I am writing with a very brief update.
Fall Plans And Staying Up-to-date
Please review your email frequently and regularly before Fall term. As COVID conditions have continued to worsen in Lane County, it is increasingly likely that changes and announcements will be provided to the campus community. Please communicate with your colleagues to ensure they are up-to-date as well.
Vaccine Implementation and Campus Safety
Thank you to the countless faculty who have written to the Board to express concerns with LCC’s plans for safety on campus this Fall. A special thank you to Wendy Simmons and Peggy Oberstaller for their work as Action Team Co-Chairs, coordinating faculty organizing efforts.
At their work session last night, the Board of Education members expressed concerns about: campus safety for Fall, including the lack of proof required for the vaccine mandate, questions on whether students who come to campus in Fall are required to fulfill the requirement or not, the inclusion of the personal/philosophical exemption, the lack of documentation required for exemptions, rising cases and full hospitals in Lane County, and the volume of in-person classes scheduled for Fall under these external and internal conditions. At the same time the Governor’s office is engaging community college and university leaders regarding safety and vaccines in higher education.
It is likely that new changes to the vaccine requirement will be announced at LCC, statewide, or both. It is also possible that LCC will seek to move additional courses to an online format.
Important Deadlines for Faculty (For Now, Subject to Change)
September 7 — Deadline to Request Moving Remote: faculty members may request to move scheduled in-person Instruction and other Faculty Work to Remote Zoom instruction. Per Provost Jarrell, the process for making requests is:
- Notify your Division Dean of the request you will be submitting so that they can begin processing this request. There is a lot that goes into looking at consequences, and adjusting schedules, so the sooner they know, the quicker they can resolve.
- Fill out and submit the request form provided by HR. The form can be found at https://www.lanecc.edu/hr/flex-workplace-arrangements. Employees with existing approved requests for Fall term do not need to resubmit.
September 14 — Deadline to submit vaccination form for all College employees, regardless of whether working on campus or not. All faculty should complete the form at: https://etcentral.lanecc.edu/#/form/347
September 15 — Deadline for OEBB insurance mandatory enrollment, required for all insurance-eligible faculty, including faculty who have double coverage and choose a monthly stipend in lieu of insurance. You can find information about open enrollment at: https://www.lanecc.edu/hr/benefits/open-enrollment and complete the open enrollment process at: https://myoebb.org/oebb/!pb.main
LCCEA representatives will work to support faculty in their requests to move online and should any other changes or requirements come about.