Dear Faculty and Librarians,
As we enter the last full month of the semester, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done for our students during an incredibly difficult semester. My office continues to receive emails from students expressing their appreciation for the lengths that faculty and librarians have gone to provide a quality remote learning experience. Students reported in recent surveys by ETS and CASA how much they appreciate their faculty.
Students also told us how much they miss in-person classes, time with their peers, and the San Francisco experience. I know all of you miss these things as well. The students also asked if faculty could provide flexibility around attendance, exams, and deadlines. Increased flexibility is needed as students grapple with myriad challenges, including relocating due to wildfires or power outages, logging into Canvas late at night because they live in another time zone, and requiring extra time when remote education is challenging due to personal reasons such as a disabling condition or sharing household WiFi. I encourage you to provide this support and flexibility whenever possible as we navigate these difficult times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and fire season.
Should you need ideas and support navigating these situations, please reach out to the staff in your dean’s offices, CASA, CAPS, Dean of Students, International Student and Scholar Services, Educational Technology Services, and Student Disability Services.
Once again, thank you for your tireless work on behalf of our students and your support of one another during this time.
Tyrone H. Cannon
Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs