Administration, Faculty Senate Urge Continued Support for Students

Dec. 9, 2020


Dear Colleagues,

Each of you has been doing an extraordinary job in disruptive and difficult times to fulfill the important educational mission of UNH. Difficulties have arisen this semester on all sides and for all members of our community: faculty, staff, administrators and students. As we come to the close of the semester, the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic are increasing—particularly at the local and national level. This adds additional personal and organizational pressure on all of us, and in particular on students at an already stressful point in the semester.

At Monday’s Faculty Senate meeting, the senate passed the following motion with unanimous support (no nays, four abstentions):

Whereas the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to disrupt the academic, personal and professional lives of all of us on the UNH campuses and beyond; and whereas students are taking courses in a variety of new and different modalities during this continued challenging and complex time; be it resolved that the Faculty Senate encourages all administrators, faculty and advisors to respond to students in a compassionate, flexible and supportive manner that is respectful of the extraordinarily difficult environment in which we are living. The Faculty Senate acknowledges that these student-centered supports have been in place across our campuses, but as we approach the end of the Fall 2020 semester, the Faculty Senate encourages:

  • Continued consideration of supporting petitions for academic variance (i.e., support students petitioning to late withdrawal from a course if they have suitable reason)
  • Continued access to remote and/or in person UNH healthcare resources and counseling (i.e., compassionately, respectfully encouraging students to explore possibilities for supportive healing)
  • Continued responsiveness by faculty to student requests for support.

Thank you for all you are doing for our students and each other.

Erin Sharp
Chair, Faculty Senate

Kate Ziemer
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Wayne Jones