The University of Guam is transitioning all of its classes into an online or alternative format for the remainder of the academic semester. Courses that had previously been in an online or hybrid format will resume as usual on Monday. All other previously face-to-face classes will begin on April 6.
“Our faculty and staff have been working hard to transform all of our classes to online or to an alternative format,” said President Thomas W. Krise. “We are confident that our students working together with our faculty will ensure a successful completion of this semester.”
The University of Guam has set up training for faculty and students throughout next week to familiarize them with various online learning tools.
Students can also attend a “virtual field trip into online learning” to learn more about the e-learning, teleconferencing, and video conferencing platforms their instructors have selected to continue teaching their classes.
“Our number one goal in converting all of our courses is the success of our students,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Anita Borja Enriquez. “We will ensure no student is left behind in finishing this semester. We will do everything possible to support their needs and work with them on any issues they might have.”
The university plans to complete the semester on its original timeline, with final exams scheduled for May 18–22. Certain deadlines have been extended for this semester, including:
Deadline to apply for financial aid: April 6
Deadline for voluntary course withdrawal: April 15
Deadline for special projects and credit by exam: April 17
Deadline to pay tuition: April 30
Alternate plans for the commencement ceremony are being considered, although students who will meet the requirements to graduate in May will still receive their diplomas, even if the ceremony is delayed.
For information about specific classes, students should contact their instructors directly. Students who need technical support with the new course formats should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and students needing ADA accommodations should contact Senior Academic Counselor Sallie Sablan at email@example.com.
For more information about student services while the island deals with COVID-19, please review the Continuity of Operations Plan for Enrollment Management and Student Success on the UOG website at www.uog.edu/admissions.
(UOG press release)