MEMO DATE: March 23, 10:20 a.m.
As we move forward with online instruction, starting March 30th and for the remainder of the semester, please know that we will do everything possible to ensure the completion of these courses that are necessary for your degree and graduation requirements. Currently, we plan to continue to follow the academic calendar and the grading policy as outlined in the SU catalog.
- Be Proactive and Communicate: Check your Shepherd email daily, or even several times a day! Faculty will be reaching out to you regarding instruction both through your Shepherd email and through Sakai. Our goal is to be flexible, and help you focus your attention on what is within your control. We understand this is a very uncertain and anxious time, one where situations change rapidly.
- Campus Access: While we intend for the campus to remain open, access to buildings is limited or restricted. Offices can be contacted via phone or email, or other platforms like Zoom to make arrangements or schedule appointments.
- Support Services: Tutoring services are available through tutor.com, as well as the online scheduling portal through the Academic Support Center. Other academic support services may be scheduled through the portal on the Academic Support Center website.
- Student Access to Wireless: For students that do not have a device or reliable access to wireless/internet, please contact Jake Mellow in Student Affairs. Jake will notify the faculty regarding individual student situations so we can work on how you will complete your academic requirements.
- Advising: To mitigate risk factors for everyone, the University has directed all faculty that advising will take place through distance options only. You may also schedule appointments through the Advising Assistance Center. All options are through platforms like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, email, or good old-fashioned telephone conversations! Faculty may also hold virtual office hours and class sessions for additional assistance.
- Commencement: We are committed to the importance of recognizing our Shepherd graduates in the culminating event of commencement exercises. The COVID-19 pandemic situation has made the celebration and honoring of our graduates especially challenging, given state and federal restrictions on crowd size and the uncertainty of the duration of the pandemic. We are currently evaluating how we will proceed and will announce shortly as to whether holding the scheduled commencement will be possible. Please check the commencement homepage for updates. We have also sent an email to all students who are scheduled to graduate.
- Stay healthy, follow precautions, check your email, our homepage and COVID-19 information frequently. Remember, maintaining your own focus on completing this academic semester successfully will be invaluable to you for the remainder of your life.
We are here to help and focused on your success, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
Dr. Scott Beard