Letter to students from Dean Owen

August 12, 2020 - A&S Dean

Dear Arts & Sciences Students,

In recent weeks, I have been hearing from a growing number of students who are very anxious, worried, and fearful about the rising COVID-19 rates and how this will affect our campus as we begin the fall semester. Your concerns are legitimate, but I want you to know that these concerns are top of mind for us too. In order for us to provide as safe an experience as possible, it is critical that everyone in our A&S community act responsibly and demonstrate their care for each other by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing their hands regularly. 

I want to let you know that A&S is also taking additional steps to accommodate students who want to take their courses online. 

  • When possible, we are opening new sections of those courses that currently have large waitlists. In others, we will work with chairs and faculty to raise the enrollment caps. 
  • I am urging faculty to be as accommodating as possible to allow students enrolled in hybrid courses to complete these courses completely online.
  • I have reminded department chairs and advisors to make all reasonable efforts to ensure that students can continue to progress in their academic programs.

If you are registered for hybrid courses, but are now anxious about in-person learning, below are some steps you can take to resolve the issue. (Please take the steps in the order listed. For example, if you and your instructor are able to resolve the issue, there is no need to speak to your advisor.)  

  1. Speak with your instructor about the possibility of completing the course entirely online.
  2. Speak with your academic advisor about possibly enrolling in a different section, or alternative course. Your advisor may suggest other options as well.
  3. Speak with Prof. Karen Chandler, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences. She can work with you to find a solution. She can be reached at 502-852-2245 or karen.chandler@louisville.edu

Finally, please remember that tests for COVID-19 are available at no cost to all who are returning to campus. I strongly recommend you be tested as you arrive on campus for the fall semester. This is important not only for your health, but for the health of the entire campus community. Go to the UofL testing website for more information and to choose a time slot. (Please note you must pre-register in order to be tested.)  


David S. Owen, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Philosophy