In presenting our University community in virtual formats this fall, the UAG is fulfilling its commitment as an educational institution and as an essential service for our students, our city and our state – Jalisco.
The health and wellbeing of not only our students but also our faculty and staff are important to the UAG. To that end, the UAG will be implementing plans as listed below based on guidance from the UAG system and the Mexican government.
Prior to returning to campus, all students, staff and faculty are required to complete mandatory compliance training.
- Face coverings are required in all public and common areas on UAG campuses.
- Cleaning and disinfecting will take place on a regular basis on campus.
- Educational instruction will take place online through our B-Learning portal according to the protocols in Mexico.
- Outdoor campus areas will be open soon for student activities in keeping with the various protocols required for the different activities. The UAG will also be in constant communications on protocols to ensure the modifications for procedures are implemented.
At the present time, all our campuses are closed. Attention to our students will be limited to online services. Once there is a return to normal routines for our professors and staff, all educational facilities will follow the procedures for limited attendance and continuous disinfecting to ensure the security of all involved.
All facilities will follow a continuous cleaning protocol for the use of and attendance in laboratories as well as in areas used for research activities.
Health and Shared Responsibility
The health and wellbeing of our community are important parts of our return-to-campus plan.
This can be accomplished by providing a living, learning and working environment that is safer than that found in the general community.
The following measures described are based on parameters provided by the UAG Public Health Task Force following the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health in Mexico. These measures may be updated or adjusted over time as new information becomes available.
WE MUST ALL DO OUR PART
Each of us has a shared responsibility to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections on our campus. This means adhering to all local, state and national health guidelines and requirements as well as those measures deemed safe and appropriate for the UAG. Every member of our community must do his/her part by following the basic principles as follow:
Wear My Mask
Wear a face covering. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.
Monitor yourself diligently to check for common symptoms of COVID-19.
Stay home if you feel sick and make sure to keep your supervisor or professors advised.
All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a mandatory compliance prior to returning to campus.
The mandatory training guidelines are expected to be released later this summer and will thoroughly cover the basic principles and all appropriate public health measures. It will also include information on self-screening, testing and reporting, accommodations for both students and employees, campus wellness resources and steps you can take to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Contact tracing will take place among students, faculty and staff.
We will ensure that those who have COVID-19 symptoms or have encountered someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are identified and tracked. A Public Health Risk Team has been established to manage this process.
Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting
UAG is committed to creating the safest possible environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. That is why in May a UAG Public Health Task Force was formed to help guide the process for a safe and healthy return to campus. This Task Force report defines the protocols for cleaning and disinfecting including regular cleaning and disinfecting of all classrooms, common areas and high-traffic areas. Additional resources will also be made available. These will include sanitizer stations, disinfection supplies, plastic barriers for high-traffic areas and online training to help all take personal safety measures in gathering areas such as classrooms.
Protective barriers will be installed in high-traffic areas around the campus
Protective barriers/dividers will be placed in high-traffic areas where social distancing is difficult, such as circulation/information desks and food service counters.
UAG will support the more vulnerable members of the University’s community
Flexible working and learning conditions for individuals at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 will be offered. These include those who live with or care for individuals at higher risk, including workplace modality options and flexible alternatives for in-person learning activities.
Social Distancing and Physical space occupancy limits will be required throughout the campus
It is important to maintain a separation of six feet from others while on campus. All must abide by occupancy limits within all rooms and common areas. Signage will be posted throughout our campuses to indicate occupancy limits.
Face coverings at the UAG
Face covering will be required in all public and common areas on campus.
UAG will provide face coverings for every student, faculty and staff member when we return to the campuses. The University will also sell masks at a minimal fee to individuals who forget, misplace, lose or damage their face coverings and need a quick replacement.
Face coverings can be medical or non-medical grade and must fully cover both the nose and the mouth.
These face coverings are required indoors while in all campus buildings. They are not required if working alone and isolated in an enclosed workspace, i.e. laboratory, studio, office or practice room. However, if you are working independently without a face covering and another person enters the workspace, then a face covering must be used and all parties are required to wear one.
Faculty may wear a face shield in lieu of a face covering if they are having difficulty breathing or communicating, especially during a lecture. The face shield must wrap fully around the face from side to side and extend below the chin. Social distancing must be maintained during the use of the shield. Otherwise, a face covering must be used.
Outdoors face coverings are required only when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained.
For the Spring 2021 Semester, the University is distributing one UAG-branded face covering to each student, staff and faculty member. The University will also sell masks at a minimal fee to individuals who forget, lose or damage their face coverings and need a quick replacement.
Importance of wearing a face covering
* Avoid spreading COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Face coverings are meant to help protect other people in case you are infected and do not know it.
* When wearing a face covering, maintain six feet between yourself and others. Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
* Wash your cloth face coverings often.
Care for Face Coverings
Face coverings should not be used on consecutive days without being cleaned. Disposable face coverings should be disposed of on a daily (or more frequent) basis. Cloth face coverings should be washed prior to the next use/day. It is highly recommended that all students, faculty and staff carry at least two face coverings with them in their vehicle or on their person when entering the campus in case one covering becomes unusable or contaminated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends everyone wear a face covering when in public areas. New recommendations stem from recent studies that find a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and may transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
Enforcement of Face Covering Requirement
The wellbeing of our University community is the shared responsibility of our students, faculty, staff and constituents. All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete mandatory training prior to returning to campus. UAG will also post signage across its campuses to reinforce the importance of public health practices.
In the event a member of our campus community or a campus visitor is not in compliance with this policy, it is recommended individuals follow the “Ask, Offer, Leave and Report” method as outlined below:
* Advise individual of campus policy and the importance of our shared responsibility to keep each other safe and kindly ASK for the individual’s cooperation.
* OFFER the individual the opportunity to retrieve their face covering from their car or purchase one and then return.
* If an individual refuses to cooperate, you may choose to LEAVE
* End the meeting
* Cancel/end and dismiss the class
* Ask the individual to leave the area
* Leave the area yourself
* You should always REPORT any issues of non-compliance to ISAO
Failure to abide with the face covering requirements may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the student code of conduct or applicable employment policies and procedures.
If an individual poses an immediate threat to the safety of others, such as exhibiting physical violence, brandishing a weapon or making threats to physically harm someone in the immediate area, contact ISAO.
Resources for Making Your Own Face Covering
* CDC guidelines including how to make a simple face covering
* How to Make Your Own Face Covering with Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams in a few easy steps
* How to Make a Face Covering with a Bandana and Hair Bands
THE UAG ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Our Spring 2021 is designed for online accessibility. The faculty is prepared to deliver inclusive, high quality and engaging course content regardless of the format. This summer, faculty and students have engaged in discussions to learn from each other and to improve the virtual learning experience for the fall. Additionally, faculty are working closely with their colleges and including academic innovation to create distinctive and meaningful experiential learning activities. Our goal is to ensure widespread access to a high-quality academic experience for all students regardless of the unpredictable circumstances that lie ahead.
Courses will be online primarily
All our courses will be offered fully online. At the UAG, a limited number of courses will be approved to meet face-to-face based on strict criteria. All face-to-face courses will offer a parallel online component for students who are not able to attend in person. This allows maximum flexibility to accommodate the health, safety and at-home situations for all.
Student-faculty connection is top priority
Every regular course will be synchronous. The faulty-student dialogue in one-on-one or group sessions will enhance the desired connection.
Student support services
Online student support will be updated regularly to offer timely resources in order to support student learning in a primarily virtual environment. Support services (such as tutoring) will continue to be offered virtually by appointment.
Safety measures for in-person classes
While most classes will be online, precautionary measures will be upheld in order to protect the health and safety of students and faculty in face-to-face courses.
Classrooms with fixed seating or fixed tables can always only accommodate 20-25% of their normal capacity with six feet of separation. Smaller areas with mobile tables and chairs or labs and studios can accommodate 40-45% of standard occupancy. Thus, no in-person class will have more than 40 students enrolled.
All students and faculty will be expected to wear masks or face coverings in all indoor settings while also maintaining social distancing.
Cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including regular cleaning and disinfecting of all classroom, community areas and high-traffic areas. Additional resources also will be made available. This includes hand sanitizer stations, disinfecting supplies, plastic barriers for high-traffic areas and online training to help students, faculty and staff take personal safety measures in gathering areas such as classrooms.
UAG campus life will look different but the TECOS spirit will remain strong through virtual programming, modified campus services and student activities designed for flexibility based on current health and safety best practices.
This fall many student activities will be moved to virtual formats. New virtual programs are being explored for this coming fall to promote a sense of belonging and identity.
At this time, all campus events and meetings will be done virtually.
With the recommendations from our Authorities, many common outdoor areas will be open soon with social distancing measures in place.
The UAG is planning for a variety of scenarios regarding our fall sports season and we are working to develop appropriate protocols. Ultimately, sport competitions will be contingent on the decisions made by our Authorities.
Student Counseling and Mental Health Services will be open.
These offices will continue to offer their services to students this fall via phone and video conferences.
UAG asks our students to communicate with us through email and not go in person to the office until further notice.