Dear College of Science students,
During this public health crisis, I want to assure you that in the College of Science we will do everything possible to encourage your wellbeing and offer the support you need to continue your education this year.
Navigating a pandemic is uncharted territory for most of us, but we are all working hard to curtail the difficult effects. Oregon State University is taking important steps to provide solutions and guide processes. For the latest OSU developments, visit here.
As a science student, many of your needs and challenges will be specific to the College of Science, and we want to keep you updated on new developments in the College daily. We are gathering information and making informed decisions every day, while at the same time planning ahead proactively. Every weekday afternoon, I plan to send updates to inform you about College-specific advising, instruction and student support resources.
The Science Success Center will remain a source of support for science students, delivering care by staying open remotely. Email email@example.com for answers to your questions, help with registration needs, academic resource guidance, and other student service needs. Your academic advisors also remain accessible remotely. The peer advisors will be available on weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. starting next Monday. To reach them, login to Zoom and input the code 607-574-630,
As most of you know, most OSU final exams will be delivered remotely. In the College of Science, there will be no in-person final exams. Your instructors will share information about alternatives in each of your classes. I recognize that there will be inconveniences and also some impossible situations. If you have any concerns about one of your classes and cannot resolve the matter with your instructor, you should contact the department head for that course right away. If you cannot resolve the issue with the department head, please contact me. This sounds a bit bureaucratic, but in many cases, the department head is more familiar with the situation than I am and can offer a good solution more easily.
All instructors of classes to be offered in Spring Term are working hard to make their material available remotely, as well. Specific details will be course-dependent since methods that work in physics, for example, might not have a counterpart in zoology. All instructors are making sure that learning outcomes for their courses can be met. Because this new mode of delivery will have a learning curve for all parties involved, we are trying to create the best possible solution for each course given where we are now. It will not be perfect, but it will give you the opportunity for the learning you need to demonstrate that you are able to fulfill the learning outcomes.
Please note that in a very small number of cases, remote delivery is not possible, in which case other solutions are needed. Once we know which courses that will involve, we will announce that.
If you are a graduating senior at the end of Spring Term, please work closely with your advisor. I have asked all advisors in our College to look very carefully at your schedules and to create alternatives for required courses that are not offered because of the pandemic. My directive is that for a student who would normally be able to graduate at the end of Spring Term, a plan should be made that will stillallow graduation at the end of the term.
I wish you all a good weekend, and I hope you are able to study effectively for your finals.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs