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    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 16 comments on Provost Jean Morrison Answers Student Questions about Remote Learning

  1. Hi,

    I am a BU student, and I am a bit concerned about how summer terms will be administrated.

    Will BU move summer classes online, or will summer terms this year be cancelled?

    So many students have moved back home overseas. I just don’t think it’s realistic for them to come back for summer, especially when travel restrictions are in place.

    I really hope I can still take summer online, because I really need it to graduate.

    Thank you!

  2. Hi,

    I am a BU student, and I am a bit concerned about how summer terms will be administrated.

    Will BU move summer classes online, or will summer terms this year be cancelled?

    So many students have moved back home overseas. I just don’t think it’s realistic for them to come back for summer, especially when travel restrictions are in place.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      The plan remains to have a suspension of in-person classes until April 13. At the moment, there is no plan to transition summer classes to online learning. We will, however, communicate with the community well in advance on any plans either to re-open or to continue with remote teaching. It’s a fluid situation for thousands of universities across the country, and we appreciate your patience as we work through it.

      — Office of the Provost

  3. As a parent of a BU student currently “Zooming” from home, I’m very impressed by how you’ve been able to handle this situation in such a short amount of time. Of course, remote learning is not an ideal situation for BU students and professors, but it seems to be very workable. Thank you for all your efforts, BU.

    1. We truly appreciate your kind words. I have been quite impressed myself by the diligence and positive spirit with which our faculty and staff have come together to ensure that our students will be able to both complete their semester and receive the best experience under these unprecedented circumstances.

    2. Thanks “A BU MOM” – we (by which I mean faculty) need all the encouragement we can get! It’s been quite a challenge getting my course online, and I personally appreciate the positive feedback. I know that this is quite a challenge for students as well.

    1. Thank you, Nadja for your question. For Broadband-related questions, contact IS&T help desk via ithelp@bu.edu or call 617-353-HELP (353-4357) for technical support.

    2. Nadja – Broadband is a generic term used to mean any high-speed Internet access, whether it’s cable internet (Comcast, Charter) or Fiber (Verizon Fios). If you have wifi at home, chances are it’s connected to your broadband internet provider. I hope this helps. As Maureen mentioned, if you have any further questions, please contact IS&T ithelp@bu.edu or call 617-353-HELP (353-4357).

  4. Hello, My daughter is a freshman in the CGS program. We are wondering if there have been any decisions regarding the 2 summer sessions in London this summer?
    Thanks for any information.

    1. As the story says: The University is also finalizing details for students to receive either credits or refunds on their dining and residence fees, and Brown wrote that room and board “costs will be prorated for the remainder of the semester for all students leaving campus.”

  5. What about students that paid for an in-class person learning since online classes are different. Is he discussing about giving us a prorated refund? Honestly, I feel that he should consider this as well.

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