Oct. 6, 2020
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
Thank you for your commitment and hard work in reopening campus. I hope your semester is going well as we shift from “unprecedented times” to our “new normal,” and appreciate your efforts to provide the best academic experience to our students, whether for in-person, remote or hybrid learning. I believe our students are doing their best to make good choices and behave responsibly. At times, however, they will not make the best decisions. As the university’s chief conduct officer and vice president for student affairs, I’d like to share some resources for your use in working with our students as we Protect Texas Together.
- The Office of the Dean of Students developed a behavior assessment and response tool for classroom disruption. It includes examples of different levels of disruption, as well as resources and recommended responses. If at any time you feel you may be in danger, call 911 immediately to reach UTPD.
- The newly-expanded Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL) is a fast and simple way to report any issues or concerns you may have with any member of the university community, including students and teaching assistants. The line is also a clearinghouse for all COVID-19-related questions and forreporting COVID-19 concerns regarding students, faculty or staff. BCCAL staff will triage calls and send to appropriate departments. Please call 512-232-5050, or submit your COVID-19 questions or concerns online.
- The Counseling and Mental Health Center’s Counselors in Academic Residence (CARE) Program has positioned CARE counselors in 16 colleges, schools and departments to provide localized and accessible support for students. Also, this guide has new and existing resources to support Longhorns.
- Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Studentsinvestigates and adjudicates suspected student misconduct, including academic dishonesty. Resources and support for preventing and addressing academic dishonesty are available here.
Please email my deputy, Carol Longoria, if you have any questions about the information shared here.
Again, thank you for your partnership in supporting our students.
Stay safe, stay healthy and Hook ‘em!
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Faculty, College of Education