Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing as a follow-up to our February 29 message regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Since the weekend, Washington (where many of our students are based) and California, along with local communities, have declared new measures to prepare for and contain the spread on COV-19. Today, health officials in San Francisco announced two positive tests with no known source of contact with COVID-19. State and local officials have indicated that they suspect increased community transmission of COVID-19 and that they anticipate the number of people testing positive will increase. All of the recent announcements point to the increased risk associated with air travel and in-person meetings.

After careful deliberation, we have decided to move our Residency classes online, using the Zoom webinar platform, for Residency 3, March 19-22.  We also considered facilitating simultaneous online and in-person attendance from Learnit. We determined that we are unable to offer a top-quality learning experience with some students choosing to participate online, and others gathering at Learnit. Our faculty indicated they are better equipped to deliver quality classwork with a move to purely online classes and that with two weeks notice, they would be prepared.

Provost, Dariush Rafinejad, will follow up in a few days with more information on what to expect from your online experience March 19-22 after working with the faculty for individualized course planning for the Residency. Students should be prepared for class-as-usual, just online. Instructors need some time to work with Dariush, so please delay reaching out for a few days. Contact Diana Asaad if you face accessibility challenges participating online.

All official social/extracurricular events attached to Residency will be postponed or canceled. Our Student Experience Team will work with event organizers on potential next steps.

We know how important the in-person gatherings at Residency are for our community (for us too!). We are equally disappointed that we will not see you all live and in-person, but for the sake of good health, optimized learning, and reasonable notice, we decided to make and announce this decision today.

Please contact Diana Asaad if you have any questions, and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Liz Maw
President