Campus Update From Provost Ross Alexander - March 15, 2020

Thank you for your consistent support and patience during this difficult COVID-19 outbreak that is affecting students, faculty, and staff. The University has decided to move to a Remote/Online Instructional environment beginning tomorrow—March 16, 2020 and running through Sunday, April 5, 2020 (please note that the University is closed for Spring Break from Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29). With the exception of the week of Spring Break, the University will remain open to best support students and their needs—a large number of whom will be remaining on campus over the next three weeks.

I highly encourage those faculty members that need assistance transitioning their courses to the remote/online environment to work with Educational Technology Services (ETS) as well as their departmental and college peers who are experts in online teaching and learning this week. Class cancellation during the affected time period is not an option. Faculty members are expected to integrate some aspect of technology to engage their students in the remote/online environment during the coming weeks (and potentially longer). As they always do, faculty members enjoy full discretion and latitude to determine where and how they best conduct their preparations, with their on-campus office being one such option. It is fully expected that faculty members also conduct remote/online office hours for academic advising (and student engagement) to ensure academic continuity during this transitional time. SACSCOC recently provided institutions with some helpful guidelines, noting that maintenance of instruction is a firm expectation. 

To summarize: 

  • March 16-March 20: Online/Remote instruction (campus remains open)
  • March 21-March 29: Spring Break (campus closed)
  • March 30-April 5: Online/Remote instruction (campus remains open)

Thank you all so very much for your support and engagement of our students. I deeply appreciate all you do. We will get through this together. For specific questions in your college or department, please contact your respective dean or department chair. Thank you and Roar Lions!