Dear UTSOA Community,
President Fenves’ message late this afternoon should have reached all of you by now. We were already planning on having our courses start up again on March 30th, and we have also been preparing to go on-line. Other key aspects to be aware of that will impact our school:
- For the next two weeks, we will be operating with limited personnel at UTSOA as well as on campus. We will have very few people to cover our three large buildings so we ask that those of you who are not required to be on campus to please limit your time here as much as possible. We do understand that many of you need resources from your offices and workspaces, and some of you may need assistance from IT or other staff in setting up your courses or in maintaining your research. If you do come by during the next two weeks, do let the dean’s office know as we want to ensure everyone’s safety given how few people will be in our buildings.
- The admin team will be on campus for the entire two weeks, as will certain staff members. I will be reaching out to staff shortly to let them know which individuals we need on campus this week.
- As we ramp up our training and start finalizing syllabi during the week of March 23, we expect that we will be needing TA/GRA support on campus as well as additional staff. We will be working with supervisors and students to determine who we will need and when and we will try to get that info out later this week
Staff should be looking for a message from me later this evening letting them know who we need on campus this week and how we are planning for alternative work arrangements.
Faculty should also be looking for a message from me this evening about course planning.
Last, but not least, be thinking of anyone in our community who might need assistance. Some may be ill and have no one to look after them, others may have additional family responsibilities with little help. As we increasingly shelter ourselves we may not see other’s needs as clearly as we normally would. Think about who can’t get to the store, or who hasn't been able to buy needed items because of the shortages. It is going to be tough to be supportive while we are also trying to socially distance ourselves. Please share any ideas you have as to how we can help each other during this time.
*Note: This email was distributed on Sunday, March 15 but was mislabled March 16