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Periodic News Updates on the Coronavirus in Massachusetts

Urgent Survey-Vote on FSU Statement on Fall Opening

8/26/2021

Dear FSU Members,

Please go to the following link/survey to approve (or not) the below statement, which was approved by the FSU Executive Committee, endorsed by the Department Chairs Union, and written by a group of faculty who attended the FSU Forum on August 10th.  This statement will be given to the Administration in order to promote a safer Fall campus opening.  Additional information on vaccine mandate, accommodations to teach remote, remote teaching survey results, etc…will follow soon.

FSU Survey – Fall Opening, Health/Safety, and Remote Teaching

8/10/2021

Dear FSU Members,

With the recent surge of the Delta variant, the FSU would like to know how faculty/librarians feel about the Fall reopening, particularly around the possibility of expanding the amount of remote classes being offered.

The survey takes less than 2 minutes.  Don’t wait!

 (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for survey link information).

Steve Striffler,

FSI President

Return to Campus Concerns – Forum and Update

8/4/2021

Dear FSU Members,

Fall Opening Forum:  Tuesday, August 10, 3:30-4:30 -- Please join us for a FSU Forum about issues of health/safety around the Fall semester opening.  The FSU has invited someone from UMB’s “Return to Campus Committee” to provide information and answer questions.  (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).

Requiring Vaccinations for Faculty

5/10/2021

Dear Members,

The FSU Executive Committee sent the below email request to the UMB Administration today on behalf of the FSU.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the FSU (fsu@umb.edu). 

Dear Chancellor Suárez-Orozco and Provost Berger,

The FSU supports requiring faculty to be vaccinated in order to return to campus in the Fall.   We write to request to impact bargain the details of such a policy as soon as possible.  

Vaccine Survey Results plus Health & Safety Agreement

4/5/2021

Dear FSU Members,

I wanted to inform you about two important matters- the FSU vaccine survey results and the recent union coalition memorandum of agreement on health and safety matters.

Vaccine Survey Results:

Over 400 members participated in the vaccine survey. The response was fairly definitive. 

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