Interim COVID-Related Dependent Care Modified Duties (a program for Senate faculty)


The Interim COVID-Related Dependent Care Modified Duties (DCMD) program will be offered for two semesters (spring 2021 and fall 2021). Under this program, Senate faculty members are eligible to apply for duty modification if they are providing 50% or more of the care for a dependent during the COVID pandemic.

This program is one of several supports available to faculty to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; learn more here.

How to Apply

To apply for duty modification, complete the application form and email it to your Chair, copying your Dean as well as APO (at ​​). You may request any or all of the possible duty modifications listed below. Department chairs and deans are encouraged to grant reasonable requests to the extent feasible; unfortunately, no central funding has been allocated to this program. Faculty members may appeal decisions by department chairs to their deans and by school deans to the Vice Provost for the Faculty.

Possible Modifications to Duties

A. Service modifications

  1. Relief from or reduction of departmental and campus-level service obligations, with the understanding that, in future merit and promotion reviews, the resulting lessening of service contributions will not be penalized.
  2. Allow existing service obligations to be completed on a schedule that works for the faculty member or to permit the substitution of such service obligations for those that must be done a specific schedule (e.g., allow people to substitute from service that requires attending scheduled meetings).
  3. Provide support from student workers for department committees whose faculty members have dependent-care obligations (assuming no protected/confidential information is handled).

B. Teaching modifications

  1. A reduction in the range of classes taught (e.g., permitting a faculty member to teach only courses already taught, rather than assigning them a course requiring a new preparation; permitting faculty to teach a different balance of undergraduate and graduate student courses than usual; permitting faculty to teach multiple concurrent sections of the same course rather than expecting two different courses in a given semester).
  2. Permit greater "cashing in" of teaching-point surpluses than departmental policy permits (for units that use point systems to track teaching obligations).
  3. Permit more teaching buyout from grants or other suitable funds than departmental policy permits.
  4. Request for specific hours/days of the week when classes take place.
  5. Change in the semester a course or courses are taught (for example, teaching a course planned for the spring in the fall instead of the spring).
  6. Scheduling guest lectures by faculty emeriti or other faculty colleagues (note: any guest lectures are voluntary by guest lecturer and will not be compensated).
  7. Teaching support provided by a paid reader (for example, a single reader at 20% providing some amount of support to multiple faculty).
  8. Assign a student worker under guidance of instructional technologists to support instruction (e.g., a student worker with bCourses designer privileges).

Important note

COVID-related Dependent Care Modified Duties are not a leave of absence. Faculty remain on full pay status and in full-time service to the University. If you need to reduce your overall time, please consult with your department chair or school dean about options for leaves of absence.