COVID FAQs for the Classroom

Faculty, find answers to frequently asked questions about teaching at PNW as we look forward to welcoming faculty and students back to campus this fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The blanket exception we were given to offer courses online as necessary during the pandemic has expired. We also need to ensure that we are providing our students with the educational experience for which they registered.  An instructor independently changing the modality of a course violates the expectations that our students have of us. Should an instructor need an accommodation, a request should be made in consultation with their department chair and dean.

Ask them politely to put on a mask (you may request extra masks from your department to have available if a student does not have a mask).

If the student refuses to put on a mask, you may ask them to leave the classroom.

If a student refuses to leave the classroom after being asked, dismiss the class and report the student to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Do not call police to have a student removed from a class.

The university has several options to make a classroom safe for students and faculty. Faculty may order PPE with the following form:

PPE Order Form

And plexiglass for their classrooms at the following:

Plexiglass Order Form

Yes! If using a plexiglass and proper social distancing, it is safe to remove your mask for lecturing.

Yes! There are plenty of microphones available at the Customer Service Center on the second floor of the Powers Building, Room 216.

This practice is discouraged as students cannot be required to provide this information.*

*This is a correction to a previous email stating incorrectly that asking students for vaccination status would be a HIPAA violation.

PNW has no formal sick leave policy for students; faculty are never required to accommodate students due to sickness. We recommend that faculty members establish clear and consistent absence policies on their syllabi. The Office of the Dean of Students will communicate with faculty and make recommendations for cases that are reported to us.

If you would like help in determining the appropriateness of an accommodation, the Office of the Dean of Students is happy to direct students to resources they may need and can be reached at fewer@pnw.edu.

Yes. You may offer additional participation options or other accommodations as you deem appropriate. We need to ensure that students are given the opportunity to receive the course experience for which they registered. What you offer beyond that experience is, as it always has been, up to you. You are not obligated to offer additional accommodations beyond what comes to you through official avenues (e.g., the Disability Access Center or Office of the Dean of Students).

PNW has no formal sick leave policy for students; faculty are only required to accommodate students due to sickness when the student has requested and has been approved for an accommodation through the Disability Access Center. We recommend that faculty members establish clear and consistent absence policies on their syllabi.

The Office of the Dean of Students will communicate with faculty and make recommendations for cases that are reported to the university. If you would like help in determining the appropriateness of an accommodation, the Office of the Dean of Students is happy to direct students to resources they may need and can be reached at fewer@pnw.edu.

Yes. A syllabus template with updated language regarding COVID policies was shared with faculty via email.

Have Additional Questions?

Contact safereturn@pnw.edu or fill our our COVID Feedback Form!

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PNW and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn more about PNW’s COVID-19 policies with our official guide.


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A PNW wears a mask and works on a laptop

PNW and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn more about PNW’s COVID-19 policies with our official guide.


Explore the Guide