Message to Faculty

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the University is announcing that Fall semester 2020 will begin with classes as planned on Monday, Aug. 31, and then will pivot to remote delivery of instruction where possible beginning Monday, Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving recess for the remainder of the semester. Faculty survey responses show a clear preference not to return to the physical classroom after Thanksgiving. This does not shorten the semester. The University will remain open and operations will continue including housing and dining services which will remain available for students through the end of the semester. All classes are expected to convene through mid-December.          

However, some courses may not be able to sacrifice face-to-face classroom time due to program and accreditation requirements that may mandate the amount of laboratory and face-to-face instruction time required for course completion. Deans and program faculty will make decisions about courses that may fall into these categories and may not be able to move to remote instruction. Those decisions will be made in the next two to three weeks and students will be informed accordingly. Students will be able to contact the Dean’s Office within each of the colleges to have their questions addressed.

Paul Blake,
Provost