Teaching in Honors Fall 2020 (with Covid guidelines)

Policies and Guidelines


  • Assignments should all be electronic, whenever possible (faculty are required to use OAKS to facilitate student access to the course syllabus, course materials, and the gradebook; the College of Charleston’s standard grading system is in effect).
  • All major assignments should come before Thanksgiving; final exams will be administered online.
  • Faculty should bring their own teaching equipment to the classroom (if you are in need of supplies for your HONS course, contact plasmatinc@cofc.edu).
  • If faculty develop Covid-related symptoms, fail the College’s daily health self-screening, or otherwise feel ill, they should contact their immediate supervisor to coordinate coverage of their class. Faculty should also contact Student Health Services. A reporting protocol is in the works.
  • Please be flexible re: student arrival times for both in-person and online class; social distancing protocols may impact movement from one class to another, and some students will likely be switching modality between in-person and online classes with little time in-between to find a space to work from.
  • Students may be anxious, so please maintain open lines of communication and update them often. Keep an eye on your students’ well-being and use the FAST form when necessary.
  • Also be sure to monitor your own mental health and wellbeing. These are crazy times, and you’re being asked to work under extremely adverse circumstances. We’re asking our students to cut themselves some slack and not to necessarily strive for perfection. Do the same for yourself


Student laptop requirement
All students are required to have a laptop equipped with a web camera, microphone, and internet access

Provost Office memo on course attendance policy
Faculty should have a clear, flexible attendance policy that doesn’t require documentation

Syllabi statements
Updated statements, both mandatory and recommended, have been added to accommodate the impact of Covid-19

The Cougar Pledge
A voluntary pledge encouraged of campus community members to help keep us safe

Technology Resources

TLT Resilience and Teaching website
Teaching resources and course prep guidance, including online course resources, professional development workshops, and tips for the three-week remote period to begin the semester

Quick-start guide to setup Zoom in the classroom
How to setup Zoom so you can simultaneous broadcast class to remote learners

OAKS Help and resources
Everything you need to know about OAKS and its features

Tips for recording your class on Zoom
Recording class meetings on Zoom is optional; if you choose to record your class, be sure to alert participants (it’s also recommended you include the following statement in your syllabus; while the Honor Code forbids students from surreptitiously recording and sharing class discussion, be aware anything you say in class could conceivably end up in the public domain).

If you record your classes (recording of classes is optional):
Recording of Classes (via ZOOM)
Class sessions will be recorded via both voice and video recording. By attending and remaining in this class, the student consents to being recorded. Recorded class sessions are for instructional use only and may not be shared with anyone who is not enrolled in the class

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