COVID-19 Policies

This page explains the COVID-19 Policies that apply to all of Prof. Dave Lillethun’s classes for fall 2022.

While the global pandemic situation continues to progress in a generally positive direction, it’s important to remember that it’s not over yet, and there are still risks, especially for vulnerable members of our community. However, rest assured that I am committed to giving you the best education I can, while keeping your health and safety, and that of the entire Tufts community, my top priority. Therefore, following these policies will be very much appreciated by your fellow students and the Tufts community.

Once we have thus ensured a safe learning environment, we will be able to confidently proceed with our important goal of education and learning.

  1. The global pandemic is a dynamic situation, and none of us can fully anticipate what the situation will be like half way through the semester, let alone at the end. Therefore, as we respond to changing situations, all of these policies (as well as university policies) may be subject to change during the semester.
  2. You must follow all university policies regarding COVID-19, and they will be enforced in my classes. Note that some of these policies have changed since the previous semester.
  3. This class will meet in person. In order to ensure the best possible educational experience for students attending in person, there is no “remote option” available.
    • However, if you must isolate/quarantine due to a COVID-19 expose or contracting COVID-19 yourself (whether you are symptomatic or not), please contact the instructor to discuss your options for missed class, quizzes, etc.
  4. You must comply with the university policies regarding vaccination, including booster shots, before coming to class in person. This applies to me as well – I am already fully vaccinated and “boosted” and have registered as such with the university. That means you must have submitted your vaccination (and “boosting”, if applicable) information or request for an exemption, and received an approval response. If you are not in complete compliance with the vaccination policies, do not come to class.
    • If you need to temporarily miss a few classes at the beginning of the semester while you bring yourself into compliance, this will be treated as an excused absence. However, you will be expected to address the compliance issue as quickly as possible.
  5. While wearing masks indoors on campus is technically optional, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in class for the protection of those around you.
    • Some students in the class may not be comfortable being required to sit near unmasked people for more than an hour of class time, but they may not have told you so (for a variety of reasons), so it’s probably reasonable to assume someone in the class would want you to wear a mask. Therefore, it is respectful to your fellow students to proactively wear a mask.
    • Some students in the class may particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, for any of a variety of reasons that you cannot possibly know just by looking at them or having a casual conversation. Not all disabilities or health conditions are outwardly visible, some students may be vaccinated for legitimate health-related or religious reasons, etc. However, the odds of transmitting the SARS-CoV-2 virus between two vaccinated individuals who are both wearing masks are extremely small. Since it is likely that someone in the class does have such a vulnerability, unbeknownst to you, it is best to wear a mask for their protection.
    • Remember the class etiquette rules — Don’t be a jerk! Be kind to your fellow classmates and wear a mask.
  6. If you are not feeling well, do not come to class. If you’re not sure whether you’re sick, then be safe and stay home. If you think you have something different that isn’t COVID-19, then be safe and stay home. All absences related to COVID-19 (including illness, needing to quarantine, etc.) or due to any illness will be treated as excused absences.
    • We will not take attendance in this class, and there are no attendance or participation points to miss out on if you skip class. Missing class for any reason will not directly harm your grade (although you will still be responsible for learning anything you missed and demonstrating that knowledge on subsequent exams, quizzes, and other assignments).
    • Some courses may have tests or other graded in-class activities, but an excused absence for illness will allow you an appropriate accommodation (such as a make up test/assignment).
  7. All of these policies (and all course policies, in general) are subject to the sole interpretation of the instructor. However, I am happy to answer questions, so if anything isn’t clear then please ask me in advance. Confusion on your part will not be an acceptable excuse after the fact for violating these policies.

Thank you for taking the time to read the COVID-19 policies for this class. These rules are designed to keep you and the rest of the Tufts community healthy. If everyone follows these policies diligently, then we should be able to have a safe and productive semester!

Dave Lillethun, Ph.D.

Dave Lillethun, Ph.D.

Dave Lillethun teaches classes about programming (CS1), computing systems, databases, and the CS senior capstone at Tufts University.

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