In July, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards committed to communicating, with as much certainty as possible, what to expect at the start of the academic year as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we are writing to present you with what we believe will be our final plans for autumn quarter classes.
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Over the past few months, people across the University have been hard at work preparing for how we can be safely together on our campuses when conditions in our region allow us to do so. We are now able to share more details about plans for autumn quarter. We are also sharing similar information with our new and returning students, as well as their families.
We are living through an extraordinary time in our history – as a nation, a community and a campus. We are living in the midst of two pandemics: one, COVID-19; the other a deep-seated, long-standing illness of racist brutality. Both take their toll in our communities along paths that we as a society have, intentionally or not, designed for them, unjustly afflicting those with access to the fewest resources.
This past Thursday we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court turned back an effort to end President Obama’s 2012 Executive Order which provides protections for DACA recipients. This is good news and for now offers us a brief moment to celebrate this decision. We’re provided with an opportunity to hold members of our undocumented community close as we let go some of the frustration, angst and fear that this impending decision was holding over them and their community of loved ones, advocates and allies.
As we conclude an academic year unlike any other in our history, work to develop the details of our fiscal year 2020-2021 budget (FY21) is concluding.
The year has ended with many things being undetermined. The level of state support we can expect in FY21 is uncertain. Given the challenges facing our Tacoma community, we need to be conservative in our enrollment projections. Our auxiliary income and fees are in suspension.
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