Teaching FAQs

Please note:

As of Monday, February 21, 2022, remote teaching will no longer be an option and all residential courses should be taught in person. If a faculty member needs to miss an in-person class, they should work with their dean (or their designee) to develop alternate plans. This might include identifying another faculty member or senior doctoral student who can teach your class, or rescheduling classes until you are able to return to campus. We continue to encourage faculty, when possible, to make recorded lectures available to students who cannot attend class because they are in isolation or quarantine.

Q: Where can I find information on CRC mask requirements and other University health protocols?

A: Information on University mask requirements at CRC and other health protocols can be found on the Back2BU website. If you teach at one of our Off-Campus Program sites, please refer to that site’s protocols or email sswocp@bu.edu.

Q: What type of technology is available in my classroom and where can I get help using it?

A: The technology available in the University’s classrooms varies: Rooms controlled by the Registrar that had permanent cameras and microphones installed still have those available, but these have been removed from some spaces that had temporary equipment. If you have questions about the capabilities of your classroom or require technical assistance, please contact IT at IThelp@bu.edu or LETS (Learning and Event Technology Services) at classrooms@bu.edu. Also, you may wish to review the videos on accessing and using classroom technologies available here. If you teach at one of our Off-Campus Program sites, please refer to that site’s protocols or email sswocp@bu.edu.

Supporting students who are unable to attend class in person due to COVID-19:

Q: Can I record lectures or use other instructional technologies (such as Zoom)to accommodate students who are unable to attend class because they are in isolation?

A: We anticipate that some students may not be able to attend class because they are in isolation due to illness with COVID-19. The School trusts faculty to respond creatively and generously to the needs of their students, and we encourage you to make appropriate modifications to allow students who are unable to attend class in person to continue their learning in your courses.

The recording of lectures is now encouraged as a way of allowing students in isolation to keep up with their studies. If the instructor and members of the class agree, then the instructor may record the class or portions of a class to share. However, the President and Provost have been clear that students may not attend classes via Zoom. Faculty should not provide this as an option if students are sick. Recorded classes/lectures may be provided to students who are not able to attend classes.

If you have questions about your options with respect to teaching, please contact your department chair or Associate Dean Ellen DeVoe directly at swade@bu.edu. If you have concerns about a student’s performance in your class or a student’s general wellbeing, you are encouraged to contact the student’s advisor and/or the BUSSW Academic Continuity Coordinators: Francisco Jaimes (fjaimes@bu.edu) for CRC or Diane Crowley (crowleyd@bu.edu) for OCP.