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The following principles apply, unless otherwise stated, to:

  • Part IA/IB Paper 14 workshops
  • Part II half paper interactive sessions
  • Part II seminar paper seminars
  • LLM interactive sessions
  • LLM workshops
  • MCL modules
  • PhD Research Training and Development Programme

In accordance with University policy, the above forms of Faculty interactive teaching will by default be delivered in-person. However, the Faculty reserves the right to amend this default position in the light of circumstances, including public health advice. In particular, the Faculty reserves the right to direct that some or all Faculty interactive teaching must be moved online for a given period if it considers that the public health situation warrants such a step. The principles set out below govern the circumstances in which the default position, according to which Faculty interactive teaching takes place in-person, is displaced so that such teaching will be shifted online. All references below to online teaching are, unless otherwise indicated, to online teaching that occurs in real time. When students are participating remotely, online teaching will be scheduled where possible in a way that accommodates relevant time-zones, but whether this is possible in relation to particular papers will depend on lecturers’ availability.

Principle A: Lecturers’ interests and preferences

A1. Faculty interactive teaching will take place online if that is the lecturer’s preference, provided that this has been agreed with the relevant Programme Director.
A2. This Principle is intended to accommodate the need to respect, among other things, concerns that members of staff may have in relation to their own health or that of family or household members.
A3. This Principle may also result in teaching taking place online if the course convenor and the Programme Director are satisfied that this is the most pedagogically appropriate way of delivering the relevant course in the circumstances.
A4. This Principle should be invoked by lecturers ideally before or, at the latest, at the beginning of the academic year, unless there is a strong reason for invoking it later.

Principle B: Interests and preferences of majority of students

B1. Faculty interactive teaching will take place online if that is the preference of both the teacher and two-thirds of the class.
B2. This Principle is intended to reconcile the University’s policy that gives priority to in-person interactive teaching with the need to respect the preferences of a significant majority of students.
B3. Lecturers should discuss students’ preferences with them in class, with a view to making a decision by the end of teaching Week 2 in Michaelmas Term (i.e. by Friday 23 Oct). If, however, a class does not decide to move to online teaching by that date, this does not preclude the class deciding at a later date to move to online teaching.
B4. Classes that move online by application of this Principle may, if two-thirds of students and the lecturer are in favour, later revert to in-person teaching (provided that doing so would not conflict with Faculty policy or any other Interactive Teaching Principle).
B5. This Principle applies to all Faculty interactive teaching except Part IA/IB Paper 14 workshops.

Principle C: Short-term interests of individual students

C1. Individual students should not be expected to have to forego more than a small amount of Faculty Interactive Teaching for Covid-related reasons (in particular a requirement to self-isolate).
C2. This Principle is intended to balance the interests of individual students with the interests of the majority of students in circumstances in which the majority’s preference is for in-person teaching.
C3. If holding a given interactive teaching session in-person would lead to  a student missing more than the threshold number of sessions (see C4 below), and if the student concerned has given the lecturer at least 24 hours’ notice, the given session must be held online instead so as to enable the relevant student to participate unless the lecturer and the relevant Programme Director have agreed in advance (normally, before the beginning of the relevant Term) on a suitable alternative form of provision for such circumstances.
C4. The following thresholds apply:

  1. Part II half paper interactive sessions: Move session online if holding it in-person would preclude any student from participating for a Covid-related reason unless the Programme Director is satisfied that suitable alternative arrangements have been offered to any student who is unable to participate in-person.
  2. Part II seminars: Move teaching-based seminar online if student has already missed at least one such seminar. Move student presentation seminar online if student has already missed at least two such seminars (or if the student in question is due to present at the relevant seminar).
  3. LLM interactive sessions: Move online if the student concerned has already missed at least one (or, in papers with 25 or more students, at least two) sessions in the paper concerned.
  4. LLM workshops: Move online if the student concerned has already missed at least one workshop in the paper concerned.
  5. MCL module classes: Move online if student has already missed at least one session in the paper concerned.
  6. PhD Research Training and Development Programme: Move online if student has already missed at least two sessions.

C5. This Principle applies to all Faculty interactive teaching except Part IA/IB Paper 14 workshops. Where a student is unable to attend a given Paper 14 workshop for a Covid-related reason, the student should, where possible, be offered a space in a different iteration of the relevant workshop.

Principle D: Long-term interests of individual students

D1. If a student will not be able to participate in-person for a Covid-related reason that is not temporary (e.g. a health condition that generally precludes in-person participation during the pandemic), Faculty interactive teaching sessions in which they are to participate must be held online unless the course convenor and the Programme Director have agreed that suitable alternative provision has been offered to the student concerned.
D2. This Principle is intended to ensure that the interests of students who cannot participate in in-person teaching, and the Faculty’s obligations to such students, are properly taken account of.

Principle E: Temporary substantial disruption to in-person teaching

E1. Any interactive teaching session will be moved online if holding it in person would mean that, for Covid-related reasons, less than two-thirds of the class (or, in small classes, fewer than four students) would be able to participate, provided that anyone unable to participate has informed the lecturer at least 24 hours in advance.
E2. This Principle is intended to address circumstances in which a significant number of students are unable to participate in in-person teaching for Covid-related reasons.

Principle F: Special provision for the start of the academic year

F1. Up to and including 23 October and unless the Programme Director is satisfied that suitable alternative provision for affected students has been or will be made, Faculty interactive teaching will be moved online as soon as any student is unable to participate in in-person teaching due to travel disruption, provided that the student can demonstrate use of best efforts to arrive in Cambridge (and to have completed quarantine) by the beginning of the teaching period, and provided that the student has informed the lecturer at least 24 hours in advance.
F2. This Principle is intended to make special provision for the start of the academic year in the light of the possibility of students’ arrival in Cambridge (and completion of any required quarantine period) being delayed by travel disruption and in recognition of the particular prejudice that students may experience if they are unable to attend interactive teaching sessions at the beginning of their courses.