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University Issues Message to Grad Students on Summer Sessions

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The University has issued a message to graduate students regarding plans to move Summer Sessions online. Signed by Minghua Zhang,  Interim Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Kenneth Kaushansky, Dean, School of Medicine and  Senior Vice President for Health Sciences; and Eric Wertheimer, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School, the message reads as follows:

Coronavirus UpdateThe University is beginning to make plans for the upcoming academic terms, continuing to hold your health and well-being as our top priority.

With this in mind, we have decided to move all classes for Summer Session I and II online. There may be rare exceptions to this policy, and on-campus courses will be noted as such in the course listings. Courses involving clinical experiences for professional licensure in the Health Sciences either within the Stony Brook University Hospital system or at alternate locations will be offered as permitted.

Faculty are being asked to prioritize offering the courses that are required for graduation, so you can continue progressing toward your degree in a timely manner.

To further protect your health and safety, and that of the entire University community, graduate-level research that can be conducted remotely will continue. All research that requires an on-campus presence has been suspended at this time. If you are engaged in an active research project and are unsure what role you may play remotely, we encourage you to contact your supervisor.

Across the University, we continue to examine our operations and make decisions about policy and future activity to protect everyone’s health and safety. We are coordinating closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Governor’s Office, SUNY, and other key stakeholders. Please be aware that decisions like the one outlined above should be expected over the coming weeks and months.

We deeply appreciate your understanding and your willingness to adapt to these changing and difficult circumstances.

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