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A Message from President Lieberman

March 18, 2020

Dear University Community,

This message is to provide ongoing communications and updates to our campus community. As challenges from the novel coronavirus mount both locally and nationally, we have made the strategic decisions to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe while continuing to deliver our University of La Verne education. The precautions we have taken, while sometimes difficult, will help to save lives.

First, thank you to our remarkable faculty and staff for their tireless work to maintain an excellent teaching and learning environment, and to our resilient students, who have been undeterred in pursuit of their educational goals.

The current circumstances continue to showcase the best of our university community and demonstrate our strength when we come together to achieve common goals for a greater good.

One week ago today, the University of La Verne took the necessary steps to move all classes online and to implement additional measures to address the spread of the novel coronavirus. Since then, we have taken more steps to keep our university community safe, including asking employees to work remotely.

This week, more than 150 faculty and staff participated in workshops organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning on how to create effective online classes. Thank you to Jeremy Schneider, Elizabeth Wellins, and Bryan Best for your leadership, as well as the scores of faculty who dedicated time to this professional development.

Our student government, ASULV, in collaboration with the Abraham Campus Center, OIT, and the Wilson Library, have pooled funds to buy and rent laptop computers and Wi-Fi cards for students who need them for online classes. They are available through the library for checkout.

And, Kelly Niles-Yokum, professor of gerontology, contributed her expertise to the public understanding of the novel coronavirus when she talked to KCRW radio about how the virus is affecting senior citizens.

Thank you, all, for your selflessness and dedication.

Below are additional updates and resources for students, faculty, and staff related to the university’s novel coronavirus response.

Student Resources and Support

Emergency Academic Policies
Emergency policies for students and faculty are being discussed with appropriate faculty committees in order to accommodate unique situations created by the novel coronavirus and reduce stress. We will communicate these policy changes as soon as they are finalized.

Bookstore
The Campus Store has partnered with Redshelf to offer up to 7 free digital textbooks for students from participating publishers. Students can go to Ulvshop.com and click the free textbook link or go directly to studentresponse.redshelf.com.

Residence Halls
The Office of Housing and Residential Life continues to work with students to ensure that each person has a safe place to go. Refunds for room and board will be issued to students who have had to move due to the novel coronavirus. Visit the laverne.edu/coronavirus website for details.

Tuition for Spring
Tuition for spring 2020 will remain unchanged. Academic instruction will continue so that academic progress is not impeded by the novel coronavirus situation. The University of La Verne continues to provide a high quality and personal education online. Fees related to activities, labs, and other areas are under review to determine which remain appropriate for the temporary online learning environment. Those updates will be shared as soon as they are available. Additional information on tuition and withdrawal policies is available on the Student Resources tab at laverne.edu/coronavirus.

Faculty and Staff Support and Updates

WASC

WSCUC (WASC) representatives have made the decision to reschedule the on-site team visit originally scheduled for March 25-27. The new visit dates will be announced once available, which is expected to be soon.

Mail Center
Effective Monday March 23, the Mail Center will suspend pick-up and delivery to individual departments. The Mail Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice. Mail will be available for pick up after 10 a.m. If you would like to have your mail delivered as usual, please email the Mail Center atmailcenter@laverne.edu with your request.

Winter Grades
The Office of the Registrar has extended the time for faculty to submit Winter 2020 grades until midnight March 30. Emails will go out next week to remind faculty who haven’t submitted all of their grades. Send questions to Adam Evans at aevans@laverne.edu.

Emergency Catastrophic Leave Donation
The University of La Verne’s Emergency Catastrophic Leave Donation will provide employees an opportunity to support their peers who are facing leave related to the novel coronavirus. This program permits employees to donate accumulated leave to the Emergency Catastrophic Leave Bank in increments of not less than eight hours. Donated leave may include paid sick leave, vacation, personal holidays, or sabbatical leave. If you would like to donate your leave, return the required form to the Office of Human Resources no later than March 27, 2020. Additional information is available at laverne.edu/coronavirus.

Circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus are changing rapidly. Please continue to follow best practices for social distancing, guidance from public health officials, and visit laverne.edu/coronavirus for additional details and information.

I have never more proud of our university community. Thank you for coming together during this time.

 

Sincerely,

Devorah Lieberman, PhD

President