(2) positive COVID-19 case management protocols have changed from last year – notification no longer done to entire class. Instead, students who test positive or have been notified they were a close contact should contact their instructors directly.
(3) Additional details about testing protocol will be sent through MOD and added to the COVID-19 website by week’s end.
(4) Please encourage students to consider getting the vaccine, to seek science-based information, to upload their vaccination record, and to be eligible for incentive prizes. More information is on the UWSP COVID webpage
Individual meetings with Assistant Deans, Directors, and Deans – it’s been impressive to learn how well the new school alignments are functioning and to hear about the great work happening on our campus.
August 12, 2021 Greg Summers' last day as Provost will be Friday, August 20:
I write today with a brief but consequential update. This fall, for the first time in ten years, when the semester begins, I will not be UW-Stevens Point’s provost. Chancellor Gibson has asked me to resign. My last day in the role will be Friday, August 20.
Ten years is a long time to have been provost, especially during a period when the university has faced the kinds of enrollment and budget challenges that we have. UW-Stevens Point is a resilient institution, and we’ve come through those challenges poised to embark on a new period of growth and opportunity. Chancellor Gibson is an outstanding leader committed to pushing us all toward the kinds of improvements we still need to make to fulfill our potential. If my stepping aside can help to facilitate that spirit of continued momentum and change, I’m all for it.
This decision brings a welcome change for me as well. Like many of you, I’ve come through the pandemic unable to see the world in quite the same way I did before. My priorities have shifted. The idea of having new professional challenges to tackle feels genuinely rejuvenating, and there’s even more I’m excited to do personally.
Chancellor Gibson will send a message shortly to campus with further details on this transition. He has asked me to continue to assist him and the university with a variety of projects, and I am eager to help. In the meantime, please know how much I have relished the opportunity to serve as UW-Stevens Point’s provost. I wish you all a good year and a bright future ahead.
August 3, 2021 Fall 2021 and COVID updates: Seems likely the rapid spread of Delta variant will impact our campus and community. The CDC recently updated guidance for masking to include vaccinated individuals living in areas of substantial or high transmission. Current campus policy continues to require only unvaccinated individuals to wear a face covering around others. This may be updated in coming days/weeks. Stay tuned.
Guidance regarding how to manage COVID-related classroom issues this fall:
Regardless of our campus masking policy, we need to prepare for potential disruptions that may again be caused by the pandemic, including absences caused by student illness or the need to quarantine and isolate. Unlike last year, we have not asked instructors to prepare asynchronous online alternatives for each in-person learning experience. Instead, we will rely on existing campus policy, which requires instructors to provide “a reasonable amount of help in making up the work” that students miss due to excused absences. What constitutes “reasonable” in this context, however, is not explicitly defined and may vary with respect to course, learning objective, assignment, and type of assessment employed. For a first draft of expectations
, please see the August 3, 2021 Academic Affairs update
, which includes a video
created by Sean Ruppert, CITL, last year to explain how to set up the Roll Call and Seating Chart tools. Note that taking attendance is less important for contact tracing than simply utilizing a seating chart, especially in larger classes where daily attendance may be time-consuming.
I realize these issues are complicated, and that the guidelines above will likely need revising. I also know there are questions related to many other issues this fall. Next week, I’ll be meeting to discuss the fall semester with directors, chairs, and deans in Academic Affairs, so if you have suggestions or other concerns, please share them either with me or your supervisor. Finally, as noted above, Chancellor Gibson will also be evaluating campus policies in the coming weeks as we finalize our preparations for the fall semester.
Thanks very much. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and the remaining days of summer.