MARCH 24, 2020 — UTSA is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak with a commitment to supporting the safety of the university community while enabling the academic progress of students.
The first week of remote teaching and telecommuting for work at UTSA is well under way, and for the most part, feedback indicates that operations are running smoothly. But remember, ’Runners, we’re all in this together, so if you’ve had concerns expressed by students or your peers about how to improve their remote experience, please do your utmost to find someone to give them assistance.
Here is your daily digest of updates and tips.
OPERATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS: In response to yesterday’s orders from Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff, President Taylor Eighmy sent an email to all university employees and students about transitioning most of the remaining campus services to virtual operations. Limited campus operations would be for public safety and to support students granted exceptions to remain in campus residence halls.
President Eighmy also sent out a video address about further changes to campus operations. Watch it and read about the new operating guidelines:
ONLINE LEARNING & ACCESS
GET TEACHING HELP: Academic Innovation is presenting webinars focused on helping faculty convert and teach their courses for an online environment. If you can’t attend a webinar, recordings are posted afterward.
RESEARCH GUIDANCE: The Office of Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise is regularly posting notices from federal agencies on conducting research.
Additionally, the office has a FAQ to assist with continuity and management of research operations.
GRANT DEADLINES EXTENDED: REDKE has extended the deadlines for the GREAT and Connect seed grant programs:
GET TECH ASSISTANCE: Tech Café is staffing phone lines, email and online chat to help you out with your tech issues. If you need support weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., call 210-458-5555, email email@example.com or connect with a Tech Café team member online.
The Tech Café has increased training sessions for Webex and Jabber to help students, faculty and staff with tools for remote learning and working.KNOW HOW TO COLLABORATE: Need help to collaborate with staff or faculty, share documents and more, you can check out UTSA’s available Technology Resources for students to find the best choice for you.
TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME
REACH OUT: Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Counseling and mental health services are available through Deer Oaks at 888-365-6271.
Additionally, the UTSA Behavioral Intervention Team is a multidisciplinary team that responds to reports of distressed and concerning behavior for students, faculty and staff. The website includes a form to report behavioral concerns to the team. If behavior indicates an immediate safety concern, please contact UTSA Police at 210-458-4911.
FEELING ILL? Call the Occupational Risk team at 210-458-4038, seek medical support from your health care provider or a virtual doctor via MDLive.
Students and alumni of all partnering UT System institutions will have the opportunity to virtually network with employers from across the nation.Accessible Online
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