Hi everyone,

We have been hard at work planning for the fall semester, and we are happy to announce that we have a plan for you, your classes, and the potential complications that may come with teaching in the age of coronavirus.

First, it’s official, Fall 2020 courses will begin on August 31. The extra week is intended to give new students a bit more time to get their visas in time to travel. With that in mind, students with valid permits and visas, please arrive on August 28 so as to get settled over the weekend.

How are we planning for these potential COVID-19 complications? Here’s how:

  • For new students, there will be a virtual orientation and remote registration period.
  • In case students run into trouble with visas or travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have included “phase 2” arrival dates. See the timeline below. This means that you may arrive later if need be. For the weeks between the start of classes and the phase 2 arrivals, we guarantee a hybrid learning environment, hence both in the classroom and online.
  • Academic Travel courses will happen in October! However, with the later start of the semester, we have trimmed a few days off of travel to make everything fit in the semester. Your faculty travel leaders are also planning alternatives in case the situation changes unexpectedly.
  • We have added in a “Fall Break” at the end of the travel period because everyone needs that!

For those students who are staying with us on campus this summer, we will have a special career seminar organized for you the week of August 21-27! You’re welcome to attend for free. Stay tuned for more details.

Returning students who have already purchased tickets to return to campus by August 21, 2020 or who want to come back in time for this great opportunity may also participate in the career seminar. To do so, please contact Ebonie Rayford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 15, 2020. Questions? Just let me know.

Kind regards,
Dean SSB