As you saw in the message this morning, the University is carefully monitoring the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases, and particularly the spread of the Omicron variant, which is proving to be highly transmissible. The University has asked Schools to move to remote learning during January term, and to reduce the density of on-campus activities for the first three weeks of January. To that end, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has made the following adjustments to our activities during this period:
- All January course instruction will be conducted remotely. (Research activities, such as senior thesis work, will continue in-person at the discretion of the faculty advisor.)
- Managers will work with staff to enable remote work where possible and appropriate.
There is still much we do not know about the Omicron variant and the impacts it may have on plans for the spring. As we take these steps to decrease the density of our campus activities in early January, we should also remember the importance of remaining flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances. We will keep you informed and communicate any changes in guidance as soon as that information is available.
I wish our community a safe and restful break.
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences