College of Engineering

Coronavirus updates from the College of Engineering

How will my courses be completed this semester?

All courses will be completed via remote instruction. You should receive an email from each of your instructors that indicates how instruction will proceed. Some instructors will start using one method (such as Webex) then switch to a different method (such as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) as the semester progresses. All instructors have been encouraged to provide asynchronous instruction, that is, to provide means for students to access instructional materials outside of regularly scheduled class hours.

 What should I do if I have not heard from one of my instructors?

Please contact the instructor via email or a phone call using the contact information provided on the course syllabus. If you do not hear from an instructor in a timely fashion, please contact your department secretary or Ms. Patricia Mowery at 419.530.8273 or patricia.mowery@utoledo.edu.

What should I do if I do not have a device or internet service to access remote instruction and educational materials?

 The Division of Technology and Advanced Solutions has a system in place now for loaning laptops and all-in-one devices. Anyone who needs a device should put in a help ticket and those tickets will be routed to Engineering's support area.

If you need internet service, please see the information below.

The Federal Communications Commission has released an agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

  • Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  •  Spectrum - Spectrum is offering free internet access for students. Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  •  Charter - Charter is offering free internet for 2 months.
  •  AT&T - AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
  •  Verizon - Verizon does have special offers, but is following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

 How can I use software required for my courses or my research?

From off campus, engineering students can access the College of Engineering’s Virtual Lab, which provides free access to specialized software used by engineering students. To secure access to Vlab software, follow the instructions found at https://www.utoledo.edu/it/VLab/.If students have issues, please put in a help ticket at ithelp.utoledo.edu.

How can I interact with my instructors and/or my advisor?

All meetings with instructors and advisors must occur remotely, that is, not face-to-face. When you contact your instructors and advisors through email, they will tell you how they will interact with you.

 To initiate an advising appointment, please click on your department’s Student Service Director’s name below. You will then be directed to their email. In addition, you can call their office at the number listed below. They will then attempt to communicate with you using one of the methods below. Please be sure to include your name and Rocket ID Number in all messages left with your department’s Student Service Director. 

Advising sessions will be available through several methods including, phone, email, Skype for Business or WebEx (video/phone), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  •  Bioengineering – Robin Van Hoy 419.530.8078
  • Chemical Engineering – Chanda Raine 419.530.8096
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering – Kyle Sawyer 419.530.8114
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – Christie Hennen 419.530.3853  or Adrienne Aguilar 440.366.7898 (LCC Campus). 
  • Mechanical Engineering – Debbra Kraftchick 419.530.8204 or Julie Croy 419.530.8270 
  • Engineering Technology - Myrna Rudder 419.530.3062
    • Computer Science and Engineering Technology
    • Construction Engineering Technology
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Information Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Undeclared Engineering Technology and GEARSET – Ryan Crudder 419.530.8048 or Jon Pawlecki 419.530.8045

Where can I access resources to help me successfully navigate learning in a remote environment?

We get it. These are uncertain times. Everything is different - from navigating your classes to finding the resources you need to complete your course work. We’re here to help. As we work through this ongoing situation together, the University is committed to providing the support you need to succeed. From details on how to make the switch to an online learning environment to staying on top of how to access some of the campus services you’ve come to depend on, this is your best single location for information. Let us help you thrive while working through a situation none of us has seen before.

 If I am performing research with a faculty member, may I continue?

Faculty members cannot and should not require graduate students to come to campus. Graduate students need to have approval from their department chair to be designated as essential personnel. Please stay in touch with your faculty advisor, and check with the Office of Research for other details.

If I am on working on my co-op site, how do the limitations on campus activities affect me?

The limitations on activities that have been implemented on campus should not affect your co-op. We ask that you refer to the updates and emergency management plan set forth by your co-op employer. Should your employer implement measures that directly impact your continued employment, please reach out to your co-op director immediately.

May I meet with members of my student organization?

Members of student organizations should NOT meet on campus. The university cannot prevent you from meeting off campus, but we strongly encourage you to keep all meetings below 10 people and to practice recommended social distancing and hygiene techniques.


SPRING CO-OP STUDENT GUIDELINES

Last Updated March 19, 2020

The University of Toledo’s President Gaber has implemented some new precautionary measures regarding the COVID-19 virus. These measures should not affect your ability to complete your ongoing co-op experience. We ask that you refer to the updates and emergency management plan set forth by your co-op employer. We want to assure you that the University of Toledo is continuing its efforts to monitor the global outbreak, and our top priority is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our students while they are on their co-op experience.

 The university continues to follow the CDC’s recommendations and travel warnings. If your employer implement measures that directly impact your continued employment, please reach out to your co-op director immediately.

 This situation is rare and unprecedented. Patience and staying informed is the best strategy at the moment.  We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in this matter. Please maintain communication with your co-op director as your situation changes. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available, and the most recent UToledo information can be found at https://www.utoledo.edu/coronavirus/faqs.html#operations.

 Remember that we are here for you and prepared to help!

 

Last Updated: 4/24/20