As this situation continues to evolve, we are making ongoing decisions in an effort to keep our students, staff, and faculty as safe as possible. The University moved to remote learning to address the public health concerns around the spread of COVID-19 by promoting social distancing.
While we have received permission to continue limited flight training during this period of remote classroom instruction, we want to honor the efforts of UND Housing and the campus community to mitigate our risks.
So, we have decided that if you leave the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks area or the state of North Dakota during the week of Spring Break, you will not be allowed to engage in flight training until April 17, 2020. This will allow for a fourteen-day waiting period after we are scheduled to resume normal operations on April 3, 2020.
As the conditions change we will make adjustments as necessary and keep you updated through the UND email system, social media, the UND Aerospace Blog (http://blogs.und.edu/jdosas-coronavirus/), and the UND Blog (http://blogs.und.edu/coronavirus/).
We realize that this decision will cause many of you to be concerned about how you will catch up on your flight training and progress to next semester’s classes. We are taking the following steps to alleviate these concerns:
- Summer and fall flight course registration will continue as planned starting April 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM however, the flight course template requirements for registration will be frozen as of March 1, 2020. More details will follow on this and will be updated on the UND Flight Course Registration Website (https://aero.und.edu/aviation/current-students/flight-course-enrollment.html)
- We are making adjustments to the summer flight course schedule so that we will be able to accommodate the anticipated delays. Reference Campus Connection and the UND Flight Course Registration Website (https://aero.und.edu/aviation/current-students/flight-course-enrollment.html)
While this may seem like a setback to your academic progress at this time, with a little perspective, you will look back on this as a minor delay in your overall career.
As always, your safety remains our priority. We are dealing with an unprecedented situation and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the best course of action for all of us.
Paul Lindseth, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Brett Venhuizen, Chair, Department of Aviation
Dick Schultz, Director, Flight Operations