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Note to Students on Face-to-Face Courses

Dear Students,

Yesterday we announced that, after a week of suspending face-to-face classes, we would be shifting face-to-face instruction online wherever possible, beginning March 23rd. That announcement also notified the community that some labs and other courses (certain internships, performance courses, clinicals, practica, and other ‘hands-on’ courses) that cannot be converted to the online environment would resume meeting in person on March 23rd.

We are in the process of determining which face-to-face courses will resume in the face-to-face format. We will publish a list to of the face-to-face courses that will continue to meet in person by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16th. You should not assume that a lab or any other course in which you are currently enrolled will continue as a face-to-face course. You will need to check the list.

Until the list is published, please keep the following considerations in mind:

  • Some lab courses, especially lower-division science labs, are likely to be converted to the online environment.
  • If for some reason you cannot be on campus for one or more face-to-face courses on the list, you should contact your instructor or academic advisor right away. Not receiving credit for required courses can have a substantial impact on degree progress. We want to work with you to lessen or eliminate these impacts.
  • Many academic support services, including some tutoring programs, the Writing Center, and the Speaking Center, will be operating in person or online to assist you as you learn.

At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus, in our city, or in our county. Our campus is safe. We have shifted most courses online out of an abundance of caution and to reduce the number of students on campus as a social distancing method. The campus and most of its facilities, including the dining hall and residence halls, remain open.

Because most lab, studio, and practicum courses are small, and the physical environment is controllable, we are confident that we can continue to offer instruction in those courses without compromising student safety. Where we can safely do so, we want to mitigate COVID-19’s disruption of student learning. We are confident that the plan to move the majority of instruction online does that.

Thank you.