Please find below the tentative plans for initiating academic activities below. Attached you will find program specific details for those programs that are resuming classes next week. Please note that safety remains our top concern and students who are facing challenges in regards to travel and/or whom have other logistic concerns should work directly with the Dean of each department whom can work with you on a case by case basis.
Tentative Plans for Initiating Academic Activities
Thursday, October 05, 2017
We have targeted next Monday, October 9th, 2017 to resume the regular academic activities of the School of Behavior and Brain Sciences; the Public Health Program, the Nursing Program, and the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences. The initiation of academic activities associated to the MD Program is still under discussion as different options are under evaluation. One of the options under consideration is to move the academic activities to a medical school in the continental USA (e.g. Florida, Missouri). The other option is to reassume academic activities locally although the major hurdle is the current unavailability of Internet services. The final determination to reopen the activities in the medical program will be reached by next Friday, October 6, 2017.
The academic activities for the Nursing Program will resume on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 9am to 5pm. The small conference room next to the President`s office has been identified as the site to offer classes to the eleven (11) students in the program. This room is furnished with audiovisual equipment including a blackboard, and has air conditioning.
All faculty in the Program have been identified and everything is ready to go.
Other option for location will be the Nursing faculty/Conference Room available on Building O. At this location, the windows could be lowered for getting fresh air and it sufficiently illuminated. If normal power is reestablished by the AEE, all room in Building O will be available to the Program.
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences:
The academic activities associated to the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences are scheduled to resume next Monday, October 9, 2017. Approximately 95% of the faculty is ready available preparing for the lectures as well as other academic activities. The corresponding Dean and her faculty are working to reestablish all academic activities as originally programmed. Mondays and Wednesdays will be reserved for students in the Ph.D. Program, whereas Tuesdays and Thursdays will be reserved for PsyD. Academic activities will be scheduled from 8am to 5:30pm. No evening classes will be offered. students. Lectures will be delivered in periods of 1.5 hours and periods for independent study for 1 hour. Students in the Certificate in Family and Couples Therapy and the Certificate in Neurosciences will attend classes on Fridays and Saturdays, respectively, as the usual. Furthermore, students in the MSSP will convene Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
With regards to location, we have opted to reinitiate academic activities at the South Academic Building. This Building is powered by a generator. All lecture and discussions rooms are fully functional at that location. In summary, the faculty will use rooms 101, 201, 202-203, and the class room at the second floor of the Library for lectures. Rooms 204-207 will be reserved for small group discussions. Small rooms in the Library (A, B, D, F) also will be available as needed. Portable air conditioning units will be placed on the rooms.
In the event that the Medical Program is initiated on campus on October 16, 2017, all psychology academic activities will be relocated to the regular location. Although, a power generator is not available at the Psychology Building, windows around the rooms could be lowered and lectures can be offered without major problems. If regular electric power is reestablished by AEE, activities will reassume in the building as usual.
Public Health Program:
All academic activities of the Program will resume next Monday, October 9, 2017. Most of the faculty are readily working and preparing lectures for next week. The Associate Dean will continue directing efforts as establishing communications with missing faculty and students.
Academic Activities for the Public Health Program will be scheduled from 5pm to 9pm as usual. The Program will be set the South Academic Building, which will be available at that period of time. If missing faculty do not show up by Monday, the Associate Dean and her faculty have designed a contingency plan to cover all courses with available faculty.
We are still determining the date and location for the re-initiation of academic activities of the Medical Program. A final administrative decision will be reached by Friday, October 6, 2017. On Monday, October 9, at 9am in Room 101, an orientation meeting has been scheduled for the faculty of the Medical School. This meeting will be directed by Dr. Georgina Aguirre and the purpose of the meeting is to officially inform all faculty of the final decision with regards to the date and location of medical school activities and to discuss plans to move forward.
Lecture scheduling for the remaining of the semester is currently being worked out at the level of individual academic programs (Nursing, Psychology, and Public Health) and they will be available before Monday, October 9th. With regards to the Medical Program, lecture schedule is currently being put together by Dr. Georgina Aguirre in close collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Rivera. The final lecture schedule for the MD Program will be available next week to be discussed with the corresponding faculty.
Please take the opportunity to recognize a tremendous thanks to all of the faculty and administration in Ponce whom have been working so hard over the past two weeks to help PHSU resume academic operations during such a challenging time. We look forward to continuing the rebuilding process and further strengthening the Mission of the University.
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