Coronavirus – Asia Campus

 

Dear Campus Community

Update March 31, 2020, from Randy McCrillis, Ph.D., Dean of Students, University of Utah Asia Campus

Dear Campus Community,

COVID-19 has evolved globally over the last several weeks, and the UAC Response Team has continued to monitor the situation closely.  In alignment with the recent decisions by the Ministry of Education and the Korean Government, the UAC has decided to extend the distance learning of the majority of courses until the end of the term. There are exceptions for courses in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Film & Media Arts, Urban Ecology, and other select courses that require hands-on, in-person learning.  Individual faculty will reach out to students with expectations and updates for their specific classes.

This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and was also based on ensuring the health and safety of our community while preserving student’s academic pursuits.  As necessary, students can still schedule face to face meetings with their faculty members during this time and continue to study or meet in small groups on campus. To meet individual student needs, online meetings are available for all students.

This email contains information about the following subjects:

  • Building
  • Computer labs
  • Grading Options
  • Withdraw Deadline
  • Counseling
  • UAC Town Hall
  • UAC Commencement Ceremony
  • IGC Housing
  • Emergency Dean of Students Aid
  • Salt Lake City Transition Options
  • UAC summer term

Please read this email carefully. 

UAC Building

The Utah building will remain open and fully operational during this period.  Classrooms and offices are equipped with hand sanitizers, and the building will continue to be disinfected on a regular basis. 

UAC Computer Labs

University of Utah Asia Campus computing labs will remain open.  Students will be required to practice physical distancing in each lab, and all labs will be disinfected several times throughout the day.

Grading Options

Just a reminder that students can select from two options for each of your courses:

  • A Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC) grade or
  • A traditional letter grade

This selection can be initiated by clicking here. If you choose the credit/no-credit option, you will receive a “pass” or “fail” mark for the class instead of a letter grade. If you do not wish to change your traditional letter grade to the credit/no-credit option, then no action is needed.

University of Utah Asia students will have until May 22 to designate which course(s) you wish to convert to credit/no-credit. Any courses not designated by that date will receive a traditional letter grade. All courses taken as credit/no-credit this semester will count toward your major and other college or department graduation requirements. Additionally, any credit/no-credit course from this semester will not count against the current limits on the number of credit/no-credit courses students can take (see University Regulation 6-100A).

Withdraw Deadline

At the same time, the University of Utah Asia Campus is extending the deadline for withdrawing from your course(s) to May 22. Withdrawal will be listed on your transcripts but will not impact your GPA; it also will not result in a tuition refund. A withdrawal indication on your transcript can be explained in graduate school applications and to future employers as part of the extraordinary circumstances of the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic. Students around the world are facing similar situations with accompanying changes to their transcripts as they complete their college educations.

Counseling

The UAC Mental Health staff is committed to supporting the mental health needs of students. All counseling services can be conducted in person, over the phone, or via zoom, and appointments can be scheduled here. More information is available here

Zoom Town Hall

I will be hosting a virtual town hall on Wednesday, April 8, at noon.  This town hall is open to all UAC community members and can be accessed through the followingzoom link; for those that would like to attend this in person the meeting will be held in U107.  I will be collecting questions prior to the town hall through the followingform, and there will be time for questions and comments during the session on Wednesday.  

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony currently scheduled for May 29 is cancelled.  We know this is disappointing for everyone, especially for our 2020 graduates, and their loved ones. While the ceremony that culminates graduates’ hard work and dedication has been cancelled this year, we want you to know that your accomplishments are no less impressive. We are looking into possible celebration options to highlight graduates during the summer.

UAC Housing

For those students living on campus you will be allowed to continue residing in your current room until the end of the term.  For those students who wish to checkout from their current room more information will be provided by Kevn D’Arco later this week.  

Emergency UAC Dean of Student Aid

For students who may be encountering financial emergencies, we have established a single point of contact for emergency aid requests. Please contact Dr. Randy McCrillis at randy.mccrillis@utah.edu to discuss options for assistance.

Salt Lake City Campus Transitions

For those students who are planning to transition this summer or fall term, Anna Yacovone will provide detailed information on all options as well as updated visa timelines by early next week. 

Summer School

Summer course information will be available on April 21, with registration live on May 12. Currently, UAC Summer 2020 is planned to occur as a regular in-person term, and potential changes to this plan will be made by May 2020. 

Please visit the U Coronavirus website for updates, and you will receive emails with more information as details about the impacts of these changes become available.

Students, we recognize that this has been disruptive to your education and has been a challenging situation; we appreciate your commitment to your education and to making the UAC a part of this journey.

Faculty and staff, we recognize that this experience has created unique challenges and opportunities; we appreciate your flexibility and steadfast support to each other and our students during these unprecedented times.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely

Randy McCrillis randy.mccrillis@utah.edu, Office +82-032-626-6006

Update March 27, 2020, from Randy McCrillis, Ph.D., Dean of Students, University of Utah Asia Campus

Dear Campus Community,

As the University of Utah Asia Campus is ending our fifth week of distance and online learning, I wanted to provide an upcoming reminder as well as a grading option to create greater flexibility for students. 

This is a reminder that the University of Utah Asia Campus will close Wednesday, April 1 – Friday, April 3, for our Spring Recess and will reopen on Monday, April 6.  During this time, we will be deep cleaning and disinfecting the building to get ready for the return to regular classroom operations.  During this recess, there will be no classes, and the Utah building will be closed. 

For students, we are offering some flexibility in grading for the spring semester. Starting today Friday, March 27, you will be able to select from two options for each of your courses:

  • A Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC) grade or
  • A traditional letter grade

This selection can be initiated by clicking here. If you choose the credit/no-credit option, you will receive a “pass” or “fail” mark for the class instead of a letter grade. If you do not wish to change your traditional letter grade to the credit/no-credit option, then no action is needed.

University of Utah Asia students will have until May 22 to designate which course(s) you wish to convert to credit/no-credit. Any courses not designated by that date will receive a traditional letter grade. All courses taken as credit/no-credit this semester will count toward your major and other college or department graduation requirements. Additionally, any credit/no-credit course from this semester will not count against the current limits on the number of credit/no-credit courses students can take (see University Regulation 6-100A).

At the same time, the University of Utah Asia Campus is extending the deadline for withdrawing from your course(s) to May 22. Withdrawal will be listed on your transcripts but will not impact your GPA; it also will not result in a tuition refund. A withdrawal indication on your transcript can be explained in graduate school applications and to future employers as part of the extraordinary circumstances of the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic. Students around the world are facing similar situations with accompanying changes to their transcripts as they complete their college educations.

I appreciate all that everyone has done during this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely, 

Randy McCrillis randy.mccrillis@utah.edu, Office +82-032-626-6006

Update March 19, 2020, from Randy McCrillis, Ph.D., Dean of Students, University of Utah Asia Campus

Dear UAC Campus Community,

In alignment with the Korean Ministry of Education and the Korean Government, we are requiring that all faculty, staff and students who have left Korea in the last 14 days or plan to leave Korea during the remainder of the spring term complete the traveler self-reporting form.  The university will not release personal information. 

Upon return from any country to Korea, we recommend individuals to self-isolate and implement social distancing for 14 days.  I do understand that this may impact your travel plans and may cause you additional inconvenience and expense.  I am very sorry for this and hope that everyone appreciates that our primary goal has to be the health and safety of our campus community.

At this time we are still planning to return to regular in-person classroom operations on Monday April 6.   

Please visit the U Coronavirus website for updates, and you will continue to receive emails with more information as details about the impacts of these changes become available.  Contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Randy McCrillis randy.mccrillis@utah.edu, Office +82-032-626-6006

Update March 11, 2020, from Randy McCrillis, Ph.D., Dean of Students, University of Utah Asia Campus

As you are aware, we have been conducting distance learning for the last 2.5 weeks and I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your patience, understanding and commitment to the University of Utah Asia Campus during this period.  I acknowledge that this has not been an easy process for both our students and our faculty and I am continuously amazed at everyone’s ability to be flexible and adaptive as we navigate this new territory.  Last week we began offering more courses via synchronous online learning and enhanced all of our online learning platforms to be more engaging, I have heard from students that they have appreciated these modifications.   Thanks to our faculty for making this happen in an incredibly short amount of time. 

At this time we are still planning to return to regular in-person classroom operations on Monday April 6.   

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us last Friday for our first zoom town hall.  Hopefully, we were able to answer your questions and address any of your concerns. If you have questions regarding IGC Housing please reach out to Kevin D’Arco at kevin.darco@utah.edu.  If you have questions about your tuition that is due this Friday March 13 please reach out to Louise Kim atlouise.kim@utah.edu.  For all other questions and concerns please feel free to contact me directly. 

randy.mccrillis@utah.edu, Office +82-032-626-6006

UPDATE 3/4/2020

As you know, the COVID-19 situation has evolved swiftly over the last few weeks and the UAC Response Team has continued to monitor the situation closely. As a result, I have decided to extend the distance learning of courses until Friday April 3, with the exception of several hands-on laboratory courses. All in person classroom operations will commence on Monday April 6.

This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and was made to provide a more long-term plan for both faculty and students. It was also based on ensuring the health and safety of our community while preserving student’s academic pursuits.  

Starting this week, the majority of our courses will move to an online synchronous format that will allow our students to have an experience as close as possible to a live classroom. Individual faculty will continue to reach out to students with expectations and updates for their specific courses. This format will enhance the learning for all students until we can return to regular operations on April 6. We understand this is an unusual circumstance however, this plan will allow students to continue on their planned academic path without interruptions. 

As necessary, students can still schedule individual meetings with their faculty members during this time and continue to study or meet in small groups.  In order to meet individual student needs, online meetings are available for all students. 

I will be hosting a virtual town hall on Friday March 6 at noon. This town hall is open to all UAC community members and can be access through the following zoom link. I will be collecting question prior to the town hall through the following form and there will be time for questions and comments during the session on Friday. 

Please visit the U Coronavirus website for updates, and you will receive emails with more information as details about the impacts of these changes become available.

Thank you for your understanding. I am convinced that we will come together as one community to support one another and make this semester, despite these current challenges, a successful one for everyone.  
 
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, 

Randy McCrillis 
Dean of Students, Utah Asia Campus

 

UPDATE 2/24/2020

This evening the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has elevated the travel precautions for South Korea to Level 3, its highest warning. According to its Travel Health Notices website travelers should “avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.”

Those planning to travel to South Korea in the near future should consult with their immediate supervisor and the Global Risk Management Office to determine future travel plans.

Additionally, the administration at the University of Utah Asia Campus has extended distance learning for all courses through Monday, March 9, 2020. Students can still schedule individual meetings with faculty members during this time and continue to study in groups. As planned, textbook pickup will commence on Monday, March 2, 2020, and follow the prearranged schedule throughout that week. According to Dean of Students Randy McCrillis, “These decisions are based on ensuring the health and safety of the campus community while preserving student’s academic pursuits.”

The Korean government has asked that all Korean K-12 public schools postpone start dates to Monday, March 9, 2020. In addition, all K-12 international schools will be closed with all learning moved to an online or distance-education model from today to Monday, March 9, 2020. U Asia Campus employees who have children are encouraged to work from home during this period or as necessary, work with supervisors to bring children to work. 

With the notice that the South Korean Government declaring the southeastern cities of Daegu and Cheongdo "special care zones," students, faculty, and staff who have visited  Daegu(대구)/Cheongdo(청도) are encouraged to self-quarantine themselves at home for 14 days upon returning to Songdo. 

If you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19, please call the KCDC treatment hotline at 1339 or 1345 (English) to be directed to an appropriate facility. 

Below are a few key points that may be helpful.

  • Hand sanitizers have been purchased and placed around the Utah building.
  • You can protect yourself from coronavirus the same way you protect yourself from other viruses with a few commonsense practices.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Make sure you are cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. 
    • Avoid shaking hands, especially with those who appear to be ill. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible. 
    • Disinfect shared surfaces. 
    • Stay home when you are sick
  • At this time, wearing a facemask is a personal choice for anyone to consider in the community. This is based on World Health Organization (WHO) direction as seen below: 
    • WHO advises the rational use of medical masks, thus avoiding unnecessary waste of precious resources and potential misuse of masks (see Advice on the use of masks). This means using masks only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms, or are caring for someone suspected of having 2019-nCoV infection.

UPDATE 2/21/2020

The South Korean Government has declared the southeastern cities of Daegu and Cheongdo "special care zones," and as a result, the IGC Foundation is now mandating that all students who live on campus and are from or have visited  Daegu(대구)/Cheongdo(청도) move into self-quarantine rooms for 14 days. The University of Utah will provide meals for all self-quarantined students during this period. Dietary restrictions will be taken into consideration.  In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students will work with all faculty to ensure students are able to complete all their academic coursework during this period. 
 
We are still planning to commence the Spring 2020 term on Monday February 24.  There will be no face-to-face classroom interactions during the first week of the term and we expect to return to normal operations on Monday March 2. 
 
In addition to previous travel guidance the University of Utah recommends that students, faculty, and staff avoid all nonessential travel to the Daegue/Cheongdo area in South Korea.  Questions should be directed to Sean Bridegam, the director for global risk management, at globalriskmanager@utah.edu
 
For general information about COVID-19 please see our FAQ
 

UPDATE 2/13/2020

Due to concerns associated with the spread of the coronavirus in Korea and based on recommendation from the Korean Ministry of Education,  UAC is postponing all face-to-face classroom activities during the first week of the Spring term.  This means that we will officially commence classes on Monday February 24 but UAC is asking all faculty to rearrange your first week of instruction to either online content or to a assignment that can be completed that will not require classroom interactions or even to another creative solution.  This will allow us to follow our current schedule for the semester and will not require us to extend for an additional week in the summer.  All IGC universities have either agreed to completely postpone their entire first week or to postpone all face to face classroom activities.
 
Due to concerns associated with the spread of the coronavirus in Korea, the UAC New Student Orientation scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, will be cancelled.  This decision was made to reduce gathering of large numbers of individuals in one location.  As of now the Spring Term will commence, as planned, on Monday February 24 with normal operations.    
 
All aspects of orientation not related to registration will be conducted through a virtual platform that will be available to all incoming students beginning Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. No changes will be made to our registration workshops throughout the week of Feb. 17, including a full day of registration on Friday, Feb. 21. Academic advisors will work directly with students to ensure they are able to successfully register for their spring 2020 courses.
 
All incoming students can participate in any of the placement test scheduled below.  In addition an either participate in a class registration workshop or attend an open advising appointment to learn how to register for courses.  Please review the information below for more details:
 
DATE
TIME
SCHEDULE
MAJOR/LOCATION
Monday, February 17th
09:00-12:00
Placement Test
PSY (u505)
COMM (u506)
12:00-13:00
Class registration Workshop
Tuesday, February 18th
09:00-12:00
Placement Test
UE/CVEEN (u505)
FMA (u506)
12:00-13:00
Class registration Workshop
Thursday, February 19th – Thursday, February 20th
09:00-17:00
Open advising or set up appointment for phone call advising if preferred
Academic Advising Center u202) or phone advising 
Friday, February 21st
10:00 am
New Student Class registration begins
 
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students. The University of Utah has formed a working group to assess the risks of the coronavirus to the campus communities in both Incheon and Salt Lake City. The group is constantly reviewing recommendations from the Korean Ministry of Education, the World Health Organization, the Utah Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as they become available. 
 
 

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