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  1. When are classes held?
  2. Can I choose the day I want to teach?
  3. When will I know if MPH@UNC needs me to teach a course section next term?
  4. Are classes held on holidays?
  5. What do I do if I can’t make a class?
  6. Can I use my personal email instead of my UNC email account?
  7. I keep getting emergency weather emails but I am in a different state.  How do I stop them?
  8. What are the UNC resources I get access to as a part-time, temporary UNC employees?
  9. How do I handle a student who wants an accommodation?
  10. Where do I find the end-of-term evaluations?
  11. What do I do when a non-MPH@UNC students want to enroll in or audit my course?
  12. Who do I contact to get my bio/picture on the Faculty webpage updated?
  13. What is the Weekly Feedback Tracker, and where do I find it?
  14. What do I need to do when I travel and teach from a different location?
  15. Who do I contact if I have a problem with my UNC email or ONYEN? 
  16. What are the exact point values for the H P L F grades?
  17. There is a student in my class who is in the military and will need to deploy. What do I need to do?
  18. I suspect a student of cheating or academic dishonesty. What do I do?
  19. A student is requesting an IN grade.  What do I do?

1.  When are classes held?

The MPH@UNC program has three terms per year for existing and new students and a term in August for new students only.  The terms begin in January, May and September.  All terms are 13 consecutive weeks long. Classes are held on holidays (see question #4 below) See the program calendar for specific dates.

2.  Can I choose the day I want to teach?

The MPH@UNC program serves working professionals therefore the live sessions of classes are offered after business hours.  Classes run between 6:00 – 9:30 pm ET  Monday -Thursday.  Class times/days are scheduled to ensure co-requisites and courses usually taken together do no overlap.  We also try to ensure that multiple sections of one course are offered at different time slots and days.  You are welcome to share your preferred day/time for teaching but know there will be time when requests cannot be accommodated.

3.  When will I know if MPH@UNC needs me to teach a course section next term?

The MPH@UNC program is enrollment driven and admissions in the program is on a rolling basis, thus, it is impossible to predict the exact number of section instructors needed for each term far in advance. This is the reason why teaching assignments and compensation are handled on a term-by-term basis, based on enrollment, students’ degree plans, and faculty availability. This approach affords you and the program flexibility from one term to the next. It also means that we cannot guarantee that you will be teaching a specific term. Registration is monitored very closely, and we can typically determine if we need additional instructors when the majority of students have registered, which is about 3-4 weeks before each term begins.

 

4.  Are classes held on holidays?

MPH@UNC classes are holiday agnostic and continue during holidays. The only exception is Thanksgiving Day, when instructors are able to reschedule their Thursday class if they wish (but not skip it, due to contact hour requirements). Students choose the day/time of their section based on their personal circumstances, and balance the evening against their other courses knowing that classes are held on holidays. This is why rescheduling on holidays (or for other reasons) is not an option.

5.  What do I do if I can’t make a class?

If there is an extenuating circumstance that makes it impossible for you to teach a live session, you will need to secure a substitute. Arrangements and compensation (as the program is not tracking payment in any way) for any substitute is the responsibility of the instructor and contingent upon approval of the course coordinator, adjunct faculty coordinator, lead faculty, and program leadership. Only people who are approved to teach a course can substitute. We can provide a list of those who are approved to teach the course.  Due to contact hour requirements, classes cannot be cancelled.

6.  Can I use my personal email instead of my UNC email account?

Gillings’ policy requires all individuals engaged in UNC business to use their UNC mail accounts; all official communication goes to your UNC email and it is the only email address used by the Registrar, Dean’s Office, grad school, and MPH@UNC program, etc. Both students and faculty are asked to use their UNC email within the LMS system. However, you can still use another email, but you will need to set up a forwarding rule in your UNC email.

7.  I keep getting emergency weather emails but I am in a different state.  How do I stop them?

As a members of the Carolina community you are included in important emergency emails, including news of inclement weather and water main breaks. Our MPH@UNC does not follow the campus calendar (due in part to the requirements for contact hours), and that includes closures for weather, etc. Our students and our instructors are in a broad range of geographic locations, so many are not impacted by the same weather situations.  You cannot opt out of these emails.

8.  What are the UNC resources I get access to as a part-time, temporary UNC employees?

A list of resources available to you can be found here.

9.  How do I handle a student who wants an accommodation or has an approved accommodation?

For instructors to make accommodations, the students will need to be registered with the campus ARS (Accessibility Resource & Services).  The student needs to take the action to reach out and register with ARS. The process itself can take several weeks if not more so the student needs to do this as soon as possible.  You will not be able to provide accommodations until the students has the accommodations reviewed and approved by ARS.

During the approval process, ARS may reach out to the instructor to talk through a proposed accommodation to ensure it will work with the course.  ARS will also contact the identified instructors when an accommodation is approved.  Students do not have to identify an accommodation to every course/instructor but can do so if they choose to.

10. Where do I find the end-of-term evaluations?

Evaluations open to students first day of Week 12 of the term and close the last day of the term.  You can access the EOTs using your ONYEN and password to log in at the following link: https://blueeval.unc.edu/Blue/.

The EOTs have 5 instructor questions: the instructor was effective, evaluated work fairly, showed enthusiasm, provided helpful feedback and expressed ideas clearly. There is also a free form comment area.

Students receive an individual link via email to the end-of-term survey through the Carolina BLUE system. It is an online application covering questions about the course content and the instructor. 

Students will receive a separate individual link to an evaluation of course technology, course platform and of their Student Support Advisor. This will come from 2U.

11. What do I do when a non-MPH@UNC students want to enroll in or audit my course?

MPH@UNC does not currently accept non-MPH@UNC students into the courses. This includes students who are doing their MPH residentially; they are not able to take courses with the online program as the online and residential programs have different tuition structures and calendar systems.

If a non-MPH@UNC student reaches out directly to ask to be added to the class, please inform them that -973 sections are reserved only for MPH@UNC students and they will be unable to enroll in them.  Business rules in ConnectCarolina will prevent any student not affiliated with the MPH@UNC program from enrolling in these -973 sections.  Therefore the students will reach out to you individually to ask for an exception or assistance in enrolling.

Neither online nor residential nor students from other programs may audit a MPH@UNC class section.  Only enrolled MPH@UNC students are permitted in the MPH@UNC sections.  

You can forward further questions to MPHCoordinators@unc.edu

12.  Who do I contact to get my bio/picture on the Faculty webpage updated?

For updates to your profile on the Faculty webpage, please send changes to Libbey Clayton (lclayton@2u.com) and Jennie Saia (jsaia@unc.edu).

13.  What is the Weekly Feedback Tracker, and where do I find it?

All live session instructors teaching with the MPH@UNC program are asked to set up a weekly reminder on their calendar for the day after their live session to complete Feedback/Iteration Tracking document. This weekly tracking sheet helps instructors document changes identified in the course. At the end of the term, instructors are expected to share the sheet with the course coordinator or lead faculty. The lead faculty will review the items recommended for iterations and will consider them in the course iteration process. 

14. What do I need to do when I travel and teach from a different location?

Contact the location where you plan to conduct your session to ensure they have high-speed, hard-wired internet access available for your use.  Call/contact Faculty Support when you arrive at your new destination to test out your system before class.  Have a plan with your students before the trip. Make sure you have their email addresses so you can contact them if anything happens.

15.  Who do I contact if I have a problem with my UNC email or ONYEN?

For issues with UNC email/ONYEN, you will need to contact IT help: https://its.unc.edu/onyen-services/. You can either chat , phone or put in a service request.

16.  What are the exact point values for the H P L F grades?

Point values are set at the course level. Please see the syllabus for your course.

17.  There is a student in my class who is in the military and will need to deploy. What do I need to do?

UNC and Gilling will made all reasonable accommodations to support our students who need to deploy as part of their active-duty or reserve duty.  Some students who deploy, especially overseas may not have access to the internet.  Some may need to deploy in a very short timeframe. We ask students to let us know, when they know, if they will have the time and connectivity to continue their studies while deployed.  If a student is unable to continue their coursework due to conditions of their deployment, please use the early alert form which will let their academic coordinator know.  

The program will then work with the instructor and the student to assess the appropriateness of and IN temporary grade or withdrawing from the class.

18.  I suspect a student of cheating or academic dishonesty. What do I do?

In the event of student misconduct that appears to violate the requirements of the Honor Code, faculty members, teaching assistants, and other instructional personnel shall:

    1. Report to the appropriate Student Attorney General any instance in which the instructor has reasonable basis to conclude that a student under the faculty member’s supervision has engaged in academic dishonesty or substantially assisted another to do so in connection with academically related work. Such reports should include a brief description of the suspected academic dishonesty including surrounding facts and circumstances, and may, if the faculty member chooses, incorporate a recommendation as to the appropriate sanction or disposition from among those available in the event the student is found guilty (such as whether a failing grade would be implemented as to a particular course assignment, component, or the course as a whole).
    2. In the instructor’s discretion, notify the student of the instructor’s intention to report the suspected academic dishonesty and permit the student to provide relevant further information if the student chooses to do so.
    3. Refrain from taking unilateral punitive action as to a student rather than reporting conduct in suspected violation of the Honor Code.
    4. Cooperate with representatives of the student judicial system (including the appropriate Student Attorney General, defense counsel, Honor Court personnel, and the Judicial Programs Officer) in conducting necessary investigation, providing testimony or other evidence, recommending appropriate sanctions, or otherwise bringing the matter to prompt conclusion.

Please contact MPHCoordinators@unc.edu if you suspect cheating and we can connect you with the office of student conduct and outline the reporting process.

19.  A student is requesting an IN grade.  What do I do?

For any student in your section requesting to receive an “IN” (Incomplete temporary grade), please have them download fill out the IN petition and return to you.

Student completes the form and returns to you

Agree on the outstanding deliverables and due dates. 

The graduate school permits UP TO one year to complete the work, HOWEVER we have the option set a shorter timeline for completion.  We would encourage you to set a shorter deadline, ie only one additional term to complete the work. Work tends to fill up the time allotted and the further out from the course and the material the less likely the student is to get the work done.

If you are not teaching in the term in which the materials are due, it falls to the course lead to grade the deliverables and enter a permanent grade.  Therefore, the course lead should be aware of the due date as well.

Sign the form and forward to the lead faculty for their signature.

Return the form to the student’s Academic Coordinator to be put in the student’s file.

Joe Jacobs, mjj0216@email.unc.edu, 919-962-3398
Health Policy and Management & Leadership in Practice (last names A-P)

Sheneetra Wilson, swilson4@unc.edu, (919) 966-2499
Applied Epidemiology, Nutrition, Nutrition & Dietetics, Leadership in Practice (last names Q-Z)

Questions??  Temporary grade help or contact registrar@unc.edu