Students at the University of Florida are being encouraged to use a campus-crime app to report on faculty members who are supposed to be teaching face to face but aren’t. The move has sparked outrage among instructors who say it has created a hostile environment at a time when they’re working harder than ever to teach classes that can be attended both in person and online.
On Monday, the first day of the spring semester, D’Andra Mull, vice president for student affairs, sent a welcome email to students reminding them about Covid-19 safety protocols and testing requirements. It directed them to use the GatorSafe app to report on “inconsistencies with course delivery for your face-to-face or online courses, such as not being provided the opportunity to meet in person for your face-to-face class.” The email assured them that “staff will review every concern and follow up as appropriate.”
Faculty members, many of whom have been denied accommodations to teach online even as Covid-19 cases rage in the region, reacted angrily to the message.
The following excerpt comes from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s live blog:
An assistant professor of nursing at Carroll University died of Covid-19 on Friday, marking the program’s second loss since November.
James Mikolajczak-LaRosa, a nurse who had taught at the small Wisconsin college since 2016, was diagnosed with the disease two months ago, according to WISN, and died on New Year’s Day.
His death followed that of Kelly Raether, a local fire-department captain who was also a nurse and instructor at the university. Raether died in November after contracting the coronavirus while caring for a patient, co-workers told WISN.
Public institutions across the country face further cuts in state funding. Many privates in the northeast and Midwest face enrollment challenges because of declining college-age populations. Unemployment and economic fears are sure to prompt students to delay (or cancel) college dreams.
What took place in Indiana, New York and the nation’s capital appear certain to be repeated in other states in the coming year.
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