Dear SPS Community:
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation has brought a sense of uncertainty into all our lives. As a result, I would like to recognize your effort and adaptability over the last several days in making today’s successful transition to remote instruction.
From the creation and prompt distribution of the Student Guide to Transition to Remote Learning and Remote Instruction Guide for Faculty, to the thoughtfulness that went into cancelling or postponing gatherings over 25 people, our administration and faculty all displayed a great amount of nimbleness and tact.
For students, I know that this shift has been challenging, and I encourage you to connect with your instructors or the Student Affairs team with any questions or concerns. I also request that you adhere to our school honor code while taking mid-term exams remotely this week.
President Bollinger yesterday notified the Columbia community that, “Virtual classes will continue through the week after Spring Break. This extended period will give the University time to understand if and how the virus is spreading and how we will need to adjust accordingly.” As we wrap the first half of the semester and look forward to Spring Break, we will continue to wait for and abide by guidance from the President and Provost.
In the meantime, I continue to advise all to review the University’s special COVID-19 page, adhere to the current travel and event policies, and be on the lookout for future email correspondence from SPS and University leaders.
As previously stated, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. As the situation continues to develop, we will assess the latest information and provide additional updates to the SPS community.
Jason Wingard, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
School of Professional Studies