I hope this message finds you, your families, and your friends well despite the continuing challenges of COVID-19.
I am writing again to support and reinforce President Burwell’s message from earlier today. As you now know, AU/SIS’s fall semester will be fully online with no residential experience.
Our faculty will continue to work toward providing the best teaching and learning experience possible for each of you. Our assistant deans, faculty, and staff will follow up with more detailed information as it becomes available.
As President Burwell explained, this decision was necessitated by four factors: the increased case count of COVID-19 nationwide; the nation’s strained testing system; DC-area decisions about K-12 education, which impact our faculty and staff; and the District’s recently implemented 14-day quarantine period for people from states identified as transmission hot spots.
As with all decisions made since this situation began to unfold earlier this year, the decision about the fall semester was made with the health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty as the priority. Nothing is more important than your health and safety.
I know that this decision likely disappoints you. I’m disappointed, too! But the facts of the pandemic are undeniable, and I know you will rise to the occasion.
Please continue to stay alert for further messages from AU and SIS. We will endeavor to answer all your questions as soon as we can.
The immense challenges that face us can only be overcome with a unified approach to combatting the pandemic. We all must do our parts. This year likely will not be remembered as anyone’s favorite. But we have an opportunity to create something positive at SIS this fall through our continued insistence on meeting the challenges that face us with intellectual rigor and a passion for positive change.
I look forward to this fall semester.
All the best,
Christine BN Chin, Dean
School of International Service