November 24, 2020
Dear Graduate Students,
Earlier today, President Eisgruber wrote to the campus community to announce that all enrolled undergraduate students will be given the option to return to campus for the spring semester. I write to reassure you that graduate students will continue to have the option to be on campus for the coming spring semester, just as you have for this fall semester.
In addition, many of our graduate programs that were able to offer remote study in the fall will be able to continue to offer remote options for the spring semester for those students who require them. First-year graduate students who began their programs remotely will be contacted by staff from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School in the first week of December with more information about their specific options. Graduate students in higher years of study may also be able to continue to study remotely in the spring, depending on the specific requirements of their programs and their funding support, if any. All graduate students should be in close contact with their programs over the next few weeks with any related questions about the spring semester.
In the first week of December, faculty in graduate programs will receive additional guidance about the possibility of allowing more graduate students to use spaces within academic departments and buildings for research and study purposes. This guidance will also be shared with you, so that you are fully aware of the review process for any such requests that faculty may make on behalf of graduate students.
Later in December, the Graduate School’s gradfall2020 website will be updated with additional information about the spring semester. We will inform you when the site has been updated and renamed gradspring2021. In the meantime, this site continues to offer broadly applicable information about the options and supports currently available to you.
As always, the staff in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School are also here to answer your questions and support you in whatever ways we can. All of us wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Cole M. Crittenden
Deputy Dean and Acting Dean of the Graduate School