Ask Your Dean of Students

March 18, 2020

Gabe Willis

Good Afternoon Lions!

I have to applaud your ability to adapt and adjust on the fly. All across the country, decisions are being made that will change the trajectory of the semester for millions of students. You all are taking it in stride, and I could not be prouder to be your Dean of Students. 

As expected, there are still a number of questions you may have and many uncertainties that I’m sure you would like to have cleared up. Fortunately, many of your questions have already been answered. Please visit  Click “Campus Impact FAQs” and “Remote Class FAQs” for a complete list of questions and answers. We will keep adding questions to this site as more come up so you can use it as a resource.  Should you not be able to find your answer, please reach out to me directly.  We’ve created a special “Ask your Dean of Students” form to help streamline questions and concerns in hopes of getting you the help you need and answers to your questions.

That said – we’ve been able to make a few decisions over the past couple of days that you should find helpful. See below.

How long will face-to-face classes be moved to remote/online?

Remote/online learning will be our way of life for the remainder of the semester. For questions and concerns regarding academic course work you are encouraged to start with your professor. As stated in my last email, faculty are also working through this transition and adapting as quickly as possible. Many of the questions you have may not get an immediate answer – but they will work diligently to resolve your issues. Your professors have also been asked to continue to be sensitive to individual needs and situations.


Are there computer labs open on campus?

Yes – one lab in Fayard will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Students who are not remaining on campus and do not have access to an electronic device or the internet, should communicate their individual situation to their faculty members.


Will the drop/withdraw date and priority registration date change?

Yes – in accordance with the most recent Academic Calendar, the new drop date is April 3rd, and priority Registration will take place the week of April 6th. 


In closing, my plan is to communicate with you regularly to keep you informed and updated as much as possible. We must reiterate – this is a fast-moving and fluid situation. All across the country decisions are being made with limited information. Please continue to be patient and flexible with us. In the words of Dr. Jeffrey Wright – Department Head for Music and Performing Arts, “This is a big change for you, this is a big change for your instructors, and this is a big change for me. We have to work together to make the best of the situation.” Stay safe, take care of yourselves, and as always, LION-UP!


Your Dean of Students,
Dr. Gabe Willis