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March 15 Covid-19 Faculty Update

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Dear Faculty,

Thank you for your creativity and persistence to date while planning to move all classroom instruction online.  We are aware that some departments have already been proactively preparing to move lab sessions online. I am writing to follow up with more details for faculty on the new updates provided by President Clemo in her message earlier today.   

In light of the evolving public health situation, and our desire to keep our campus and broader community safe, the following new instructional continuity guidelines are in place: 

  1. All lab instruction will move online as of Monday March 23, 2020.  Lab meetings scheduled for Wednesday through Friday 3/18-3/20 will be cancelled to provide time to prepare with support from the online learning team.  Online lab strategy sessions will be held Monday 3/16. 
  2. Scheduled IPE simulation sessions in the DAC Simulation Center are cancelled. Instructors with simulation requirements tied to course learning objectives will need to develop alternate approaches for students who have not yet completed spring semester simulation to meet the associated learning objectives. 
  3. Simulation spaces will be prioritized for alternative clinical experiences to ensure that students in the final eight weeks of their academic programs will be able to graduate.  This may be offered as small group simulation or may need to move to a virtual online format.  A virtual simulation team is being assembled. 
  4. Clinical instruction and internship guidelines will vary from site to site, so students should follow the guidance communicated by their clinical or internship sites and faculty. 

At this time, we are focused on minimizing disruption to our students’ education, and to finding new ways to for students to complete program requirements and graduate.  Our newest graduates will be needed soon to fill urgent health care and other needs in our community. Program chairs should prioritize their effort toward developing alternative strategies to help students near graduation complete their degrees under different scenarios. 
We recognize your dedication to ensuring uninterrupted instruction for D’Youville students and will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.