Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear GT computing colleagues,
Today’s update largely has to do with research. As I’m sure you’ve seen, the Institute has issued a Research Ramp Down plan to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 within labs.

As a basic principle, the new rules apply to people, not machines. There is no intent to shut down servers, whether research, instructional, or administrative, nor disrupt computational research. The Institute is restricting physical access to the labs for the sake of social distancing.  This is the right thing to prevent groups from gathering in close proximity.  Per the instructions, please feel free to apply for an exception through your appropriate chair. That application will then be sent to me and then in turn the EVPR’s Office.

I’d also like to repeat that nobody is forbidden from coming to campus, at least not for now. Both Klaus and CCB can be accessed using your Buzz card. Those of you in TSRB and CODA should already have heard from the owners of those buildings about your access, I hope. We encourage you to stay home, but we understand that people may need to come in and fetch files, plants, and other items. Do what you must, but please think hard about what you must or must not do. Also, please remember that you must fill out the Equipment Loan Agreement Form before you can take any equipment home (and yes, that includes monitors). You can find the form, along with updated College info and links to Institute resources, on our college continuity webpage.

In fact, I encourage you to visit the website regularly. We are updating it every day with new information and new links to Institute resources. My messages are accurate to the best of our knowledge when I issue them but the situation is ever fluid.

As always, take care of yourself and your loved ones, and stay safe. We might be physically apart right now, but we’re in this together.

Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech
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