APU Students, Staff, and Faculty,
The past week has been an unprecedented time of transition at APU and for Alaska and the rest of the world. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard in the past week to make the transition possible.
The Governor of Alaska and the Mayor of Anchorage have both increased measures through advisories, mandates, and orders to help mitigate the spread of the virus as cases have been diagnosed in Alaska. Consistent with the specific details in these directives, educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning are considered an essential function. The steps APU has taken in the past week related to the academic programs and business operations are consistent with these orders. APU staff and faculty are either telecommuting or appropriately working in socially distant environments when they need to be on campus. Please use email or phone to contact staff and faculty. If you have questions and are unsure of who to ask email AskAPU@alaskapacific.edu
It is also still critical that each of us do our part to follow the advisories, mandates, and orders for the safety and wellbeing of our families, friends, and communities.
To the Spring 2020 graduates, I know this is not how you expected to finish your last semester at APU. APU is committed to celebrating you and your tremendous accomplishments. We are evaluating options to recognize you this semester virtually as well as offering the opportunity to walk in a future traditional ceremony.
APU is actively monitoring the situation and hope to make decisions about summer courses and programs in the next two weeks. Resources, FAQs, and other information related to COVID19 are available on the University’s Coronavirus website.
APU, by standing together as a community, will emerge from this moment as a stronger, more resilient University.
Robert Onders MD JD MPA
Alaska Pacific University