Provost's Office Reflects on Start of Remote Instruction, Offers Additional Resources

March 27, 2020

Dear Members the University Community—

As we come to the end of the first week of remote instruction (end of the second week for the law school), we wanted to take a moment to share with you a few updates both for our campuses and the learning communities across UNH. We have all been learning a lot this week.

Late yesterday, Gov. Chris Sununu issued an emergency order that mandates the closure of all non-essential businesses and requires Granite Staters to stay at home through May 4, 2020. While the university is considered essential, given that the vast majority of the UNH community is already working remotely, the impact of this order does not really change how we’re doing business to support our students both remotely and those that remain on campus.  We are working closely with those members of our community that are needed on our campuses to assure their safety and security.

Students, you have been navigating your first week back from spring break and a new normal. Faculty, you have had to transform syllabi, lesson plans and learning strategies to engage students in new ways. Staff, you have been hard at work cleaning, feeding and protecting our campus or developing your teleworking skills to support our faculty and students. Campus leaders have been learning new skills as we respond to literally daily changes on the campus, in the state and around the nation and support our community during this crisis. 

As we experience and learn new things, it is important that we keep each other updated. The links below are designed as living documents. While we will highlight a few of the new items on each page, they are being updated so please check back regularly. 

Students, the student FAQ page has been updated to include a university statement on privacy rights and intellectual property as well as information on how to access student support services like Career and Professional Success and Psychological and Counseling Services.

Faculty, please review best practices for online assessments. We strongly recommend you leverage online assessment strategies to meet this challenge. Please check the instructional continuity  site regularly for updates. In addition, videos on best practices are available from our partners at Educause and LinkedIn, as well as new resources in support of Zoom.

Staff, please access resources to support your remote work.  
Our campuses have become very quiet with our research programs also transitioning wherever possible to remote access. A small team of essential researchers continue to support the laboratory and farm enterprise on the Durham campus and research/scholarship continues at home. There are also FAQ documents to support that work for both research and remote access to library resources.

Everything isn’t perfect, but we are supporting one another. We are thankful for the partnership of the leadership in the Faculty Senate and unions, the undergraduate and graduate student leaders that have met with the administration, and the staff councils who have remained engaged and hard at work. Even while we are responding to current challenges, we are already planning for a time when we can get back to campuses, to our classrooms and labs, and the UNH we know. Until that time, thank you for everything you are doing to advance learning, support our community and achieve the UNH mission during these trying times.

Wayne Jones

P. T. Vasudevan
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

John T. Kirkpatrick
Senior Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students