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March 19, 2020: Academic Affairs update


The Provost and all the academic affairs offices are working hard to answer important questions about your courses and your grades in this very unusual situation.  Major decisions that have been made involving academics appear in the list below.  Please note that the College’s COVID-19 webpage is updated frequently with information and links that contain answers to many of your questions.  The information in this email will be placed there as well.

  • Quarter-Credit Courses.  All MUSA, PACT, TARA, and DANA courses have ended as of last Friday and will not be continued online.  All students enrolled in these courses will receive the grade that was valid last Friday.
  • Last Drop Date.  The last day to drop a class with a grade of W has been moved from April 3 to April 10.
  • Spring Registration.  We have adopted a slightly later and a longer spring registration period. Building your schedules and your registration meetings with advisors will occur April 1 – 17.  A revised registration calendar is attached.  You will receive an email from Registrar Brenda Adams with all the details.  Your advisor will also be in contact electronically after spring break.
  • Internet Access.  Students who continue to have issues with internet and computer access should contact the IT Help Desk by email ( or telephone (501-450-1340).  Associate Provost Leslie Templeton will be working with students and faculty on alternatives for those whose access problems continue.
  • Online Courses.  Please consult the email to you from Information Technology about what you need to do to get your computer ready.  Many faculty will continue to use email and Moodle.  However, many will be utilizing MS Teams software to communicate about classes and, in some cases, advising.  The email from IT explains how to set up Teams on your computer or your smartphone.    Your faculty will be in touch by email to explain how your course will operate.
  • Other Academic Affairs Offices.  Many offices have emailed or added information to the COVID-19 webpage.  This includes the Odyssey Office, Career Services, and Bailey Library.  You will soon receive emails or have access to posted information from other academic affairs offices around campus.

Please let me know if you have questions.  We are all in this together, and together we will find ways forward.


David Sutherland '81 
Associate Provost and Professor of Mathematics