March 13th, 2020
Dear AUCC Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP) Partners:
The safety of our campus community, especially our students and visitors, remains the highest priority across all Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC). While there are no identified cases of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) among our DDEP students, an Atlanta University Center Coronavirus Task Force was established by the presidents of AUC Consortium member institutions to inform decision making regarding the COVID-19 outbreak collaboratively. Given our contiguous physical campus environment, joint programs, and shared facilities, the task force has been charged with recommending cross-campus policies and procedures; coordinating collective approaches.
To help prevent any potential community spread of COVID-19, all in-person classes have been suspended through the end of the academic year at all of the institutions. Most courses will instead proceed through an online format beginning on Monday, March 23rd, and students have been advised to return home.
Based on the move to remote learning, the AUCC’s Office of Academic, Research, and Student Success is advancing the following preventative measures effective immediately:
- Annual DDEP Awards and Recognition Luncheon. The Annual DDEP Awards Luncheon and Recognition Luncheon scheduled for April 18th, 2020, has been canceled.
- DDEP Awards and Scholarships. Recognition of our students’ academic achievement is of utmost importance; as such, we will still award and recognize our scholarship recipients by posting their name on our website, taking out an ad in their respective institution’s newspaper, and presenting them their award in the fall. Also, we are asking partnering institutions and corporate partners who had planned to make presentations at the luncheon instead to send the recognition to our attention at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Events, Meeting, and Travel Cancelations. All AUC DDEP recruiting, campus visits and professional development workshops have been canceled through the end of this semester. While we realize that your organization may still be in the process of selecting our students for summer internships and admission into your engineering school, we ask that you be supportive of our students and conduct these interviews telephonically or virtually.
Please know that we are sensitive to expectations regarding end-of-year activities, and are balancing it against the public health needs of our community. Thank you for your long-standing partnership and your continued support of our students.
Said Sewell, Ph. D.