Preparing for Potential Disruptions

Monday, August 31, 2020

Dear campus community,

As we begin the Fall semester under unusual and uniquely challenging circumstances, most of us are doing so remotely. Relying heavily on technology for communication and connectivity, we are vulnerable to many potential disruptions. With the threat of wildfires, poor air quality and planned or unexpected power outages, it is critical that we all plan ahead to be sure we are as prepared as possible. As we know all too well, 2020 continues to throw challenges our way.

San Francisco State University faculty have been asked to develop resilient teaching plans to ensure that students progress toward their academic goals. Our courses are driven by student learning outcomes and, as they have shown over the last few months, faculty continue to find alternative ways to engage our students in meaningful learning experiences.

Students who are impacted by events, notify your professors of disruptions as soon as possible. Students with longer-term challenges should also contact the Dean on Call.

Faculty and staff who are living and teaching in impacted areas should contact their supervisor or department chair to inform them of disruptions. If employees are unable to perform their normal work duties, they should contact the appropriate administrator and follow normal departmental practices. If classes must be canceled, please notify students and department chairs as soon as possible. Our Instructional Continuity Guide supplies additional resources for teaching and learning.

Over the last few months, I have been struck most by the care and compassion that our University community has shown. As we begin the semester and enter fire season, please continue to practice patience and compassion for our fellow Gators as we work our way through these unpredictable and demanding times. 

As always, continue to make safety and wellness — yours and others’ — the top priority.

Best,

Lynn's Signature

Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D.
President