Important Update from the Director

Marie Bukowski, Director of the School of Art profile photo
Dear School of Art Students, Faculty, Staff and Supporters, 

As we move forward from Governor DeWine’s announcement earlier this week and KSU President Diacon’s subsequent email message (3:18 p.m. on March 10), we will directly follow the decisions to focus on the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and the communities we serve. 

As you may know we ceased face-to-face classes through the end of the spring semester, with the decision for remote instruction to begin March 16. Online classes will continue without disruption. This includes both undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Master’s Thesis assessments can continue remotely, but no face-to-face meetings. There is no exception to this.  Between now and March 16,  use this time to transition to an online mode of delivery.

Additionally, all entrances the Center for the Visual Arts will be locked on March 16 at 5 p.m.  There will be no access to the building until further notice.

Students - I know you are all concerned about the times ahead and the impact on your courses and progress toward your degrees. I assure you we are working as diligently as possible to ensure the best delivery of your education in the coming weeks. Please know that all university decisions have been made to ensure your health and safety.

 In order to keep you all safe, we will begin working remotely with you, so that your coursework remains continuous. Having said that, you will not have access to your studios or labs in the Center for the Visual Arts as a precautionary measure. Please know that this will not impact your time to graduation or progress in your thesis courses. I am currently working with your faculty to revise syllabi so learning outcomes are still met, but with adjusted and flexible expectations. 

The baseline reason you do not have access to your studios is the implementation of social distancing, an action we are following from the Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. While this is frustrating for you, we hope to eliminate the spread of the coronavirus or any other potentially significant illnesses. 

Exhibitions will not be taking place during this time, but we will be working to consider rescheduling, if at all possible.

If you need to speak with your faculty advisor, please email them, as no face-to-face meetings will be taking place until further notice. Your academic advisor, Maria Robertson or Peter Johnson, will advise via email to ensure you are able to register for the appropriate coursework in the fall. For those of you who already have scheduled face-to-face meetings with Maria Robertson, please email her at your scheduled time so that you may keep your appointment with her. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, the School staff, or your faculty should you have any questions during this time.

I will stay in contact with you to keep you updated on the latest information.

Faculty and Staff - We recognize this is a highly unusual, unprecedented time. It calls on us as a community to use our creative energies to keep student’s learning going and keep the business of learning going at KSU School of Art. Staff and faculty can continue to come into work, but if you feel unsafe, the option to work remotely is offered. Our expectation is that faculty and staff will continue to do their work. All meetings will, therefore, need to happen virtually. For staff working at home, a weekly log/schedule can be kept and emailed to me. No one has to take vacation or sick time. All KSU sponsored travel is canceled. If any person is away at Level 2 country, please know you can currently continue. If the country you are in is recognized as Level 3, you must come back immediately.

Events will not be taking place during this time, but we will be working to consider rescheduling, if at all possible. We will continue to closely monitor the impact this with updates provided as soon as they become available.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, the School staff, or your faculty should you have any questions during this time. We will work to keep you updated on the latest information.

Please visit the Kent State website for official updates from the university.

Best,

Marie

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MARIE BUKOWSKI

Director, School of Art

POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 2:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 1:41pm