Provost Extends Deadline for Informed Consent Form, Announces Virtual Town Hall

July 21, 2020

The following email was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students on all three campuses.

Dear Wildcats—

I am writing to let you know that we have heard your concerns about the informed consent form. First, I want to clarify that an informed consent is not the same as a waiver of liability. It is a recognition that you understand what is expected and agree to follow behavioral and safety practices to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 for every member of our community. We’re working hard to get all of the necessary pieces into place to ensure a successful reopening of our campuses and that is challenging to do when information changes on a daily if not hourly basis. We will host another virtual town hall meeting Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. to answer your questions: https://unh.zoom.us/j/92276774648 or +1 646 876 9923 Webinar ID: 922 7677 4648.

Many of you are asking about your classes. While the deans’ offices and faculty are still working hard to finalize exact details, I can assure you that a majority of classes, more than 60%, are expected to be face-to-face, even with COVID-19 capacity limits. In addition, blended classes will allow students to participate in face-to-face education at least once a week and we've increased the number of online offerings. Note, some classes that are listed as online may have recitations or lab sections that are face-to-face and scheduled separately for the same course, fulfilling the goal of as many classes as possible meeting face-to-face. Please look carefully before contacting your advisor or the dean’s office. While most of the curriculum is complete, we plan to finalize the planning over the next 7-10 days. I encourage you to visit courses.unh.edu, where delivery method is identified in each course’s “attribute” and “location” section. Within the next 48 hours, the registrar’s office will have a course delivery glossary available for your use.

Many students have asked about remote access to courses. With the additional pure online courses and the advanced technology that will allow students to zoom into classrooms, many classes are available for remote learning, but certainly not all. If you have told us that you intend to stay home and take all your classes remotely, a member of your college academic affairs office will contact you to determine whether you need help in adjusting your course selections. If you are unsure, please contact the associate dean in your college.

We have developed a comprehensive strategy to protect our community with physical distancing, frequent handwashing, required use of face coverings and COVID testing. We are #UNHTogether and we must act as a community for our health and well-being. We will provide testing on our campuses throughout the semester and you will receive an email with more comprehensive information later this week.

We understand this is a lot to process. As a result, we have extended the deadline to sign the informed consent until Friday, July 31, 2020. If you want to change the response you submitted to the informed consent, login to Webcat, choose “Student Informed Consent Agreement” from the Personal Information menu and click “I would like to change my response.” Any technical questions about how to do this can be directed to the UNH Help Desk at (603) 862-4242.

I look forward to talking with you Thursday at 7 p.m. If you are not able to join us, a recording of the session will be available on the COVID-19 website Friday.

Wayne Jones
Provost