Provost's Update for Week of September 7-11
Scholarly accomplishments impacted by COVID-19
Virginia Tech encourages faculty to include scholarly accomplishments that were accepted, but cancelled due to the pandemic in their annual faculty activity reports and in promotion and tenure dossiers.
Please follow guidelines such as those provided by the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Manual and American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide.
- MLA Guidance: If the conference that accepted your presentation was canceled, you may list the presentation on your CV under a header such as “Accepted Papers” or “Invited Speeches” and note that the conference did not take place.
- APA Guidance: Include the presentation in your CV, as your work was peer reviewed and accepted, but consider which of four cases is most applicable: (1) conference is canceled, (2) conference is changed to be online only, (3) conference occurs (in person or online), but you cannot attend or present, or (4) conference will be postponed.
Further information will be posted on the Faculty Affairs website as it becomes available.
COVID-19 dashboard update: Daily data on positive tests, campus quarantine and isolation
Virginia Tech launched a reconfigured COVID-19 dashboard with daily updates of a seven-day moving average of positive test results from Schiffert Health Center, the number of students currently in quarantine or isolation according to the Housing and Residential Life, and table with data on daily total and positive tests.
The dashboard only includes data from testing performed at Virginia Tech through the Schiffert Health Center. Test results from off-campus labs and clinics, and private health care providers are combined with data from Schiffert in the reports generated by the Virginia Department of Health.
Privacy and confidentiality of individuals who are affected by COVID-19 will be preserved per FERPA guidelines.
Women’s Center: Virtual programs available for fall 2020
In an effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the campus community, the Virginia Tech Women’s Center will be hosting a series of virtual-only programs through the fall semester. Virtual programs include:
- Gen(der) Ed Podcast
- Dis(course): Book Club
- Civic Engagement
- Bystander Education Workshop
- Start Smart Workshop
- Salary Negotiation Consultations
Programs and services this fall will be continually evolving to meet the needs of our community. For more information, contact the Women’s Center at 540-231-7806 or subscribe to their newsletter.
Virtual town hall: Results of COACHE survey
The Faculty Senate and Provost’s Office will be sharing the results of the COACHE survey through a Virtual Town Hall on September 21 at 10:00 a.m. The event is open to all faculty and will coincide with the launch of the report results on the VT COACHE website.
The town hall will begin a series of presentations and conversations around campus about how we can use these results to inform action. For more information, please email Rachel Gabriele, assistant provost for faculty initiatives and polices.
Recent Resource & Document Updates
- Flowchart: How to report a positive COVID-19 test result
Updated September 10
Steps for students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty/staff, and vendors/contractors to take for reporting of positive COVID-19 tests.
- Guidance on face coverings for university community
Updated September 8
Proper wearing of face coverings or masks in indoor and outdoor settings across campuses.
- Expanded hours for COVID-19 helpline
Updated September 8
Expanded operating hours to Saturdays and Sundays with personnel available between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekends.
- Best practices to secure Zoom meetings
Updated September 7
Defend against meeting interruptions by following best practices for securing Zoom meetings.
Updated September 8
Glossary of terms related to COVID-19 and Virginia Tech documents and communications.
Please visit VT Ready and the Provost’s website frequently for new and updated university information. All members of the campus community should also read their VT Daily email for further important updates, notices, and resources.