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1.3. Advising update - spring 2020

Hello Math and Stat majors,


In light of the recent messages from both President Robbins and our Provost in regards to COVID-19 and the university transitioning to online courses as of Wednesday, 3/18/20, we know you may have questions.  Please read this email for information about how we are moving forward in our department to support our students, faculty, and staff. 

  1. Our faculty and staff are working hard to prepare courses to transition to online/distance/remote format so classes can resume in a different format on Wednesday, 3/18/20. The university will continue to evaluate this situation and make changes, as needed. At this time, spring break has been extended through Tuesday, March 17th, with classes beginning again on Wednesday, March 18th.  We are working to add course sites in D2L (https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/loginh/) for courses/sections that did not have them previously.  Additional information will be given to you from your instructors about how your individual classes will proceed so please check your university email and D2L often for updates. 

  2. If you are taking a 7 week II course, please be aware dates and deadlines have been changed with the later start date of 3/18.  An email has been sent with details of these changes; you can also view them here.

  3. Students should not return to campus, provided they have suitable alternative living arrangements. These students are welcome to return to campus briefly to collect belongings. In case you have not seen this news article, Uhaul has offered free storage to students - this may be helpful for some of you. Students who do not have a suitable alternative should return to campus. Residence halls, food service, Campus Health, libraries and computer labs are open and will remain open to support you.

  4. Advising appointments will be conducted via Zoom or phone until further notice.   Please continue to schedule your appointment via Trellis and choose either Zoom or phone for your appointment type.  Your appointment confirmation will include the Zoom link or phone number to call, depending on the appointment type and how your advisor has set things up. We recommend using Zoom whenever possible, since that allows your advisor to share their screen with you to show handouts, checklists, etc. It is pretty easy to use, but a reference page for Zoom is available here for those not familiar with the tool.

  5. Drop-in advising will be held via Zoom. If you are unable to connect via Zoom, please email the Math Center (see below) - we may be able to resolve the issue via email, or schedule a time for a phone conversation. 

  6. If you need a signature on something, please email the Math Center (see below) and we will work with you to figure out how to best take care of this. 


Changes are happening rapidly and we will do our best to communicate these changes to you in a timely fashion, however please let us know if you have questions.  Feel free to email us in the Math Center (either mcenter@math.arizona.edu or mathcenter@math.arizona.edu - pick one, no need to send to both) and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 


For more information about COVID-19 and the university please visit our main COVID-19 page.  Specific information about the campus plan, including information about the attendance policy, for parents and students can be found on the Dean of Students webpage here.


Please also see CDC guidance here, and Campus Health has compiled helpful information about how to take care of yourself and others, and has also included the campus communications in case you may have missed any. Campus Health has also compiled resources to build resilience and deal with stress here.  


We realize that current events (and others' reactions to them) may be causing anxiety. Please remember that these precautions are intended to prevent/slow down the progress of this virus. Your health and well-being are important to us.


Take care,


Laurie (on behalf of all of the Math Center)


Laurie Varecka
Assistant Director, Math Center

Mathematics, 217
617 North Santa Rita Avenue | Tucson, AZ 85721
Office: 520-626-9837 |
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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