Message from the CANR Dean: March 12

From: Ron Hendrick, Professor and Dean, CANR
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Subject: Message from the Dean's Office

Dear CANR Community:

Thank you for your patience and diligence in dealing with the changes at MSU associated with the novel coronavirus. During this time, it has been helpful for me to keep in mind that there are two overarching priorities – the health and safety of our community and student success. These two priorities must guide our decisions.

As you know, MSU moved to remote teaching on Wednesday, March 11. The university remains open for business.

There are a number of resources available for faculty and staff to which I want to draw your attention.

  • msu.edu/coronavirus – this website has relevant and updated information about university policies and procedures at this time.
  • keepteaching.msu.edu – this website features teaching resources as faculty get courses into remote delivery. Additionally, a section of this website also features tips for working remotely.

We have also compiled these resources, along with a few others, into a CANR website at canr.msu.edu/coronavirus. This website directs users to the above, and features travel procedures, cancelled and postponed events, leadership messages and several local resources for additional help.

Because of technology gaps or different abilities, some students, faculty and staff may have difficulty learning or working remotely. Please use MSU resources at the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities and our local administrators, chairs and faculty members to assist in getting word to the right group for help with these issues.

Remember that many members of our community are facing and will continue to face stigma associated with the novel coronavirus. We value all members of our community and need to support and uplift each other in this difficult time. Check in on our students, fellow faculty and staff members. Remain patient with each other, and the university in this unprecedented time. It’s important that we remain calm as well.

Look for additional information from me and continue to visit canr.msu.edu/coronavirus for updates.

Ron Hendrick, Professor and Dean, CANR