Distance Learning

Last updated June 12, 2020  4:00 pm

Distance Learning






Dear Faculty,

I am writing to provide a brief update with information that may be helpful to you and your students.

As you begin Day One of teaching and learning in a distance education format, I'd like to thank you for your positive approaches and creative ways of handling this quick change. Your class may not run perfectly today, but it does not have to be perfect—in fact, your good nature, resiliency and positive outlook in the midst of technology challenges may set a good example for your students. After all, we are learning together.

Be encouraging to your students as they may express uncertainty about continuing. Encourage them to give it a try—there is no need to decide about withdrawal today. In fact, the Academic Calendar has been updated to provide extensions on deadlines for withdrawals and incompletes (see below). 

We are building a network of remote support for students. Dean Brian Mitra and his staff have been communicating to students on a regular basis and have created a Resource Page. The Advisement Academies, ASAP,  Library, and Tutoring and Academic Support  areas have created robust remote support plans. Webpages are being updated to reflect this information. 

As we move forward, my office will be creating opportunities for faculty and staff to share their exemplary work with the wider campus community.

Finally, remember that tomorrow is Friday! Thank you for your continued commitment to academic excellence and student success. 

Course Withdrawal Period – The deadlines have been changed:

 Session 1:            June 4, 2020
 Session 2:            August 1, 2020

Incomplete Grades – The deadlines have been changed:

INC Grades for Fall 2019:               August 8, 2020    

INC Grades for Spring 2020:          March 2, 2021


Joanne Russell, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost