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Message for Undergraduate Engineering Majors

Date: March 13, 2020
From: Dean Alexis Abramson

Dear Engineering Majors:

I am following up on the recent announcement from President Hanlon about the significant steps Dartmouth is taking to protect the health and safety of our community during this time of increasing attention to COVID-19. I understand that you may be concerned about possible disruptions to your education or worried about meeting course and graduation requirements.

I want to assure you that Thayer faculty and staff are here to support you and are actively seeking solutions to help ensure continuity as much as possible, while following the health and safety guidance from Dartmouth and public health officials.

Engineering Courses

We expect that a vast majority of Thayer courses scheduled for the Spring term will be offered, and a full course listing will be made available early next week. Because engineering courses are, by nature, hands-on, we are working to identify creative solutions for courses with labs and major projects. We are currently reviewing all options, and expect to have a plan in place for all courses soon. While the current plan is to offer courses remotely for the first five weeks of the term, faculty are also prepared to extend remote course delivery to the full 10-week term for students unable to return to campus by May 1, or in the event that Dartmouth requires that we deliver courses remotely for the duration of the term.


As our faculty work to bring their courses online and as you work to make accommodations, we recognize that academic advising will be even more critical amid these current changes. Before the end of Spring Break, we plan to provide you with more information about an adapted advising system that ensures student access—even from a distance—to faculty advisors to discuss changes to course plan, D-Plan, or other relevant academic planning issues. While you are always welcome to contact your faculty advisors at this time, please understand that they are likely getting a very high volume of inquiries at this time and may need additional time to respond. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding.

If you have specific concerns or seek additional guidance on these issues, please contact the following resources:

  • AB students: Jenna Wheeler (
  • General questions: Holly Wilkinson (

Our utmost concern is the health and safety of Thayer students, faculty, and staff, as well as the overall Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities, and in this unprecedented time, we are mindful of the fact that experience is new for everyone.

We appreciate your patience, your adaptability, and flexibility during this fast-moving, ever-evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates to help you navigate these complexities.