August 26, 2011
|TO:||AU Faculty & Staff|
|FROM:||Scott A. Bass, Provost|
|SUBJECT:||Academic Affairs Preparedness for Hurricane Irene
As you know, the Washington D.C. region and much of the east coast are facing the probability of severe weather over the weekend. This inclement weather will possibly make safe travel to campus very difficult next week. Just as we experienced following the blizzard in 2010, we will not know the extent of the damage, the impact on regional infrastructure, or the difficulty for students, faculty, or staff to reach campus until the storm has passed. Therefore, the university is in emergency preparedness mode and will communicate to the community regarding support services on the main campus, WCL, and Tenley.
Safety is the first priority. Given safety concerns, I ask that accommodations be made for students who are unable to attend classes early next week, particularly students who have not yet arrived on campus. Students who contact campus about the hurricane should be assured that they will be accommodated through alternative means for both residence hall check-in and course work, which can be delivered through on line interactions with faculty or made up after the hurricane. Further, should the storm create hazards for your own travel to campus, please do not risk commuting to AU. We will know more on Sunday and will share information as updates become available. Please check the following sources for updated information on the status of campus operations:
- Campus Connect "Rave" text and email alerts (to sign up, go to https://www.getrave.com/login/american)
- AU Facebook and Twitter sites
- AU information line at 202.885.1100
In addition, I ask that all faculty post syllabi and course assignments on the Web for students to access. All credit courses offered at the main campus and Tenley have Blackboard sites wherein student rosters have been automatically uploaded. Later today, the AU Blackboard Support Center will send an email instructing faculty on the use of Blackboard and other instructional technology options as means to support course communication and instruction. Should damage prove extensive, faculty with access to telecommunications should use these media to continue educational offerings until normal operations resume.
Thank you in advance for your support. More information will be forthcoming as it is made available.