Part Time Faculty Benefits for Spring 2020

New Benefit for Part-time Faculty Who Have No Class Assignments Spring 2020

Unlimited Tuition Waiver this Term for Part-time Faculty Without Assignments

The College and Association reached agreement yesterday that part-time faculty who have no assignment this term due to class cancellations are eligible for an unlimited tuition waiver for the term.

Tuition Waiver for All Part-time Faculty

The current Article 19 contract provisions remain in effect. All part-time faculty accrue a tuition waiver at the rate of one class per term of teaching. The tuition waiver may be used anytime during the term of teaching or during the next three terms. If you wish to use a tuition waiver earned during one fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) during next fiscal year, you may request to HR that the tuition waiver be carried over to next year before June 30 each year. (See 19.2)

Compensation for Part-time Faculty Teaching Spring 2020

If you are teaching a class this term that was originally scheduled to be face-to-face AND you have not taught the same class online before, you are eligible for additional curriculum development pay. The amount of compensation is 1.25 x the number of hours of class each week. Thus, if you were scheduled to teach a class that would meet 4 hours per week, you are eligible for 4 x 1.25 = 5 hours of curriculum development pay each week for the 10 instructional weeks of the term for a total of 50 hours pay at the CD rate. In order to receive this compensation, please record the hours on the curriculum development line on your timesheet each week.

If you have taught the class online before, you are not eligible for this additional compensation. Likewise, if the class was originally scheduled to be online, you are not eligible for this additional compensation.

If you are teaching more than one section of the same class (and the class was scheduled face-to-face and you have not taught it online before), this additional compensation applies to one section only.

In-service Hours for Part-time Faculty who Taught during Fall 2019

Part-time faculty who taught during Fall 2019 are eligible to use 24 hours for Fall 2019 in-service or for any meetings or workshops on campus (including remote meetings and workshops this term). Part-time faculty teaching in any Fall term will be eligible for these hours each year based on the new contract.

In-service Hours for Part-time Faculty who are Teaching Spring 2020

All part-time faculty teaching in Spring each year are eligible for 8 hours in-service pay for Spring Conference or for any meetings or workshops on campus (including remote meetings and workshops this term). Consistent with the Coronavirus MOA, Part-time faculty teaching this Spring 2020 are also eligible for an additional 8 hours for a total of 16 hours compensation for meetings, workshops, and professional development related to online delivery this term only. These 16 hours are in addition to any hours that individual part-time faculty may have remaining from the Fall 2019 allocation.

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President’s Update April 6 2020

LCC Faculty Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well, safe, and healthy as we navigate the first week of Spring term remote instruction.

I’m writing with updates on the MOA reached regarding faculty work this term including compensation for part-time faculty, support for faculty and students including the OEA Relief Fund for part-time faculty who have experienced class cancellations and the LCCEA Emergency Fund, the College budget and enrollment, campus access, contracted faculty schedules, PT classified staff layoffs, and new Federal Emergency Sick Leave and expanded FMLA provisions.

Memorandum of Agreement
The College and Association have agreed to the terms on the attached MOA, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Compensation for part-time faculty – beginning the week of April 6, part-time faculty may claim 1.25 hours at the CD rate for every hour of scheduled class time per prep each week in Spring.
  • A paid, non-scheduled day for all faculty for Spring Conference. Part-time faculty teaching in Spring may claim 8 hours paid time for professional development for online teaching using in-service hours or additional hours if in-service hours are exhausted. This is essentially a paid, non-working day for all faculty. This also means part-time faculty may claim up to 16 hours for professional development time if teaching in Spring, in addition to any remaining in-service hours from Fall.
  • One additional paid, non-scheduled / non-working day during the 20-21 academic year, which will either be Tuesday of Fall Inservice or Spring Conference for FT and PT faculty.
  • Online delivery may meet minimum standards required to maintain base level continuity*. Faculty are not required to meet all standards of best teaching practices for online teaching. Faculty are not required to cover the same amount of content and assessments that would typically take place during the first three weeks in a face-to-face format and may adjust schedules accordingly. All faculty teaching in Spring may have flexibility in course scheduling and may include non-instructional time equivalent to up to five days for the purpose of course preparation. Faculty may choose when to schedule the non-instructional time and are encouraged to build non-instructional time into the first two weeks of Spring by limiting instruction to a “continuity” model rather than fully developed online teaching. Faculty may incorporate week 11 as instructional time at their discretion.
  • The College shall provide hardware and software for online teaching to faculty who do not have the necessary equipment.
  • Committees shall meet (virtually) on a must-need basis only during the online teaching period for Spring term.

OEA Relief Fund for Part-time Faculty
Part-time faculty who are members of OEA/LCCEA and who have experienced loss of pay or class cancellation for Spring may apply for up to $1000. Faculty must have been LCCEA/OEA members as of March 2, 2020 and must submit documentation of expenses (e.g. housing payment, food, childcare, medical, etc.) and documentation of lost income (e.g. email from dean about class cancellation or statement by faculty member certifying they had a class cancelled). Apply at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OGmnyt_dBju21Qo5UhVTf3A1LdqhTfXfj0rKltN8XmQ/

LCCEA Emergency Fund for LCCEA Members
LCCEA members (part-time or full-time) with a financial need, which could be due a class cancellation, unanticipated medical expense, etc., may request up to $300 for emergency expenses. Please fill out the form at: https://forms.gle/7Exv618xDD9y9uU79 If you have questions about your membership status, please contact Membership Chair, Wendy Simmons, at simmonsws@lanecc.edu

OEA Foundation Funds – Grants for Students
Any LCCEA member may apply for grants for their students through a quick request process at:  http://oeafoundation.oregoned.org/apply-for-a-grant These grants may be used directly for student expenses such as Chromebooks, textbooks, rent, utilities, or other basic needs. The maximum grant per student is usually $100, but faculty are encouraged to apply for up to $250 if the student needs a Chromebook.

Cards for Colleagues —  Fill out a brief form, and LCCEA will send a card to a faculty colleague. Faculty members may request that a card be sent to a colleague for life events such as birth, adoption, or death in the family, marriage or domestic partnership, illness, or simply to cheer up or send well wishes to a colleague for any reason, facilitated by LCCEA Membership Committee.

College Budget, Enrollment, and Federal funding
In addition to spending that exceeded budgeted resources this year and deficits carried over from previous years, which still must be reconciled this year (e.g. Food Services and Bookstore), there are numerous additional strains on the College budget resulting from the pandemic, including the loss of significant rental revenue from the college-owned Titan Court apartment complex this term as well as the added expenses such as laptops for remote instruction.


On a positive note, LCC appears to be faring better than many community colleges in the state in terms of enrollment. While some colleges have reported enrollment drops of 15-20%, the first day enrollment at LCC indicates that, for credit courses, Spring enrollment is down 3.0%, total credits are essentially flat (up 0.1%), and FTE is down 1.6%. (See attached.) The figures that will most impact the college budget are total credits when tuition is assessed at the end of week 1 and FTE at the end of week 3. In addition to direct tuition revenue, LCC’s enrollment in relation to other community colleges is important because it will impact and could potentially increase our percentage allocation from the state Community College Support Fund.

In addition, the CARES Act passed by the U.S. Congress provides relief funding for higher education, including community colleges. An initial, rough estimate for LCC is that the college will receive $3.3M in additional funding to offset expenses and losses due to the pandemic. Learn more about funding for higher ed in the CARES Act at: https://ticas.org/affordability-2/whats-in-the-cares-act-higher-education-student-debt/ 

Contracted faculty schedules
In a very limited number of disciplines, contracted faculty may teach in Summer in lieu of Spring term, primarily due to external regulations requiring face-to-face instruction. The contract provides for such “exchanges” of academic terms in Article 9 as long as there is a three-party agreement between the College, Association, and individual faculty member. Please contact LCCEA as soon as possible if you are a contracted faculty member who anticipates teaching during summer as a result of required face-to-face instructional time.

Campus Access

Some faculty members have raised questions and concerns about campus access after receiving contradictory messages from administration and department deans. Faculty members should request permission from their dean to access campus and should also notify Public Safety when they arrive and depart. In addition, faculty are encouraged to plan in advance, but VP Jarrell confirmed that it should take no longer than 24 hours to receive permission to access campus. Please note that the College administration has also confirmed that it is recommended that faculty access campus between 8-5, but not required as it may not be possible in all circumstances. Please do continue to contact LCCEA for support if you experience delays or other challenges to accessing your office for necessary materials or for other work that cannot be accomplished remotely.

PT Classified Staff Layoffs
Our hearts go out to the 300+ PT staff who were laid off at the end of March. Since that time, LCCEA has advocated for staffing in areas that most directly support critical student needs. 78 PT classified staff members have since been restored, at least temporarily. LCCEA will continue to advocate for classified staff and work collaboratively with LCCEF to ensure classified staffing is provided in a manner consistent with both the LCCEF contract and Oregon’s Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act.

In addition to the impact of PT classified staff layoffs on programs and student success, LCCEA has surveyed department reps and found substantial impacts to faculty work in ABSE, ESL, International Program, Studio Art, Media Arts, Academic Technology, SHeD, Tutoring, Counseling, Science, Music, and Welding. If your department/discipline is not on this list but you anticipate impacts to faculty work if classified staffing is not restored once face-to-face classes resume, please contact your department rep and/or LCCEA directly.

New Federal Emergency Sick Leave and FMLA Expansion 
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government has provided for additional paid emergency sick leave as well as expanded guidelines for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA). See attached guidance from OEA legal counsel for additional details. Please note that the new law provides 10 days paid emergency leave. This emergency paid sick time may be used prior to any existing paid leave. Employers are prohibited from requiring employees to use other paid leave first, and may not modify their existing paid leave policies to avoid being subject to this requirement.

Leave may be used only if the employee is unable to work (or telework) because of any of the following:
1. Employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to coronavirus;
2. Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to coronavirus;
3. Employee is experiencing coronavirus symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;
4. Employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to coronavirus; or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to coronavirus Note: There does not appear to be any particular relationship requirement to this “caring for” provision
5. Employee is caring for a son or daughter if a school or place of care has been closed due to coronavirus, or the childcare provider of the son or daughter is unavailable due to coronavirus;
“Son or daughter,” as under the FMLA, includes a biological, foster, or adopted child, a stepchild, a child of a domestic partner, a legal ward, or the child of a person standing in loco parentis, under 18 years of age.
6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of Labor and Secretary of the Treasury.

You will also information on resources for faculty and others at: https://lccea.org/lccea-covid-19-response/

Thank you

A special thank you to Tracy Henninger who stepped in as Interim Communications Chair and kept our LCCEA website and social media up-to-date over the past two terms, and welcome back to Anne McGrail who is returning to serve as Chair.

I hope your first week of remote delivery goes well for you and your students during these challenging circumstances. 
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions, concerns, or requests for union support.

My best,
Adrienne
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LCCEA President’s Update April 6 2020

LCC Faculty Colleagues,

I hope this email finds you well, safe, and healthy as we navigate the first week of Spring term remote instruction.

I’m writing with updates on the MOA reached regarding faculty work this term including compensation for part-time faculty, support for faculty and students including the OEA Relief Fund for part-time faculty who have experienced class cancellations and the LCCEA Emergency Fund, the College budget and enrollment, campus access, contracted faculty schedules, PT classified staff layoffs, and new Federal Emergency Sick Leave and expanded FMLA provisions.

Memorandum of Agreement
The College and Association have agreed to the terms on the attached MOA, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Compensation for part-time faculty – beginning the week of April 6, part-time faculty may claim 1.25 hours at the CD rate for every hour of scheduled class time per prep each week in Spring.
  • A paid, non-scheduled day for all faculty for Spring Conference. Part-time faculty teaching in Spring may claim 8 hours paid time for professional development for online teaching using in-service hours or additional hours if in-service hours are exhausted. This is essentially a paid, non-working day for all faculty. This also means part-time faculty may claim up to 16 hours for professional development time if teaching in Spring, in addition to any remaining in-service hours from Fall.
  • One additional paid, non-scheduled / non-working day during the 20-21 academic year, which will either be Tuesday of Fall Inservice or Spring Conference for FT and PT faculty.
  • Online delivery may meet minimum standards required to maintain base level continuity*. Faculty are not required to meet all standards of best teaching practices for online teaching. Faculty are not required to cover the same amount of content and assessments that would typically take place during the first three weeks in a face-to-face format and may adjust schedules accordingly. All faculty teaching in Spring may have flexibility in course scheduling and may include non-instructional time equivalent to up to five days for the purpose of course preparation. Faculty may choose when to schedule the non-instructional time and are encouraged to build non-instructional time into the first two weeks of Spring by limiting instruction to a “continuity” model rather than fully developed online teaching. Faculty may incorporate week 11 as instructional time at their discretion.
  • The College shall provide hardware and software for online teaching to faculty who do not have the necessary equipment.
  • Committees shall meet (virtually) on a must-need basis only during the online teaching period for Spring term.

OEA Relief Fund for Part-time Faculty
Part-time faculty who are members of OEA/LCCEA and who have experienced loss of pay or class cancellation for Spring may apply for up to $1000. Faculty must have been LCCEA/OEA members as of March 2, 2020 and must submit documentation of expenses (e.g. housing payment, food, childcare, medical, etc.) and documentation of lost income (e.g. email from dean about class cancellation or statement by faculty member certifying they had a class cancelled). Apply at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OGmnyt_dBju21Qo5UhVTf3A1LdqhTfXfj0rKltN8XmQ/

LCCEA Emergency Fund for LCCEA Members
LCCEA members (part-time or full-time) with a financial need, which could be due a class cancellation, unanticipated medical expense, etc., may request up to $300 for emergency expenses. Please fill out the form at: https://forms.gle/7Exv618xDD9y9uU79 If you have questions about your membership status, please contact Membership Chair, Wendy Simmons, at simmonsws@lanecc.edu

OEA Foundation Funds – Grants for Students
Any LCCEA member may apply for grants for their students through a quick request process at:  http://oeafoundation.oregoned.org/apply-for-a-grant These grants may be used directly for student expenses such as Chromebooks, textbooks, rent, utilities, or other basic needs. The maximum grant per student is usually $100, but faculty are encouraged to apply for up to $250 if the student needs a Chromebook.

Cards for Colleagues —  Fill out a brief form, and LCCEA will send a card to a faculty colleague. Faculty members may request that a card be sent to a colleague for life events such as birth, adoption, or death in the family, marriage or domestic partnership, illness, or simply to cheer up or send well wishes to a colleague for any reason, facilitated by LCCEA Membership Committee.

College Budget, Enrollment, and Federal funding
In addition to spending that exceeded budgeted resources this year and deficits carried over from previous years, which still must be reconciled this year (e.g. Food Services and Bookstore), there are numerous additional strains on the College budget resulting from the pandemic, including the loss of significant rental revenue from the college-owned Titan Court apartment complex this term as well as the added expenses such as laptops for remote instruction.
On a positive note, LCC appears to be faring better than many community colleges in the state in terms of enrollment. While some colleges have reported enrollment drops of 15-20%, the first day enrollment at LCC indicates that, for credit courses, Spring enrollment is down 3.0%, total credits are essentially flat (up 0.1%), and FTE is down 1.6%. (See attached.) The figures that will most impact the college budget are total credits when tuition is assessed at the end of week 1 and FTE at the end of week 3. In addition to direct tuition revenue, LCC’s enrollment in relation to other community colleges is important because it will impact and could potentially increase our percentage allocation from the state Community College Support Fund.
In addition, the CARES Act passed by the U.S. Congress provides relief funding for higher education, including community colleges. An initial, rough estimate for LCC is that the college will receive $3.3M in additional funding to offset expenses and losses due to the pandemic. Learn more about funding for higher ed in the CARES Act at: https://ticas.org/affordability-2/whats-in-the-cares-act-higher-education-student-debt/ 
Contracted faculty schedules
In a very limited number of disciplines, contracted faculty may teach in Summer in lieu of Spring term, primarily due to external regulations requiring face-to-face instruction. The contract provides for such “exchanges” of academic terms in Article 9 as long as there is a three-party agreement between the College, Association, and individual faculty member. Please contact LCCEA as soon as possible if you are a contracted faculty member who anticipates teaching during summer as a result of required face-to-face instructional time.

Campus Access

Some faculty members have raised questions and concerns about campus access after receiving contradictory messages from administration and department deans. Faculty members should request permission from their dean to access campus and should also notify Public Safety when they arrive and depart. In addition, faculty are encouraged to plan in advance, but VP Jarrell confirmed that it should take no longer than 24 hours to receive permission to access campus. Please note that the College administration has also confirmed that it is recommended that faculty access campus between 8-5, but not required as it may not be possible in all circumstances. Please do continue to contact LCCEA for support if you experience delays or other challenges to accessing your office for necessary materials or for other work that cannot be accomplished remotely.

PT Classified Staff Layoffs
Our hearts go out to the 300+ PT staff who were laid off at the end of March. Since that time, LCCEA has advocated for staffing in areas that most directly support critical student needs. 78 PT classified staff members have since been restored, at least temporarily. LCCEA will continue to advocate for classified staff and work collaboratively with LCCEF to ensure classified staffing is provided in a manner consistent with both the LCCEF contract and Oregon’s Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act.

In addition to the impact of PT classified staff layoffs on programs and student success, LCCEA has surveyed department reps and found substantial impacts to faculty work in ABSE, ESL, International Program, Studio Art, Media Arts, Academic Technology, SHeD, Tutoring, Counseling, Science, Music, and Welding. If your department/discipline is not on this list but you anticipate impacts to faculty work if classified staffing is not restored once face-to-face classes resume, please contact your department rep and/or LCCEA directly.

New Federal Emergency Sick Leave and FMLA Expansion 
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government has provided for additional paid emergency sick leave as well as expanded guidelines for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA). See attached guidance from OEA legal counsel for additional details. Please note that the new law provides 10 days paid emergency leave. This emergency paid sick time may be used prior to any existing paid leave. Employers are prohibited from requiring employees to use other paid leave first, and may not modify their existing paid leave policies to avoid being subject to this requirement.

Leave may be used only if the employee is unable to work (or telework) because of any of the following:
1. Employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to coronavirus;
2. Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to coronavirus;
3. Employee is experiencing coronavirus symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;
4. Employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to coronavirus; or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to coronavirus Note: There does not appear to be any particular relationship requirement to this “caring for” provision
5. Employee is caring for a son or daughter if a school or place of care has been closed due to coronavirus, or the childcare provider of the son or daughter is unavailable due to coronavirus;
 “Son or daughter,” as under the FMLA, includes a biological, foster, or adopted child, a stepchild, a child of a domestic partner, a legal ward, or the child of a person standing in loco parentis, under 18 years of age.
6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of Labor and Secretary of the Treasury.

You will also information on resources for faculty and others at: https://lccea.org/lccea-covid-19-response/

Thank you

A special thank you to Tracy Henninger who stepped in as Interim Communications Chair and kept our LCCEA website and social media up-to-date over the past two terms, and welcome back to Anne McGrail who is returning to serve as Chair.


I hope your first week of remote delivery goes well for you and your students during these challenging circumstances. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions, concerns, or requests for union support.

My best,
Adrienne

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LCCEA President’s Letter to the Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response calling for Emergency Funding

I urge you to consider expanding need-based funding for community college students and implementing emergency funds for this vulnerable population who may not otherwise be included in general protections for low-income workers. “

I request that you consider enacting emergency funding and healthcare for part-time faculty in need and that you develop special emergency guidelines to provide unemployment support to part-time faculty who suffer class cancellations and loss of employment as a result of this crisis.”

In addition, part-time hourly staff at community colleges also lack healthcare and will likely face wage loss as a result of the pandemic and merit similar consideration.

March 16, 2020

Members of the Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response

Co-Chairs: Senator Roblan and Representative Holvey

Members: Senators Boquist, Knopp, Steiner Hayward, and Taylor and Representatives Barreto, Bynum, Evans, Moore-Green, Salinas, Stark

900 Court St., N.E.

Salem, OR 97301

Esteemed Co-Chairs Roblan and Holvey and Esteemed Members of the Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response:

Thank you for your leadership and service on the Special Joint Committee. As you engage in the critical work of developing budget and policy recommendations for the Legislature to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, I ask that you consider the impact on public institutions, and in particular, community colleges, their students, and their low-income workers.

Community college students already face substantial food and housing insecurity. The impact of coronavirus and the need to move coursework to an online format at colleges statewide will impact students directly with: increased needs for personal computers; delayed coursework for some CTE programs that require clinicals resulting in additional tuition expenses in future terms; and decreased paid time as student workers on campus, among other challenges.  I urge you to consider expanding need-based funding for community college students and implementing emergency funds for this vulnerable population who may not otherwise be included in general protections for low-income workers.

Community college low-income workers also face significant impacts from the virus outbreak. The majority of community college faculty in Oregon are part-time, and the majority of part-time faculty lack healthcare. One in four nationwide and at LCC report relying on government assistance. This group of low-income workers will face substantial loss of employment due to inevitable drops in enrollment and class cancellations. In addition, part-time faculty frequently face difficulty in unemployment claims due to the nature of their employment and outdated administrative rules. I request that you consider enacting emergency funding and healthcare for part-time faculty in need and that you develop special emergency guidelines to provide unemployment support to part-time faculty who suffer class cancellations and loss of employment as a result of this crisis.

In addition, part-time hourly staff at community colleges also lack healthcare and will likely face wage loss as a result of the pandemic and merit similar consideration.

Finally, community colleges suffer from insufficient funding and historic disinvestment in public higher education. Furthermore, community college budgets are precariously balanced with tuition dollars as a critical revenue stream. Tuition revenue will likely drop precipitously in Spring and possibly beyond at the same time that colleges face increased expenses. For instance, at LCC a survey of all faculty last week indicated that 20% do not own the computer hardware (e.g. laptop) suitable for online teaching, and campus computers in faculty offices lack webcams and microphones required for extended online course delivery. This is just one example of a substantial increased cost that colleges will incur in order to maintain academic continuity at this critical time. An emergency investment in community colleges will protect against inevitable programs cuts that would ripple through the community next year and exacerbate the downward spiral of the economy. As such, I respectfully request that you consider allocating emergency funding for community colleges.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely and with deep appreciation for your service,

Adrienne Mitchell

Adrienne Mitchell, M.A., M.Ed.

President, Lane Community College Education Association,

representing the 370 part-time and 200 full-time faculty of LCC

Treasurer, Oregon Education Association Community College Council

 

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Important Updates for Faculty RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear colleagues,

I’m writing with a few updates specifically pertaining to the college’s response to coronavirus, impacts on faculty, and answers to some frequent faculty questions.

Protecting public health for the benefit of the community

The purpose of community health measures is, of course, to mitigate the impact on the community by reducing exposure with the goal of reducing the number of cases and fatalities. Thank you to biology instructor, Stacey Kiser, for sharing this graph from social media that illustrates how protective measures can help ensure that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed.

What else should faculty consider beyond all the general recommendations for prevention such as handwashing?

Please make announcements in your classes that students should follow CDC and OHA recommendations to stay home while sick, especially with a fever and/or cough and even if the symptoms are mild. In addition, faculty should follow the recommendations and stay home while sick as well.

What if I have symptoms but no sick leave?

The College and Association have reached an agreement that any faculty member who has exhausted sick leave may stay home while sick without loss of pay during this period of heightened concern around coronavirus.

What about classes this term?

While the College remains open for face-to-face classes, faculty may also wish to consider changing or implementing policies that do not encourage students to attend class while sick. This could include, for example, discontinuing grading for participation, allowing for remote participation in the calculation of participation grades, or making graded in-class activities such as exams also available electronically for sick students.

What about individuals with heightened risk?

Faculty members who anticipate the need to work from home should contact their dean. The Association is here to support faculty with individual requests or needs, so please do not hesitate to contact me or another union rep.

What if the college has to close?

Under our contract, all faculty are protected from loss of salary in the event of a college closure. Faculty will continue to be paid for their regular schedule during any closure.

What about the new requirement that faculty move coursework online for the first two weeks of Spring as a preparation measure?

As you likely read in VP Jarrell’s email, LCC is now requiring that faculty members take specific steps to be ready to maintain academic continuity for Spring term online with Moodle and Zoom, including preparing the first two weeks of coursework for online delivery. The Association will negotiate to ease impact on faculty and ensure sufficient support for faculty members at this time, given the increased workload this will represent for many faculty.

We will send out a short survey to all faculty to assess needs. Please be sure to complete it as soon as possible even if you are an experienced online instructor because it is important to have a full picture of current capacity and needs. Please check both Lane and personal emails for a link to the survey. Thank you!

There are many resources and steps that faculty can take proactively, and faculty instructional designers are available to provide assistance. 

Travel restrictions – what is required?

Regarding international travel, anyone traveling to a country that the CDC rates as a “level 3” travel health risk will be asked to stay home under self-quarantine for 14 days according to CDC and OHA guidelines. 

As you have likely read, the College also announced restrictions on travel, including prohibiting all college-affiliated travel outside Oregon. Furthermore, the college has discouraged faculty, staff, and students from personal travel to areas with higher incidence of coronavirus.

The College has clarified that there are no plans for LCC employees or students to be required to undergo quarantines beyond any required by the CDC or OHA. This means that faculty, staff, or students who make personal travel out of Oregon will not face any quarantine off-campus simply as a result of travel unless CDC or OHA require a quarantine.

That stated, making the decision to not travel to areas with greater incidence of coronavirus is a decision that can help to protect the community and public health.

LCCEA is collaborating with FPD and will work to address any faculty professional development that may be impacted by the travel restrictions.

General info

As you are likely aware, Oregon recently joined California, Washington, and New York in declaring a state of emergency due to the rise in COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases. At the same time, the Oregon Health Authority released interim guidance that schools and universities should remain open if there are no active cases, noting that institutions of higher ed may also consider remote learning. 

We will keep you informed as more information becomes available about changes for spring term and impacts on faculty and the campus as a result of coronavirus.

Best,

Adrienne

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