Coronavirus Updates

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

March 26, 2020

All,

I hope that you and your family are healthy and adjusting to the current reality of remaining home to keep us all safe.

We came to the end our first week of online coursework and I am so impressed with the ability of this community to be nimble and flexible in the face of such uncertainty. This spring break week allows us all to take a deep breath, evaluate how we are doing and adjust as we resume classes on Monday, March 30.

Lab Courses

At this time, we are certain that no on-campus classes will be held for the month of April, and we will continue to plan for what may happen at the very end of the term. Many of you are wondering how this impacts your lab courses and, right now, the answer is:

  1. If you are enrolled in an academic science course (e.g. physics or chemistry), your individual faculty member is working on ways to complete the lab portion online.
  2. If you are enrolled in the Aviation Training Institute, Vice President of Training Domenic Proscia is providing further updates in a memo to ATI students being issued today and available in your Vaughn email or on the website at www.vaughn.edu/coronavirus. Students should know that we are working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure that you are able to complete courses or take an incomplete in order to continue to progress through the summer.
  3. If you are enrolled in a course that uses specialized equipment only available on campus (e.g. air traffic control, flight simulation, engineering, etc.), we are also developing possible alternatives/compressed lab schedule to implement when the campus re-opens.

We will work with you to develop a workable solution that does not impede your future progress.

Residence Hall

While the residence hall remains open, resident students may decide to stay home through April while online education occurs.  Some resident students may want to return to the hall after spring break and we remind you that social distancing is in full effect throughout New York State.  Whatever you decide, we ask that you email us at reslife@vaughn.edu with your plans. Alternatively, some of you may decide to move out entirely and to do so you should completely remove all of your belongings, broom sweep the room and return the key in the express checkout envelopes held at the residence hall security desk.

Summer Sessions

Several students have inquired about summer classes. We are planning on a complete summer offering of courses provided in two, six-week summer sessions. Those courses may need to be offered in an online format, but we will make the final decision based on the directives by New York State. We are also working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and have received approval that provides flexibility to students.

Commencement

This is such a challenging time for all of us, and I can only imagine the sense of loss graduating students must be feeling as you spend your final semester away from campus finishing your degree. While we had hoped to be able to come together to celebrate your success on Sunday, May 17 that is no longer possible and we are postponing the event. Our plan is to reschedule later in the year.

In the meantime, we are thinking about the best way to pay tribute to our Spring 2020 graduating students and welcome any suggestions you might have in these limiting circumstances. If you have an idea, please email Director of Student Conduct and Outreach, Kamla Holland at kamla.holland@vaughn.edu.

As an institution, we know how important and special this important ceremony is in commemorating your achievement as well as the significance it holds in marking the next phase of your lives. We are, as are your families, so proud of you and no ceremony takes away the significance of this milestone in your life. You will have earned your degree just like every graduate before you and we are especially proud to call this class of 2020: Vaughn Graduates!

Counseling Services

Students who would like support during this time are encouraged to schedule a virtual session with Vaughn’s Director of Counseling and Wellness Dr. Stacey Dutil. Reach out to her via email to schedule an appointment at stacey.dutil@vaughn.edu.

Activities Outside of the Classroom

Several offices including student affairs, career development and academic support services are planning virtual events for the rest of the semester. Watch your email and social media for opportunities to stay connected to your fellow students and take a break from studying.

Thank you for your focus and attention on finishing the semester in a meaningful way. We want to #MakeSpringCount and want to support you in efforts to complete your degree. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or ideas about ways that the Vaughn Team can support you.

Sending you and your family my best wishes for your good health,

Sharon

Sharon B. DeVivo, EdD
President

 

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New Student Information

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

Tutoring Schedule and Math and Writing Centers — Updated April 1, 2020

Information for ATI Students — Added March 29, 2020

Advisement and Registration Instructions — Updated March 27, 2020

FAQs for Students – Updated March 27, 2020

Voluntary Travel Registration Update— Added March 19, 2020

Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Registrar Update — Added March 19, 2020

How to Log In to Your SONIS Account

How to Update Your SONIS Contact Information

D2L Log In Instructions

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

What Should I do Now? – Added March 13, 2020

Information for ATI Students — Added March 14, 2020

Online Learning Guide — Added March 15, 2020

INFORMATION FOR STAFF

Voluntary Travel Registration Update – Added March 20, 2020

Zoom Basic Guide

More Ways to Use Zoom – Added March 16, 2020

March 16 Staff Memo

Guide for Working Remotely


INFORMATION FOR FACULTY

Voluntary Travel Registration Update – Added March 20, 2020

Online Teaching Tips

Office Lens: Scanning Documents Made Easier – April 1, 2020
Adding Assignment Due Dates – March 27, 2020

D2L Log In Instructions

What Should I do Now? – Added March 13, 2020

D2L and Zoom Basic Guide – Added March 13, 2020

D2L Faculty Quick Start Guide – Added March 13, 2020

 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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For other inquiries related to distance learning, email: DistanceLearning@Vaughn.edu or call 718-429-6600