Message from the Provost's Office

April 22, 2020 (2:00 PM)

Message to Faculty and Staff - Second Announcement on Summer Course Delivery

Faculty/Student health and safety are always of paramount importance. Continued uncertainty regarding the current pandemic makes reopening classrooms, over the next months, dangerous and irresponsible. Therefore, all summer semester courses, including those beginning after June 1, will be delivered remotely.

Further, the University will not be reopening residence halls or food service facilities this summer so there will be nowhere to bring students and no way to safely provide for them with appropriate cleaning and sanitizing efforts even if we were allowed to reconvene. Of utmost concern are the continued challenges with the virus in closed environments like classrooms and laboratories that create great difficulty in keeping people safe. By making this decision now, the University community will be able to plan accordingly ensuring everyone’s health and safety as well as the integrity of academic instruction and student learning.

The ELearning group, FCTL, and collaborative faculty and staff members have already provided a host of resources for converting and delivering face-to-face courses in remote modes. Those resources will be continued and enhanced for both summer delivery and in anticipation and preparation for the potential need for full-scale conversion and delivery of fall semester courses in remote or mixed delivery modes. These enhanced resource services also anticipate providing alternative delivery modes for faculty and students who will not feel comfortable or do not want to return to a physical classroom in the fall in the event of approval to return to face-to-face instruction.

More information will follow in the next week outlining resource availability and delivery possibilities

Paul Blake
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs