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Provost Issues Message on Support During Final Exam Period

Goldbart headProvost and Executive Vice President Paul Goldbart issued a message to faculty on April 29 on supporting each other and students during the final examination period. The message reads as follows:

Dear Colleagues,

Final exams are rapidly approaching, and stress levels around campus are increasing apace. We have all done our part to keep our campus community healthy and strong and to maintain our students’ progress toward their degrees during what was once again a hugely challenging semester. In my short time on campus, I have been continually impressed by your dedication to our community, and I hope to be able to meet many of you and thank you in person soon.

In these final weeks of the semester, I encourage you to consider the pressures facing your students and yourselves. We all continue to face heightened challenges – physical and mental bandwidth limitations, child care and education demands, and health concerns, among others. Many of our students face these same challenges; some are also logging into their classes from remote time zones, needing to be awake at challenging hours to attend class and take exams. By now, none of this is new, but I nevertheless ask you to be as kind and patient as possible with yourselves, your colleagues, and your students.

Across our Colleges, Schools, and Departments, my request will necessarily take different forms depending on individual programs and circumstances. I have asked your deans to begin dialogues about ways in which we can work together to best support each other and our students.

If you see a student or a colleague struggling at this time, please consider reaching out to lend a hand. Each of us should be aware of how to connect someone with support services:
Finally, I gently encourage you to do what many of you are already doing, and that is to take a few moments to check in with your students.

. Many of them are taking classes under challenging circumstances, and they will likely appreciate your interest in their academic success and personal well-being. We have compiled a list of short videos that you can choose to play in class to provide wellness and mindfulness tips and information.

Thank you for your compassion and your ongoing efforts to educate, guide, and support our community. I am proud to be one of you.

Sincerely,

Paul M. Goldbart
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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