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NSCM eUpdate April 6, 2020
Student Emergency Services

It may be the case that some of you are hearing from students who are having a hard time with the current health crisis, leading to isolation, confusion, depression, worry, and other associated problems for them. Please go to and see the banner at the very top of the site for information for students. You could send the link and information to them in your WebCourse or "in-person" when talking to them in email or by video conference.

In case of a student for whom you have great concern for their well-being, you can fill out a student of concern form and contact UCF Cares. There is information, if needed, to "report and refer" near the top of the page on the "cares" site.

Preventing "Zoombombing"

Here a good summary of some of the latest information about carefully using Zoom:

  • Keep meetings and classrooms private. Do this by requiring a meeting password. Additionally, the "Waiting Room" feature can help host control who enters.
  • Do not share invites to Zoom meetings on social media. Instead, send the meeting password directly to attendees.
  • Use a random meeting ID, so it can't be shared multiple times. According to Zoom's website, this is safer than using a "Personal Meeting ID."
  • Change screen sharing settings to "Only Host," so no one but the host can control the screen. The host can also mute participants in their settings.
  • Lock a Zoom session that has already begun so no one else can join. Do this by clicking "Participants" in the bottom of a Zoom window, then clicking "Lock Meeting."
  • Remove participants by hovering over their name in the Participants menu, and clicking the "Remove" option. The removed participant will not be allowed back in, according to Zoom's website.

The FBI advises users to make sure they have the most updated version of Zoom's software. A recent security update added default passwords and disabled the ability to scan for meetings to join.

More Information on Resources

Here are some helpful links that you can give to your students. Below, too, I have included information for us, as employees, should we need help with anything.

  • Knights Pantry is operational with curbside pickup. Students need to complete the Qualtrics form to request pick up. The URL is here.
  • Student Care Services. Visit to refer students for support related to mental health concerns and financial crises by completing the Student of Concern form. Students can also reach out to SCS by emailing or 407-823-5607.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is continuing with telehealth remote counseling. Students can schedule by calling 407-823-2811 or visiting
  • Title IX (Sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, and associated issues) are handled by the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). The URL for OIE is

For all UCF Employees (except OPS students, who are covered by UCF Cares):

For employees, the employee assistance program (EAP) offers help regarding a large variety of concerns for employees AND their eligible family members, which include spouse, dependent children, parents, and parents-in-law and includes help with issues regarding concerns such as elder care, mental illness, addiction, job stress, relationships, identity theft, and more.

A toll-free number for the health advocate is included (877-240-6863), as well as links to online services, a benefits overview, and financial services. The URL is


Title IX services for students also apply to all UCF employees. Visit

If you are unsure about anything, please call or send me an email and I will try to help as I am able. I have Skype for Business up on my computer at home most of the day, but if you call (407-823-2161) and I do not answer, please leave a message. I check emails throughout the day at various times.

Virtual Pre-Law Workshop: Preparing for Law School 101 - April 8

The Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising office will continue to present a series of workshops for Pre-Law students this semester virtually via GoToMeeting. The workshop link, once you have RSVP, will be sent a few minutes before the start of the workshop.

How to Access the Virtual Workshop:

RSVP for the workshop here.
The sign-up window will close 30 minutes prior to the start time of the workshop
If you have registered for the workshop by that time, you will receive an email within the 30 minutes prior to the workshop start time with the direct link to access the virtual workshop
This workshop will outline topics including how to explore fields of law, ways to gain experience and build a competitive application and give a brief overview of the timeline and application process.

Please see the attached flyer for the workshop topics, intended audiences, dates, times, and instructions.

Internship Updates
TARFE Deadline - April 20

The goal of TARFE is to support activities that allow faculty to achieve international prominence in graduate study and research while increasing the national and international recognition of UCF. Being selected to receive this award and being recognized for excellence in your field brings credit to the department while positioning UCF in national and international scholarly arenas, therefore, increasing UCF’s reach and visibility. Full-time regular faculty (not visiting) may apply for TARFE to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses purchased with Education & General (E&G) funds. Awards given will reimburse E&G support up to the levels noted below.

Award will reimburse E&G support provided from the department or college up to the levels below. Award levels are determined by the Faculty Senate University Travel Awards committee based on the application information submitted.

  • Black – $1,000
  • Gold – $500

Eligibility and Criteria

Please review the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

  • ·Must be a full-time regular faculty member
  • One application per faculty member per award year (April 1 – March 31)
  • Travel MUST be for the purpose of:
    • Presenting the faculty’s research or creative work; or
    • Being recognized for distinguished professional achievement in research, teaching or service
  • Funding support is required from the department or college. This must come from Educational & General (E&G) money. E&G money is state appropriated funding and does not include any contract and grant funding
  • In the event of “Team” recognition, only one faculty member may receive this award. This decision is left to the Department Chair/Director or Division/Unit Head.

Information can be found at

  • Faculty may apply for the TARFE award as part of the May cycle if they traveled between October 16, 2019, and March 31, 2020
  • Applications and supporting documentation must be emailed in by April 30, 2020
  • Committee votes in June
  • Awards distributed soon after the committee vote

Please submit your information to no later than April 20 so that additional information can be attached and signatures can be obtained.

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