As part of VCU's response to protecting the well-being of our community, SAEO will be suspending in-person meetings and moving to remote operations beginning Monday, March 23. We understand that there is considerable uncertainty and confusion about how this will impact current and future students, as well as VCU faculty and staff. We want to assure you that SAEO, as always, is here to support you through this time and we will continue to place accessibility and inclusion as our top priorities. Answers to many of your questions can be found below. Additionally, you can always contact your case manager to discuss questions or concerns or reach out to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 828-2253.
Yes! If you have been approved for accommodations, that has not changed. Accommodations you used in your in-person classes might look different or, in some cases, not be necessary now. In many cases, they will work the same as they always have. The best thing you can do at this time is to contact your instructors and ask the question, "How will my accommodations work in your class, moving forward?" As always, SAEO is here to help make these arrangements.
The Testing Access Center will be closed for the foreseeable future. As of now, this will include Final Exam Week. Since your exams will no longer be held on campus, we encourage you to contact your instructors as soon as possible to ask about how testing will work for the remainder of the semester. You should also inquire about how your testing accommodations (such as extended time) will be factored in. Any students needing assistance with testing should contact SAEO.
Your instructors are in the process of redesigning their courses, as we speak. I encourage you to contact them immediately to share any concerns or ask any questions. The sooner they hear from you, the better able to address your concerns they will be. You can also contact SAEO with any questions or concerns.
Yes. Here are the most notable changes announced as of 3/14. These are subject to further change.
If a student has been approved for accommodations, that still holds true despite the change in the course format. For many students, the accommodations previously approved will not change. There will be some cases, the accommodations the student used in your in-person classes might look different or no longer be necessary not be necessary now The best thing you can do at this time is to contact your students and ask if they would like to have a discussion about how their accommodations will work in your class. We encourage you to be flexible and understanding throughout this process, as we all enter this period of uncertainty and change. As always, SAEO is here to help answer your questions and discuss any situation that may arise.
SAEO typically proctors over 4,000 exams per year in our Testing Access Center to help our faculty and instructors ensure that all student testing accommodations can be met. With all courses being moved to a remote/online format, the Testing Access Center will be closed until further notice. Please consider how you can factor a student's accommodations into their exam. For most exams, this will just involve extending the window of time by 50-100%. You can give a student extra time on a test in Blackboard by using the Test Availability Exceptions feature under Test Options. If you have any questions about how to appropriately arrange a student's testing accommodations, you should contact them directly to discuss. You can also reach out to email@example.com and we would be happy to help.
First of all, congratulations and welcome to the VCU family! We are looking forward to working together. The intake process has not changed and you can learn more about it on our Registration page. We will begin reviewing intake materials for students entering in the fall sometime in mid-May. In the meantime, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 828-2253 to speak with a member of our team.
Absolutely! While we will not be able to hold in-person meetings for the foreseeable future, we are happy to set up a virtual meeting or phone call. You can contact us at email@example.com or (804) 828-2253 to speak with a member of our team.