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An Update From President Lieberman

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March 24, 2020

 

Dear University of La Verne Community,

Welcome to the first week of completely online teaching and learning at the University of La Verne.

The novel coronavirus has challenged us greatly, but in true Leo fashion, the University of La Verne is rising to the occasion. We are each lifted higher by the strength of our community. Being a Leo means many things, but now, more than ever, it means Love Each Other. Quarantine cannot cancel community.

As University Chaplain Zandra Wagoner said today her in beautiful video remarks, our love and compassion for each other will guide us through our challenges.

We continue to comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. Our staff and faculty have transitioned to working remotely, and all classes are now being taught remotely.

I share my deep appreciation to all of our faculty and staff who worked tirelessly to make this happen without sacrificing educational quality, and I commend our students for adapting to the new delivery mode with grace and determination. Each of you has led with love and compassion, and I thank you all so much.

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

Updates for Students

Credit/No Credit Option for Spring Grades

All undergraduate students may opt to take classes for credit/no-credit during spring. Graduate programs will announce appropriate policies for their areas by March 29. Details on how to opt for credit/no-credit are coming soon.

Help with Blackboard and Tutoring

The Academic Success Center has staff available to provide Blackboard support for all La Verne students. Set up a blackboard coaching session here.

Support Services and Offices

University offices such as the Library, Student Accounts, Accessibility Services, and Academic Success Center are operating virtually/online. Students should look to engage those office via phone, email, or the web. Please consult the university website to identify email addresses and phone numbers, or call the university’s switchboard during business hours at 909-593-3511.

Textbooks

The bookstore is now operating fully online. Please visit ulvshop.com to get your textbooks anytime, currently with free shipping. The bookstore is also offering students up to seven free textbooks from participating publishers.

Veterans Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is working with Congress on to preserve GI Bill benefits for impacted students during this time. See the latest report here.

Access to Computer Lab Software

The vast majority of the applications you need for classes you can access remotely via Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI instructions are located here.

Updates for Staff and Faculty

Accounts Payable and Purchasing

The university has developed temporary procedures for Accounts Payable, Purchasing, and Accounting to assist faculty and staff who are working remotely. These procedures are available in the La Verne Portal. You will need to be logged into the portal in order to open the link.

Mail Center

The Mail Center has suspended pick up and deliveries to individual departments. It has also updated its hours to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice. Mail will be available for pick up after 10 a.m. each day for emergency personnel who are on campus.

Emergency Catastrophic Leave Donation
The University of La Verne’s Emergency Catastrophic Leave Donation allows employees to support their peers who are facing leave related to the novel coronavirus. Employees may donate accumulated leave to the Emergency Catastrophic Leave Bank in increments of not fewer than eight hours. Donated leave may include paid sick leave, vacation, personal holidays or sabbatical leave. If you would like to help your colleagues by donating your leave, email the Office of Human Resources at lavernehr@laverne.edu. Additional information is available on the university’s coronavirus resources website.

WASC Accreditation Visit

WSCUC (WASC) representatives will reschedule the on-site team visit originally scheduled for March 25-27. The new visit dates will be announced soon.

Tenure and Promotion

Given that the pandemic may have prevented or interrupted faculty progress in scholarship and professional development, faculty may opt in to a one-year extension of their probationary period and delay their tenure decision. Faculty should discuss this option with their dean/department chair, and adhere to the portfolio deadline of August 15 to finalize their decision.

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 been more proud of our university community than I am now. Thank you for coming together as One Community during this time.

 

Sincerely,

Devorah Lieberman, PhD

President