University Position from the outage

Hi all, Just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the disruptive network outage we are all experiencing and to send along a few thoughts on how it might be dealt with in hybrid courses that rely so heavily on the network.

I do not know anything about how long it will last or whether the University will be doing anything with regard to the final exam schedule or any end-of-semester deadlines. Until and unless we hear something, or there is a fix, each of us should determine the best possible work-around for our own classes.
If you would like to set up a place where students may hand in hard copies of assignments, please go to Student Services in room 214 and request them to set up such a folder for you. Students can then hand papers in there and they will be collected in a folder that you can later retrieve. While privacy of the work they hand in is not 100% guaranteed, the folders are located in an open space in an office area that is always monitored, thus strongly discouraging students from rifling through papers. (we won’t be doing this. -Jacob)
Alternatively, you can have students hand things in to you directly at the last class or final exam period scheduled for your class. You can determine that date and time from the final exam schedule.
Do not offer a general extension beyond that date unless the University decides to implement a formal extension. We do not know how long this will last and we must bring the semester to a close, regardless of tech troubles.
Hopefully, these issues will be resolved soon. Please know that I appreciate your creativity and patience during such trying times, and I’m sure that the students do too, even if their (and our) frustrations are paramount.
Best, Mary
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About Jacob Sanchez

PhD student in Library and Information Science at Rutgers University. Visiting Instructor at Trinity University. jacobsanchez.com @jacobsanchez

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