To Our Military-Connected Students:
UArizona President, Dr. Robert Robbins announced on July 23rd, 2020, that the University of Arizona will be returning to in-person classes for the Fall 2020 Semester. As he and Campus Reentry Task Force Director Dr. Richard Carmona explained, there will be multiple options available for students when the University reopens on August 24th. We want to make sure that you understand what your options are as you get ready to come back.
The University has released this infographic to detail your class options:
“How does this affect my benefits?”
The Military-Connected Benefits & Certifications office has explained that In-Person, Flex In-Person, and Live Online courses will be treated as “in-person” courses for the purpose of certifying your benefits. Additionally, if you are traditionally an “In-Person” student and haven’t added any of these three course types to your schedule in the next few weeks, the MCBC office will be reaching out to you directly to confirm your selections. To be proactive, you should check your class schedule in UAccess to ensure that you have at least one 16-week course that is either In-Person, Flex In-Person, or Live Online. If you have questions about this, please contact the MCBC below. MCBC staff remain accessible to you virtually, but will not be “in-person” until the fall semester begins.
Now, regardless of whether you’re using educational benefits or not, the President and Dr. Carmona have both stated that you ultimately have the decision to attend classes in-person or from home. If you feel uncomfortable with attending classes in-person, you should choose Live Online or iCourse offerings. If you are in a class that isn’t offered in those formats but you need to attend that course remotely, there will be a process to request accommodation closer to the start of the semester, and VETS will forward that information to you once we have it.
As the Fall 2020 semester begins, we will be providing accessible programming to you in a virtual environment. In the coming weeks, we will be working with our staff and community partners to implement services that you can access anywhere. We appreciate those of you who have provided feedback through our survey, and encourage those who haven’t yet completed it to visit bit.ly/vetsreopen and provide your thoughts. In particular, we would like to know what you need to be successful during the Fall 2020 semester.
We look forward to a time when we are able to open the centers to in-person events, and we encourage you to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. As always, please reach out if we can help you in any way.
VETS and MCBC Staff
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