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College of Science and Mathematics

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Website Update

Virtual Learning Support


Updates from Dean Wendt

 

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

 

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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

 

4/1/2020

  • 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

 

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.  


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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