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College Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Undergraduate student update: Building and equipment access changing for School of Art +Design students

March 19, 2020

With each day, the seriousness of the conditions and restrictions around COVID-19 circumstances are increasing. As such, to ensure the ongoing health and safety of all of our School’s members, the School of Art +Design will move to restricted access for Seigfred Hall and the associated SOA+D facilities to all student access, with minimal exceptions. Understandably, this is highly upsetting to all of you who are currently working on campus, but it is critical to be vigilant. 

Your faculty are very aware of the limitations that this imposes on your current studio work and your course instructors will reach out to you to work with you on how to negotiate these limitations and to best guide you through upcoming formal processes such as course completion and BFA thesis expectations.

Below are the details of closure:

RESTRICTED ACCESS: Grover Hall Interior Architecture studios: Zero access for all students

RESTRICTED ACCESS BEGINNING  8am on March 23, 2020: Weld House and Seigfred Hall: Zero access for all undergraduate students

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. For those of you without access to Grover or to Seigfred Hall past March 22, if you need to retrieve materials or work that is residing in a building past that date, please make arrangements with your faculty for one-at-a-time access. This will also need Director approval to ensure lack of overlaps.
  2. For those of you who currently are in possession of School equipment or tools: We will be working on a plan for any equipment return for a future time as this situation clarifies. 
  3. The School is currently working on plans for presentation of this year’s BFA thesis work, in some format, the following academic year

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your faculty as you have questions.
 


College of Fine Arts provides update on Coronavirus Preparedness

March 17, 2020

The College of Fine Arts dean, faculty and staff are working with the University to provide information for both undergraduate and graduate students on daily operations under the Coronavirus policies instituted by the University. More information follows.

This is a quickly evolving situation and the guidance from the university will likely change several times before the situation is over. Up-to-date information and a FAQ can be found here.  

On Thursday, March 12, Ohio University’s Spring Break was extended until Sunday, March 22. Remote and online instruction begins Monday, March 23. 
 


Guidance specific to Undergraduate students is below.

Graduate student update

March 17, 2020

  1. As explained in the University statement from President Nellis, we will shift all classes to online/distance delivery for the remainder of the semester starting on March 23, 2020. Graduate Instructors and College of Fine Arts Faculty are currently developing plans for how to best work together to innovate and create alternatives in our high-contact disciplines. Here are some of the approaches we are considering:
    • Video-chat lessons and studio classes
    • online readings
    • Video-conference class meetings, critiques, play readings, and dance instruction
    • Asychronous video sharing for videos and films of any sort
    • Smartmusic music accompanying and performance evaluation; Smartmusic offering a free license through June 30.
    • Adobe Creative Cloud free licenses through June 30 for Art + Design classes
    • Group discussion boards and chat and other Blackboard tools
    • Telephone calls and tele-conferencing
    • Virtual “on-line” exhibitions and recitals with live streaming
      • We have developed an “in-house” consulting group of faculty who will provide assistance to ensure the best possible experience for everyone. A list of those faculty is appended at the end of this message. Please feel free to reach out if you are looking for support in moving your class online.
  2. If you are a TA or GA working with a class, your supervisor for that assignment will contact you and let you know your obligations for grading or providing instruction. If you are a TA or GA working in a shop or other school assignment, your supervisor for that assignment will contact you and let you know how to best continue your duties.  Since those plans are evolving quickly, all we can say at this time is that you may be asked to continue to perform some of your responsibilities remotely.
  3. I have no doubt that you will have questions and encounter difficulties as we carry out this transition. As concerns develop, please reach out to your faculty advisors. I have also asked Assistant Dean Wagner to be the primary point of contact for students who have questions or issues that cannot be addressed by instructors. You can contact Maureen at: wagnerm@ohio.edu; 740-593-1813
  4. If you are a faculty member working with graduate students on thesis projects, you should coordinate with other members of your thesis committee to come up with an appropriate plan for the next few weeks and should make all of your graduate students aware of your expectations. With the cancellation of our in-person events, we are very eager to share student work online with our public. If you are interested and willing to share videos, pictures, etc…, please consult with your faculty members and they will help you to prepare for that.
  5. If your GA assignment requires on-campus work, do not report to work unless you have been given explicit permission by your supervisor. You will likely be involved in tele-work/virtual work. Please contact your supervisor directly.

Undergraduate student update

March 17, 2020 

1. As explained in the University statement from President Nellis, we will shift all classes to online/distance delivery for the remainder of the semester. College of Fine Arts faculty are currently developing plans for how to best do this with each individual class, and we are doing our best to work together to innovate and create alternatives in our high-contact disciplines. Here are some of the approaches we are considering:

  • Video-chat lessons and studio classes
  • Online readings
  • Video-conference class meetings, critiques, play readings, and dance instruction
  • Asychronous video sharing for videos and films of any sort
  • Smartmusic music accompanying and performance evaluation; Smartmusic offering a free license through June 30.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud free licenses through June 30 for Art + Design classes
  • Group discussion boards and chat and other Blackboard tools
  • Telephone calls and tele-conferencing
  • Virtual “on-line” exhibitions and recitals with live streaming
  • We have developed an “in-house” consulting group of faculty who will provide assistance to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

2. I have no doubt that you will have questions and encounter difficulties as we carry out this transition. As concerns develop, please reach out to your instructor. I have also asked Assistant Dean Wagner to be the primary point of contact for students who have questions or issues that cannot be addressed by instructors. You can contact Maureen at wagnerm@ohio.edu or 740-593-1813

3. I have asked that every faculty member check-in with you by Monday of next week. If you do not hear from a faculty member by Tuesday (March 24), I encourage you to contact Assistant Dean Wagner through the email address listed above.

4. I have asked Assistant Dean Wagner to develop plans for how we will accomplish advising during advising week. You will receive more information about that as advising week approaches.

  • This is a quickly-evolving situation and the guidance from the university will likely change several times before the situation is over. If you receive recommendations from the university that contradict this update, then you should follow it.  As always, please observe all CDC recommendations
     
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
     
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
     
  • Stay home and do not travel or go to work or school when you are sick.
     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
     
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
     
  • Maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet

We will no doubt have additional information for you in the coming days. Please continue to refer to OHIO's Frequently Asked Questions.   

RECITALS, EXHIBITIONS, ETC

Each COFA School has its own unique challenges regarding logistics related to a remote thesis defense/degree recital. As just one of many examples, Art + Design’s MFA defenses typically take place in the gallery where the student’s work is currently on view. It will be up to each School to determine the most effective way to conduct each remote thesis defense during this period. These guidelines must be sent to the student and thesis or dissertation committee members as soon as possible.

TO SCHOOL OF MUSIC STUDENTS WHO NEED TO COMPLETE A REQUIRED RECITAL THIS SEMESTER:

Until the university has returned to face-to-face instruction, the College Fine Arts will be operating under modified rules to accommodate required recitals. 

  • Students should work with their primary advisor to determine if the recital needs to take place during the university’s modified academic procedures.  Although the traditional format with an audience provides the best and most traditional format for recitals, the college will support a recital without an audience and broadcast via livestream or created in isolation via video.
     
  • Students should work with their primary advisor to determine what technology is the most appropriate given the resources available to each remote committee member.  The college recommends a video channel like Skype or Zoom, but audio-only formats are acceptable if necessary. 
     
  • We are looking at a variety of possibilities including livestream with a pianist at a significant distance, but if the current restrictions remain in place, we may be completing recitals completely with video and the sharing of audio files, or via Smartmusic. Please hang tight as we explore options and see how things unfold.
     
  • An emergency cell phone number should be provided to all committee members of someone in a position to help with connection problems (either the student or advisor’s number would be appropriate).
     

FINE ARTS FACULTY WITH EXTENSIVE ONLINE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
A resource for graduate student's with teaching responsibilities.

Merri Biechler
Dorothy Bryant
Jeanette Buck
David Colagiovanni
Bill Condee
Sam Dodd
Ofer Eliaz
Andrea Frohne
Shelley Greundler
Dan Harper
Melissa Haviland
Alan Kenny
Courtney Kessel
Jennie Klein
Vladimir Marchenkov
Sean Parsons
John Sabraw
Louis-Georges Schwartz
Ciro Scotto
Rafal Sokolowski