Faculty Guidance During COVID-19

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Rules of the Road for Fall Semester 2021

Please find below an overview of the university’s current COVID-19 protocols for the fall 2021 semester—with this familiar caveat: Some may change in response to new developments and public health guidance. 

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Additional Guidance

Cleaning Supplies

(Ongoing) Until further notice, the university will continue to supply units and offices with cleaning supplies such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol content.

Personal Hygiene

(Ongoing) The university encourages those on campus to maintain the enhanced personal hygiene practices that health officials recommended as COVID-19 began to spread within the U.S. These include frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds (and especially after a cough or sneeze), covering your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you do cough or sneeze, and avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Physical Distancing

(Effective July 1, 2021) With the exception cited above regarding masking, physical distancing is not required indoors or out. Faculty and staff who believe they need an accommodation because of vaccination status or other factors should contact the university’s Office of Equity regarding their concerns. Students with similar concerns should contact the university’s Office of Disability Resources.

Building Access

(Effective July 1, 2021) The university will restore access practices followed before the pandemic. Those buildings that previously required card access will continue to be closed to those without cards, but others will be open to the public during specific hours.


(Effective July 1, 2021) Campus dining facilities will return to normal operations, with one exception: Pre-ordering and pick-up via the Grub Hub/Campus Dining App will continue.

Retirement Plan A

(June 2, 2021) Case Western Reserve will restore employer contributions to Retirement Plan A for the period from Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. This restoration represents a commitment of nearly $10 million to eligible employees. If you have questions about your retirement plan, please contact the Office of Human Resources’ Service Center at 216.368.6964 or askHR@case.edu.

Drop-In Child Care at One to One Fitness Center

(June 7, 2021) The university’s One to One Fitness Center has resumed its Drop-In Child Care service and has expanded the eligible age group from kindergarten to sixth grade to include any child who is fully potty trained. The program operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and appointments are necessary. To learn more, visit case.edu/onetoone/childcare. For more information on childcare resources and options visit Human Resources

Campus Parking Rates to Remain Unchanged for Second Consecutive Year

(June 2, 2021) Given the economic strain that some families have experienced during the pandemic, the university will keep campus parking rates the same for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2021. These rates will be the same charged for fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 (both July 1 through June 30). To see rates for respective lots and garages, please visit the parking services website.

Rights and Recorded Lectures

(October 13, 2020) CWRU recognizes that with the delivery of whole or parts of courses via remote means necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many faculty members may have questions concerning their intellectual property rights with respect to recorded lectures. Rights to underlying course materials used in the production of the recorded lectures are not affected by the transition to remote delivery, and remain governed by the University’s Intellectual Property Policy, the University's Copyright Policy, and additional provisions in the Faculty Handbook.  The University will not use course recordings for any purpose other than course delivery in the semester in which they were produced without the faculty member's consent.  Additional uses of course recordings also require assessment of other university policies (for example, if identifiable students were in the recordings, the use would need to align with the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)). Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of General Counsel.   

Remember Digital Accessibility

(July 17, 2020) Case Western Reserve strives to make digital content usable by all. Visit this Quick Tip Guide, specifically designed for faculty, as a resource to assist faculty in making courses more accessible to all learners. For additional resources, visit case.edu/accessibility.

FAQs Regarding Exposure Notifications

Please find below frequently asked questions regarding exposure notifications when students, staff and/or faculty test positive.

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Updates on Isolation & Quarantine Procedures

Case Western reserve follows proper isolation and quarantine protocols after testing and contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases is complete. Below, find information on what it means to isolate/quarantine. Additionally, learn how to support students in isolation and quarantine.

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Course Delivery Guidance for Fall Semester 2021

In recognition of the improving health situation associated with the pandemic, CWRU has announced its intention to return to in-person operations for the Fall 2021 semester. Read on to see guidance for both faculty on-campus presence and course delivery during the Fall 2021 semester.

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