A Message for Our Doctoral Students
Update: March 17, 2020.
As news continues to emerge about the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to take this opportunity to let you—our student—know that your health and well-being are of utmost concern to us at American Public University System.
We again want to reassure you that your student experience will continue without interruption. All of our faculty and many staff already work remotely every day. In-office staff members have been provided with the resources needed to perform their jobs from home, which means you should experience the same attentive service you have come to expect from the American Public University System.
These circumstances are extremely stressful—testing everyone’s will and endurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
We wanted to also address some questions we have been fielding through our student-facing teams and share these responses in case you have the same questions.
What if I get ill? What should I do? Will I be able to get an extension on class work?
Prioritize your wellness and recovery. It is important that you reach out via email to your faculty member and academic advisor to inform them of any illness that will impact your ability to complete your coursework. We are prepared to be flexible with you. Please communicate with your faculty member early and often to establish a plan of action.
I’m in an industry where work is currently demanding. What should I do about my current course?
We take pride in having a large population of students at the frontline of our nation’s healthcare system and understand the pull on those workers and their families. We understand and are prepared to be flexible with you. Please communicate with your faculty member early and often to establish a plan of action.
What if my faculty member gets ill?
As with any illness or situation that might preclude a faculty member from being able to continue teaching a course, we have procedures in place to ensure that your course will continue as scheduled with a qualified instructor.
Please know that we care about all of our students and your safety as we share these thoughts:
Take Care of Yourself—First and Foremost
If you become sick with this or any other illness, please reach out to your faculty member and academic advisor to keep them in the loop about your circumstances. We want to work with you to help you manage your coursework so that your recovery is not hampered.
Strive for Balance
We understand that you may have school-age children who may be at home because a school or school district has mandated distance learning. We recognize that this will impact your time and energy when it comes to your own schoolwork. It is most important to keep in communication with your faculty members and advisors.
Set Healthy Boundaries
Your personal work situation may warrant the need to work remotely, possibly introducing a new dynamic in your professional life. You may be interested in some tips shared by Dr. Cali Morrison, our associate dean of alternative learning. Read her blog post here >>
We Are Here for You
We want you to be confident that your student experience and safety are our first concern, and that your courses will continue without interruption. Know that we are also committed to supporting the mental health of our students, alumni, staff, and faculty members during these stressful times. Your academic advising team is ready at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions you may have, or our university chaplain is always available, regardless of your faith or spiritual background.
Insights from University Experts
Stay informed with relevant insights from our academic and industry experts from around our university community:
Resources for Building Online Courses in an Emergency
Sick to Debt: How Smarter Markets Lead to Better Care
The Reason for Social Distancing
How APUS Is Preparing for the Coronavirus