Message from the CANR Dean: March 11

From: Ron Hendrick, Professor and Dean, CANR
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Subject: Message from the Dean's Office

CANR Community:

I know the announcements and developments of the past few days have in some cases generated more questions than answers, as well as created considerable concern for some. Please know we are working within the college and with the university to clarify issues and remove uncertainty as quickly as we can. This situation is both fluid and unprecedented, but it’s important to remember we need to work with a sense of both calm and urgency. More communications from me will be forthcoming, but I wanted to take the opportunity to clarify a few matters now.

With respect to classroom instruction: Courses are moving to remote delivery, in lieu of face-to-face delivery, but they are not being canceled. For CANR students, your courses are still happening, however they will be moving to online delivery as quickly as possible. Please check in with your course professor for specific arrangements, recognizing they may not yet have all the answers themselves.

Staff should continue to operate under business as usual to the extent possible, as the university remains open for normal operations overall. As always, if you are sick, please stay home and take care of your health, first and foremost. If you are immunocompromised, please work with your direct supervisor on addressing this issue and potential alternative work arrangements. You are essential to the functioning of the college and all our different operations and mission areas, and if you have suggestions for how we can be more effective or efficient in this new environment, please let me know.

Those faculty moving courses from face-to-face to remote should do the best you can to move those quickly, using the resources available at https://keepteaching.msu.edu. Additionally, please work with colleagues and help each other with the technology available. Keep in mind that remote delivery to students does not mean you need to deliver the course from an off-campus location, as we are otherwise still under “normal” operations.

I’m working to get or generate answers to your questions about things like travel as soon as possible. We are committed to minimizing disruptions to research and outreach to the fullest possible extent.

Again, I recognize that this is an exceptional situation, and urge us all to do the best we can, be patient with each other and remain calm.

Be on the lookout for additional updates from me.

Sincerely,

Ron Hendrick, Professor and Dean, CANR