In the interest of safeguarding students, faculty and staff, Auburn University at Montgomery’s plan to deliver course instruction remotely rather than face to face will be extended through the end of the spring 2020 semester.
AUM had initially planned to begin the transition to remote course delivery on Monday, March 23, on the first scheduled class day after spring break, and return to in-person instruction after April 10. The university has modified its plan in accordance with guidance provided by public health officials on mitigating the community spread of COVID-19.
“The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our No. 1 priority,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “We have continued to monitor developments with COVID-19, and have planned for a variety of scenarios. As circumstances change, we will be prepared to change with them.”
While no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have involved AUM students or employees, public health officials have encouraged individuals to engage in “social distancing,” maintaining a buffer zone of at least 6-feet, and exercising careful hygiene to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.”
AUM encourages students not to return to campus. However, residence halls will remain open for students who have a need for housing.
The university is maintaining campus-based staff in key operational units, including AUM Police, Admissions, Facilities, Financial Aid, Housing & Residence Life, Information Technology Services, Library, the Office of Global Initiatives, Online and Digital Learning, the Office of the Registrar, Student Health Services, the Warhawk Academic Success Center and Warhawk Transit.
While normal on-campus dining has been suspended, the university will continue to offer an array of pre-packaged foods and beverages for on-campus resident students. Students with specific needs or questions are encouraged to utilize the university’s Warhawk Help Portal.
Earlier this month, AUM canceled or postponed all campus events through April 10 and encouraged employees to work remotely. Those protocols will remain in place. No decisions have been made yet regarding the university’s spring commencement ceremony, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 9.
“Our faculty and staff have demonstrated remarkable dedication and resourcefulness in adjusting to a unique and fluid situation,” Stockton said. “We will do everything possible to minimize disruptions for our students as they continue their coursework, and we will continue to provide the high level of support and service they have come to expect.”
AUM will continue to keep the campus community informed of new developments as details become available. Visit our COVID-19 resource page for all announcements pertaining to course delivery and campus operations.
Learn more: http://www.aum.edu/coronavirus
Contact: Troy Johnson (334-244-3110), Adrienne Nettles (334-244-3896)