Coronavirus Updates - All events on Post through May 14 are cancelled, and Post is closed to the general public. More

For Faculty

Information current as of March 29, 2020

  • Training sessions for faculty who wish to learn more about online instruction resources are scheduled as follows. All sessions will be held in 601 Nicholls Engineering Building:
    • Wednesday, March 18
      • 9 – 10 a.m., Basic Canvas Training
      • 11 a.m. – Noon, Intermediate Canvas Training
      • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Advanced Canvas Training
    • Friday, March 20
      • 9 – 10 a.m., Intermediate Canvas Training
      • 11 a.m. – Noon, Advanced Canvas Training
      • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Basic Canvas Training
    • Monday, March 23
      • 9 – 10 a.m., Advanced Canvas Training
      • 11 a.m. – Noon, Basic Canvas Training
      • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Intermediate Canvas Training 
  • Online Canvas training is available through the VMI Library.
  • Additional documents for Microsoft Team and other applications will be posted on the VMI Portal.
  • Help desk hours will be extended to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23.
  • A limited number of laptop loaners are available from Information Technology. Contact help@vmi.edu or 540-464-7643 for more information.
  • Information Technology has procured a limited number of web cameras for faculty to use during this period of online instruction. Contact help@vmi.edu or 540-464-7643 for more information.
  • Presently, all faculty have access to Post facilities for the purpose of providing online instruction. Personal offices will be accessible, however, variations in the availability of spaces will be reduced to accommodate available staffing and to reduce maintenance.
  • Some instructional spaces will not be accessible. Faculty who wish to utilize a classroom for online instruction may be asked to use a space other than their normal classroom. Please coordinate space requests through your respective department head’s office.
  • If faculty choose a synchronous method of instruction, that instruction shall be provided at the course’s regularly scheduled day and time (Eastern Daylight Time) so that cadets do not have multiple academic obligations at the same time.
  • Any instruction delivered via video where the instructor is visible will be conducted in the proper VMI uniform in accordance with General Order 80.
  • All Institute-related international travel is cancelled.
  • In accordance with the governor’s executive order, any Institute-related travel outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia is cancelled. Only essential travel within Virginia may be considered. The appropriate IPC member, in consultation with the requestor, will make a final determination if such travel is essential.
  • All Post facilities are closed to the public. No visitors, family members, guests, or cadets who are not authorized to reside in barracks during this period of online instruction will be permitted on VMI or in the Stonewall Jackson House, New Market Battlefield, barracks, or Lejeune Hall.
  • Those unaffiliated with the Institute may drive through Post or walk on designated outside walkways maintaining social distance. Unaffiliated individuals are requested not to loiter or congregate on Post.
  • Preston Library will be closed to the public as well as VMI employees who are not members of the library staff. All electronic resources will continue to be available. Employees who wish to access print materials (with the exception of interlibrary loan print materials, which are not available) will need to request and checkout books from Preston Library via a form. Directions/guidance is given here: https://libguides.vmi.edu/distancelearning under the tab “Faculty: Request Library Book Checkout.”
  • All Post buildings will be locked until further notice. Employees may use their VMI IDs to access their offices. Availability of spaces in many Post buildings will be reduced to accommodate for available staffing and to reduce maintenance.