A message from Dean Prado

Dear Graduate Teaching Assistants,

We hope that this message finds you and your loved ones doing well.

Planning for the spring semester has already begun. University leadership is currently finalizing the spring 2021 calendar and it will be released soon. It is our plan that courses will continue to be offered in-person and on campus in the spring and online as necessary. As many of you have experienced this semester, we have done everything possible to keep you safe and healthy while in the classroom. To date, there have been no cases of classroom transmission.

As in the fall semester, we recognize that some teaching assistants may seek special COVID-19 related teaching accommodations and/or modifications for the spring semester based on their (or that of family members under their care) CDC recognized high-risk factors. Graduate students with teaching assignments for Spring 2021 who are requesting COVID-19 related teaching accommodations/modifications must complete and submit the form available here by Sunday, October 4th, by 11:59 pm. This will ensure a timely review by the Graduate School, as well as to allow college/school and departmental leadership the opportunity to consider accommodations/modifications that may be granted via this process.

Graduate students who submitted an accommodation/modification request in the fall semester, and who would like to request an accommodation/modification for the spring semester, must submit a NEW request. We understand that at this time you may not know the details of the course(s) you will be teaching, but please ensure you complete the form with the information that you do have if you are requesting an accommodation.

We want to again thank you for your continued patience and determination, as well as your commitment to the success of our students by providing them with the best possible educational experience. Please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate School ( if you have any questions.

For current information about the University’s response to COVID-19 visit the coronavirus response webpage.

With much gratitude and appreciation,

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Dean of the Graduate School 
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