A Message to Graduate Students
Sent July 1, 2020
Dear Graduate and Professional students,
The University understands that illness or quarantining, the shift to online instruction, restrictions on travel and person-to-person contact, and limited access to labs, facilities and other resources during the spring 2020 semester could have impeded your academic progress or saddled you with additional expenses. As a result of these disruptions, some graduate students may need emergency financial support and/or extra time to complete their degrees.
If you have lost funding or incurred unexpected expenses for something related to COVID-19, we encourage you to review available University resources.
You can apply for emergency aid through the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid also offers other types of assistance, including grants for domestic and international students that are awarded based on need. If you are applying due to extenuating circumstances, make sure to include that information in your application.
Additionally, OGAPS, colleges, and departments share a joint commitment to find solutions for students whose academic progress has been impeded by COVID-19 or university actions taken in response to the pandemic.
Recognizing that we are still in a period of uncertainty, but working to enhance student support moving forward, Colleges and OGAPS agree to:
- Actively foster flexibility, borne out of a spirit of understanding and compassion for students
- Examine each student’s situation individually, considering all relevant factors that may have impeded progress to degree
- Understand that non-academic factors (financial insecurity, travel restrictions, connectivity issues, family pressures, stress) may have impeded progress to degree
- Communicate with transparency and openness
- Recognize that impacts of spring 2020 will likely extend into future semesters
If you were set to finish this spring or summer, but your time-to-degree has been extended and you have concerns about time/credit limits or funding, reach out to your program faculty, graduate director, staff advisor, or graduate student organization for guidance. They are eager to help you.
If you have pursued these options, but still have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you feel that you have issues or concerns that have not been resolved fairly or equitably or wish to have a confidential discussion with the Ombuds Officer, email email@example.com.
Dr. Karen L. Butler-Purry
Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies