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April 7, 2020: Summer Course Information

Message from David Cordle, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

April 7, 2020

Dear ESU Faculty, Staff and Students,

As we navigate through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, it already is time to plan for the summer term. Because it now seems clear that Emporia State University cannot safely resume face-to-face instruction in the first half of summer, we ask academic units, faculty, and students to plan for summer 2020 as follows:

  • All summer courses starting before Friday, June 26, will be offered remotely. Departments are asked to replace their face-to-face courses during this early summer timeframe with online courses wherever possible, and to cancel those that can’t feasibly be offered online.
  • Academic departments must inform Registration of the changes by end of business Monday, April 27, 2020, so the course schedule can be updated. If the changes including canceling courses, the academic departments must inform students already enrolled.
  • A decision regarding face-to-face summer courses starting after Friday, June 26 will be made later. While it might be possible to resume face-to-face instruction at that time, departments may choose to avoid uncertainty by moving all of their summer 2020 courses online.

Students and Summer Courses

We understand that changing the delivery method or canceling some summer courses that begin before Friday, June 26, may change students’ enrollment decisions. Here is some information that students need to know:

  • We will be updating the summer 2020 course schedule as we receive changes from academic departments. All changes will be entered by April 29, 2020.
  • If a course you have enrolled in is cancelled, the academic department will notify you of the cancelation. The canceled course will not appear on your transcript, and you will not be charged.
  • When you look at the summer 2020 course schedule to choose courses, those that were to be face-to-face will still be listed that way, but will include a note that they will now be offered remotely. Look carefully for this note.
  • If these changes to course delivery affect the number of courses you enroll in for the summer, please contact Financial Aid to determine whether this changes your aid eligibility.
  • If you need to add or drop courses for the summer, you may do so online through Hornet 365 with your PIN or by working with your academic advisor. If you want to drop all summer courses, you will need to work with Registration ( Students need to watch the drop and withdraw deadlines for summer because they vary based on the length of the course.

Student Summer Employment

Our decision to offer only online instruction for courses starting before Friday, June 26, will likely affect student employment. All current student appointments will end no later than the end of the spring semester (May 15), including those that were designated as mission critical.

Departments who want to recruit and appoint students to positions beginning on May 17 or after will need to work with their vice presidents for that approval. Any student employees appointed to work on May 17 or after will be paid at their regular rate. Further communication will be sent to payroll designees and department administrative staff outlining next steps.

Students may still find available jobs by logging into Handshake:

As always, we appreciate your adaptability as we continue to determine how best to accomplish Emporia State’s vision to change lives for the common good.


David P. Cordle
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs