Welcome Back to the Spring 2021 Semester from the Dean

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Welcome Back to the Spring 2021 Semester from the Dean
School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
January 8, 2021

Dear SCMNS faculty, staff and students:

Welcome back to the New Year of 2021. I wish you all a joyful and fruitful new year!

As circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19 continue to develop, Morgan State University is taking active and aggressive steps to promote the well-being of our community members and to combat the spread of disease. Please continue to check the University’s COVID-19 website regularly and stay in frequent communication with your instructors and/or supervisors for important updates and directives.

Spring classes start on February 1, 2021 with three instructional modes:

  • Remote Instruction courses meet synchronously on specific days and times. The faculty and students will meet using online video conferencing tools for lectures and discussions.
  • Online courses are asynchronous: they do not have regularly scheduled meeting times, but have online lectures and assignments as described in the course syllabus.
  • Hybrid courses are those courses with face-to-face components. Students registered for these courses can request on-campus housing through the Office of Residence Life.
  • Tutoring will be available for students who need it through the SCMNS Tutoring Lab.

Access to offices and research laboratories:

  • Faculty who obtained approval to open their research labs in the Fall 2020 Semester on a limited basis (Phase I) have had their approvals extended through the Spring 2021 Semester. 
  • Designated labs in the Dixon Science Research Center will be the main facility for all SCMNS research activities. Only very limited access is available for labs in Calloway and Spencer Halls.
  • Other faculty and staff access to offices or labs will be granted by visiting the campus police station to obtain permission on a case-by-case basis.
  • Approved undergraduate researchers must be accompanied by an experienced researcher (faculty, research staff or senior graduate student) at all times while in the research lab.

COVID-19 testing and vaccination:

  • COVID-19 testing is required for all regularly attending personnel on campus at the University Health Center.
  • Vaccinatations will become available on the Maryland State distribution schedule.
  • Morgan State University is endeavoring to become a vaccination site.

Telework for employees:

  • At this time, the University remains open, although campus will be closed with only limited operations and access.
  • All employees able to perform their duties remotely must telework. The telework form must be completed by non-faculty employees and it must be approved by the immediate supervisor.
  • Those unable to telework and who are not deemed mission-critical employees will be placed on administrative leave as determined in collaboration with the appropriate supervisors and the Office of Human Resources.
  • All Morgan faculty, staff and students have access to teleconferencing tools: Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet and Canvas. Please take advantage of them.

Sincerely,

Hongtao Yu
Dean and Professor