Mar. 13, 2020

Important Information about Remote Instruction

This email was also sent to parents and faculty/staff at the College.

Dear Faculty and Staff,
 
I am sharing with you a message and updated FAQ that I sent to our students today. It includes important information about academic support, procedures and deadlines as we shift to our new remote learning format on March 25. Information for international students, as well as an update on our Study Away program, is also provided.
 
We cannot thank you enough for your resilient efforts to keep our academic semester going forward. We recognize that this pivot to a new learning format midway through your courses is an immense undertaking for faculty and staff. The Office of the Registrar, the Library Staff, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of the Dean of the College, the ARC, the Roth Writing Center, the Hale Center for Career Development, the Walter Commons and the Office of Accessibility, among many other offices, are here to help and support you in any way we can.

Sincerely,


Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College


Dear Students,

We are in the midst of an unprecedented and painful series of events set off by the COVID-19 outbreak. In the face of these challenges, the administration, faculty and staff at Connecticut College are determined to do what is best for the health and safety of our campus community and the communities beyond our own. For this reason, we made the difficult choice to shift to remote learning.
 
Our faculty and instructional technology staff are currently converting our courses to distance learning platforms, and we will be ready to resume instruction on Wednesday, March 25. We are fully committed to our educational mission and to helping you finish your coursework with the best possible outcomes.
 
With this in mind, it is critical that you gather the materials that you will need to go forward with your studies. If you are already on campus, please make sure you have the resources you need before you leave by March 16. Let your course instructors know if you anticipate any difficulties in securing the textbooks, readings and critical resources that you will need in the coming weeks. If you are returning to campus, please be sure to collect all of your belongings no later than March 23. If you are unable to return to campus and do not have what you need, please reach out as soon as possible to your course instructor and/or class dean to assist you. You should also let your class dean know if you anticipate having difficulty in your off-campus location with Internet connectivity or with having access to an online device. If this is likely to be a recurrent problem for you, it might be best to petition to remain on campus to complete your coursework.
 
In this Frequently Asked Questions webpage, you will find important information about academic concerns, including sophomore major declaration, pre-registration dates (now earlier from April 1 to 3), the examination period, honor theses and graduation. Also included are updates on academic support provided by the Academic Resource Center (ARC), the Roth Writing Center, the Office of Accessibility and Charles E. Shain Library, as well as the latest on the status of our Study Away program.
 
Although most of you will be away from campus, the College remains open. Your class deans and all of our colleagues across campus are dedicated to supporting you at this time. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or simply to stay in touch. We know that you will continue to strive for excellence during this challenging period. To put it simply, Camels never give up.
 

Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College