While many students praised UM for supporting students through this difficult situation, some said they wished the administration was more proactive and clear in their communications.
Following the University of Miami’s decision to move online for the remainder of the spring semester, senior Anuj Shah started a petition on March 17 calling on UM to make a pass/fail grading option due to some of the issues coronavirus is causing for the student body. Less than a couple of days later, it received more than 5,000 signatures.
Joining over 135 other colleges and universities, the University of Miami announced in a message Thursday, March 12 that it would move to remote learning starting March 23 until April 4.
UM Communications stated that while the officials at the university do not believe the coronavirus poses any immediate health risk to its campuses, the administration will be taking proper precautions.
The 2019-2020 academic year marks the first time when both the faculty senate and board of trustees leadership comprises all women.
Plaza Health Network honors six to eight women in South Florida a year. Dr. Patricia Whitely, vice president for student affairs at the University of Miami, was honored for her contributions to UM and the South Florida community.
“This was the very first nomination that I received where I felt viscerally that I had to pursue the opportunity, one that taps all of my experience and skills.”
“The university has such little respect for the fact that we are also human beings and that we also have rights and deserve a normal life”
This past July, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the University of Miami on behalf of professor Louise Davidson-Schmich, alleging gender-pay discrimination within the political science department.
Currently, there are 400 people registered for the event, comprised of students, alumni, community members, business leaders and faculty.
Frenk said that “the Roadmap to our New Century has a single guiding purpose— to make the University of Miami a beacon of understanding, prosperity and well-being that illuminates and inspires this community and the world.”