Dear APU Students,
Quyana (thank you) for your incredible dedication and flexibility as we continue to move through uncharted territory. We all wish we could see into the future to understand how and when we will get back to “normal,” but we recognize that we have to move forward making the best decisions we can with the information we have now. Whether we are on campus this fall or taking classes from home, we want to ensure the student experience is exceptional, supportive, communal, and safe.
With regard to Fall courses and programs, we have appointed several faculty and staff to committees to evaluate various scenarios for the semester. We are looking at all our campus services to ensure alignment with expert guidance and safety protocols. We have also conducted a walkthrough of campus buildings with public health engineers to assess our facilities, classrooms, and other common spaces. This process supports ongoing efforts to address any risks related to the pandemic. We are gathering as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision by July 1st.
It’s a beautiful time of the year and we are fortunate to have great weather right now in Alaska. Wherever this email finds you, I am sure there are many options for healthy outdoor activities that include social distancing. While you enjoy the summer season, I encourage you to follow best practices of hygiene, physical distancing, and masking so that we can continue to stay safe and see each other on campus again.
At APU, our strength is our community, and we understand it has been challenging to adapt to this new college experience. Quyana (thank you) again for your patience and understanding. We hope that you and your families are safe and healthy and that our APU community can join together again soon.
Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson
Alaska Pacific University