Dear Engineering for Professionals Students:

We are writing to follow up on the earlier message from President Daniels about the university’s response to COVID-19. We will address online courses separately from on-site and Virtual Live courses, as it is only those in the latter category that are affected.

ONLINE COURSES: We do not expect EP online courses to experience any disruptions and should proceed as planned. 

ON-SITE AND VIRTUAL LIVE COURSES: Classes today, tomorrow, and Friday have been canceled, and all on-site and Virtual Live courses will be delivered remotely beginning March 23 and extending at least until April 12. 


  • All deadlines, exams, and classes are canceled this week: Instructors may not hold any class meetings or exams during Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of this week. Deadlines that were originally set for those days will be delayed until after Spring Break. Exams that need to be delayed until after Spring Break due to class cancellations will be administered after that time as take-home exams or in an online format. 

  • Please be alert to communications from your instructors: Faculty are already in the process of sending out emails about cancellations and rescheduling of classes, exams, and assignments. Please be aware that there may be some confusion in the initial moments of this abrupt change. Instructors will need some time to redesign their instructional strategies. In due course, you will find out from your instructors how each course will be managed after the break ends.
  • It is expected that your remote sessions after break will be held at the scheduled meeting time for your class: While the content of your class sessions may need to be altered, it is the policy of our school that routine contact with students through synchronous interaction over Zoom is the best way to maintain continuity through this disruption. Your instructor may decide to deliver some content asynchronously by posting pre-recorded lectures for students to watch outside of the normal class time. It is still our expectation that your instructor will then use the designated class time for discussion, to answer questions, and engage in productive faculty-student interactions. This time may be different for your locally if you are outside the US Eastern time zone during this period of remote teaching.

  • Support is available to help you access the technology associated with this transition: Most classes will move online using the Zoom videoconferencing software. A website regarding that resource and how to download the Zoom client can be found here: We anticipate that students will also use Zoom to videoconference with other students to facilitate working on projects and group assignments. Please know that instructional technology information can be found at the EP Student Resources website ( and general technical support can be requested at

Thank you for your understanding and adaptability as we seek to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. We appreciate your dedication to your studies and we will do our best to maintain the high quality of instruction during this period of remote instruction. If you require clarification regarding issues of school or university policy please feel free to reach out to Associate Dean Dan Horn ( ) or to Heather Stewart, EP’s Academic Affairs Manager ( ).


Sri Sarma
Vice Dean for Graduate Education

Dan Horn
Associate Dean for Engineering for Professionals