From Susan Fournier, Allen Questrom Professor & Dean
Dear Questrom Students,
By now you have seen the update from President Brown regarding university operations and the near-term plans for continuing classroom instruction online until at least April 13th. I want to reassure you that we are absolutely committed to adapting our practices in order to help you successfully complete your semester. I write today to address some of the Questrom-specific questions that you may have.
SHOULD I COME TO CAMPUS?
No. All education and support services will be offered remotely. Further, access to team-rooms, lounges, classrooms, computer labs and other common spaces in Questrom will be suspended. Therefore, there are no reasons for you to return to the Hariri Building for this time period. Our goal is to maximize social distancing in order to prevent the spread of this virus. It is our collective responsibility to do all we can to keep our community healthy.
The President’s message strongly advises that students who are not presently on campus should not return to campus at the conclusion of spring break. For those who are unable to return to their homes, or are concerned about travel, university housing and limited dining services will be available. If you need to retrieve any of your belongings on campus you may do so.
For international students choosing to return home during this time, please know that there is a risk that your travel may be restricted and your entrance back to the United States may be prohibited. Should you find yourself in this situation, please know that we will work with you to ensure you will have an opportunity to complete your Questrom coursework.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THE WEEKS TO COME?
All classes will resume, in a remote format, on Monday, March 16th at their regularly scheduled times. Faculty will orient you to changes to course syllabi, course deliverables, the online learning platforms, and other necessary changes to adapt. Additional training resources will soon be made available to help you adapt to this new delivery format. At this time, on-campus class sessions are expected to resume on Monday, April 13th. The President will make a final determination on the resumption of in-person sessions in advance of this date.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY WILL I NEED TO WORK ONLINE?
Classes will continue to use QuestromTools as the learning management platform for course materials, readings, and assignment submission. For live class sessions you will use Zoom. In the days to come, you will receive additional communications about to access these resources. You will need access to a computer or mobile device, as well as access to the Internet. If you do not have access to these tools, please let us know by completing this form.
CAN MY STUDENT ORGANIZATION OR TEAM STILL MEET OR HOLD EVENTS?
Again, per University guidelines no in-person meetings or events may take place on-campus. In addition, no off-campus meetings or events using University funds or those which process payments through the University are permitted. As with classes, we encourage you to find remote solutions for your meetings.
WHAT CHANGES SHOULD I EXPECT IN QUESTROM FACILITIES?
While we do not encourage you to be on campus or in the building, the Pardee Library will be open as will Breadwinners and Starbucks (Monday – Friday, 8am-2:30pm). Again, University guidelines encourage the use of social distancing at all times and no group interaction. For a full listing of university services that will be remain open please visit the university COVID-19 information page.
IS GRADUATION CANCELLED?
At this point, the University has made no decisions about Commencement.
WILL I BE ABLE TO ACCESS MY ACADEMIC OR CAREER ADVISOR?
Yes, all student services will remain operational. Services will be offered virtually in order to support social distancing and minimize risk. You will receive information in the next few days directly from your program on how you can access academic and career support services.
As we navigate these challenges, we are thinking of the well-being of the Questrom community. We ask you to join us as we support each other during these unprecedented days. It will take patience and flexibility as we adapt to this new reality. We can do it, together.