As we all know, the world is in a very complex and unstable situation. Faced with these circumstances, Universidad del Pacífico (UP) has taken - and will continue to take - a series of decisions inspired by you, our students, and whose objective is to ensure the proper development of teaching activities. First of all, we would like to express our appreciation for the good disposition you have shown during the last few days. We hope to continue counting on that same support during the coming weeks, because we will only be able to overcome the difficulties we face as long as we join forces and share a common purpose.
In our March 18 statement, we officially announced that we will start virtual classes on Monday, March 30. It is now time to share with you some details that will contribute to the good development of the 2020-I semester, which will begin next week.
We will use the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tool, which is already installed on the Blackboard platform, to deliver the classes. Through this medium, you will be able to attend live classes ("synchrony") and interact with your professors and classmates, safeguarding your health and that of your environment. Keep in mind that this dynamic will always take place within the timetable you selected when you enrolled for each subject.
We understand and share the concern that this unpredictable situation may generate among you, especially considering that this is the first time that all UP courses are offered virtually. In order to achieve the greatest possible fluidity and flexibility during the 2020-I academic semester, the authorities have made the following decisions:
First, for those students who are at academic risk during the 2020-I academic semester, it has been foreseen to authorize, on an exceptional basis, the term or course withdrawal, in order to safeguard their permanence at the University. The deadline for submitting applications is specified in the updated version of the 2020 Academic Calendar.
Second, those enrolled students who, for various reasons, are not able to attend the 2020-I semester may request the cancellation of their enrollment and the reimbursement of the corresponding academic fees. In this way, your academic record will not count this cancellation as term withdrawal. In this case, the deadline is Monday, March 30, 2020.
Third, the fee for the course or term withdrawal process will be waived.
Fourth, considering the families' situation, we have decided to postpone the due dates of the coming tuition fees, as well as to suspend the collection of late payment interest. The new payment schedule will be as follows:
Second tuition installment: April 17, 2020
Third tuition installment: May 16, 2020
Fourth tuition installment: June 15, 2020
Fifth tuition installment: July 15, 2020
Cases requiring special consideration will be handled by the Director of the Office of Financial Aid, Mrs. Teresa Bravo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On the other hand, we would like to share some good news with you. Of the 283 academic courses offered this semester, we have successfully migrated 98.9% of them to the virtual format, which means that we will be able to offer almost all the subjects taught in our programs. The courses that cannot be offered are the following: Mutual Funds, Private Equity Seminar - "Enfoca" and Finance Lab Seminar. Students enrolled in these canceled academic courses may request the modification of their enrollment, from March 23 to 30 by sending an email to email@example.com.
Likewise, measures have been taken so that you can remotely use the bibliographic resources that you require. First of all, our Library will make available to students various information resources: online catalog, institutional repository, databases and e-book platforms; it will also maintain various customer service channels (via chat, e-mail and personalized counseling). And, secondly, the University Press will make the content of its e-books available to the university community at no cost (https://fondoeditorial.up.edu.pe/ebooks/), from this moment on and throughout the month of April.
In the same vein, taking into account the unique nature of the Extracurricular Formative Experiences, during the 2020-I academic semester we will only offer those that can be fully virtualized. In the case of those that cannot be offered under this modality, we are evaluating alternatives that will be communicated in a timely manner.
It should be mentioned that the details of these provisions and their procedures will be communicated, in the next few days, through the UP institutional email (@ alum.up.edu.pe), by the Office of the Registrar. For this reason, we kindly ask you to check this e-mail account on a regular basis.
In this context, it is important to mention the role that the Classroom Student Representatives (REA) and the Representatives before the Academic Departments (REDA) will have: we encourage them to organize and choose your REA during the first week of class. With this, we will be able to work together thanks to this valuable communication channel, through which you will be able to transmit your comments and observations about the classes to the faculty and Department Chairs. Your participation will be essential to allow us to intervene quickly in case of any eventuality or setback in the development of the teaching activities.
We reaffirm our commitment to provide quality education, but in a safe manner. We appeal to your understanding and flexibility in view of the unpredictable situation we are facing. Today more than ever, we must live up to our aspiration to train you as responsible leaders for a world that will no longer be the same as the one we have known until now and that demands permanent solidarity and commitment from us.
Finally, we would like you to know that the authorities and faculty will be at your side during the academic semester that we are ready to begin. Let us do everything we can to bring it to a successful conclusion.
Martha Chávez Passano
Vice President for Academic Affairs