6-26-20

Dear Students,

 In the context of conversations with continuing students, peer institutions in the GTU, and the ongoing uncertainties of the spread of COVID-19, PSR’s faculty met on Monday, June 22nd, to discuss the best way to deliver our curriculum to you. In order to keep our community and our loved ones safe, all PSR courses will be offered through remote learning this Fall. Consequently, there will be no face-to-face instruction.  

Our faculty are spending this summer expanding their already significant knowledge of remote learning practices, including the growing set of options through our Zoom and Moodle platforms. The three-hour a week course contact requirements will be met, in part, through Zoom sessions that will last a maximum of two hours. For the additional hour, each course will provide a number of options for students to engage the anti-homophobic, anti-racist, and anti-xenophobic work that PSR’s curricula and design support. 

I am excited about the creative ways the faculty are thinking about the delivery of the additional hour of content. Similarly, faculty and staff, especially Assistant Dean for Academic Programming, Tara L. Weekes, Rev. Ann Jefferson, Director of Community Life, and Professor Sharon Fennema are working collaboratively to prepare ways to continue our community life and formation through worship, social gatherings, and celebrations. 

We will continue to be attentive to the advice of local health officials as we determine the reopening of campus facilities and will keep you informed.  Also, note that Fall registration will open July 1, 2020. For registration support, the Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs, Farzana Barakzai (fbarakzai@psr.edu), will be available. Please note, due to the change in modality and length, most class times have changed. For those of you already registered for Fall, these changes will be reflected on SONIS by July 1st. More details about individual courses and their components will be presented in August.

The Academic Affairs office wishes you rest and peace during the summer break.

Thank you,

Dean Susan Abraham

3-17-20

From Dean Abraham

Grades:

  1. You will be able to choose a Letter Grade option or a P/F option for your classes (both required and electives) this semester. Once you make your choice you may not change this option. Faculty have already been providing extensions on assignments to students who need it. Please talk with your instructors if you need accommodations of time.
  2. Since we are past the time for refunds for courses, we will not be doing so.

Library:

The GTU Library is currently closed to all but essential personnel in compliance with a Shelter-In-Place Order issued on March 16, 2020.  However, the Library continues to provide access to digital resources and provide remote services to our academic communities.  The following services are in place:

  • Ask-a-librarian chat: available from the library webpages, the reference librarians will be online M-F from 10a-5p.
  • Email: send all questions (about anything) to library@gtu.edu
  • Zoom one-on-one help: by appointment, email us, and we can set up a time to meet.
  • In-class instruction: we can teach a live instruction session in zoom for your class, showing them how to search online and answer questions. This can be tailored to a particular assignment, or we can demonstrate specific resources, search strategies, and online tools.
  • Quick Online Tutorial: Short Tutorial about Searching
  • Distance Students Guide: Guide for Distance Students
  • Extended due dates: No items will be due while we are closed, we have extended all due dates. Please login to your library account to see these changes. However, if students are leaving the Bay Area, the book return at 2400 Ridge Road is available for drop off of items.
  • Online workshops: Yes, we are preparing more workshops to be held in zoom. Workshops will be advertised on the library homepage and workshops page.
  • Full access for special students: Some categories of people (like auditors) only had in-library access to digital materials like ebooks. For the duration of the semester the Library has extended full remote access to anyone sitting in on classes. If you have students in these categories, and they don’t know how to login, please have them email library@gtu.edu

This information can also be found on the Remote Library Resources page.