Daily Update for Faculty With Information on Status of Online Instruction

LMU continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working diligently to safeguard the safety and well-being of our community. Please visit LMU’s Coronavirus Website (AccessibleEn Español) for the latest information.

What's New

Message from the Provost

Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Poon shared a letter with faculty today providing detailed updates regarding a number of topics including academic holds, the course withdrawal date, and credit/no credit grading. Additionally, he addressed changes to the tenure clock and Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET). Read the full letter here

ITS Security Alert

The LMU community is teaching, learning, and working from home and Zoom has become a great tool for virtual classrooms and online meetings. With recent news of gate-crashing or Zoombombing, we want to make sure you are creating a safe and secure Zoom session for your students and participants. Visit the ITS Zoom site for security recommendations and tips, such as, not sharing your meeting room links, locking a meeting, removing a participant, and more.

Week 1, 3.25.20: Status of Online Instruction

Faculty, in light of our recent transition to online instruction, the university wants to check in on your online experience this week. Please follow this link to complete a short weekly survey to share your experiences. The survey will close on Sunday, March 29, at noon.

Focus on Mental Health and Wellness

William D. Parham, professor of counseling and interim associate dean of faculty in the School of Education, offers insights for students and faculty and staff members in his narrative “Better, Not Bitter: Intentional Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“It has been said that life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain,” Parham writes. “The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an off-the-radar and unprecedented storm of uncertainty that has fast become an emotional tsunami requiring instant and life-altering changes. Further, the swirl of these dramatic changes has yet to unfold fully. The lived experiences of each member of our LMU community will never be the same.”

Reminder: Campus Restricted to Resident Students, Approved Essential Personnel and Members of the Jesuit Community Only

In adherence with the Mayor’s Safer at Home order and the guidelines provided by the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the CDC, campus access is restricted to resident students, LMU staff who perform essential functions and have been approved by their supervisors to be on campus and members of the Jesuity community. All exceptions must be approved and submitted for consideration by your dean or vice president. 24-hours advance notice is required. Note that all academic and administrative buildings are closed and locked. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

LMU Faculty Member Joins Global Perspectives Virtual Summit 
CBA Professor Madhubalan Viswanathan will speak on Friday, March 27, at International Hub’s Global Perspectives Virtual Summit on bottom-up educational initiatives that evolved in subsistence marketplaces. The free event is from 9 a.m. to noon. Register at http://summit.internationalhub.org 

Reminders

Faculty Support Services and Teaching Resources 
Information Technology Services / Keep Teaching
For additional support, please contact your Instructional Technologist or email the ITS Service Desk at helpdesk@lmu.edu and an ITS specialist will be in touch as soon as possible. 

Department of Public Safety Available 24/7
If you have visited a country affected by COVID-19, are currently being tested, or have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the Department of Public Safety immediately at 310.338.2893. This is to ensure LMU can take the necessary precautions to limit any exposure or provide guidance for those returning from international travel to ensure adherence to travel advisories.

Support Resources and Services
Please note the university has resources and services available to support and assist our community:

Questions
Please continue to check the Coronavirus Website and FAQs to answer any questions you may have. If you cannot answer your question there or if there is other information you would like to see in our advisories, please complete this form.