Update on UA's COVID-19 response

by Cathy Sandeen, UAA Chancellor  |   

Dear UAA Community,

By now, you have probably seen President Johnsen's update on the University of Alaska's response to the COVID-19 situation. While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, we are implementing preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please review the information carefully and take a few minutes to watch this video outlining major changes to university operations. Some of the main points are below:

  • Starting March 23 and potentially for the rest of the semester, most UA courses will be offered using alternate delivery methods (online, audio conference or web conference, etc.) rather than traditional classroom instruction. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the chancellors for clinical, lab and other hands-on courses. Details to follow.
  • We are extending spring break by one week for students in order to allow faculty time to prepare their courses for alternative delivery methods. That means there will be no classes between now and March 23. However, employees should return to work unless affected by restrictions established in separate guidance.
  • We are canceling all events and gatherings of 25 people or more between today and March 31, at which time we will revisit the situation.

For additional information, visit the University of Alaska coronavirus website.

Thank you for understanding. Please keep an eye out for updates as the situation continues to evolve.

Remember, we're Seawolves, and we're stronger together.

Cathy Sandeen
UAA Chancellor

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