Through the weekend, our department has continued to monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. We understand many of you are public servants working on the frontlines to respond to the outbreak in your communities, and others have families and friends to care for during this time.
Our faculty have developed Continuity of Instruction and Operations Plan to ensure our on-campus (and online) courses and department affairs continue as effectively and efficiently as possible.
First, our three on-campus classes (MPA 721, 723, and 732) are all shifting to online delivery. Below are the new online session dates for these classes. Faculty have already advised students about those changes.
MPA 723 (On-Campus)
Class 4: Saturday, March 28 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to March 23-29 (Online)
Class 5: Saturday, April 18 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to April 13-19 (Online)
MPA 721 (On-campus)
Class 3: Saturday, March 14 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to March 14 – 18 (Online)
Class 4: Saturday April 4 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to March 30 – April 5 (Online)
Class 5: Saturday, April 25 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to April 20 – 26 (Online)
MPA 732 (On-campus)
Class 3: Saturday, March 21 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to March 21 – 28 (Online)
Class 4: Saturday April 11 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to April 11 – April 18 (Online)
Class 5: Saturday, May 2 (9:00am-4:00pm)
Revised to May 2 – 9 (Online)
All online MPA classes are not impacted by any changes in their schedules.
Should any on-campus or online students experience difficulty participating in classes or completing assignments due to the coronavirus, we want to highlight the following coursework options that are available to everyone:
- Extended Withdrawal Date: The “Last Day to Drop Without Late Drop Request Form OR Withdraw” has been extended to April 10, 2020.
- Incomplete Designations: In the next few weeks, if you feel you may not be able to complete coursework this semester, please check with your individual instructors to discuss qualifications for Incomplete Grade Designations. According to the Graduate Bulletin: “The designation of ‘Incomplete’ is assigned when a student is unable to complete the coursework because of illness, injury, or other extenuating circumstances…” An incomplete may be assigned “…if at least two-thirds of the course objectives have been accomplished within the grading period and the student has maintained a consistent rate of progress in the course.”
- Additional Accommodations: Should you need additional assistance or accommodations, please reach out to your instructor regarding instruction and the continuation of your accommodation plan in regards to alternative delivery methods. Also, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (920) 424-3100. They are available to assist you with Out-Of-Class Letters and are also a valuable resource if you want to Apply for Accommodations for your courses should there be any accessibility related concerns.
Second, in addition to instruction-related changes for the on-campus classes, effective 3/16/2020, all department affairs will also be conducted online via email, phone and/or Office 365. These include, but are not limited to:
- Advising. All faculty advising will be conducted via email. Please contact faculty if you have any issues or concerns. Students who are graduating or close to graduation need to email their signed admission to candidacy forms to Dr. Filipova. If you need advising about your current plans, please contact Dr. Filipova any time (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Registration. Amy Rogge will continue assisting students who would like to register for summer and fall classes or have other administrative questions or issues via email. Her contact is: email@example.com.
- New MPA Applications. Evaluation of new applicant files will continue online via Office 365.
- Student Employment. Employment of graduate student employees (including the Department Graduate Research Assistant and STEP Employees) will continue. Students will work remotely. Email communication and web conference meetings will be held to ensure ongoing supervision and performance assessment of student workers.
- Department Meetings. All department meetings will be conducted via Collaborate Ultra.
- Department Communication. Communication to all students and faculty will happen via email and on the department’s website (the news section). Please check your campus email accounts regularly.
We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding through this difficult time! All faculty and staff will also be as patient and as flexible as possible!
We thank you for all that you do to keep our communities safe!
Let us all practice good healthy habits, be compassionate and responsible to others and stay optimistic!
Many best wishes,