Virtual Town Hall 4/16/2020

Kitrina: Hello, Shockers Welcome back to Student Government Association’s bi-weekly virtual town Halls My name is Kitrina Miller and I’m your student body president Once again, I have the pleasure of hosting President Dr. Jay Golden, provost Dr. Rick Muma, today instead of Dr. Aaron Austin, I have Dr. Teri Hall And the manager of instructional design and access, Dr. Carolyn Speer Thank you all for joining me once again today Once again, just as a remainder, for those tuning in, please feel free to comment any questions that you may have throughout this town Hall We also gathered questions prior to the town Hall once again So we do have a list that we can refer to as well So from there, we’ll go ahead and get started But first, before we move into questions, President Golden, I know you had a few updates you wanted to share with everybody Dr. Golden: Sure Thank you, Kitrina, very much First, I hope everybody is doing well and staying safe and washing your hands and keeping your isobar distancing like we all are, as you can see I want to just give a couple quick updates on things that you might have heard in the news or had questions about Yesterday we had our Board of Regents meeting, all the Kansas Universities, and a couple items might have popped up that grabbed your attention One is we did ask for and receive permission to demolish the current Cessna stadium, which is very old This was also part of a recommendation of a task force that included students, as well as faculty and staff But what I want everybody to know, the students to know is although we were granted permission, we are not, and I repeat, not pursuing funding the demolition or construction of new facility right now We have very important issues to deal with as a University especially including taking care of the students and financial needs of the institution So while we received permission, we need it so that at some point in the future we can go and seek donations That is not going to be a priority of this institution right now The other thing you might have heard about is that we went ahead and we received permission to bond and purchase The Flats and Suites, two of the three residence Halls we have on our campus Currently, the University leases both The Flats and suites for the use or our students Over the long term, a 30-year bond, excuse me, 25-year bond, we anticipate around $30 million savings to the institution Those are savings that we can ensure in the — to reach to the students who are going to be living in the flats and Suites and that is our intention It also guarantees that our students will be living in the Flats and Suites rather than a potential with the third party owner having individuals from offcampus living in those suites And finally, the value is many studies show students living on campus perform better from a GPA standpoint, they have greater retention of students that stay and go for their college education, and also just a greater student experience, including the opportunity for student affairs to provide needed services in those residence Halls So that’s the other part One other quick note, for those who are still residing on campus, our staff and community members through Go Create are creating, if you haven’t received them yet, face mack masks and those will be — face masks and those will be distributed to students who are still residing on campus Lastly, something I’m sure you have a lot of questions on, is recently you saw that our university, like all other Universities across the country, received what is funding from Congress through the CARES Act For us, half of that, like all institutions, is dedicated for student need We have one year to go ahead and utilize those funds I’m not going to get into our utilization of it But I did want you to know that we are working diligently under this to make sure that we’re providing the best opportunities for those funds to make the biggest impact towards students over the next year And the person who actually has greater insight and I’m going to turn to and ask to provide some clarification as to where we’re at in regard to the CARES Act, we haven’t received all the federal guidance yet, like all institutions, so we’re still waiting for the federal government and Department of Education to provide some additional clarification But we do have those funds and I’m going to turn it over to our provost, Rick Muma, who can go ahead and give you some greater insight and expectations on how those funds will be

used Dr. Muma: Thank you, President Golden And will, everybody this afternoon It’s so good to be here I was actually getting ready to say it’s so good to see you, but I can’t see you But I wish I could see you because staying at home is tough on all of us not being connected But this is what we have And this is what we’re doing So just to follow up a little bit about what President was talking about, so we have about $4.4 million that we’ll be able to disburse to students over the next year Right now we have a process already in place due to lots of generous donors giving money to our Foundation for emergency COVID fund where we’re giving out $500 to students We wanted to expand that program We have these dollars and give out — or make more funds available to students this spring We’re still figuring exactly how that’s going work But it’s probably going to be an amount per credit hour, and there needs to be some sort of need or something that you can let us know why you need these resources to help you and your — in your personal life A lot of you have extra expenses, have to move out of housing if you were on campus or had to move home or lost your job on campus So we want to be able to restore those — or some of those resources for students who fit into that category Then we’re going to keep some of those resources for summer, students who are in the summer school, and also in the fall We have, as I said before, we have a year to disperse all of these funds, and that’s how we’re going to move forward at this particular time Kitrina: Thank you so much for all of the updates I really appreciate it Since we’re kind of talking about operations, we’ll go ahead and start with a multitude of questions that I have just about WSU’s operations in general So one of them is just if we’re not in a better place, what should we expect for fall classes? Has WSU had any conversations about this? President Golden or Provost Muma, I think one of you two would probably be the best to answer this question Dr. Golden: I’ll start as part of it and then turn it over to the provost for greater specificity I think just generally, I want students to understand and the community to understand what is unknown at this particular time So we are currently estimating about a $6.5 million shortfall, compared to many institutions that’s lower So that’s a good thing We don’t know because we have not received either the money or clarification on how that money can be spent for the other half of the CARES Act, which is another 4.4 What we also don’t know, like every other University across the campus is what is the situation going to be like in August We are optimistic and we are planning and I’ll let the provost talk in greater detail to start classes in person with some type of potentially modified way in August But there’s various things that are at play Not only any additional funding that we would receive like other Universities received by the federal government and/or the State, we don’t know what the state budget might be for this next fiscal year, which starts July 1st and would there be in the change in the state budget, the one that comes to the University, some reduction We also don’t know other things that contribute to the finances of the University, residence Halls, athletics At this particular time it’s a good thing we don’t have a football team because if that season is canceled that’s going to be a very big impact to all Universities So we’re being very proactive in regard to doing things across the campus right now We have hiring freezes, no discretionary funding is being spent without prior authorization and we’re looking at other ways, both to generate money through research, which could also benefit students if they’re on grants, and they — the money that comes to the University for those grants And also things lake donations to the — like donations to the Foundation We’re being really good stewards Trying to work very diligently Being very proactive in working with the student government and your new leadership as we think through those How that translates into the on campus and online learning experiences and tape of activities we will do and be planning for, again, I’ll let the provost answer that because he has taken the leadership for this institution and I think doing an incredible job Dr. Muma: Thank you, Jay One of the things that — if you may have saw a video that the President and I put together earlier in the week, and part of his message and my message to the faculty was that we’re going to have to probably think about how we do things differently over this next year

And if you know anything about the virus, if you’ve been paying attention to any of that, there’s three things that really have to happen and come together before people will be able to congregate in large numbers So a vaccine, obviously that’s about a year and a half out, a treatment of some sort that might be a little bit sooner, because there’s various different treatments that are being evaluated now and we may have something available But the other thing is universal testing for the virus That’s going to take awhile to get all that in place, and one of the things I talked about with the faculty this week and started the conversation with the Chairs, not the chairs, the deans, was we’re going to have to kind of co-exist with the virus, and think about doing things a little bit differently I do think that the University will open up probably sometime this summer and sort of — in sort of a limited fashion, kind of like we were before we got into this situation We were — had staggered work schedules But what I’m telling faculty to do, what faculty — some faculty are already starting to do is planning for the fall now And I’ve talked to faculty who moved their courses into online formats already or hybrid formats or modularized curriculum And so I’m encouraging people to do that That might mean that we might see a front loading of the face-to-face content in the course in the very beginning of the semester and more of a hybrid approach towards the end of the semester when it’s thought that the virus would emerge a little bit stronger at that point But whatever we do, we’re going to have to start thinking about how we co-exist with this, because this is going to be about a year to a year and a half before we get back to probably where we were before And I don’t want people to be disappointed about that I’d much rather them start thinking about how they can do things differently You know, we’re very — all of us are really smart and we have some really smart people, including the students who are on campus who can help us through this So we’re going to start having these conversations more broadly on campus, and have another meeting with the deans tomorrow to think about this And I think it will start taking shape as we go on But we will be here in the fall, offering our programs, just like we have before in terms of the actual degree programs But it may be just a little bit different and I think we just need to have a different approach of how we’re — Kitrina: Perfect Thank you So since we’re of course still going to be here in the fall for all students, what is orientation going to look like for our incoming students? Is that going to be done online? Are we going to be posting it in person some type of way? What is orientation going to look like? Dr. Muma: So we’ve already started planning for that Knowing that we were — into the online format this summer The office of student — already started purchasing the press — the process of purchasing an online format for orientation So all of the major components that we currently deliver in person are going to be shirted to online Now, we — shifted to online Now, we will have the opportunity in August, right before school starts, to have a more robust face-to-face kind of opportunity Again, it depends on what’s going to happen with the virus But we already made the decision when we moved to the summer that we need to do this as well So we’re indicating that We’re beginning to communicate that with the students, incoming students that’s going to be offered in that online format Jathank you So now — Kitrina: Thank you So now moving into I think the bigger decisions that students have been keeping an eye out for was the suggestion by the Faculty Senate of credit, no credit, and then I know Provost Muma, you sent out an e-mail today I do believe saying that that’s what we’ll be moving forward with Can you explain how this works for students and is it similar to a pass-fail grading system like we’ve seen at other Universities? What does credit-no credit truly mean for students? Dr. Muma: Actually, pass-fail, credit, no credit, satisfactory, unsatisfactory, those are all forms of a pass-fail system We currently don’t have pass-fail grading mode at the University We just have a credit, no credit option But it’s essentially the same Actually it’s — I want to say it’s a little better because if you think about pass-fail, the F, could still contribute to your GPA But a credit-no credit will not So what will happen, faculty will continue to grade as they normally do and they will

assign their grades After grades are posted, students will be pointed to an app that they’ll go to They’ll be able to look at all their grades and they can choose course by course which ones they want to opt in to credit, no credit If you opt in to a credit or credit, that means that anything, A, B, C and C-would be given the credit notation Anything below that, D-plus to F would be no credit We don’t think a lot of students are going to opt in to credit if they got an A or a B because those are great grades I was a B student So I wouldn’t probably opt in to a credit option But some might, particularly those who are interested in controlling what their GPA is like And then most importantly, those that have a D-plus or F or D-minus, D-plus, D, D-minus and F will be able to opt in to no credit And either one of those, credit or no credit, would have no bearing on their GPA calculation There will be a few programs and we’re still trying to determine that, ones that are tied to some rules in their especially accreditation Most of those are in the health professions where they won’t have that option, but that will be determined and communicated by the faculty in those programs But by and large, all students will have opportunity to do that So it will be credit and no credit for undergraduate students and then the grading mode that we use, which is potentially the same thing for graduate students It’s satisfactory, unsatisfactory And so we listen sending out more information about the details or that today We wanted to make sure students knew this was going to be an option for them because tomorrow is the last day to drop And we wanted students to know that they could do this and if they were considering to drop So that’s why we communicated that this morning Kitrina: So will the credit-no credit affect any classes for students who are needing — that lake for the classes that require prerequisites? How will that impact those classes as they move forward in their degree program? Dr. Muma: So, yeah, we’ve had a lot of conversation about that and we want to make sure faculty understood that if they — if a student selected credit and — they needed to have a C or a C–, that credit would count towards that as a prerequisite And I let with the deans about this earlier this week, earlier this week We all agreed that we were not going to fuss over the C or C-minus because there are some programs that require a C versus a C-minus as a grade for a prerequisite course But if we assign a credit, CR, our system can’t determine whether someone will get that versus a C or C-minus So we all agreed that a C-minus, a student would also get credit for So there may be a few glitches, Kitrina, that we’ll have to work through, that we haven’t thought of But I think we have most of those issues covered Kitrina: Perfect So one of the questions that was submitted prior to us going live was, has there been any decisions on whether or not finals will still be held for the spring 2020 semester? Is that something that is up to instructors, whether they want to offer finals still, or is that something Faculty Senate and just administration as a whole is looking into recommending that instructors do or don’t offer finals? Dr. Muma: Yeah, so we haven’t talked about whether finals will be offered or not But let me just tell you, most faculty make that decision on their own When I used to teach, I didn’t offer a final Usually I had three or four exams during my course and the last one was just the last one It wasn’t a final Some faculty don’t use finals week to do any kind of evaluation They do that throughout the course And so that’s something that really is up to the faculty to determine and it always has been So I don’t — I don’t really see any change in that And that’s not something that we’re giving any recommendations for faculty at this point Dr. Golden: That’s different I always gave a final So Dr. Muma: That doesn’t surprise me, President! Kitrina: Remind me not to take one of your classes (Laughter.) Dr. Muma: Yeah He’s going to be teaching, too So

Dr. Golden: Absolutely Kitrina: So President Golden, you talked a little bit about the budget with the CARES Act and things like that Could you elaborate more on how WSU is reviewing potential budget reductions and/or cuts? And how that might impact the student body and our collegiate experience? Dr. Golden: Yeah So it’s a — there’s still a lot of unknowns I wish I had great clarity in regard to everything that we know for the next 12 months or so I think over the next, you know, six weeks, would have clarity in regard to the type of assistance that we’re going to require as all institutions are, as well as where we’re at, things like enrollment, housing, etc We need to step back I think it’s going — for myself and the administration here, but the student experience is the top priority We are here because we’re an institution of higher education for the students And so all decisions that we’re making are made in the guise of what is it we can do to have the least amount of impact for our students We are a state institution and as such we have to balance the budget We have a requirement to do so And we take that very seriously, as do the people who oversee our University with the Board of Regents and state legislature You know, it’s really too early to tell what type of impact financially that we may have I think the provost talked about some of the potential implications of living with the virus for the next year or two We have potentially some classes of a size of 20 or 25 students that are going to have to be held in larger classrooms So we still do social distancing Will our schedules maybe reflect a little differently? Is there a potential that we may have weekend classes? Maybe, to accommodate the scheduling But the services even as we’re seeing right now, even at this time where we’re remotely working and we’re staying at home, we’re still from the student health experience, from the counseling, from one stop shop, all those activities continue to move forward I’ll allow Teri to kind of maybe respond in regards to some of the more deliberate things that Student Affairs is planning But by all means, everything that we’re looking at from the budget is trying to ensure that as the — has the lowest amount of impact to our students And we’re going to be working I just want to remind everybody that we have a campus-wide budget advisory committee And that includes students, faculty, and staff That will be working diligently with our leadership to think through where we’re at, to be updated and to give suggestions as we go through this process And that also includes leadership from our Student Government, as well as from our staff and faculty And that’s going to be very critical We’re going to have to — and I personally have to do a better job and ensure that we have constant communications like we’re doing now So we can get through this together Kitrina: Thank you Teri, did you want to add anything about student affairs and how there is affecting operations and what it might look like in the future? Dr. Hall: Sure You know, we in student affairs, we like to think that we’re the student people, right? That much of our interaction is done with students in person and certainly also over the phone and other ways But we’ve done as much as we can to put services and resources virtually Our counseling center has moved to telecounseling and our student health has — we do telehealth appointments, but we’re still taking walk-in appointments We’ve moved our leadership programs to online This Friday, we’re having an evolving leadership — an evolving leader program online at 2:00 where we’re talking about the Meyers Briggs We’ve done our student activities council has done programming on virtually Our office of diversity and inclusion has done some virtual hours where they’re doing chats where students can go in and chat and connect with others Our care team case managers have been posting all kinds of things online about how to survive in this, how to stay mentally and physically healthy in a time when the world seems like it’s going crazy around you So we’ve done all that we could to make sure that what we can move to online we’ve done because, you know, connecting every student is our mantra We want students to know that while we’re not here face-to-face right now, it doesn’t mean we care about you any less, that we — that we — that the connection that we want is any less important And so we’re working hard to stay connected

Kitrina: Thank you, Teri So I do have a follow-up about just student affairs in general for you So will CAPS, Student Health Services, and other student affairs areas continue to operate over the summer even though classes will be 1:03 online? Dr. Hall: Oh absolutely We’ll continue with the hours that we have You know, certainly once we’re able to open back up, we’ll open back up for more in-patient counseling at the counseling center You know, but Kitrina, I think that this — this is causing us all to think differently about how do we do things And so does this mean maybe in the future we’ll have a blend of in person and online telecounseling sessions so that it helps folks that are in their remote areas be able to access those resources differently And but so it hasn’t — I don’t think it’s shaken out yet what the difference is going to mean for us long-term Not only here on our campus, but across the country What does the new virtual reality, what is the new normal that everyone talks about, how is that going to affect higher ed? And what is it really going to be? Kitrina: Thank you It’s definitely an ever-changing time and it will really, you know, like you said, I think it will be really eye-opening once we do fully move on from this, what does — what do we keep for our student affairs especially like counseling and student health, what do we keep and what do we continue, that kind of service for, for students So it does lack like we have a live question So will there be any adjustments or credits to paid 2020 spring tuition due to the loss of face-to-face instruction and access to necessary facilities? Such as vocal practice room, dance rehearsal space, etc Dr. Muma: So current time we’re not adjusting any tuition and fees that we’ve already collected from students And keeping in mind, we are still providing the educational opportunities in the classroom although in a different way, and we really had to make this move for the health and safety of all of our students And like Teri mentioned, we’re still providing services that we can to students And we’ll continue to do that and continue to think about different ways of doing that But right now, we still need to continue to provide those services and utilizing the current fee structure, tuition fee structure that we have Dr. Golden: Kitrina, just add one thing just for the students to know Is that our institution was one of the first in the state to actually get checks out in the mail for refunds for housing and for meals So far as I know, we may be the only institution within the system that actually gave students refunds for parking as well So cognizant of the impacts and at the same time balancing that with providing continue — continuing to provide services for our students moving forward Kitrina: SGA just approves student fees for next year Excuse me, I’m sorry If we are still virtual in the fall, we will — will we as students continue to be charged for student fees? Dr. Hall — Dr. Hall: I’ll take it So the issue with student fees, kitna, they’re kind or an infrastructure fee that students pay It’s like those of us that are homeowners and the taxes that we pay that help support the city The same is true with student fees and many of the mandatory fees that students pay And so they’re not easily refunded in the way that a parking fee can be That’s why it’s critical that not only are those fees used to maintain the University and keep us running But then we’re able to provide as many virtual services as we can so students still get access to the things that they’re contributing to Dr. Muma: And I’ll just add to that, too, Kitrina So as I mentioned earlier that we’re moving into this new normal where we’re going to have to make some adjustments and I have people ask me all the time, should I cancel this? What should I do with this particular event? And I’m saying no Don’t cancel event Figure out a way to offer that event As I said earlier, we’re going to get to a point, because we have to get to a point where we’ll be able to come back together, we might be more dispersed and we may have to do wellness checks to make sure the people who are coming together are not sick or, you know, because

a lot of times with this virus you don’t know that you’re running a fever or something along those lines But we’re going to have to get to a point where we’re going to be offering events in a different way so — and I don’t want to put words into Teri’s mouth or plans and I’m not trying to commit her to anything But it may be the events that they have normally might have to be split up into four or five different smaller events And same thing with what are they doing in admissions in terms of campus visits and other kinds of large gatherings of folks, they’re going to have to do that differently And so to get at the point about whether we need tuition and fees, we will, because we’re going to be having to offer these services although it will look differently than what people might be used to Kitrina: Thank you So it does look like we only really have like about two questions left as I haven’t seen any other live questions So we’ll go to those And if we don’t have any more live questions, then I think that’s all that we’ll have for today So the first question I have, then, is I’m working on my doctorate in educational leadership thanks to tuition assistance It’s the only way I could afford a doctorate Do you plan on keeping this option for WSU employees who are also students? Dr. Muma: So I’ll go ahead and answer this if you’re okay, Jay So right now in terms of our budget planning for next year, all those mandatory kinds of charges that or costs that we have in our budget planning, this is one of those And that’s tuition assistance for employees We haven’t taken that off the table I don’t want to say that we would never take that off the table But we’re trying to preserve some of these mandatory things And that’s one of them Promotion for faculty, for tenure and promotion, promotion dollar, you know, every faculty who gets a tenure are promoted Again, award a little extra money to salary if they’re successful in being tenured and promoted to especially professor So we’re planning to keep that We’re also planning to keep in our work towards growing our enrollment and supporting our retention efforts on campus as well And that’s what we were talking about earlier Right now we have — we’re expecting a $6.5 million budget shortfall And that’s primarily due to our expectations that our enrollment will be lower, particularly for international students But we’re also going through the process of trying to see where we can find resources to plug that hole One of the — a couple of things that we’re doing now, this fiscal year, is we’re pulling back travel dollars We can’t travel None of us are authorized to travel anywhere, so we’re pulling all those dollars back We’re not spending as much money in terms of our discretionary spending for supplies and those sorts of things So we’re pulling those dollars back With the hope that we can use — utilize that — not information — those resources for next fiscal year So I know they kind of went off track a little bit But back to the question We’re not planning on taking that particular program away for our employees Dr. Golden: And one other thing I would just want students to know is that our Foundation each year makes an allocation to the University for fiscal year 2021, fiscal year that’s about to start, they allocated $6 million for scholarships That is not changing That money will continue to this next year And hopefully things settle down and people will be na better position in the next 12, 16 months to make donations to the Universities But we think it’s very critical that we’re able to support our students especially those who are in financial need as best as we can Dr. Muma: And another $3 million that goes to certain kind of programming that is founding endowed accounts across the campus So that’s $9 million that the Foundation has committed to this next year for the operation, help with operation of the University Jaso the last thing that I have seen no additional live questions as of right now is one thing that I’ve heard from nursing students is that they’re all pretty upset the fact that their Capstone has been canceled And it seems like the biggest frustration and question that they have about why their Capstone was canceled was why did — why are we not providing the opt-in program like we’ve seen at other Universities of allowing students to decide whether they wanted to do their Capstone in a medical, hospital setting?

Or do further assignments like they’re currently doing? Do any of you have any — anything to add about that? Dr. Muma: Well, I’ve received a lot of the e-mails about that Trust me And I’ll just say a couple things So we made a decision in very early days of this and we made that decision in conjunction with the KU Medical can school here in Wichita — medical school here in Wichita, the dean of the college of — school of medicine here in Wichita, who is also the county health officer, who’s dealing with the county’s response to the viral outbreak He and I had several conversations about this and a decision was made in line with what KU is doing here in Wichita, but also in Kansas City was to not have any students on hospital-based rotations Not because we were really afraid that they were going to get infected or, you know, have issues around the virus, but it was more around personal protective equipment and the severe shortage of that in the hospitals in particular, but all the clinical facilities And they weren’t sure they were going to have enough of that PPE for their own employees So that’s the main reason why we made that decision Now, in terms of nursing, they spent long and hard trying to figure out the best way to do this And so they haven’t canceled their Capstone, they’re just offering a different way of completing that And that’s through some simulation kinds or activities And some case studies Some of the students were upset about the amount of work that that was requiring them to do, which was in some cases at least in the students’ mind more than what they would do in a real clinical setting So they’ve made the modifications to that I just got an e-mail a few days about that, it summarized that, it kind of lessened some of that workload that students were feeling overburdened and they’re distracted through all of this anyway So they responded to that In terms of what other universities are doing and ones that I heard about were much smaller schools, nursing programs, have a large number of students that we have to accommodate and we need to make sure that we’re able to do that in a consistent way And so the decision was made to do this Now, I understand this fully I’m a P.A., physician assistant And if I was in my degree program and hadn’t — had to do some of it online and of course I graduated way back in the day where no one was even thinking about online, I might feel a little cheated in that But I can tell you there was other things in my educational process that, you know, weren’t great, but, you know, I made it I was able to graduate I practiced for a number of years and to my knowledge I don’t think I harmed anybody in the process of that So I know that that’s disappointing for students, but in the big scheme of things, I think they’re still going to be as highly qualified nurses as if they would have done the face-to-face, had the opportunity to do that So that’s kind of where we are in terms of how we’ve handled that Kitrina: Thank you, provost Muma It does look like we are getting a few more live questions, so I’ll pop into those So one of them is, I know that some schools in California for recently admitted students have decided to allow them to delay their starting semester from fall 2020 to either spring of 2021 or fall 2021 Has WSU explored this for incoming students that have already been accepted for the fall? Dr. Muma: Well, just let me tell you a little bit normally how that happens Currently And we have students all the time who change their start date to a different semester Typically that’s not an issue here at the University Unless you’re in one of these programs that, you know, a CAP program I’m talking about the ones that are in the health professions like the P.A. program, the P.T. program, and nursing and dental hygiene, to name a few There’s other ones across campus But we still have a fair amount of capacity where we can shift someone’s enrollment from the fall or spring or even to the next year if they choose to do that Kitrina: Great Thank you So then our next live question is are graduate students who can no longer work on campus going to be furloughed? Or do we need to contact unemployment? Dr. Muma: I don’t know if I have the answer about who — when and how they should collect

unemployment They can actually talk to their supervisor in the office of human resources is looking into these kinds of issues So most of our graduate students are going to be able to continue to be employed, particularly the ones that are GTAs who are teaching, you know, some of these entry level courses and communication and English and college algebra We haven’t, at least to my knowledge, we haven’t had to let any of our graduate students — we haven’t had to let any of them go because we’ve been able to allow them to work remotely if that’s allowed and — in their research project and for their research program they’re working on In most cases that is Many of the labs that have delicate experiments going on or live cultures and those sorts of things, we’ve kept those open and those students have been able to continue to work with their professors and, you know, practicing physical distance So I don’t foresee a problem with that at the graduate level You know, there’s always going to be things that we’re going to have to do and President had mentioned we don’t know exactly how our budget situation’s going to turn out That’s not something that we think is going to be a main issue Kitrina: Perfect Thank you Well, it does look like that was our last live question So unless others get submitted, does anybody have any words that they wanted to share with students? Dr. Carolyn Speer, it might be a good idea to share where students can submit their concerns or questions that they have about online classes and the functioning Dr. Speer: So the first — thank you, Kitrina The first person always to talk to if you have a concern about a class is always your instructor So make sure that you’re communicating and reaching out to your instructors One of the things that my office, Instructional Design and Access would love to here would be really those decisions that the University’s making with regard to how remote classes are being delivered that seam to be working really well and those things that seem to be working really not well And those would be kind of in a general way You know, I took a few tests in these different classes and I noticed that this was always consistent and this worked for me, this didn’t, that kind or thing For those kinds or comment, we would really love to get those in my office, Instructional Design and Access Our e-mail is pretty easy It’s ida@wichita.edu And you can send us an e-mail You don’t — you can ask us a question if you would like to, we’ll certainly try to help you But we’re definitely looking for information as we work to all of these things that everybody has been talking about today, the University being flexible, trying to think creatively and lean forward, anticipate need, figure out new ways of doing things A lot of that gets some kind of support from online things that my office works with So hearing what is working is very valuable for us Hearing what is definitely not working, and we need to not do, that is very valuable for us So a few of those kinds of comments can be magnified and amplified across the whole of the University for summer definitely, potentially for fall So we definitely want to hear those things from you Kitrina: Thank you Dr. Muma: I have one — Kitrina: A question really quick that I think should be addressed really quick And then Provost Muma, I can move to you, if you don’t mind Dr. Muma: Yeah I think the President wants to say something, too Kitrina: Okay So international students are required to have health insurance, which is important at this time For those who are not planning to take any classes during the summer, what can they do now? Dr. Muma: Well, that’s going to be a difficult issue And, if they’re going to be here, they really need to be covered So, again, some of these things could possibly be covered through that emergency COVID-19 program that’s currently funded through the Foundation because it’s not federal money, it’s not state money, it’s a possibility that they could use that for that I don’t want to promise anybody that But that’s worth checking on What I would suggest to do for anybody who’s concerned about this is to contact the Office of International Education and work with them They are very versed in the needs of students in this regard and we’ve had conversations

about this, but I’d rather them talk about what some of those specifics are that would help students in the summer Kitrina: Thank you Did you want to go ahead and share? Dr. Muma: Yeah And I said this last time And I think it’s worth repeating And I asked you all to promise us if you’re not doing well in classes, you’re feeling like you need to drop out, please, please, please before you do that, talk to your faculty, talk to your advisor, talk to someone that you’re connected to in student affairs, e-mail me, provost@wichita.edu and we’ll get you connected to someone who could at least talk to you about what your needs are and a lot of times there’s some things that we can help with So please promise all of us who are here today that you will do that We want you to continue We know this is a difficult time We’re trying to do everything possible to make sure that you will be able to stay in school, be able to finish your degree, because that’s a measure of success for not only you, but for us at the University Kitrina: Thank you President Golden, did you have a few things you wanted to share? Dr. Golden: Yeah Just a couple things So one is, for many of you I would encourage you to share with your families issues that are being discussed As a father of a daughter who’s an undergrad and one who is going to be a graduate here this next semester, I know the parents are very interested and take great interest in what’s happening and I would encourage you to share any concerns you V but also what the University is doing I also want to commend SGA specifically, as well as my colleagues for committing to do these type of town Halls every other week Not all institutions are doing it And I like that our SGA is taking the leadership to make sure that the University is in constant contact with our students and we’re able to answer your questions and if we can’t, be able to research those I’d like to thank Colton Howard, who has been working behind the scenes to make this all possible And finally, Kitrina, for you I know elections were this week and we have a new SGA president You have served your fellow students and this University and community wonderfully And I cannot thank you enough for your dedication and service I know it’s a lot of hours, a lot of stress Thank you And I know I say that not only from the administration, but from the faculty, staff and students at Wichita State And congratulations Kitrina: Thank you You’re going to make me cry Dr. Muma: Thank you, Kitrina Kitrina: Thank you I appreciate it Dr. Golden: And can’t wait to see you on stage so I can give you a lug and your diploma Kitrina: Yes In October I will see you there Dr. Muma: One other thing, Kitrina We have the virtual commencement portal open And we need students to go on and — I don’t know if you’ve done that yet But to sign up and make sure that you’re included We haven’t had as many people as we thought who were going to participate in that So you want to put a plug in occasionally with your classmates, that would be great Kitrina: Yes Definitely I plan on doing it I just have to get some graduation pictures first for my slide So Dr. Muma: All right Kitrina: So I just wanted to share a few last things One is, thank you, thank you, thank you, to everybody who has tuned in and all of our panelists I have thoroughly enjoyed my time being president and working with you all and hosting these town Halls It’s been a whirlwind and I — it means so much to me and I don’t regret it by any means With that, though, our new president-elect is Rega So for the next two Town Halls that we currently have scheduled, Rega will be the one moderating these So this is my last one But I know that she’ll do a great job as well So once again, thank you to everybody who tuned in And thank you to our panelists I really do appreciate every single one of you and all the work that you’ve done for our students here at Wichita State So for the next virtual town Hall, that will take place on April 30th at 2 p.m. and you can find us on YouTube and our SGA Facebook page also has the event that you can mark you’re going to, so you get that alert and reminder that that is happening If you have any questions, for those who are watching, please do not hesitate to reach out to anybody within these departments or myself, even though I’m only here for about another week

Do not hesitate to reach out to us We want to make sure that the rest of the semester is as great as it possibly can be for you And that’s — I think that’s all that I have So thank you so much I appreciate every single one of you Dr. Golden: Thank you Dr. Muma: Thank you, Kitrina Dr. Golden: Stay healthy, everybody Kitrina: Bye Dr. Muma: Bye