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Our American Democracy: Voting Flexibility

Letter from President Darryll J. Pines

By Darryll J. Pines

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Our students have asked the administration several times if we would be willing to cancel classes in honor of Election Day. In discussion with Deans and other unit heads, the general consensus was that this might disrupt both in-person instruction and virtual learning, especially for those students who might have laboratories, capstones, or individual studio sessions. So, we have simply encouraged our students to participate in the voting and census process. While they understand the rationale for not permitting a day off to exercise their civic duty, they have made a few additional requests which we think are reasonable that all faculty/instructors should consider.

We kindly ask that you all make it easier for students to perform their civic duty through voting or working as election judges by taking one or more of the following actions as a reasonable measure with respect to their course(s):

  • Being flexible with students regarding attendance and due dates on November 3, 2020; or
  • Avoiding major assignments, exams, presentations, etc. on November 3, 2020.

We thank you for considering this request from our students to you.

Darryll J. Pines

Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland

Mary Ann Rankin Signature

Mary Ann Rankin
Senior Vice President and Provost