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CALS guidance for summer 2020 events

As you know, the university cancelled all face-to-face non-credit programs and activities for the summer and further cancelled in person events through June 30. There is a fine line between “non-credit programs” and “events.”

Non-credit programs are considered by CALS to be professional trainings or youth programs where participants register and pay a fee. Examples of CALS non-credit programs include Food Science short courses, workshops through Allen Centennial Garden or Badger Dairy Camp.

Events are open to the public and either hosted by a CALS unit or held in a CALS facility. Examples include industry-sponsored field days at research stations, department sponsored seminar series or advisory board meetings.

Activities falling into these two categories must be cancelled, postponed or moved online. PhD and MS defenses should take place virtually. For program coordinators considering moving an event online, you may refer to the CALS and campus instructional continuity sites for guidelines and information about platforms available for your use. While limited resources are available to consult on transitioning to an online event, remember that summer session for-credit courses and online summer SOAR programs are the top priorities for the CALS instructional continuity team.

If you have questions about your non-credit program or event, contact Senior Associate Dean Mark Rickenbach.