6/9/20 Letter from President Koverola to Faculty and Staff

Dear faculty and staff,

You may have read the chancellor’s message last evening in which he announced the university’s plan for the fall semester, which includes having students on campus and compressing the academic calendar.

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  • De-densifying our residence halls, dining hall and classrooms according to guidance of health and environmental safety professionals to support social distancing.
  • Preparing courses and academic support with flexible delivery methods, which will enable us to simultaneously serve in-person and remote attendees and enable us to respond quickly if circumstances change. 
  • Ensuring we are able to provide a breadth and depth of extra-curricular activities, including both arts and athletic programming.
  • Purchasing protective materials for our campus community and installing signage to help us maintain social distancing.  
  • Developing protocols related to ensuring that everyone on campus remains healthy.

As the chancellor noted, the fall academic calendar has been compressed. The term will begin in mid-August and end by Thanksgiving break. Some finals may occur after Thanksgiving, but all other activity and remaining exams will occur remotely.

  • Fall term classes will begin Aug. 19
  • Classes will take place on Labor Day, Sept. 7
  • Fall term on-campus classes end Nov. 20
  • Fall term ends Dec. 5

There are still many more details to work though, and I will share that information as it becomes available. As you are aware, the backdrop for our planning is an ever-changing landscape that demands agility on all our parts. I am grateful for your patience and commitment to our students as we have navigated and continue to navigate these uncharted waters together. Also, during this week -- Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week -- I am particularly mindful of and grateful for all of your hard work as we continue preparing for the fall.