March 13, 2020
Dear students, staff and faculty:
Following President Farnam Jahanian's announcement on the university's transition to remote instruction and guidance from Dean Krishnan and colleagues at Heinz College in Pittsburgh, I would like to announce that CMU-A will also be moving to remote instruction and distance learning starting next week and until further notice.
As you know, CMU-A is well-equipped for this transition. We have the skilled staff and latest technologies that will enable us to make this transition successfully.
Please take note of the following measures we're taking at CMU-A as we make this transition:
To prepare for this transition, classes will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday next week (March 16-17) and will resume in remote instruction mode on Wednesday, March 18. During this two-day cancellation of classes, the IT office will be testing the connectivity of each student and the adequacy of personal computers. Ben Olijnyk and the IT team will be sending out a survey email and instructions for remote testing of student connectivity and computer capability.
Unless the university sends different instructions, the CMU-A campus will remain open and operational during this shift to remote instruction. Students are welcome to use the campus facilities but will be strictly advised to follow social distancing and sanitation strategies. Social distancing means that interactions be done at least 2 meters apart. Activities on campus that involve 25 people or more will be cancelled. Regular and thorough hand washing is paramount. Additional hand sanitizers will be placed around CMU-A and we have arranged for more frequent disinfecting in our common facilities.
Students who are currently away from campus and do not wish to return to Adelaide as well as students who are in Adelaide and wish to go home may do so during this period of remote instruction. However, we strongly urge you to reconsider. Please consider that in some countries, there may be firewalls that can block online delivery of course content. Students are advised to consider this constraint as they assess their alternatives. Likewise, students should consider if they will be able to return to Australia or, for Global students, if they will be able to enter the United States, when CMU-Pittsburgh and/or CMU-A transitions back to on-site teaching and ceases remote instruction. Travel bans issued by the Australian and United States governments (existing and, possibly, forthcoming) may prevent students from returning to CMU-A or, for Global students, from entering the United States. When making your decision to return home or to remain in Australia, please consider the possibility that this might affect your ability to continue or complete your graduate degree at CMU.
CMU Pittsburgh and CMU-A will provide regular updates via email as needed. Updated information on the university's responses to COVID-19 virus outbreak will be continuously available at CMU's Alert system.
For assistance in student services, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com or call at Tel: 8110-9990.
For assistance with IT services, please do not hesitate to email IToffice@australia.cmu.edu or call at Tel: 8110-9999.
Strict self-enforcement of social distancing and sanitation strategies will be critical to make this shift to remote instruction and distance learning effective and productive. Working together following the university's guidelines, I am confident we will be able to make it through this challenging period.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.