We've made it through our first week of online learning
We have made it through our first week of online learning together. I know there have been some challenges, and while faculty and staff are hard at work with this transition, I appreciate your flexibility with these changes and encourage you to remain focused on your coursework.
I also recognize that the transition to online learning may have caused stress and anxiety. Now, more than ever, we need to be there for one another. We've expanded access to the Counseling Center by offering remote services and the Falcon Health Center will soon launch a tele-health option for your care. Yesterday, we announced flexible grade options to offer additional accommodations. You will be hearing more from Provost Whitehead next week, but I encourage you to begin carefully considering the grading options available to you, and remember that immediate action is not needed. You can withdraw from a course until May 8 and change from a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) to S/U/NC until May 29.
As I have previously mentioned, we continue to work on a credit/refund process for our students' housing, dining and parking plans. While I initially intended to share more details today, this afternoon a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus was signed into law. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes new regulations and impacts industries across the nation, including higher education and Bowling Green State University.
After communicating with other Ohio public universities and receiving guidance from the state, we have to delay the announcement of our plans. We want to ensure that our actions do not inadvertently disadvantage our students or the University from receiving funding from the higher education emergency relief portion of the CARES Act. We are expecting to have more clarity next week, and we remain committed to an equitable and fair approach.
Whether you live in Bowling Green or are states away, our campuses are your home. We know that your BGSU experience is about more than your academic pursuits, so we are excited to launch #BGSUVirtual - an online hub to stay engaged with the University. From staying active with virtual yoga (that option is not for me) to viewing weekly concerts from the College of Musical Arts, this is just the start to a whole new build out of opportunities that you have come to expect from our comprehensive institution. While you may miss your favorite study spots or getting lost in the stacks of books in the Jerome Library, stay curious with our remote library help.
We are in this together – and BGSU will continue to keep you updated with our decisions as we navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.
Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D.