An excerpt from today’s Chronicle of Higher Education blog:
Students at the University of Florida are being encouraged to use a campus-crime app to report on faculty members who are supposed to be teaching face to face but aren’t. The move has sparked outrage among instructors who say it has created a hostile environment at a time when they’re working harder than ever to teach classes that can be attended both in person and online.
On Monday, the first day of the spring semester, D’Andra Mull, vice president for student affairs, sent a welcome email to students reminding them about Covid-19 safety protocols and testing requirements. It directed them to use the GatorSafe app to report on “inconsistencies with course delivery for your face-to-face or online courses, such as not being provided the opportunity to meet in person for your face-to-face class.” The email assured them that “staff will review every concern and follow up as appropriate.”
Faculty members, many of whom have been denied accommodations to teach online even as Covid-19 cases rage in the region, reacted angrily to the message.
Must be one hell of a great place to work.