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Dean's Message: Spring 2020

Welcome back from Spring break! I know these are stressful, strange times. Please know that we are all in uncharted waters as well, and this is certainly the most unsettled time in my 25 years in higher education. Please be assured that all of us in the CAS Dean’s office, your CAS faculty, advisers, and staff are sympathetic to your situation and concerns.
Most of all we want to help you finish the year successfully and return to ISU in the Fall, ready to go back to work in our usual way and hopefully in a much less anxious and stressful situation. If this is your Senior year and you’re graduating in May then let me say congratulations! This is a great accomplishment, and I am so sorry that we will be missing out on commencement and all the fun that goes with it. I hope it doesn’t detract from all that you’ve been able to do in your time at I.S.U.
Just a couple of immediate points, particularly relative to grading and registration for classes. First, you know by now that you have the option of switching some or all of your classes from A-F to S/U grades. Please think about this carefully and talk with your adviser and faculty members before making any decisions. You have until May 1 to make this choice, so there is no rush. Second, if you haven’t already done so, please register to see your adviser for priority registration as soon as possible. Registration for summer and fall begins in less than two weeks.
Finally, if you are considering dropping a class please reconsider, or at least reach out to the professor or your adviser to talk about it. I know many of you may feel like the switch to distance delivery has been difficult and unsettling. That’s certainly understandable. You didn’t sign up for this. But I know that your faculty are working hard to finish the semester as effectively, and compassionately, as possible.
In terms of dropping any class, the official drop date remains Monday, April 6. But, given these unusual circumstances I will be approving drop requests as late as May 1 (which is also the deadline to choose switching grades to S/U from A-F). I want you to have the flexibility of a bit more time to try this new method of delivery in many of your classes. In other words, take some time to think about both grades and drops, and reach out to faculty and advisors to get as much information as you can.
Good luck the rest of the semester, and of course please feel free to get in touch with any of us in the CAS Dean’s office if you think that we can be of any help.

Thank you, and stay safe,
Prof. Olsen