Message from the Provost
Ramapo College is New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students. We promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement.
Dear Ramapo College Faculty & Students:
First and foremost, I hope you and your loved ones are doing well despite the stressful and challenging circumstances we now face. I know that many of us are disappointed that in-person classes cannot resume because of the NJ Governor’s Executive Order, but please be assured that we are all working hard to make sure that meaningful learning experiences will occur for the rest of Spring 2020. Our primary focus is on ensuring that students will continue to make academic progress and be provided necessary support services including tutoring and advising, as well as have access to their faculty. This will be accomplished through remote, off-campus methods using various instructional technologies.
It is important for you to be open-minded about the remote coursework delivery that will occur beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. While you may be unfamiliar with remote delivery or remote learning, we have many resources in place to help including the Information Technology Services (ITS) Helpdesk staff who can help virtually troubleshoot common computer hardware and software issues and the Instructional Design Center staff who are well-prepared to provide remote help to those of you who need assistance with instructional technologies.
In addition, Ramapo College has approved the adoption of an emergency Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Grading Option Policy and related Procedures. It is my hope that having this Spring 2020 pass/fail (P/F) grading option will reassure our students and help alleviate some of the stress resulting from the unforeseen and unavoidable disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic this semester. I appreciate the patience everyone exhibited while the details of the policy and procedures were being worked out. While our primary concern is the health and safety of all Ramapo community members, we are fully committed to ensuring that our students can continue to make academic progress and stay on track to achieve their academic goals and ultimately graduate from Ramapo College.
Grading options that are available to Ramapo undergraduate and graduate students for classes taken in the Spring 2020 semester are presented in detail Here . Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their professors, advisor, school Dean, the Office of Financial Aid, and others before making their decision to opt into P/F grading mode for one, several, or all of their eligible spring 2020 classes.
Please be aware of the many resources available to you at Ramapo College, some of which are listed below.
I know it is difficult and disappointing for us to not be on campus or to be able to gather with colleagues, classmates, and friends, but we must remember that staying off-campus/home and avoiding non-household gatherings prevents community spread of COVID-19 and contributes toward “flattening the curve.” Please be well and stay healthy!
Dr. Susan Gaulden
Interim Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs
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