I understand that the announcement by Governor Ivey of a stay at home order raises many questions. This is an unprecedented situation for our college and the experiment station. We will meet with college and experiment station leadership as soon as possible to discuss how this will affect our work. Meanwhile, I’d like to provide the following guidance:
· Our top priority is to keep faculty, staff, and students safe and healthy. We must do all that we can to stem the spread of this coronavirus.
· We will continue to exert all efforts to allow our students to continue making progress in their academic programs;
· I have maintained that sustaining our research mission is a critical activity. Indeed, this activity is supported under the order. We should plan to continue with our research work in ways that do not create health and safety concerns for students, faculty, or staff. It is imperative that current experiments and research animals are properly maintained; and
· Serving our stakeholder needs through our extension activities will continue through remote delivery methods.
All supervisors will be fully briefed on operating guidelines as soon as possible.
Thank you for all that you do for the College of Agriculture, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and Auburn University.
Paul M. Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Agriculture