Dear Faculty:

There are now five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Houston area. Should those numbers increase in the next days and weeks, the primary public health effort will be to reduce the spread of infection by limiting the amount of time large groups of people spend together in close proximity.

In the event of a large-scale COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Houston will join this public health effort by cancelling all in-person, face-to-face classes and limiting face-to-face, one-on-one instruction until such time as it is advisable to return to campus.

Should we face a large-scale outbreak, as an alternative to conducting in-person, face-to-face classes, the University of Houston will require all faculty instructors to teach their current spring 2020 classes employing a remote, online format, using either the Blackboard or CourseWare learning management systems. All spring 2020 classes currently have a Blackboard class shell which can be accessed by faculty instructors through the Blackboard Learn portal icon via the AccessUH page. Registration and details for upcoming online sessions, quick tutorials, and additional resources for Blackboard can be found at instruction.uh.edu and uh.edu/fdis

Please send any questions to provost@uh.edu.

Warm regards,

Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH

provost@uh.edu | 832-842-0550

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