Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Tune in for the Chancellor’s Weekly COVID-19 Update series

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


The volume and pace of information during the past three months has been remarkable. Everything we think we know seems to change each day. Such is the nature of life during a pandemic.

In recent weeks, I have consistently heard how much you value the regular updates we are providing via email, the website, and Zoom discussions with campus leaders.

In light of this feedback, for the rest of the summer I will host weekly Zoom updates during which I will share the latest news regarding our work to reopen campus for the fall semester. These weekly discussions will be pre-recorded and shared with campus each Wednesday via email and posted on our Chancellor’s Weekly COVID-19 Update page.

Most of these weekly updates will be no more than 15 minutes and feature at least one guest presenter alongside me. We know your time is valuable, so we will structure these updates to get you the information you need as efficiently as possible.

While these weekly updates will focus on our efforts to manage the pandemic, for this week’s inaugural episode, Provost Bichelmeyer and I felt it appropriate also to discuss ongoing national and campus conversations and protests related to racism, inequality and injustice.

As we look to the fall, our goal is to welcome back to campus as many students and scholars as are able and willing to be here in a way that continues to prioritize the health and welfare of our community. We will continue to partner with – and rely on – each of you to help us shape our plans in the weeks ahead. I look forward to sharing additional updates on our fall reopening plan as details are finalized.



Douglas A. Girod

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