July 14, 2020
I hope this email finds you well. I write to provide an update as we continue to prepare for the semester ahead. Thank you for your flexibility and patience, as we navigate this unprecedented time together.
In recent weeks, it has become apparent that many Amherst students will be pursuing their studies remotely this fall—in numbers that are higher than we had hoped. For students on campus, time spent learning from you in person will be an essential part of their educational experience, while opportunities to interact with faculty in small groups and individually will be tremendously important for all students. It has become clear to me that teaching and supporting students who are taking a course in different modalities (in person or remotely) presents many challenges and will be demanding. Below, I provide more context and details that will be helpful to you in the coming days and weeks.