivery of Classes (two types)

  •  Asynchronous courses will be completed in a scheduled, but self-guided manner. Students will have deadlines, but will not be required to log in for class instruction or exams at predetermined times. 
  • Synchronous courses will continue to have established meeting days and times. Some instructors teaching synchronous courses will require students to log-in during these class times regularly. Others will use the synchronous times for office hours (e.g., Zoom) and for scheduled exams.  
  • Faculty are likely to be using Zoom to present their courses, so it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with this tool and install it on the various platforms you may be using. 

Class Cancellations 

  • Only two LS classes have been canceled for this quarter (LS 250-02 and LS 380), and any student enrolled in those classes has already been notified.  You do not need to worry that any of your other LS classes will be canceled. 

Other Major/Support classes that we know that were canceled are:   

  • CD 350 - Dr. Jasna Jovanovich is working with each of the LS students that were planning to take this course.  We are aware of who you are and will be checking your DPR to see if a course sub will be needed 
  • SCM 302- One virtual section will be taught and they should have communicated this to you.  If not? Please email sbush@calpoly.edu 

Questions about individual classes

  • The best way to find out more information about your individual classes is to email the professor teaching them. Everyone is using their own unique way to present classes this quarter and will have their own instructions for you. Please wait to email your instructor – they are likely still figuring things out. You can reach out to them if you have not heard anything by this Friday, April 3. 

Mathematics

 

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Physics

4/15/20

The Physics Virtual Learning Center opened Monday 4/13/20.

  • The Physics Learning Center is a free, no appointment-needed, drop-in tutoring center staffed by advanced Physics majors and Physics faculty for students needing help primarily with the Physics 120 series and 141/130 series. Feel free to drop in with questions or problems you might have Monday thru Friday, 10 am - 5 pm.
  • To enter the Learning Center, go to: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/911658758.  You will have to log in with your Cal Poly email address in order to access this room. You will be placed in a waiting room and our tutors will let you in from there.

4/8/2020

  1. By now you should have heard from each of your instructors about how each course will proceed. If you have not heard from them, please let me know. If you foresee difficulties (e.g., with technological resources) please let your instructor know so that we can try to help you.
  2. You should have heard from the University that, for Spring quarter, they have removed limitations on the number of courses that you can take credit/no credit (CR/NC). Within our program, taking major or support courses CR/NC in Spring quarter will not impact your progress towards your Physics BS or BA. Please note that this may not be true in other programs across campus, so your friends in other programs may be receiving different guidelines. 
  3. You can elect to take a class CR/NC until June 5 (last day of classes), but you should not do so before April 21.
    • If you do so before April 21, then your expected academic progress will be impacted, which will in turn impact your registration schedule for Fall classes.

4/1/2020

  • Faculty are likely to be using Zoom in their courses, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with this tool and install it on the various platforms you may be using (laptop, phone, tablet...) You can get started here where you'll find links to download the various clients as well as links for help.
  • Your courses in Spring will generally be of two types: asynchronous and synchronous. Asynchronous courses will be completed in a scheduled, but self-guided manner. Students will have deadlines, but will not be required to log in for class instruction or exams at predetermined times. Synchronous courses will continue to have established meeting days and times. Some instructors teaching synchronous courses will require students to log-in during these class times regularly. Others will use the synchronous times for office hours (e.g., Zoom) and for scheduled exams. 

 


Statistics

 

4/8/2020

CR/NC Grading Options

As you may know, you will generally have the option to elect to have courses graded CR/NC this Spring without counting against the normal policy limits. For Statistics majors, this includes major/support limits taken this quarter only. Further information about this special policy for this quarter and others can be found here:  https://coronavirus.calpoly.edu/academic-programs-and-support.
Before choosing CR/NC grading for your courses, please consult with your advisor as there may be other implications to consider such as graduate school admission requirements.

Please note that your Expected Academic Progress (EAP) will be updated on April 20 based on your spring enrollment. In order to maintain EAP accuracy and ensure that you are receiving the earliest possible fall registration appointment, we highly recommend waiting to change your grading basis to Credit/No Credit until after April 20. Changing your grading basis before April 20 may negatively impact your EAP and fall registration appointment.

Add/Drop and 25-35

A revised student calendar for this term can be found at the registrar's website: https://registrar.calpoly.edu/spring-2020-student-planning-calendar. Importantly, the last day to Add/Drop a course is April 15. 

For a variety of reasons, many students this term have enrolled in higher than typical loads. If you are taking a higher than the typical load for yourself, please be mindful that course expectations and time demands for virtual instruction are not meant to be different than when the course is delivered face-to-face. A typical 4-unit course meets 4 hours per week with an additional expectation of 8 hours outside of class for a total of 12 hours/week per 4-unit course. Thus, a 20-unit load, for example, can require 60 hours of dedicated time each week. Of course, not all classes will have the same demands, but 12 hours/week/4-unit course is a reasonable expectation from an instructor. As you consider adding/dropping courses prior to April 15, please carefully evaluate your course demands and your personal situation during this shelter-at-home virtual quarter. 

3/25/2020

  • If limited access to technology will impact your success, please email retention@calpoly.edu to seek help. If they do not provide the help that you need, please contact Andrew Schaffner.
  • Faculty are likely to be using Zoom in their courses, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with this tool and install it on the various platforms you may be using (laptop, phone, tablet...) You can get started here where you'll find links to download the various clients as well as links for help.
  • Your courses in Spring (both STAT courses and other) will generally be of two types: asynchronous and synchronous. Asynchronous courses will be completed in a scheduled, but self-guided manner. Students will have deadlines, but will not be required to log in for class instruction or exams at predetermined times. Synchronous courses will continue to have established meeting days and times. Some instructors teaching synchronous courses will require students to log-in during these class times regularly. Others will use the synchronous times for office hours (e.g., Zoom) and for scheduled exams. 
  • We can be reached via email at aschaffn@calpoly.edu and kdoctor@calpoly.edu. At this time calls to our offices will go to voicemail, but we are checking messages.  

 


 


More Information

Dean Wednt, Dean of College of Science and Mathematics, is sending weekly email updates every Friday.

We want to be sure we’re getting you the information you need about virtual learning. Please tell us what you’d like to know on these department-specific forms, also available on each department’s website: 

Biological Sciences 

Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Kinesiology and Public Health 

Liberal Studies 

Mathematics 

Physics 

Statistics 

School of Education


Zoom Support

Information on how to get started in Zoom is available here.


Cal Poly’s Counseling Services and 24/7 hotline 

We understand that this news can be distressing and confusing. We are here for you. Students can contact Cal Poly’s Counseling Services and 24/7 hotline at 805-756-2511.


Employee Assistance Program

Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program for confidential counseling services (available to employees and their families) at 800-367-7474, or visit https://afd.calpoly.edu/hr/employee-resources/work-life


Technology

If you don’t have the  technology you need to succeed in virtual classes, reach out to University Advising at  retention@calpoly.edu. They will consult with students who email this address individually.  Please contact ITS Tech Rentals if you are near campus and in need of cameras, tripods, and laptops. If you need further help, please consider applying for the Cal Poly Cares Grant.


Stay-at-Home Order

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health announced a shelter-in-home order, effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. The order requires people remain in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.

The shelter-in-home order announced by the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health does not change the status of employees, as all non-essential employees have been asked to remain off campus and telecommute, if possible.

We have asked all students to return their permanent home address for the spring quarter. It is important that they remain there and do not return to San Luis Obispo at this time. We're trying to limit the number of students on campus and in the community for the safety of our overarching community.

COVID-19 is a highly transmittable disease and remaining at your current residence is the best action you can take for your health and the health of others. Please stay home and comply with Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order and the guidelines of public health experts.
 
Cal Poly is offering nearly every one of our classes that was originally scheduled for spring in a virtual format, including academic advising, tutoring and confidential counseling. We are working on a number of things beyond classes that can be done virtually to keep you excited and engaged from wherever you may be.  

Students who feel safer at the university, who have no other housing options and/or those who may have limited access to technology and the internet, can remain on campus. Housing and dining services will continue for those students. 

Our campus and community are operating at a limited capacity. Other than critical services like medical and police, the university has suspended just about every other service. In town, most retail, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, personal care services, and most parks and beach parking have all closed.


Social Distancing

Anyone using shared or outdoor spaces must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. Outdoor activities can include, for example, walking, hiking, running, bicycling, swimming or camping — with household members only.


Preventative measures 

In addition to strictly following the stay-in-home orders, prevention continues to be key in fighting the spread of the virus. Social distancing and thorough hand-washing with soap and water are among the very best ways to protect against viral infections. 

Please remember that although you may feel healthy, our campus community includes individuals with compromised immunities who are counting on the diligence of others to help prevent the spread of illness. Thank you for taking care to keep all of our community members safe. 


Event information

In response to Governor Newsom’s directive, County Health Department, Center for Disease Control and California State University recommendations, the below event protocols have been extended until Sunday, May 10, 2020.

  • Cancellation or postponement for all events with attendance or participation of 11 or more.
  • Suspension of all club sports and intramural sports to ensure student-athlete safety. 
  • All activities that include dance are canceled.
  • All events that include activities requiring close proximity to another individual are canceled.

Housing 

If you have returned to your permanent residence, you should stay there and NOT return to campus or the San Luis Obispo (SLO) area during spring quarter, other than to collect your belongings, in coordination with Housing. Public health authorities continue to stress the urgency of limiting social contacts and non-essential travel, and we ask that everyone continue doing your part. 
 
If you are living on campus and want to stay on campus, we will continue to support you as usual through spring quarter. Housing, Dining, Campus Health and Wellbeing, technology and printing, and other vital services will remain available. 
  
If you are currently in the SLO area in off-campus housing, please follow the shelter-in-home directives from state and local authorities and do not come to campus during spring quarter, other than to receive care, basic needs assistance, Dining, technology and printing, and other vital services. 
 


Basic Needs

If you are concerned about meeting your basic needs, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at student-support@calpoly.edu for support. You can learn about our basic needs services at CP Basic Needs Initiative

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