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Transition of summer courses to online format


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March 31, 2020  

Dear students, 

I hope this finds you and your family well and that you are gradually settling into your online course work. I appreciate that last week’s transition has been challenging. I am writing today with an update about summer classes. We have consulted with state and local health authorities who have indicated that the public health outlook will remain very uncertain for the next few months. We are mindful that many of you are anxious to begin planning your summer activities and these extraordinary times may have changed your educational needs. 

The University has made the decision that all summer session courses will be delivered online. We will pause registration for summer until no later than April 9, so we may work through the many planning issues presented by this change. 

In developing this summer's online course offerings, we will keep students’ educational needs at the center of our decisions and attend sensitively to how those needs may have changed during the spring semester. Some key points: 

  • Students who have already registered for summer courses will not need to register again, but there may be some adjustments in course offerings and schedules. You can verify your schedule on Porches.
  • Registration is paused as we determine which courses will be offered online and which faculty are best prepared to teach these courses.
  • To address student needs that may have arisen during Spring Term, additional courses will be offered this summer so that students may continue to make good progress in their academic programs.
  • We will return to the University's traditional grading policies. The pass/fail option will be available within the parameters of the policies that were in effect prior to spring semester.
  • Summer courses that normally would have a required off-campus clinical component (e.g., in some health sciences programs) will proceed only if public health guidance permits. 

We expect to have more information about online summer courses before Good Friday on April 10. Until then, you can visit the Flyer Student Services webpage or email for preliminary information that may help with your initial planning. We do not have answers to all of your questions today. 

We are in the process of revising summer course offerings to provide you with the best opportunity to have high-quality learning experiences and continue to advance toward your UD degree. We encourage you to work with your academic advisor to determine which summer courses might best support your academic progress.  

Thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult time together. Please hold your questions until we release more complete information next week.

With best wishes from UD for the safety and well-being of all Flyers,
Paul Benson
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs