Dear graduate faculty,
I hope this email finds you and yours safe, healthy, and weathering this crisis well despite the challenges it brings us. It has been a most unusual semester, so as it begins to wind down I hope that you are taking care of yourself and finding fulfilling new routines that sustain you despite our remote work and social distancing.
We’re all one big Rebel family, so I’m reaching out to see how you’re doing and to see whether there’s anything at all that we can do to better support you. If you need anything or have any questions or concerns, please reach out. Likewise, if you have any students who you’ve had trouble connecting with since we’ve moved to remote teaching or graduate students whom you’re concerned about, we’re happy to reach out to them for a check-in. Please provide the student’s name, NSHE ID, and any other information about the situation, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we would be happy to help with outreach.
In the same spirit of supporting our Grad Rebel family, we are still looking for volunteers to record quick congratulatory videos
for our Spring 2020 graduates. If you are interested, please email Director of Development Liz Kahane at email@example.com
. For those of you who chaired a doctoral advisory committee for a graduating doctoral student, we’ll be reaching out to you separately next week with details about a special video surprise for your doctoral graduate since we’ve had to postpone our Hooding Reception and Commencement for the time being.
We continue to make accommodations to support student success during the pandemic and share them on our COVID-19 webpage
. Please note a new accommodation we’re making regarding incomplete courses: Incompletes from Spring 2019 would usually be due by the end of the spring semester to avoid them defaulting to an “F” grade. Given the current circumstances, the "I" grade change deadline has been extended to July 10, 2020. If an “I” from Spring 2019 isn't replaced with a grade change by July 10, then it will still default to an “F.”
Looking ahead a bit to the fall semester, please know that we are ready to support you and the students you admit. While circumstances are uncertain, we encourage you to admit new students as per usual, knowing that we will gladly provide no-penalty rollovers and other accommodations for students, should the need arise. In fact, given the possibility of decreased student enrollment as a result of the pandemic and recession, we encourage you to admit a slightly larger incoming class for fall 2020 in anticipation of some attrition if you are able to do so and have a high quality pool of candidates.
Finally, but importantly, we are facing the real possibility of zero new international students making it into the U.S. for the fall semester. Please admit them anyway; we will provide newly admitted students with a free rollover to enroll in the spring or fall semester (depending on your program). But, if you would like to explore the possibility of admitting international students in fall and having them begin your program online from afar, please let us know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We are not yet sure what will be allowable, but we are looking into it as are many peer universities.
As always, please reach out
if you have any questions or concerns. My team and I are here to help.
Stay safe, take care, and be well!