Thursday, January 7, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

The new semester brings new scenery

Campus Shot

A fresh blanket of snow welcomed us back to campus as we prepare for the start of classes next week.

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to Spring Semester!

I hope you have enjoyed the winter break, spending time with family and friends, while catching up on some rest and relaxation. I confess I have rewritten this newsletter six times since the December holiday break...which should give you an idea of how much changes and how quickly. So as of today, I’d like to keep this newsletter simple and focused on one key issue: What will the spring term look like from your perspective?
The simple answer is that you have the choice to pick how you want to experience your learning. Almost all classes will be delivered from the classroom by the instructor, but you have the choice as to whether you attend your class in-person or remotely. You can attend class in-person (just like pre-pandemic) or attend your class fully remotely (like the fall 2020 term).
What does the classroom look like? AU has made a significant investment in the instructional technology needed to equip our classrooms with the capacity for both in-person and remote learning experiences. We plan to dual broadcast the same class session (for those attending in person and those attending via Zoom remotely). We want you to have the choice as to what works for you and your learning. You can expect that while there will be some variability from professor-to-professor, faculty will generally continue to create interactive, mixed-media environments where you and your peers are able to interact and build an effective learning community. Please just be a little patient as your professors work to balance this new mixed-mode learning environment.
What can you expect in your Dunham School classes on day one?  

  • For those attending class remotely, your professors have emailed and/or posted to Moodle the Zoom classroom links to your classes. You should log in to the Zoom class for regular instruction on the date and time listed in WebAdvisor.
  • For those attending class in-person, you will go to the physical classroom listed in WebAdvisor for each of your classes. Please always follow the Spartan Compact, including wearing a mask (covering both your mouth and nose), not eating food or drinking during class, sitting at least one seat apart from anyone else in class, and using hand sanitizer and any cleaning supplies provided to ensure a sanitary and safe classroom space. Please also always respect the distance between you and your professor. 

If you have questions about this flexible choice between attending a class remotely or in-person, you are welcome to contact me ( or your student success advisor ( for assistance. Additional questions about undergraduate programs can be directed to Dr. Matt Dabros, director of undergraduate programs ( If you have questions about your graduate courses, please feel free to contact Professor Jacqueline Babb (, director of graduate programs.


Toby J. Arquette, PhD
Dean, Dunham School of Business and Public Policy
Key Dates

January 10, 2021 Drop-in dean's office hours via Zoom, 7–8 p.m.

January 11, 2021 Spring semester classes begin

January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes)

January 18, 2021 March 1 – Summer 2021 Dunham School Internship application deadline. For more information, contact Brianne Di Pasquantonio, Dunham School Internship Program Manager.

February 21, 2021 Module I – Last day to drop with automatic "W"

March 5, 2021 Mid-semester vacation day

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

The university continues to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) updates online. The webpage also includes links to FAQs, additional resources, and CARES Act Reporting information.

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