By  March 16, 2020 - 4:37pm

CAFE faculty and staff,

The college, along with the entire university, continues to adjust as we work to provide our students with online courses while also ensuring the health and safety of the entire college community and Kentucky citizens.

To provide you with college specific information, we have created a website https://www.ca.uky.edu/coronavirus. We will continually update this site with the latest information so please check in regularly. It also contains a link to the university’s coronavirus website.

Online instruction: A steady stream of faculty has been visiting the Ag Information Center for drop-in sessions to hone their skills on Zoom, Canvas and video recording as we prepare to move classes online next week. We are transitioning these trainings to on-line opportunities beginning Tuesday.

CAFE has created a Zoom room, https://uky.zoom.us/j/615534296, to support faculty and staff who have questions on using Zoom, Canvas, and Google's suite of products or would like to test/practice their skills as we make the transition to online learning, and potentially remote work. These can be virtual drop-in sessions or one-on-one appointments from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. One-on -one virtual consultations can be requested through Carmen AgouridisBrian Lee, or Chris Canjar. These opportunities are also available to the IT support staff in each department who want to refresh their skills.

Dr. Agouridis is continuing to provide links to general and CAFE specific items in the CAFE Teaching Resources Canvas Shell. Please email her if you would like an invitation to join.

Remote work: UK Human Resources has outlined its work from home guidelines/process for staff. Deans have the authority to delegate approval on the remote work requests and in our college, this will be delegated to chairs and unit directors. Our units are in the best position to know how to balance our services. We certainly want to be generous, safe and appropriate and we know what will keep our units running the best.

The form is automated so that supervisors automatically receive it when submitted by the employee. Supervisors need to discuss it with their respective chair or unit director prior to approval. Requests recommended for approval should then be sent to me (ncox@uky.edu) and copied to Tim West (timothy.west@uky.edu). When the approval is made in the college it should not be sent back to HR. If units, such as Extension, already have a work from home policy and system, it is not necessary to fill out that form. It should be recorded in another manner.

This is a challenging time and we appreciate all members of our college family supporting these changes.  This is a great college and university and we will certainly prevail thanks to our talented and dedicated faculty and staff. Please continue to monitor the college and university coronavirus websites for the latest information. You can also visit the state’s website, kycovid19.ky.gov. for more information about the disease. 

Nancy Cox