Fall Semester Welcome and Update

Dear Colleagues,

As I write this, we are half-way through the fall semester.  The year is off to a great start.  We continue to adjust to the pandemic, and we have successfully avoided any major outbreaks on campus.  Our vigilance is not done: as we head into flu season, we must remain careful and will continue to monitor conditions and take the steps necessary to protect our students, staff, and faculty as best we are able.  As always, the best measures are those you control: wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, social distance, and stay home if you have any symptoms or if you have come into contact with someone who is infected with the virus.  These simple steps will continue to prove our best defense against the spread of the virus on campus.  Stay safe and healthy, colleagues!

In a few short days, we will watch as another national election is held.  Institutions of higher education across the country stand together on the principle that an educated electorate—able to think critically—is one of the cornerstones of a strong democracy.  My hope is that each member of the UHD community—faculty, staff, and students—will exercise her or his right to participate in the upcoming election. 

Looking ahead, past the coming election, we are all in the midst of preparing for the spring semester, and the advisement and registration period is upon us once again.  We have built a slate of academic programming for the spring that represents a slight increase in on-campus engagement, as would be expected under a “Step Three: Yellow” condition on the response matrix.  That said, the schedule is still at its core, one that represents a cautious approach to campus density—with lower enrollment caps in on-campus courses and liberal use of hybrid modalities—and overall we are prepared to shift back towards an even more cautious stance if conditions in January suggest such a move.  For now, I ask that each member of the academic and student affairs team come together to make this a successful advisement and registration period.  Let’s work together to continue to serve our students well and keep them on track for graduation. 

Thank you, colleagues, for all that you have done and continue to do for our students here at UHD.

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