Dean Janaki Alavalapati

Dear SFWS faculty, staff, and students:

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve to impact our daily lives in ways we could not anticipate, Auburn University has made difficult decisions to reduce the number of individuals on campus and to continue to promote social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the Auburn community.

To uphold the safety of all while supporting our students’ academic progress, President Gogue announced the following actions that will guide the university through the remainder of the spring semester:

  • Auburn will continue to deliver instruction remotely through the remainder of the spring semester.
  • The university is working on a plan to provide prorated refunds for on-campus housing and dining plans.
  • Those students who need to retrieve belongings from campus residence halls will be contacted by University Housing. No students should return to campus until they receive additional information.
  • The decision to suspend on-campus activities, coupled with the restrictions on event sizes announced by state and federal officials, has resulted in the university’s decision to postpone our May commencement ceremonies.
  • Spring graduates will receive additional information about alternate commencement plans in the coming days. Degrees will be conferred to students who meet graduation eligibility and will be mailed as usual.
  • Understanding the need for flexibility, particularly with our academic policies, the Provost has authorized several changes to support students during this time. These include extending the withdrawal date for students to April 24, allowing more flexible use of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (also known as Pass/Fail) grading, and providing faculty who choose to administer final exams with appropriate online proctoring resources. Students should consult their academic advisors to understand the potential impacts of these changes on their academic progression.
  • Final decisions regarding summer classes, programs and events will be made and communicated soon. As more information becomes available, it will be posted to the university’s COVID-19 website.
  • A comprehensive guide of Auburn University contacts and online resources during remote instruction has been compiled to aid students.

This weekend, we urge you to stay abreast of public health recommendations and continue to practice social distancing to the greatest degree possible. As always, the SFWS administrative team is available to serve the needs of our faculty, staff, and students.  If we can assist you, please reach out to any of our team members. Most importantly, we thank you all for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this new terrain together. Despite the challenges of these uncertain times, with an open line of communication, we will emerge as a stronger Auburn Family.

Be safe and well,

Janaki Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

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