March 16: Message from Dean Lach on COVID-19 update from President LeBlanc

March 16, 2020

Dear SEAS Community,


Hopefully you all have seen the latest update from President LeBlanc, announcing (among other things) that online education will continue through the end of the spring semester:

Important COVID-19 Message from President LeBlanc

Please read that message carefully, and contact the relevant person/office (your professor, your advisor, your supervisor, your department, one of the school's or university's offices, etc.) with any questions.


I know this is disappointing news - I'm certainly disappointed - but our number one priority is safety, and this decision is prudent given the circumstances. I also know that our faculty and staff are hard at work preparing for the online transition next week, and we fully expect to deliver the finest possible education given the circumstances. It will require cooperation, patience, and constructive feedback, but I'm confident we can make it work, leveraging the trust and support we have built in our SEAS community.


Speaking of our SEAS community, let's continue to cultivate it intentionally, albeit remotely. There are so many things we can still do to connect with and support one another. We can form a virtual study group, check in on a colleague caring for a vulnerable loved one, make ourselves available to classmates who might have questions or who just want to connect with a friend, be patient and understanding when something isn't done as quickly as you'd like. Most importantly, please show care for yourself, your loved ones, and your community by being safe. Utilize best practices around health and social distancing, and avoid unnecessary travel and group events.


As I noted in my message last week, we look forward to the time when we can all come together again. But in the meantime, let's all care for one another and commit to doing the best we can to move forward under the given circumstances and to promote the health and safety of ourselves and our communities.


Warmest regards,

John Lach