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COVID-19 Resources

Message from the provost to faculty

 

Previous updates and messages to the University community and links to CDC tips for cold and flu prevention and Ohio Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization information on the coronavirus can be found here.

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March 20, 2020

Dear faculty colleagues,

I want to thank you, first and foremost, for the flexibility, creativity and dedication you are showing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. You are working amid unprecedented uncertainty to put your students’ education first and to sustain as well as possible the academic integrity of our work as teachers, scholars and University citizens. I admire your spirit and determination. 

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and its import for public health have made it clear that returning to in-person course instruction this semester is not possible if we want to slow the spread of this virus and protect healthcare resources. I trust you received President Eric F. Spina’s recent message to campus announcing that we will continue with online course work for the remainder of the semester. That message is available on our COVID-19 resources webpage: go.udayton.edu/coronavirus.

In an effort to address some of the primary questions you may have as we plan for the extension of online education through the end of term, you will find on the COVID-19 resources website some FAQs that should help with your planning for the coming eight weeks. Please look under the section titled "Information for faculty and staff."

We know that you will have many questions that we are not prepared to answer yet, in part due to uncertainties about the pandemic’s course and in part due to the importance of consultation with deans’ offices, the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, and other University divisions. Also, many questions may be addressed most reasonably at the college/school or department level. I encourage you to stay in active communication with your department chair, program head, or dean’s office about questions you may have. 

Thank you for your commitment to our shared educational mission and your concern for our students’ and colleagues’ wellbeing. I am grateful for your understanding and resilience. Please take all reasonable measures to stay well and to safeguard the health of your families and friends.

Paul

Paul H. Benson, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs