From the Dean's Desk – July 14, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Hey, so some good news: As you’ve almost certainly heard by now those folks at the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement have—let us say—walked back a rule that would have forced international students to leave the country if their coursework was completely online. So, much to everyone's relief I’m sure, it looks like our students will be able to pursue an education with us this Fall, even if we are online in September.

I’d like to leave it at that, but I would remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank the many of you who attended the meeting we had today with Larry Jacobs, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in Engineering who is also on the Institute’s return-to-campus task force. We had a wide-ranging discussion that covered a lot of hypothetical situations. As we’re all used to hearing by now—and as news reports from just the last hour have shown us—the situation is ever-changing.

Another thing that also came out of our conversation was the sheer effort happening both on the front lines among the faculty and behind the scenes at every level of the Institute. I’ve been in several meetings today, many of them about our educational and academic mission, and I can tell you that it is obvious to me that this Institute is full of educators who are likewise full of passion, and in all the right ways.

I'd like to finish by echoing a point that Amy Bruckman made during our meeting this morning. When we are back on campus, the faculty and the staff will be making decisions every moment of every day that make sense for our local situations and the facts on the ground. When we work together in a spirit of compassion and problem-solving, we can make a tremendous difference in the safety of our community. I am sure we will and that we will be supported in doing the right thing.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

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