In an email sent to students March 16, Provost Deborah Huntley announced that classes will be online-only through finals week.
“Earlier today, the federal government recommended avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people,” she stated in the email. “In response, SVSU is limiting the gatherings of RSOs and other student groups to no more than 10 people, and reminding them to practice social distancing.”
In an email to faculty posted on the SVSU coronavirus website, Huntley stated that SVSU is in the middle of purchasing a secure testing software.
“I know that some of you are concerned about secure testing,” she stated, “and we are obtaining a license to Respondus, a commercial product that integrates with Canvas and will help to ensure academic integrity. This tool will be available very soon and tutorials will be provided.”
The email stated SVSU is exploring the option of letting students elect to go pass/fail for the rest of the semester.
” Given the challenges of this semester, we all need to be very intentional about facilitating student success,” Huntley stated. “We have extended the withdrawal period to the end of the semester and are exploring options such as allowing students to elect Pass/Fail grading.”
The email stated that faculty can elect to use their office space during this time, but they are being encouraged to work from home.
The Vanguard will update this story as more details are known.