August 23, 2021  |  News & Events, Timely Announcements

NOTE: This message was sent to Deans, Associate Deans & Department Chairs on August 23, 2021.


Here’s another update to share as we start the fall semester. In addition to the email I sent last week with its several attachments, please see the attached and revised Guidelines for Considering a Change in Instructional Modality.

Responding to feedback, we’ve revised the Guidelines to clarify a dean’s authority to approve changes in modality for courses that are currently fully in-person (P) and switching to the mostly in-person Hybrid 1 format (H1: mostly in-person with 20-50% delivered online). These types of changes in modality (P to H1) do not require Review Team and Provost approvals. Courses changing from mostly or all in-person (H1 and P) to mostly or all online (H2, H3 and WW) continue to require Review Team and Provost approvals.

We do require that deans, associate deans, or department chairs notify my office (at of the change so that we can facilitate the PAWS update with the Registrar’s Office.

We also ask that instructors of these courses immediately notify both the enrolled students of the change in modality and ARC to prepare for changes to accommodation plans.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs