Faculty Information due to COVID-19

June 3, 2020

Faculty Travel

Duquesne University has suspended all University sponsored international travel for faculty, staff or students through December 31, 2020. This travel ban will be continuously reevaluated. Non-essential domestic travel is also canceled.

Essential travel must be approved in advance by the employee's supervisor and either the Provost or CFO.

Personal travel is discouraged and should be considered carefully. If individuals must travel, they are encouraged to follow ALL CDC and University protocols for return to campus, including self-quarantine.

April 24, 2020

Fall 2020 Sabbaticals

Faculty that have approved sabbaticals for Fall 2020 and are unable to complete their research as planned due to COVID-19 may request to have their sabbatical moved to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.  Faculty interested in changing the semester of their Fall 2020 sabbatical must make the request in writing to their dean by June 15, 2020.

April 13, 2020

Teaching Online this Summer

The Office of Online Learning and Strategy developed this resource for summer online instruction.
Information related to teaching online summer 2020

April 2, 2020

Tenure Track Clock Extension

Due to the extraordinary circumstances presented by the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of the Provost is offering any tenure track faculty the opportunity to extend their tenure clock by one year.

Faculty whose pre-tenure or tenure review occur during the upcoming academic year (AY20-21) need to alert the Provost's Office of their desire to extend their tenure clock by the new deadline for submission of their Cover Sheet: April 25, 2020. These faculty will receive an electronic response form from the Provost's Office during the week of April 25, 2020 to make their selection.

Faculty whose pre-tenure or tenure review occur after the upcoming academic year (AY21-22 and beyond) have until February 15, 2021 to decide whether or not they would like to extend their tenure clock. These faculty will receive an electronic response form from the Provost's Office during the week of February 15, 2021 to make their selection.

Choosing this extension will not count against the two extensions for medical reasons, family needs, etc. currently allowed in the Faculty Handbook.

April 2, 2020

Instructional Continuity

For information on Instructional Continuity, see Online Learning and Strategy - Instructional Continuity

March 31, 2020

Promotion and Tenure Deadlines

Spring Teaching Evaluations

March 23, 2020

Spring Semester Grading Policy

All students enrolled in Duquesne University coursework in the Spring 2020 semester will be permitted to convert their course grades to a Pass/No-Pass (P/N) grading option. Students may elect this option on a course-by-course basis.

Final grades of Pass ("P") will count toward degree requirements, although students in professional schools and programs are advised to seek guidance from their academic advisors and/or deans relating to professional accrediting organizations' applicable guidelines. Some specific courses in professional schools and programs may not be appropriate for this P/N option, given accreditation requirements.

Additionally, some graduate and professional programs, if students plan to seek further advanced degrees, may not accept P/N grades. Students should clarify this with any applicable institution to which they intend to apply in the future. Credit will not be earned for final grades of No-Pass or "N." Neither the P grade nor the N grade are calculated into a student's grade point average.

Students will have 7 days (including weekend days) after the issuance of each final grade that they receive in May to elect the P/N grade option. Otherwise, the assigned final grade will stand. Further details will be communicated in the future.

March 20, 2020

Spring Semester Teaching Evaluations
When it comes to promotion and tenure (P&T) faculty will have the choice to include or exclude the SES or peer evaluations of any course they teach this semester in their P&T portfolio. We'd like to still conduct the SES evaluations and peer evaluations because we don't want to miss the opportunity to learn from this experience.

We are aware that universities around the country are offering pass/no pass options for grades this semester. We are in the process of reviewing policy options for Duquesne to do the same. I'd welcome your thoughts and ideas on this topic. Feel free to respond to this email with them. By early next week, we hope to have a policy approved and in place that we will share will you and the students.

Summer 2020
There is a high probability that the U.S. will still be grappling with covid-19 this summer. As you are aware, summer and fall registration begins this Monday (March 23, 2020). Give these factors, we feel we have no choice but to move all courses this summer to online. We will be working with deans and faculty to offer our students a wonderful experience. If you are offering a course this summer that you feel would be difficult to offer online-please reach out to your dean. If you aren't teaching a course this summer but would consider offering one online-please also reach out to your dean.