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March 30, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are experiencing a historically unprecedented time due to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. Having lived through other life-threatening situations outside the U.S. I have confidence in our thoughtful, careful and decisive University leaders. Over the last three weeks, we have worked hard to prepare to teach all our classes remotely. We are prepared, and CHSS faculty and staff have put remarkable effort in the transition to work remotely.

We have had regular virtual University and College meetings.  Our preparations have placed us in a position to attend to student, faculty and staff success as well as success of our institution. Our remote teaching policies and plans are nearly complete. We have worked hard to stay in touch with our students, faculty and staff.  We have created systematic ways to find and provide technology to students, faculty, and staff who need it to continue their academic work and the business of the university remotely. We are doing our part to both offer our students high-quality education and to slow the spread of this pandemic.

There is no doubt that this is a challenging time for all of us, but we are here to support and engage you. We have instituted a number of policies and measures to help students navigate through this difficult time and to adjust to this new mode of class delivery. Students can choose whether to utilize the Pass/No Credit option, and we have included student voices in CHSS decisions about various issues. We want to ensure that despite the circumstances that have made us go into remote instruction, we will move forward in a way that allows students to learn and to grow. Our faculty and staff are patient and compassionate, and we are committed to ensuring that students stay on track to complete their academic work on time.

Remember to practice physical distancing and not social distancing. Social distancing means social isolation, and we want to do exactly the opposite. Physical distancing makes it important that we remotely and safely reach out, connect and share with friends, families, co-workers and neighbors. Do not let our physical separation stop us from socially engaging and fostering the interpersonal relationships that give our communities and us strength.

Technology offers us more tools than ever to reach out and connect. It has been exciting to see so many people using these tools in positive, creative and often heartwarming ways. Adaptability is the lifeline to human survival. 

I want to leave you with a quote from one of my favorite futurist sociologist, Alvin Toffler, where he says, “Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.” Please stay safe, healthy and engaged, and let your faculty, advisor, department chair, supervisor or any of the three deans in CHSS know what we can do to make this a successful semester for all of us.

Thank you.

Nawal Ammar, Professor and Dean

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