BCoE COVID-19 Guidelines

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve as we work to address and update necessary changes to the best of our ability. For those faculty and students participating in on campus activities please be aware of signage in hallways, classrooms, and office doors alerting you to COVID-19 guidelines for each of those spaces.


Use Canvas to share your syllabus, course materials, and links to video recordings. Confirm that your syllabus includes up-to-date pandemic information statements per the Provost’s Office. More information on using Canvas and WebEx are available from the CDE website at https://online.msstate.edu/online-training/ or the CTL website at https://www.ctl.msstate.edu/events/.

The Provost Office recommends that faculty include an option for students to engage weekly within their online classroom. Examples could include a weekly quiz, homework assignment, or journal entry. These do not need to allow for a large portion of the class grade.

Some students may be learning completely online this fall. Instructions have been provided for logging in to WebEx within your classroom or your remote teaching location to give online students access to your lectures. These can be scheduled within Canvas for students to access.

There are numerous ways to engage with your students online; just a few are listed below:

  • Note about Academic Integrity: Resources including "Methods to Maintain Academic Integrity without Proctoring," and "Getting Started with Honorlock for Faculty" are available here.
    • Honorlock - due to resource constraints faculty should limit use of Honorlock to essential tests only, if possible, finals or the last exam of the semester.
  • Videos –You can use a brief video to share your expectations for the week, alternative learning methods, and important subject matter.
  • Discussion Boards – Flip your teaching and ask the students to read texts and slides prior to original class time and host an online Canvas discussion board about the week’s materials.
  • Meetings – Schedule times with your class to discuss materials and address activities for the week. Record the meeting for students unable to access the meeting synchronously.
  • Open source content – you may benefit from reviewing content currently available through YouTube or other sources.  You can provide students with information about specific topics in this manner without having to record new lectures or videos.
  • Laboratories – more information regarding laboratories will be posted as soon as possible.

A great resource for faculty on making this transition is available here: https://www.msstate.edu/acfaculty.

  1. Registration for Standard ITS-lectern training: https://w.msstate.edu/its/electronic-classroom-training/
  2. Resources for the ITS-Supported Lecterns: https://servicedesk.msstate.edu/TDClient/45/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=1713
  3. Library of previously recorded webinars https://servicedesk.msstate.edu/TDClient/45/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=1495
  4. Information on the ITS-Supported lecterns and powering sequence visit https://servicedesk.msstate.edu/TDClient/45/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=1712
  5. Teaching in non-traditional classrooms: Visit https://its.msstate.edu and click the "More Information" button in the Upcoming Workshops section (located in the middle of the screen).  Training to non-traditional classrooms is called "Non-Traditional Classroom Electronic Equipment Training".
  6. Information about WebEx and Canvas can be found at: https://servicedesk.msstate.edu/TDClient/45/Portal/KB/Search?SearchText=%23webex

Description of mailing lists:

  1. Email lists for classes can be created through myBanner if you haven't already requested mailing lists for your classes this semester. You can do this by going to Banner and selecting "Faculty and Department Users", "Class Management", and then choosing "Class Email Lists". Please note that class email lists take 24 hours to become available after you have requested them through Banner.
  2. Sending messages to students through Canvas:

If students are having trouble accessing Canvas, they should review this set of instructions.

Please reference this site for the most up to date information including library hours: https://guides.library.msstate.edu/coronavirus/

The University has established a detailed web page with resources for you that can be found at https://www.msstate.edu/covid19/students. This includes information about Cowbell Well and Frequently asked questions.

Face Coverings are mandatory in all classrooms.

Many offices will have guidelines for visiting or processing paperwork. Please review emails received at your MSU netid email address or signage on campus office doors for current protocol.

Students needing help locating internet access for their classes can refer to the following website with information: https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2020/03/students-limited-access-internet-services

If you are having trouble accessing Canvas, please review this set of instructions.

Confirm via the master schedule at my.msstate.edu whether your classes are listed as on campus or online. Please check your schedule prior to the first day of classes to confirm where they will be located. The university has resourced non-traditional classroom space throughout campus.

Note there are larger time frames between classes to allow you to access your classes in more remote settings and also to allow for appropriate social distancing. The master schedule at my.msstate.edu also indicates your accurate class times.

Information on tutoring resources is available on the Bagley College website at https://www.bagley.msstate.edu/tutoring/.

Please reference this site for the most up to date information including library hours: https://guides.library.msstate.edu/coronavirus/.