Last week, UFF USF Chapter President Arthur Shapiro sent a letter to USF President Currall concerning reopening USF in fall.
July 31, 2020
Dr. Steve Currall, President and Professor, University of South Florida
Dear Dr. Currall,
We hope this letter finds you and your family and your loved ones in good health during these trying times. The University of South Florida United Faculty of Florida (USF-UFF) Chapter wants to express our appreciation for the numerous contributions you have made to our university and university community. In this time you have moved us through the enormous complexities of consolidation and into the onslaught of the COVID 19 pandemic.
We are sure that you are familiar with the action of the State of Florida’s United Faculty of Florida’s most recent letter to the Honorable Governor Ron DeSantis on July 27, 2020 by the UFF State President, Dr. Karen Morian, stating we strongly urge you to issue directives to transition all of Florida’s Institutions of Higher Education to remote learning (similar to your March directive) until public health conditions improve and we can assure students, parents and members of the higher education community that academic excellence can safely continue on our campuses. We strongly support this recommendation on the basis of available evidence:
We strongly believe that the online learning model is the safest model in view of the extreme danger to the health of everyone on the campus should we move into face-to-face models. We are asking that you and the Board of Trustees to make this decision based on data. We urge you to move all classes to online instruction this fall. Most Cordially,
Arthur Shapiro, President
United Faculty of Florida, USF Chapter
Cc: Mr. Jordan B. Zimmerman, Chair, USF Board of Trustees
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