|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff, All Students|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the Provost|
|Date Sent:||Friday, March 13, 2020 12:35 PM CDT|
Clarification of the start of online instruction
We have received many questions asking for more details about how we are proceeding with classes until the end of the semester. One of the most common inquiries focuses on exactly when online classes will begin. I am sending this message to clarify some of the details of the transition to online classes.
Courses that are already online will proceed on their normal schedule.
All other courses will transition to an online format no later than the first regularly scheduled class of the week of March 23.
Loyola University Chicago is a complex institution with many different schools and colleges. Therefore, I believe that we need to provide flexibility to the different schools. We must allow them to determine when online classes will begin. If a course is ready to go online and receives the dean's approval, it may begin instruction as early as Monday, March 16.
Please check with your instructors when they will begin online instruction.
I also know that these events have disrupted the lives of our students, and many have only a few days to pack their belongings and return home. Therefore, instructors should neither give exams nor require papers or homework before March 23.
If you have any questions about any aspect of our response to the COVID-19 situation, please write to us at COVID-19support@LUC.edu.
We are in uncharted territory as a University community and as a nation. The greatest strength that we have is to support each other in these difficult and uncertain times. In my short time here, I have already seen the character and resilience of Loyolans, and I am confident that we will navigate this situation successfully.
Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer