Frequently Asked Questions For Faculty 

Updated on July 17, 2020 2:14 PM

What resources are available to help faculty with virtual or remote learning?

The Center for Faculty Excellence is conducting training over the summer to help faculty prepare for fall 2020 virtual instruction. The Office of Faculty Affairs also has resources available. 

How can academic courses delivered virtually be adjusted to accommodate the need for more sections or varying student schedules during this time?

All faculty will be advised that delivering virtual courses asynchronously provides students a more flexible schedule in case they have to take an in-person course at the same time. All virtually delivered courses confirmed as "asynchronous" (flexible hours of instruction) will be marked on the schedule as "not on campus." Department chairs will be responsible for asking their faculty whether a virtual course they are assigned to teach will be asynchronous. In such cases, faculty are strongly encouraged to engage with students through other means, either by office hours or other scheduled activities, in order to provide a personal and real-time element to the course experience.

We've been told that in-person events or meetings cannot be scheduled until after Aug. 1. When will we know when we can begin scheduling in-person events and meetings again?

In order to ensure the health and well-being of our campus community, and based on state and local public health guidelines, on-campus meetings and events of more than 25 persons will not be allowed during the fall 2020 semester. This also applies to off-campus events sponsored by the University.

Limited exceptions will be made for in-person meetings and events of 25 persons or fewer, along with a justification as to why the meeting or event cannot be held virtually. The request for an exception may be submitted through this web form.

The department requesting to host an in-person meeting or event — whether indoors or outdoors — will be responsible for ensuring compliance with current public health guidelines, including physical distancing of six feet or more, wearing of facial coverings and availability of hand sanitizer. 

This guidance is subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Luna, emergency preparedness manager, at

Are there reasonable accommodations being made for employees with disabilities (including medical conditions) who wish to support the course(s) for in-person instruction but are not able to come to campus?

Fresno State is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for faculty with disabilities and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Any employee requests for disability-related accommodations in the workplace, including requests made to not be on campus during COVID-19 times, are to be communicated to the ADA administrator, and/or the immediate supervisor, department chair and/or manager of the employee (who then contacts the ADA administrator).

If I am a faculty member 65 years of age or older, or if I have an underlying medical condition, can I return to campus to teach or support an in-person essential course?

Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chancellor’s Office has modified its directive about employees age 65 or older, including those with underlying medical conditions. Going forward, these individuals may be included in campus repopulation plans if their role is needed on campus to meet operational needs or to support in-person instruction for fall 2020.

Employees who have medical concerns regarding their return to work should contact Human Resources regarding eligible leaves and/or other accommodations that may be available to them. Faculty who have employment-related questions should contact Diane Volpp with Faculty Affairs. 

Please see this July 14 message for more information. 

Will personal protective equipment be provided if I return to campus?

To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 and to help prevent the spread of the virus, face masks or cloth face coverings are required to be worn in public spaces on campus and during in-person classes, consistent with the Governor’s order and updated state public health guidelines. You will need to bring and wear your own mask each time you come to campus.

What resources are available for faculty who will continue to work from home during the fall 2020 semester?

All full-time faculty should have access to a University laptop while working remotely. You may take your keyboard, mouse, docking station and one monitor home to use. Ergonomic chairs will be provided to employees who may need it.

Please read this July 7 message to faculty and staff about resources for employees working remotely. 

Where can I get help if I'm feeling anxious or scared about COVID-19?

We understand that community members are concerned about the rapidly evolving progression of COVID-19. Support is available for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program at 800.367.7474.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19, or if I have been exposed to someone who is positive or is strongly suspected to have COVID-19?  

If you test positive, please contact Janell Morillo, associate vice president for Student Health, Counseling and Wellness, immediately at 559.278.0276 or and complete this online form. Once received, the appropriate campus officials will be notified and they will take immediate action. Notify your supervising manager. Isolate and do not return to campus for a period of no less than 10 calendar days. You will need to provide HR Benefits with a release from your health care provider before returning to work.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, complete this online form. Once received, Environmental Health and Safety will investigate. Notify your supervisor. You may be required to quarantine for at least 14 days per Fresno County Department of Public Health recommendations. Consider visiting a testing site in Fresno County and seek guidance from your health care provider. 

Your health information is confidential. For more information about reporting requirements, read this July 15 message to the campus community.