COVID-19 Updates

March 24, 2020

Dean Peter Trapa

Dear College of Science Community,

As we all continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our foremost priority. The University is carefully monitoring the situation and is posting recommendations and additional information at the University COVID-19 Central website.

The College continues to follow the University’s guidance closely.  Key points include:

All classes are being conducted in an online format. To remain up to date, students should use these tips and tools. In no circumstances will students be required to pay additional online course fees.  A Credit/No-Credit grading option has also been instituted in all undergraduate classes.

The University remains open and operational at this time, however all administrative offices in the College of Science have ceased on-site operations and moved to teleworking arrangements.  Please refer to the College of Science contact page for electronic contact information.

Please adhere closely to the University Travel Restrictions. If individual circumstances allow for it, we are strongly encouraging students to remain off-campus following these housing guidelines.   For out-of-state students: time away this semester will NOT affect the status of your residency applications.

As of Friday, March 20th, at 5pm, the College of Science is restricting research to essential operations defined as follows: caring for experimental living organisms; maintaining continuous cell lines; and maintaining equipment and reagents that will otherwise be damaged by a complete shutdown.  Principal Investigators (PIs) should carefully consider this mandate, and where a doubt exists, should discuss the options with their chair or director. Exceptions will be made for PIs whose research is directly related to COVID-19.

These measures are powerful tools to lessen the impact of a disease that has the potential to overwhelm the medical system for those who are most ill and in need of healthcare.  SVP Good’s video presentation gives an excellent overview.

Commencement and Convocation exercises have been postponed. The College of Science is tremendously proud of the accomplishments of our students.  We are in the process of formulating alternative plans to celebrate our graduates.

Most importantly, we are here to support you during this challenging time.  The situation may feel overwhelming, but through calm and careful concerted efforts — and through the very power of science itself — we will see through this crisis.   The following resources are fully operational and remain open for your use should you need them:

Looking towards the future,  the College of Science remains fully committed to fulfilling our educational and research missions.  I look forward to working with all of you to continue our outstanding tradition of scientific discovery.


Peter Trapa



Dean of the College of Science