University task force will develop safety plans for reopening campus
Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton has created a task force focused on safely reopening the campus and restoring normal operations at the appropriate time.
While AUM remains committed to offering all summer coursework remotely, the task force will work to develop guidelines and protocols for the 2020 fall semester. Stockton said that AUM will continue to follow the guidance of public health officials and will take a measured approach in determining how and when to welcome students back to campus and resume face-to-face instruction and services.
“Preserving the safety and well-being of our campus community remains our top priority,” Stockton said. “Our faculty and staff have done an amazing job of serving students through the remote delivery of coursework and services. While there has been ongoing discussion focused on reopening businesses in Alabama and other states, there is no need for us to make abrupt changes. We will continue to provide coursework and services virtually through the end of summer, enabling the task force to devote its full attention to addressing issues related to reopening the campus when the time comes.”
Stockton said the task force will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic, with its impact on public health and the economy, will potentially affect the AUM campus community in the coming year and will develop a plan to restore residential and in-person operations for the fall. The university will seek to answer such questions as what classes and other campus interactions might look like if public health officials recommend limiting group interactions. Other considerations will include enhanced cleaning, housing and facility occupancy, classroom procedures, campus security, and health and wellness programs.
In addition to Chancellor Stockton, the 17-member task force will also include:
- Provost Mrinal Varma
- Vice Chancellor of Financial & Administrative Services Scott Parsons
- Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies Joy Clark
- Associate Provost for Graduate Studies & Faculty Services Matthew Ragland
- Associate Provost for Enrollment & Student Affairs Sameer Pande
- Faculty Senate President-Elect Glenn Ray
- Staff Council President Rudy Tobias
- Dean of Students, Diversity & Inclusion Josh Roberts
- College of Nursing & Health Sciences Dean Jean Leuner
- Chief Human Resources Officer Nicole Whitehead
- Chief Campus Services Officer Daryl Morris
- Chief Information Officer Tobias Mense
- Director of Police Operations Brenda Mitchell
- Executive Director of Marketing Keri Burnett
- Senior Director of Athletics Jessie Rosa
- Senior Director of Auxiliary Services Leon Higdon
- Executive Assistant to the Chancellor Robin Forester
“We aim to be proactive in anticipating and meeting the needs of our students, faculty, staff and community partners,” Stockton said. “While we certainly hope to be able to interact with our students and colleagues in-person for fall semester, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the necessity to remain flexible and adaptable.”