From the Dean's Desk - April 16, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

We are coming to the end of our spring semester and one of the things this means is student anxiety about taking exams. Make no mistake: this increased anxiety always happens; however, as you might imagine, students are more worried than usual because, well, for some of the obvious reasons.

I know that many of you who are teaching this term are already making accommodations for students who are taking exams under imperfect conditions. We’ve seen evidence that not all of our students understand this, however, and that some are too anxious to ask directly… though some of them will overcome that anxiety much closer to the very end of the term.

To avoid the otherwise inevitable scrambling, I’d like to suggest that everyone be proactive, be proactive early, and reach out to your students now, if you haven’t already, to let them know that they can ask for alternate exam arrangements as needed and as makes sense for your courses.

Thank you all for your understanding.  Be safe.

Peace.

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Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart, alicia@cc.gatech.edu, 404-894-8357

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