Additional information for the whole campus community can be found at the UCI Coronavirus Information Hub. Students, staff, faculty, parents, and community partners may also call 949-824-9918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect directly with the
UCI Coronavirus Response Center.
October 5, 2020
Welcome to Fall, Anteaters! If you have some questions about the current COVID-19 remote environment, we hope the following updates and resources (from A to Z) will help provide some answers. Have a great quarter and stay connected with us at the DSC!
Your accommodations may look different in a remote environment; however, it is important that you still send out your Accommodation Letters for Faculty/Staff, especially for Testing Accommodations. Log in to MyDSC and activate the "Request Accommodation Letters for Faculty" link. The deadline to send your letters is Friday, October 16, 11:59 PST. If, at any time in the quarter, you feel you are not getting the support you need, please reach out immediately to your DSC Counselor.
Take the Anteater Pledge and follow preventative measures like wearing a cloth face covering (over both nose and mouth) or staying at least 6 feet apart - about the length of the giant anteater! Check out the Students FAQs as well as Student Resources. Feel free to also reach out to your DSC Counselor for additional support!
In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus, it will be crucial for students, staff, and faculty to “take the call” from the contact tracing program and be honest and complete in responding to the interview questions. If you are called by a contact tracer, the number that will appear on your phone is (949) 824-2300.
Daily Symptom Checking
The Daily Symptom Check helps maintain the health and wellbeing of the Anteater Community. Students are expected to complete this symptom check daily, even if you live outside of the Irvine area.
Face Coverings and Exemptions
UCI’s Face Covering Executive Directive requires all individuals on campus to wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Directive recognizes that some people cannot wear face coverings due to disability related reasons. For more information, checkout this resource on How to Request Face Covering Exemptions.
Flu Shots and Exemptions
The deadline to get the flu vaccine is November 1, 2020. Check out the FAQs on Flu Vaccine. If you have a medical condition that is a contraindication to certain vaccines, learn more about the University of California Immunization Exemption Policy (PDF).
Weekly COVID-19 Testing
Mandatory weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (self-administered nasal swab) for on-campus student residents have begun. Staff are available at the testing site to assist students who require a special accommodation. However, if you have a disability that prevents you from taking a nasal swab test at a testing location, please contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 for other testing arrangements.
Practice lots of self-care. Connect with others (virtually or while physically distancing). Get plenty of sleep. Reach out to the DSC or to the Counseling Center when you find that you need some extra support. You've got this!
Message to Faculty
Dear UCI Faculty Members,
Thank you for collaborating with the Disability Services Center (DSC) during these unusual times as we all work together to address the issues due to COVID-19. Our goal is to continue to provide access to ensure that all UCI students registered with the DSC get the accommodations needed for final exams for Winter 2020. DSC will be open for exam proctoring on a smaller scale. In answer to many of your questions, we would like to provide the following guidance:
- If you are offering a final exam remotely/online for all students, then students registered with the DSC would have the same option to take the exam remotely. Students should not automatically be directed to report to the DSC for testing, just because they are registered here. DSC has advised students who still need to test with us that they must notify DSC prior to 2:00 pm on Friday, March 13th.
- Here are some examples for testing at the DSC: use of assistive technology, required breaks that cannot be accommodated by proctoring systems such as Proctor U, a scribe is needed as an accommodation, other disabilities that require maximum flexibility to alleviate disability-related symptoms and anxieties, mobility challenges requiring assistive technology, etc.
- Students have been encouraged to confirm their accommodations directly with you as well if they are testing remotely.
- Please be aware of your students’ individual accommodations as indicated on the Accommodations Notification Letter that was provided to you earlier in the quarter. Typically those who only need testing in a separate location and/or extended time will be testing remotely.
- If a student chooses to leave campus and is planning to test remotely, you will need to set up the system you are using to account for any needed extended time. For example, if you are using Canvas, here are directions for how to extend time for students’ exams.
- If you were previously informed that any students in your class require converted exams and/or materials, we will still need those exams to be sent at least 2 business days in advance to email@example.com so that the appropriate conversions can be made. Exams may be delayed if DSC does not have sufficient time to make necessary conversions.
There may be some students who, for disability-related reasons, must take their exams here at the DSC. We will be evaluating those on a case-by-case basis, and those students will be reaching out to us individually. If a student is approved to take an exam here at the DSC next week, you can expect an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate. This email will go out by Friday afternoon.
Our testing center will operate on modified hours next week, Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm. Any exams taken here must be completed by 5:30pm, including extended testing time. DSC will not be open until 10:00 pm as is the usual time during finals.
We will be sending guidance in the future for creating accessible content for your Spring Quarter classes. In the meantime, you can utilize the following resources as a guide for creating accessible content:
- a plugin for Chrome called Siteimprove Accessibility Checker to see if content you create and load into Canvas, for example, is accessible.
- Creating accessible PowerPoint presentations.
- Please be mindful that any and all audio/visual content must also be captioned.
- More information can be found on the UCI IT Accessibility website.
Please know that we are here to help you as we enter this new phase of instruction and testing. The DSC team can provide you with valuable resources and answer questions as we go along. Do not hesitate to contact us directly. Thank you for all that you are doing to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Karen Andrews, DSC Director and the DSC Team