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COVID-19 Faculty Resources

Updates, resources, and information regarding COVID-19

NAU’s campus in Flagstaff remains open and operational and NAU employees will continue to perform their job duties. NAU leadership is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and state agencies to help protect the health and safety of the NAU community, implement recommendations, and evaluate options on how to best manage the numerous complex aspects of the COVID-19 response. This page provides information and links to additional resources to help NAU faculty navigate this fluid situation.


Supporting Student Success By Delivering Flexible Class Options

NAUFlex enables students to actively participate in their coursework during the required day and time of the courses, even if they are not physically in the classroom. This course design model allows students to be fully engaged with faculty and peers and get the best of the high-quality educational experience NAU is known for.

How does it work?

NAUFlex is the academic course design model that we will use to support resuming our normal operations throughout the Fall semester. Additionally, NAUFlex enables us to move forward with class offerings for students pursuing our in-person programs delivered on all campuses throughout Arizona.

Through NAUFlex, students will have the option to attend their courses in real-time, online during regularly LOUIE-scheduled class times. This approach enables students to remain fully engaged with faculty, using remote collaboration tools as needed. As with current practice, students will continue to be able to engage with supporting course materials and activities outside of regular class meetings.

This academic course design model allows us to provide for those students who are concerned about physical distancing the opportunity to enjoy the advantages of in-person instruction while at a distance.   It also provides flexibility for students who cannot attend in-person classes due to temporary limitations in their ability to be physically present in classrooms. In short, by taking advantage of NAUFlex, students receive all the benefits of in-person classroom experience, while supporting our ability to observe physical physical distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Visit Jacks are Back for more information about returning to campus

Zoom protocols and guides for teaching

There exists a national trend of ‘Zoom Bombing’: people purposely interrupting Zoom events to intimidate or harass participants. “Zoom Bombers” are using offensive language, imagery and other intimidation techniques to harass people attending Zoom events designed to promote learning and community engagement during our current crisis.

As continue our virtual engagement, we would like to recommend some best practices for your virtual educational events. Here are some practices you can implement immediately to ensure our students have high-quality virtual experiences:

  1. Enable the Waiting Room feature which allows Administrators to monitor who is joining the room and proactively admit participants into the session.
  2. Use a Welcome PowerPoint (similar to the one attached) participants see when joining the event which includes the following language and instructions:
  3. Disable videos until the Administrator is ready to start the meeting and is comfortable with those in attendance.
  4. When you are setting up your meeting, select “Only Host Can Share Screen” to prevent non-members from sharing inappropriate information with our students.
  5. Add a Password to join RSVP’d events.
  6. Disable “Join before host.”
  7. Disable “Allow removed participants to rejoin.”
  8. Disabling screen share options from others.

Additional Zoom guides are available for download:

Creating a Zoom Meeting
Joining a Zoom Meeting
About Zoom Meeting Security
Adjusting Zoom Settings

Faculty information for international students & scholars

If you have international students, scholars or employees reaching out to you with questions or concerns about their immigration status or general questions related to their particular situation, please refer them to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office.  

ISSS is available through the following means: 

Phone (928) 523-1520 (8:00am – 5:00pm AZ time)
Non-medical emergency 24/7
In U.S. and Canada: 1-800-285-3943  |  Outside U.S. and Canada: 602-234-9105
Appointments are available 8AM to 5PM Monday – Friday via Zoom and can be scheduled by phone or email. 

Spring 2020 academic policy update: Academic continuation

The academic continuation status of an undergraduate student will not change from their status at the beginning of the Spring 2020, unless their standing improves as the result of Spring 2020 GPA calculations. If Spring 2020 grades improve the cumulative GPA, the academic continuation status will be changed to allow students to move off academic probation.

Students are encouraged to consult with academic, athletic, financial aid, scholarship, international, or military and veteran services advisors if there are specific questions for unique circumstances.