The below information is excerpted from a message from SIPA Dean Merit E. Janow sent on April 12, 2021:
As President Bollinger shared in his message to the community on March 17th, our goal for Fall 2021 is a return to the customary academic year and the resumption of on-campus University life, including in-person academic activities. For our part, we are preparing for in-person classes and events within the International Affairs Building, with the understanding that these activities will be shaped by public health considerations and University guidance. We are mindful that other external factors, such as international travel restrictions and visa backlogs, may affect the ability of some international students to attend classes in-person, particularly at the beginning of the semester.
Accordingly, we will be prepared to offer hybrid instruction, as needed, to accommodate those unable to attend in-person, whether due to arrival delays or ongoing physical distancing requirements that affect classroom capacity. However – and I want to stress – our goal remains as much in-person activity as possible this fall, and we will do everything we can to realize this goal. We will provide additional information in the coming weeks.
Return to In-Person Services
SIPA staff have been remarkable during this difficult year, first in transitioning the School’s operations online in March 2020 and then ensuring that our vital work has continued in the virtual and hybrid environment. All of these adjustments have required hard work and resourcefulness, well beyond normal expectations. I am grateful to all staff for their professionalism, dedication, and creativity over the past year.
We are now planning a phased return to in-person services, consistent with University guidance. Some staff are already working in-person, while others are working remotely and will continue to do so for at least the short term. We expect to announce more concrete plans for the shift to on-campus services in the coming weeks. In the meantime, supervisors will reach out to staff to share our current thinking and seek feedback.
We expect to know much more in the coming weeks and will share that with you as soon as possible. With the pace of vaccinations improving in the United States and in some parts of the world, and signs of spring all around us in New York City, this is a hopeful period.
I wish you all a safe and successful conclusion to spring semester.
Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor of Practice, International Economic Law and International Affairs