March 25, 2020
UPDATE on Spring Commencement, Summer Course Delivery, and Temporary Academic Policy Changes:
The COVID-19 pandemic has, at least for the moment, changed our daily routines and the ways we interact. In the interest of the safety and well-being of the campus community, we have made the following adjustments:
* We will provide all of our summer courses via remote delivery.
Registration for summer courses begins this week, and we are offering a Summer Incentive Scholarship Program for first-time AUM undergraduate and graduate students.
* We will delay our Spring 2020 commencement ceremony, an important and unavoidable step for the health of our community.
While our spring Class of 2020 will earn their degrees in May and become AUM alumni, the formal celebration of their success will be observed on Saturday, August 15. We delayed this decision as long as possible in the hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic would show signs of subsiding and that we would be able to gather for our university's most special occasion at our usual time.
* We will extend the deadline for students to drop a course with a "W" to Friday, April 24. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors to understand how withdrawal might affect academic progression.
* AUM will also offer a temporary expansion of pass/fail options. Once letter grades have been entered for Spring 2020 courses by the faculty, students will have the opportunity to request conversion of any passing grade to an "S" and any failing grade to a "U."
Visit our COVID-19 resources page for additional details: http://www.aum.edu/coronavirus
Friday, March 20, 2020
Auburn University at Montgomery will continue remote course delivery through end of spring semester
In the interest of safeguarding students, faculty and staff, Auburn University at Montgomery's plan to deliver course instruction remotely rather than face to face will be extended through the end of the spring 2020 semester.
AUM had initially planned to begin the transition to remote course delivery on Monday, March 23, on the first scheduled class day after spring break, and return to in-person instruction after April 10. The university has modified its plan in accordance with guidance provided by public health officials on mitigating the community spread of COVID-19.
"The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our No. 1 priority," AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. "We have continued to monitor developments with COVID-19, and have planned for a variety of scenarios. As circumstances change, we will be prepared to change with them."
While no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have involved AUM students or employees, public health officials have encouraged individuals to engage in social distancing, maintaining a buffer zone of at least 6-feet, and exercising careful hygiene to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.
AUM encourages students not to return to campus. However, residence halls will remain open for students who have a need for housing.
The university is maintaining campus-based staff in key operational units, including AUM Police, Admissions, Facilities, Financial Aid, Housing & Residence Life, Information Technology Services, Library, the Office of Global Initiatives, Online and Digital Learning, the Office of the Registrar, Student Health Services, the Warhawk Academic Success Center and Warhawk Transit.
While normal on-campus dining has been suspended, the university will continue to offer an array of pre-packaged foods and beverages for on-campus resident students. Students with specific needs or questions are encouraged to utilize the university's Warhawk Help Portal.
Earlier this month, AUM canceled or postponed all campus events through April 10 and encouraged employees to work remotely. Those protocols will remain in place. No decisions have been made yet regarding the university's spring commencement ceremony, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 9.
"Our faculty and staff have demonstrated remarkable dedication and resourcefulness in adjusting to a unique and fluid situation," Stockton said. "We will do everything possible to minimize disruptions for our students as they continue their coursework, and we will continue to provide the high level of support and service they have come to expect."
AUM will continue to keep the campus community informed of new developments as details become available. Visit our COVID-19 resource page for all announcements pertaining to course delivery and campus operations.
AUM Student Health Services has provided additional information on novel coronavirus, as well as additional tips and best practices. Located in Irma B. Moore Hall Room 102, Student Health Services offers a primary care clinic for AUM students. Services include health screenings, physical examinations, immunizations and laboratory testing.
AUM encourages members of the campus community to prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory diseases by following the guidelines offered by the CDC. These tips include:
AUM will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.