Spring 2020 Semester at AUBG to Be Completed Online
With regard to the worldwide COVID-19 situation and nationwide state of emergency in Bulgaria, AUBG’s leadership team has decided to complete the Spring 2020 semester online. No student’s graduation or progress to degree will be disrupted by this change.
“We have been meeting regularly to evaluate our options, and we have determined that for the safety of our community and to provide clarity and certainty to all members of the university, this decision is our best way forward,” said Interim President Dr. David Evans in a message to the community. "The top priority of the AUBG leadership is to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. We also prioritize upholding the integrity and quality of our academic programs."
The university will allow students for whom leaving campus will pose a significant hardship to stay in the dorms. They will continue to have access over essential services like dining, health and counseling. Students who must stay on campus will make individual arrangements with the Dean of Students and the Office of Residence Life and Housing.
Employees who feel sick or at risk can make arrangements for remote work with their supervisors. AUBG is committed to not take any actions that will have an adverse financial impact on any employee.
Many of the events that usually populate the spring calendar have already been rescheduled for some time next semester. While the online learning won’t affect senior students’ graduation, the honors convocation and commencement ceremony will also take place in the fall.
All academic activity moved online on March 9, initially for a two-week period. Faculty, staff and the leadership team are monitoring the process closely to ensure it runs smoothly and effectively.