Forwarding the following email message from April 7, 2020, on behalf of Wojtek Chodko-Zajko, Graduate College Dean to College of Education faculty and graduate students:
To keep you informed of what the Graduate College is doing to support our graduate students and graduate programs in response to the impact of COVID-19, I will be sharing with you brief weekly updates. Thank you for your invaluable input in these areas to ensure the best educational experience for our graduate students.
Policy Changes for Current Students
We have made several policy changes to provide students options so that they can continue to make progress toward their degree with the least disruption possible. These changes include extension of deadlines and time limits for degree completion, guidance on grading options, and waiving current policy requirements so that all spring and summer preliminary and final examinations can be conducted completely online.
Admission and Enrollment Guidance to Programs
We have provided graduate programs with updated information on the following:
- Required Testing
- Issuance of I-20s
- Options for Deferring Admission and Enrolling Online
- Assistantship, Fellowship, Scholarship Offers
Online Workshops and Appointments
We have shifted our workshops and advising appointments to alternative delivery systems and continue to provide students with these services.
Summer Research Programs
We are exploring alternative delivery options for our summer research programs, including Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) and Summer Predoctoral Institute (SPI).
Celebrating our Graduates
We have contacted students who were on the May degree list to let them know we will invite them to a future in-person hooding ceremony to celebrate their important achievement. In conjunction with the Commencement Office, we are exploring ways to celebrate our graduates in the coming weeks.
We’ve begun to distribute a weekly newsletter highlighting posts from our GradLIFE blog and resources to promote student success, health, and wellbeing.
- We’re in This Together (3/24)
- Wired to Connect (3/31)
We continue to share remote opportunities and resources offered by units across campus with our graduate community through GradLINKS and Postdoc Post, and career opportunities through GradCAREERS.
COVID-19 and Need Help Web Pages
We continue to post updates, links to resources and email communications, and FAQs on our COVID-19 Updates and our Need Help web pages.
We have communicated the items above broadly to graduate program administrators, graduate faculty, and graduate students. As always, I welcome your questions, suggestions, and comments on these or other matters relevant to our graduate community.
Dean, Graduate College