An Update on Moving Our Courses Online

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m.

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost 

I know you have been inundated with communications this week, so I will keep this message short. Please know that my brevity does not allow me to adequately express my deep appreciation and admiration for your remarkable efforts this week. Most succinctly and sincerely, thank you.

Please allow me to share a few updates:

– Approximately 90% of our face-to-face and mixed mode courses are moving online next week. We will continue to work next week to develop detailed plans for the courses that were not able to transition online.Today, Saturday, March 21, 2020, students will receive one of the attached messages with details about their courses moving online. We are working to make sure that our students are fully supported during this transition, including making available a Keep Learning resource site, as well as an outbound calling campaign to contact all of the approximately 30,000 students whose courses are moving online.

– To help mitigate the impact of these unprecedented circumstances on our students, we have created a new grade type, called R20, that will allow students to unenroll from courses this Spring with no academic or financial penalty. Students receiving an R20 grade in a course this Spring will be allowed to retake the course in Summer 2020 with tuition and fees waived for the course. Depending on a student’s specific circumstances, we may extend the no-cost retake option beyond Summer.

– We have largely migrated our Student Affairs and Learning Support services to an online format. Students are able to reach out to an advisor by emailing and will be able to access tutoring via the Help icon in Canvas or via this page. Moreover, we are moving toward significantly expanded “business hours” for these areas.

– While sustaining academic continuity is important, your health, our students’ health and the health of our community are paramount. Please make sure you are familiar with our Temporary Emergency Leave with Pay option for full-time and part-time employees.

While I am so grateful for all that you have already done this week, please allow me one additional request. I have been receiving many messages from students who are very apprehensive about their courses moving online. They are disappointed that they will not be able to be with you in person and are concerned about feeling disconnected. I know they would appreciate your kind words and encouragement, and would benefit from regular communication from you, even if it’s just a quick note to check in.

I continue to be thankful to work with colleagues who care so deeply for one another, for our students and our community. As always, if you have any questions or would simply like to share your thoughts or ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to me at

My very best wishes for your continued health, safety and well-being.

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