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July 1, 2020



TO:  UNCG Faculty

FROM:  Provost Dana Dunn & Provost Jim Coleman

RE: Syllabus Statement

The Faculty Senate formed a COVID-19 Task Force that was charged with engaging faculty members across campus to hear concerns regarding planning for the Fall semester and then working to address concerns in a manner that ensures coordination within the UNCG community.  This task force includes the Provost, the Chancellor’s office, two faculty senate committees, staff senate, and the presidents of both undergraduate and graduate student associations.

Members of the Task Force felt it was important to include a statement in all course syllabi this Fall that clearly conveyed information on requirements in the classroom regarding behaviors that limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Faculty Senate approved the attached statement and made a recommendation to us that the campus require this statement in all Fall, 2020 course syllabi. We agree with this recommendation.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to the members of the Task Force and the Faculty Senate on their great efforts in working together to craft the attached language.

Please insert the attached language into all Fall 2020 course syllabi.



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Panopto In-Person Training

In-person Panopto sessions will begin July 31st with a capacity of 10 (due to COVID distancing protocols). This delivery model will mirror what faculty experience in a “hyflex” classroom environment. Note that in addition to these sessions, Panopto will lead an all-faculty training webinar (tentatively scheduled for early August).

Location: Bryan 209
Capacity: 10 in-person (up to 300 online)


Content Overview
For this Panopto training, up to ten faculty will join us in the classroom and the rest of the participants will join online from a remote location, emulating the scenario anticipated for some of our fall classes.

Participants will be introduced to Panopto, a video platform that allows recording, webcasting, and video content management for distance learning. By the end of the session, you will be able to access Panopto, create and upload recordings, edit videos, add quizzes, embed Panopto videos in your Canvas course, and review analytics.

In addition to those learning objectives, this session will provide relevant experience and an opportunity for discovery for participants unfamiliar with this unique classroom configuration.

Faculty who are teaching in the classroom this Fall

In order to maintain social distancing, classroom seats are limited. Up to ten faculty can participate in the classroom (Bryan 209). Once those ten spots have been reserved, you may opt to select a different session or RSVP as an online participant. Please register with your UNCG email address and the information to join the online session will be sent to you prior to the event.


Todd Sutton

Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technology and Customer Success
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For your information:

June 26, 2020

To: UNCG Faculty

Designing Effective Online Courses:

An Online Workshop for UNC System Faculty and Staff

I am pleased to announce the availability of Designing Effective Online Courses, an online workshop for to support faculty and staff across the System in moving their courses to an online format. I would appreciate you circulating this announcement among your faculty and staff.

Registration opens today, Friday, June 26.  The workshop is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. Learn more and register.  This workshop will also be discussed at today’s monthly Digital Learning Webinar at 11:00 a.m.

Who Should Attend: This workshop will provide faculty and staff with information, tools, and experiences that will help them to be more successful—and more comfortable—teaching online.

Because time is of the essence, the UNC System Division of Academic Affairs, and its Digital Learning Initiative, have designed this workshop to focus on the most essential topics any faculty member will need to move their courses online quickly and effectively. The material will be aimed at instructors who have minimal proficiency leading online learning environments, but experienced instructors will also find new tips, hot topics, and useful activities.

When: The workshop officially launches on July 6. Participants can finish the work at their own pace, but they are encouraged to complete the program by July 17.

What You’ll Experience:

  1. An interactive, hands-on, workshop approach
  2. A chance to create and build usable course assets throughout the workshop
  3. The opportunity to experience online teaching best practices from the student perspective
  4. A model of flexible course design that provides ample time for collaboration while also allowing  participants to set their own pace

Learn More: The attached syllabus provides additional detail. Visit the Digital Learning Initiative website to register.

I hope that faculty and staff across the UNC System will take advantage of this significant resource so that so that our online offerings are even more robust and engaging.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jim Ptaszynski, Vice President for Digital Learning (jimp@northcarolina.edu).


Kimberly van Noort, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Chief Academic  Officer


University of North Carolina System Office

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Chapel Hill, NC  27515
Office:  919.962.4614


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Teaching Tips

We now know that hundreds and hundreds of our courses will need to adopt a hybrid model in order to account for social distancing practices to help to protect everyone in our community. As we prepare for that reality, we all are working to design and facilitate opportunities for quality learning given these constraints. In order to help your thinking on hybrid learning, today’s tips focus on creating a social presence in your hybrid course:

  • “Being There.” Social presence involves the ability for learners to engage and communicate as part of the learning process, a sense of “being there” (Lehman and Conceição 2010). When we place an importance on establishing social presence in any learning environment, we recognize that all learning takes place in a context. In a face-to-face environment, we might experience social presence differently depending on whether students are raising their hands to ask questions or if heads are buried in laptops. For a hybrid course, that learning environment will have hurdles for establishing social presence that we may not have to think about in a face-to-face setting, so we have to think about the tools we have for maintaining that sense of “being there.”
  • Ground rules and “netiquette.” Before class begins, it is important that you establish the specific ground rules for communicating across the many tools at your disposal, which is important in any learning environment. Our students often need help understanding how to appropriately engage in new contexts – professional email etiquette, for example – and these new hybrid contexts are no different. If you are using technology, it may very well be unfamiliar to your students, which means it may be uncomfortable for them to use effectively. As you learn to use these tools yourself, think about how you can simultaneously build a resource to introduce effective and proper use to your students. You want to tell students, and ideally show them as well, how you would like for them to engage with you and their peers.
  • Show how virtual contributions matter. It is one thing to set up discussion boards and streaming video options, but it will take intentional effort to make sure the students see that these new modes of engagement matter for their learning. Try starting class by bringing up posts that students make in the virtual environment when you have a chance to see the students face-to-face, or summarize key issues that emerge from a Canvas Studio quiz that students had to take before showing up to class. Connecting their virtual and in-class learning early and often will set the tone that their presence both physically and virtual continue to matter for their learning in these challenging circumstances.

Today’s tips build on Katie Linder’s work about hybrid learning, The Blended Course Design Workbook. If you are interested in learning more about hybrid instruction, including more tips from Dr. Linder’s work, then keep reading below about our upcoming workshop on The Hybrid Experience, as well as more virtual opportunities for the remainder of the summer and fall.

July 21st: The Hybrid Experience Workshop

Are you planning to convert your face-to-face course into a hybrid experience for your students this coming fall semester? This hybrid session will allow UNCG faculty to experience a modified version of this versatile delivery method firsthand, learn best practices, and connect with fellow UNCG faculty members while you prepare for the upcoming fall semester. Participants will access the latest research about hybrid instruction, see examples of Canvas formats for hybrid courses, and receive feedback about their courses.

This workshop includes three components:

  • Online access to materials starting on July 8th.
  • Synchronous, online meeting on July 21st from 9:30-11 am
  • Online office hours, drop-in session on July 21st from 3-4 pm

Sign up now if you’re interested in joining us for more on the hybrid experience!

Going Digital for Fall 2020 with the Teaching Innovations Office

Our 2020-2021 Events & Programs Calendar is now available (see attached)

For Fall 2020, the Teaching Innovations Office will take all of our programs digital. However, a few programs will have significant changes made possible by going online. Below you can find a few of the programs specifically designed to go digital, and you can check out the rest on the Upcoming Programs page on our website!

Coming in August: 6th Annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute

Join the UTLC in August for a digital version of the 6th Annual Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute, based on the Sustained Dialogue model as a way of fostering inclusive classrooms.

This annual institute provides faculty with opportunities to explore topics related to equity in today’s learning environments, from inclusive language to handling difficult conversations. Faculty will work to develop tools and strategies for discussing topics, creating inclusive conversations, understanding aspects of identity, and “navigating classroom dynamics, advising/mentoring, and conflict” (Sustained Dialogue).

Sign-up now to reserve your spot. The Institute will be available from August 7th to September 25th.

If you are looking for something to do before the Annual EDI Institute, then we also wanted to remind you about the available DiversityEdu modules for Faculty/Staff and Search Committees.

Reminder: DiversityEdu Modules Available Online

DiversityEdu is an online module through Canvas that offers faculty and staff skills-based development in areas of equity and diversity. Using case scenarios and practical application, DiversityEdu is a research-based resource for faculty and staff as UNCG continues to strive for inclusive excellence. Participants have access to two module types: a faculty/staff module or an academic search committee module. Both modules are available for the spring semester. Participants who complete either of the two-hour modules will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of the Provost.

Sign-up now to get started with DiversityEdu

Sign-ups Available: Fall Literary Circles via Zoom

Literary Circles unite faculty around a particular topic and reading related to the scholarship on teaching and learning. We provide the books, and you provide the thoughtful conversation!

We have just added a seventh book option to accommodate increased demand for literary circle options for Fall 2020, starting right after Labor Day. Our seventh book is:

(From the author: “A 28-Day Challenge [that] leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.”)

Check out the other options below as well and then sign up here!

Fall 2020

Also, if you’re curious for more readings related to teaching and learning, you can click here to see the list of past literary circle books.

Upcoming Adapt Summer Sessions

The Adapt 2020 conference may have concluded, but there are still more individual Adapt sessions this summer to help you as you prepare for the fall.

Over the summer months, ITS Learning Technology will be hosting a series of workshops and other sessions to help orient faculty and staff to the new tech tools that will help us adapt to these new circumstances. Check out the upcoming events below and use the keyword Adapt in the workshops calendar to find more options.

TOMORROW, 6/26 @ 10 am: Start Here: Digital tools to create an effective course orientation module

The purpose of this course is to help instructors learn how to utilize the digital tools available at UNCG that help students learn the course routine, expectations, and organization. This course will ensure students are familiar with ITS Student Services and all the hardware/software required for the course.

6/30 @ 10 am: Tech Tuesday Drop-in Session

Staff from ITS: Learning Technology will be on hand to assist you with Canvas, Zoom, Panopto, Respondus, or anything that’s on your mind.

No need to register, just drop in at any point within the hour and we will be happy to help. Follow this link for the Zoom session link.

Tech Tuesday sessions will continue through the summer.

7/10 @ 10 am: Rubrics

This session will introduce Canvas rubrics as a tool to make assignment expectations clear to students and to make grading more efficient for faculty. By the end of the session, you will know how to create a rubric in Canvas.

Search for other Adapt 2020 Workshops at workshops.uncg.edu by using the keyword: Adapt

“Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” Free Online Workshop

You are invited to join the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop facilitated by Dr. Racheal Brooks of NCCU. This workshop introduces participants to the Quality Matters Rubric and how to apply its standards to develop high-quality online courses and evaluate them.

This workshop occurs over 2 days virtually in Zoom:

  • Thursday, 08/27/2020, 1PM-5PM and
  • Friday, 08/28/2020, 1PM-5PM.

UNCG Online has organized this workshop for faculty and staff. Quality Matters workbook and handouts will be mailed to participants in advance to the address they provide to sebaker2@uncg.edu. There is no cost to you. This workshop would normally cost $200 per person. This workshop counts towards the continuing professional development requirement for online instructors.

For registration instructions and other helpful details, please visit this link:


Please register by August 1.

To practice using Zoom in advance of the meeting and test your audio and speakers, you can click this test meeting at any time.

If you have questions please contact Susie Boles at sebaker2@uncg.edu.

Call for UNCG Honors College Submissions to Y Ddraig Goch: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Lloyd International Honors College has launched a new interdisciplinary journal entitled Y Ddraig Goch: An Interdisciplinary Journal, which features submissions from students across any academic discipline. The publication provides a platform for undergraduate research with faculty from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Under the Honors College’s Dean Omar Ali’s advising, the editor, Destiny Brooks, an Honors English major at UNC Greensboro, welcomes associate editors Ethan Eli San Pedro and Jenny Francisco to the journal. Ethan is an International Business and Economics major; Jenny is a Political Science and Environmental Studies major. As they work towards the completion of their latest edition, they are issuing a call for papers on the theme “Race and the Environment.” To submit your paper, please e-mail d_brook3@uncg.edu.

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Dear campus community,

As we look ahead toward the Fall 2020 semester, it remains our goal at UNCG – and across the UNC System – to open our doors for the return of students, faculty, and staff to our campus.  It is clear, however, that the experience this fall will be different than anything in recent memory.  It will require everyone to make significant adjustments to ensure the safety of our extended community – especially those most at risk. For the best possible outcome, we all must be vigilant in our commitment to the health of our campus community.  While there are many operational details still under discussion, we have made several vital decisions about our Fall Academic Calendar:

· The academic year will start on time (Semester opens Aug.10; First day of classes: Aug.18).

· We will eliminate Fall Break and Reading Day in order to end classes at the traditional Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 24).

· Final exams will be online except for classes that absolutely require certain clinical assessments or lab-based work (Nov. 30-Dec. 5).

· Commencement will remain on schedule for December 11, with event details to be determined later based on public health mandates and directives.

A more detailed calendar is below. Please continue to monitor our online calendar and, especially for new students, our SOAR website for changes and updates on orientation sessions.

This plan reduces the need for people to leave campus, disperse widely, and then return in the middle of the semester. Limiting movement is key for managing virus spread. It also enables us to maintain the necessary instructional days required to meet our academic standards and best serve our students.

In addition to the calendar changes, we are currently assessing all of the other implications of COVID-19 on our operations. We will maintain maximum flexibility in our planning, knowing that conditions may evolve over the summer. We hope you understand that we all must be adaptable, and we will do our best to keep you informed as important decisions are made.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate this complex landscape.

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.



Detailed Academic Calendar

Orientation, Advising, Registration Sessions                                        August 4 –14

Semester Opens                                                                                  Monday, August 10

Convocation Day (no classes)                                                             Monday, August 17

First Day of Classes                                                                            Tuesday, August 18

Last Day for Late Registration                                                             Monday, August 24

Holiday, Labor Day                                                                              Monday, September 7

Last Day of Classes/Begin Thanksgiving holiday                               Tuesday, November 24

Final Examinations (online unless otherwise required)                       Nov. 30 – Dec. 5, Mon.– Sat.

Commencement                                                                                  Friday, December 11


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May 18, 2020


TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:   Update to Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

After careful consideration and input from faculty senate and other groups, a decision has been made to alter the Fall academic calendar.  Specifically, we will eliminate Fall Break and Reading Day so that the last class day will fall prior to Thanksgiving break.  Final examinations will be conducted after Thanksgiving break and must be virtual.  The University Teaching Learning Commons (UTLC) will provide workshops in the coming months focused on various options for virtual final examinations/assessments.  I urge you to consider one of these workshops.  Please note that if virtual examinations are synchronous, they will need to be administered in accordance with the timeslots in the final examination schedule.  In rare instances where a virtual examination is not possible (e.g., clinical assessments) academic deans will submit requests to the Provost’s office for an exception.

We believe that eliminating Fall break and reading day to finish earlier is desirable in this uncertain environment.  The new Fall 2020 Academic Calendar, Parts of Term, and Final Examination Schedule follow.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

August 10–14, Mon.–Fri. Orientation, advising, and registration for all students based on student population and classification
August 10, Monday Fall semester opens
August 11, Tuesday UNCG Annual Kickoff
August 17, Monday Convocation Day
August 18, Tuesday Classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
August 18, Tuesday Financial aid satisfactory academic progress appeals deadline
August 18–24, Tues.–Mon. Late registration and schedule adjustment
August 24, Monday Last day to change course(s) or course section(s) for the Standard Term
August 24, Monday Hours locked for financial aid purposes.
August 24, Monday Last day to withdraw from a course for tuition and fees refund; course withdrawal policy in effect after this date.
August 25, Tuesday Deadline for graduate students to apply to graduate in December
August 31, Monday Census reporting
September 7, Monday Labor Day holiday. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
October 1, Thursday Opening day for the financial aid priority filing period for the 2021–22 academic year; FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid) available.
October 5, Monday Founders Day
October 9, Friday Deadline for undergraduates to apply to graduate in December
October 9, Friday Last day to withdraw from a course without incurring a WF grade (withdraw failing)
Oct. 14–Nov. 17, Wed.–Tues. Spring semester and summer session advising for continuing students, by appointment
October 23, Friday Final date for December doctoral candidates’ oral examinations
Oct. 26–Nov. 17, Mon.–Tues. Spring and Summer registration for continuing students
November 1, Sunday Deadline for undergraduates to apply to student teach during Fall 2021
November 6, Friday Deadline for filing dissertation and original signature pages with the Graduate School
November 16, Monday Deadline for filing thesis with the Graduate School
November 24, Tuesday University follows Monday schedule; last day of classes; instruction ends for Thanksgiving holiday, 10:00 p.m.
Nov. 30–Dec. 5, Mon.–Sat. Final examinations*
December 1, Tuesday Financial aid priority filing period ends for 2021–22 academic year.
December 3, Thursday Final date for complete clearance of December graduate degree candidates.
December 3, Thursday Deadline for final submission of thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School.
December 10, Thursday December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
December 11, Friday December Commencement, Greensboro Coliseum
*Final examinations must be virtual.  If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule time slots must be followed.
Approved by the Faculty Senate May 4, 2016. Approved by the Chancellor May 13, 2016. Amended September 8, 2016. Revised May 15, 2020.


Fall 2020 Parts of Term

Part of Term Start Date Last Day to Drop/Add Begin W Last day to withdraw w/out academic penalty Begin WF End Date Last Day of Exams Grades Due

5 P.M.

POT 1 Standard 15 weeks 18-Aug-20 24-Aug-20 25-Aug-20 09-Oct-20 10-Oct-20 24-Nov-20 05-Dec-20 14-Dec-20
POT A First Half (7.5 weeks, 37 days) 18-Aug-20 24-Aug-20 25-Aug-20 15-Sept-20 16-Sept-20 08-Oct-20 08-Oct-20 12-Oct-20
POT B Second Half (7.5 weeks, 37 days)* 09-Oct-20 15-Oct-20 16-Oct-20 04-Nov-20 05-Nov-20 03-Dec-20 03-Dec-20 11-Dec-20
POT L Interlink I 17-Aug-20 N/A N/A N/A N/A 16-Oct-20 N/A N/A
POT M Interlink II 19-Oct-20 N/A N/A N/A N/A TBD N/A N/A


Final examinations for POT 1 & POT B must be virtual.  If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule must be followed.

*After November 24, POT B will hold courses via a virtual format

Fall 2020 Final Examination Schedule

  • In accordance with Faculty Senate action, all course syllabi must include specific final exam information.
  • There is no scheduled Reading Day for the Fall 2020 term.
  • Final examinations must be virtual. If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule time slots must be followed.
  • Fall 2020 Exam Period: Monday, November 3 – Saturday, December 5, 2020
Class Meeting Time Exam Date Exam Time
Common Exams for all students taking MAT 112, 115, 120, 150, 151, 191; STA 108 Wednesday, December 2

8:00–11:00 A.M.

8:00 MWF Friday, December 4 8:00–11:00 A.M.
9:00 MWF Monday, November 30 8:00–11:00 A.M.
10:00 MWF Wednesday, December 2 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
11:00 MWF Monday, November 30 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
12:00 MWF Friday, December 4 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
1:00 MWF Wednesday, December 2 3:30–6:30 P.M.
2:00 MWF or MW Monday, November 30 3:30–6:30 P.M.
3:00 MWF or 3:30 MW Friday, December 4 3:30–6:30 P.M.
4:00 or 5:00 MWF or MW Friday, December 4 7:00–10:00 P.M.
5:30, 6:00, or 6:30 MWF or MW Monday, November 30 7:00–10:00 P.M.
7:00 or 7:30 MW Wednesday, December 2 7:00–10:00 P.M.
8:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 8:00–11:00 A.M.
9:30 TR Thursday, December 3 8:00–11:00 A.M.
11:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
12:00, 12:30, or 1:00 TR Thursday, December 3 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
2:00 TR Saturday, December 5 3:30–6:30 P.M.
3:30 TR Thursday, December 3 3:30–6:30 P.M.
4:00 or 5:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 3:30–6:30 P.M.
5:30, 6:00, or 6:30 TR Tuesday, December 1 7:00–10:00 P.M.
7:00 or 7:30 TR Thursday, December 3 7:00–10:00 P.M.
Exam Times for Other Meeting Periods

Classes that meet outside of the standard meeting time structure may experience difficulty scheduling final exams, and reserving classrooms for those exams.

Courses meeting one hour or two hours per week will follow the examination schedule for the MWF or TR sequence.
Evening classes (beginning at 5:00 P.M. and later) that meet once each week in three-hour blocks will have the examination during exam week at 7:00 P.M. on the first regular class day. For example, if your class normally meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:50, your exam will be held on Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 P.M. Instructors: Please check to make sure a classroom is available.
Courses meeting in the three-hour block scheduled from 2:00 to 4:50 will follow the appropriate sequence on MWF or TR. Note that this schedule structure may cause classroom conflicts on exam day.
Classes meeting on Saturday morning only will have the exam on Saturday, December 5, from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M.
The lecture period of a laboratory course will determine the examination time.
Kinesiology (KIN) activity courses will follow the above examination schedule.
If you have any questions about the examination period for a course meeting time not listed, please contact the University Registrar’s Office at 334-3728 or via e-mail at registrar@uncg.edu.


Students with more than two examinations within 24 hours may apply to the University Registrar’s Office, 180 Mossman Building, for permission to change their exam schedules. The usual policy is to change the middle examination in a sequence of three. Requests must be filed by 5:00 P.M., November 24, 2020.

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May 11, 2020


TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:   Faculty Award Videos

I hope your transition to summer affords you some much needed down time.  I’m delighted to share the videos of our outstanding faculty award recipients with you.  As you know the disruption related to COVID-19 delayed the production of these videos which are now available for viewing.

UNC BOG Excellence in Teaching Award, Carmen Sotomayor: https://youtu.be/epjItGQuJWk

Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards: https://youtu.be/Ub4Hk7ILh7o

Instruction and Education Awards: https://youtu.be/YJ9x00aG9Oc

Gladys Strawn Bullard, Joanne Murphy: https://youtu.be/NQiM2fsPaM8

Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service Nominee, Ann Berry Somers: https://youtu.be/ExUY0DLpCyI

Senior Research Excellence Award, Olav Rueppell: https://youtu.be/0zjcdP59LU0

Junior Research Excellence Award, Joanne Murphy: https://youtu.be/5RchfOJLfI8

I encourage you to take some time to view the videos and congratulate your colleagues if you have not already had the opportunity to do so.

A special thank you to Michael Frierson and the students in the Client-Based Media Production course who created these videos to honor this year’s awardees.

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May 4, 2020


TO:  UNCG Faculty & Staff

RE:  Fall 2020 Study Abroad Suspended

As the spring semester comes to an end, we are considering among other things some of the longer-term implications of COVID-19 on University programs. I write today to provide an update on fall study abroad.

The decision about whether to proceed with fall study abroad was a difficult one to reach. In the end, we took into careful consideration important factors including the elevated international travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State. We also considered the continued rise in COVID-19 related cases abroad, the related increased health, safety and risk concerns for our students, and the unreliable infrastructure capacity worldwide to respond to the pandemic.

Based on these considerations, the University has decided to suspend all undergraduate exchange programs for the fall term administered through the International Programs Center (IPC), and students have been notified by email.  In addition, all other international travel involving undergraduates has also been cancelled.

We must place the health and safety of our students above all other considerations. Please know that the IPC will support the students and help them understand their options going forward. For some, deferring their exchange opportunities to the spring may still be an option even if it is unclear at this time what the landscape will be by then. Students who still have questions have been advised to reach out to their Study Abroad advisor for clarification.

We are making this decision now so that our academic units will be in a better position to plan alternate academic opportunities for our students, and so that students will have more time to consider their options for fall courses. We appreciate that as a precaution many of them have already pre-registered for courses here at UNCG and applied for housing. We are encouraging those who have not yet registered, to do so now, and we ask your help as their academic advisors.

As previously communicated, all student international travel (including experiential, study abroad and other group travel program) activities for the summer 2020 term are cancelled. Further, we continue to strongly recommend that all non-essential international and domestic employee travel be avoided until at least June 30.

We will continue to re-evaluate this travel policy and all related academic decisions as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to the IPC staff or to studyabroad@uncg.edu.