It has been a challenging few weeks for the entire Ursinus family. The college has needed to make unprecedented decisions, based on guidance from the CDC and several official orders from Governor Tom Wolfe. We know those decisions have not always been easy to accept. Be assured that, through all of this, our focus has always been on you and what we can do to best protect and support you.
The college has had to take actions resulting in unexpectedly keeping you away from campus after spring break, faculty working to develop remote learning, the cancelling of productions and athletic seasons, questions about commencement, and numerous other scenarios. We understand that you all feel disappointment and frustration as a result of this pandemic, and you are not alone. We are in this together. To the Class of 2020, we are very aware that this is not the way you wanted your senior year to go, and we are working tirelessly on plans to celebrate all of you in a uniquely Ursinus way.
We are used to living and learning together, and the sudden need to practice social distancing will require time for all of us to adjust. While we may not be living together on campus, we have created amazing memories in our 150th year. And we have more to do! The college is actively working on issues of concern to students, particularly the revision of our current S/U designation to become a useful pass-fail option. All of us in student affairs and academic affairs will continue to be available to you as a resource. As we transition to online learning this week, faculty and staff are available to assist in the transition and ease any anxiety that you may experience. Please refer to the COVID-19 page at https://go.ursinus.edu/StudentQuestions for a list of resources and FAQs that are updated daily.
We are facing difficult times and in the Ursinus way, we are coming together as family with perseverance, resiliency and grit. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions, would like to talk, or need support.
Dean Bryant and Dean Schneider