Dear Franklin College Community,
I want to share with colleagues and students an important update about how we will move forward to continue providing the best possible education while taking appropriate measures to ensure everyone’s safety. We have received no information that any member of our community is at direct risk at this time. However, we always prioritize the best interests of our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, given the uncertainties ahead and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily suspend in-person classes and campus activities and transition to a period of distance education.
We will discontinue in-person classes at the end of the day today (Friday, March 13). We encourage students to make plans to return home at the end of your classes on Friday or as soon as it is safely possible. Students must vacate the residence halls no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 15. We understand that some students may have hardships which make it impossible to simply leave the residence hall and return home. We will approve limited exceptions for such students via written request, and details for that process will be communicated later this morning from Dean Jones. Students must complete the check-out process with Campus Life staff before vacating the residence halls and campus homes. Detailed instructions will be forthcoming later this morning from Dean Jones.
The operating schedule for Franklin College for the next few weeks will be as follows:
Faculty will reach out to students directly with instructions for beginning their distance learning coursework. It will be imperative that students check their email and other established methods of communicating with faculty multiple times per day during this time away from campus. Detailed information for faculty concerning next week’s training sessions for distance learning will be forthcoming later today from Provost Schroeder.
Our Coronavirus Task Force will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and make relevant updates to the coronavirus webpage (https://franklincollege.edu/coronavirus/).
This decision is a difficult one for our community. We believe very strongly that how we do what we do at Franklin College is uniquely effective in helping our students achieve their academic goals. Direct, personal engagement with faculty and staff is the essence of our identity. However, this is a unique situation that defies conventional wisdom and requires creative temporary alternatives. We are confident we can continue to meet our students’ academic needs while confronting this situation.
Such a disruption to our normal experience challenges us all, but I am confident the we will rise to that challenge. I want to thank our outstanding faculty for creatively adjusting coursework and developing alternative delivery methods under these circumstances. Likewise, I want to applaud our students in advance for conscientiously embracing those same new modalities and continuing to pursue your academic work diligently.
Students, please remember that all of the normal resources and support structures will remain in place while you are away from campus. Please continue to reach out to the Counseling Center, the Student Success Center, the Registrar’s Office, Campus Life and other necessary resources on campus. All administrative offices will remain open during this time, with staffing protocols determined by each division Cabinet officer.
Thank you to everyone in our wonderful community for your many efforts to pull together and support one another as we navigate these next few weeks. We all look forward to gathering back on campus just as soon as external conditions allow. My best wishes to you all.
Kerry N. Prather | President
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POSTED Mar 13, 2020