Message from the Associate Dean - April 27, 2020
While we are in the middle of our new, work-from-home normal, I want to let you know the University is in the midst of discussions and planning around re-opening labs and the start of the fall semester. I am on the Academic Continuity Committee, which is looking at University wide issues that will ensure, when feasible, we are working in conjunction with other schools.
I am also in early stage discussions of developing a plan to reopen labs on a phased basis. The intent is to open labs as soon as possible while taking into consideration guidelines from the city and state regarding stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements.
All summer classes will continue in a remote format, as we can assume these precautions will continue for at least the beginning of the summer.
While the hope is that Fall Classes may be able to take place in-person, there may be issues of how many people can congregate in a classroom or seminar space. Consequently, we should assume that classes, journal clubs, seminars, etc., may be taught remotely even while labs may be open.
No decisions regarding reopening have been made at this time.
I appreciate any feedback you may have to help inform my discussions, so please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Finally, I will be changing my open office hours effective today.
I will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-3:30pm via Zoom. Stop by for a visit if you have questions, or just want to chat. Be well, stay safe and let me know of any issues or concerns.