Park University Makes Post-Thanksgiving Plans for Fall 2020 Semester

The below is an e-mail sent to Park University students on Oct. 9, 2020, by Dr. Jayme Uden, associate vice president and dean of students, related to the University’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester following the Thanksgiving holiday break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dear Park University Students:

As we end the last week of the 2020 Fall I term, I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your ongoing efforts around mask wearing, social distancing and smart choices. We know that these changes have not been easy, but your safety has, and continues to be, our highest priority.

Recognizing that Thanksgiving travel could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread on Park University campuses across the country, and, out of an abundance of caution, we will move to fully remote learning during the final two weeks of the 2020 Fall Semester / Fall II term (weeks of November 30 and December 7).

What this means is that if you are enrolled in a course that meets face-to-face on campus, your scheduled class meetings will instead take place via Zoom and your final exam, if applicable, will take place via Canvas. You will not be required to come to campus to complete courses or final exams.

Campus facilities across the country (including the flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., and in Gilbert, Ariz.) will remain open and available to students as long as the campus itself is in open status. I can highlight a few of resources you might be wondering about.
          •  Residence halls on the Parkville Campus will not close, but students will be allowed to check out before Thanksgiving, if they wish. An e-mail from Office of Residence Life staff will be sent soon to residential students to provide important information regarding the residence halls.
          •  Pirate Café in Thompson Commons (on the Parkville Campus) will remain open per normal hours.
          •  Athletic facilities (in Parkville and Gilbert) and Pirate Fitness (in Parkville) will be open, but please communicate with coaches about the expectations for each team.
          •  McAfee Memorial Library and the Academic Success Center (both in Norrington Center on the Parkville Campus) will remain available for use. Virtual resources are available, as well, for students nationwide.
          •  The Student Success Center and the Office of Financial Aid (both on the Parkville Campus) will maintain normal hours so that students nationwide can get everything settled for the Spring 2021 Semester.

We understand that some students may still need access to specific labs, especially those on the Parkville Campus, such as Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall, nursing, multimedia journalism, and studios such as fine art, graphic design and interior design. Providing that the Parkville Campus remains in an open status, we will try to accommodate these needs by opening those facilities for limited usage. Please let your professor(s) know if you plan to access campus facilities, so that we can plan accordingly.

Although we hope that Park University’s campuses will remain in an open status, we know that the environment could change at any time, forcing the University to move to fully remote learning before the final two weeks. As you know, making that switch with little notice can be very challenging. Therefore, we hope that this advance notice will pave the way for a smooth end of the Fall Semester / Fall II Term.

We appreciate your flexibility and resilient attitude as you adapt to the new teaching and learning circumstances. If you have any questions regarding classes, please contact your professor(s). If you have questions regarding campus facilities, please speak to the relevant staff member in that department or by e-mailing me directly.

Enjoy your break away and stay safe!

Jayme Uden, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students



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