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University Releases Further Guidance to Faculty on Zoom Disruptions

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Charles L. Robbins, Vice Provost Undergraduate Education and Student Success/Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges, has released further guidance to faculty on managing disruptions of Zoom classrooms. The message reads as follows:

Coronavirus UpdateWe appreciate how hard you have worked to transition your courses to remote delivery. As I am sure you are aware, Zoom classes and meetings across the country have been disrupted by unruly individuals using hateful speech and images. You have received some guidance on how to secure your class and reduce the likelihood of these disruptions (see Prevent and Manage Disruptions in Your Zoom Sessions). Be sure to take the steps necessary to secure your Zoom class; if you require set up assistance, please refer to this site or email CELT@stonybrook.edu. Although unlikely, it is still possible that your class could be disrupted.

In addition to the guidance recommended above, there are additional steps you should take to secure your classroom and ensure a safe and appropriate learning environment for everyone.

Inform your class that you and the University expect a learning environment built on civility and mutual respect. Indicate that any actions that diverge from this expectation will be dealt with swiftly. Inform students that most classes are typically recorded and those who violate these principles will be identified and referred to the Office of University Community Standards and/or Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. If found responsible, students can face discipline ranging from a warning to a suspension or expulsion from the University. Facilitating another person’s entry into the class with the purpose of disruption is also a serious violation of the Code of Student Responsibility.

If there is a disruption in your class, please take the necessary steps to keep control of your class. Your students need to see you maintain your composure and model authority. It is equally important that you not end the class. That sends the wrong message to the students, who deserve to have your full attention and see a resolution. Try to use this as a teaching moment in students’ professional development.

Familiarize yourself with these steps:

Prevent participants from screen sharing – click the arrow next to “Share Screen”, and then select Advanced Sharing Options. Under “Who can share?”, select Only Host.

Mute the participant, click Manage Participants. A tab called Participants should appear on the right. Hover over the name of the desired participant and select More. Click Mute.

Stop the participant’s video – click Manage Participants. Hover over the name of the desired participant and select More. Click Stop Video.

Remove the participant – click Manage Participants. Hover over the name of the desired participant and select More. Click Remove.

Lock the meeting – Once a meeting is locked, no one else can join. To lock your meeting: click Manage Participants. Click More in the bottom right. Click Lock Meeting.

After the class, contact stonybrook.edu/reportit or communitystandards@stonybrook.edu. If appropriate contact University Police.

If problems persist, please let the Provost’s Office know so that we can assist you.

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