Valley View University   

June 12, 2020
 
To All Students and Staff of Valley View University

Dear VVU Students and Staff,
 
I bring you warm greetings from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. Our campuses are quiet. The lawns are green. And the birds flutter and sing joyously. I know you miss campus, so I decided to give you an update.
 
Success of Online Teaching and Learning
I am proud to inform you that, despite initial challenges, the online teaching and learning has been very successful. Following the Presidential order to suspend face-to-face lectures, the University successfully expanded the Moodle e-learning platform to cover all study modes, schools and faculties, and campuses of the University.
 
Examinations
Students in the Regular, Distance, Evening, and Weekend modes have completed their examinations through the e-learning platform. Graduate and Sandwich students are currently taking their examinations.
 
We understand that not every student was able to participate in the examinations. Accordingly, supplementary examinations have been scheduled for July 27-31, 2020. Students will be required to pay at least 95% of Second Semester 2019/2020 fees before taking the supplementary examinations.
 
Reopening
The President of the Republic of Ghana has announced that Final Year students can return to school to complete their work for graduation. However, VVU students do not need to report to campus because examinations have already been taken online. Faculty members will keep in touch with their students to complete their Senior Projects to prepare for graduation. Where necessary, departments may invite Final Year students to engage with them in person as part of Senior Project requirements.
 
‘Summer’ School
Summer School has already begun. The Adventist Health International cohort of students started online classes June 1, 2020 and Summer Nursing program started classes June 8, 2020. Other schools will start summer classes June 15, 2020.
 
Covid-19 Protocols
As the Registrar already informed you, the University has taken measures to reduce the risk of contamination. These include the closure of gates, mandatory washing of hands in veronica buckets, use of hand sanitizers, social distancing, and online meetings. Provision has also been made for isolation at the University’s hospitals. Planning is underway to ensure that the University adheres to the social distancing protocol even when the restrictions are eased and students are asked to return to campus.
 
Since March 16, 2020, faculty members have been teaching from home and most non-teaching staff who live off-campus have been asked to remain and, where possible, work from home. A skeleton staff has since been reporting to office to offer essential services to ensure that teaching and learning continue smoothly. Effective June 15, 2020 the Registrar will implement a shift system to ensure that other non-teaching staff report to work.
 
Matriculation and Graduation
Matriculation ceremonies for the Techiman and Kumasi campuses which had been scheduled for March 19 and March 26, 2020 respectively are indefinitely suspended. We shall communicate to you as soon as we have clearance to hold such gatherings.
 
Graduation ceremonies have been scheduled as follows:
  1. Oyibi Campus: November 29, 2020
  2. Kumasi Campus: December 13, 2020
  3. Techiman Campus: December 20, 2020
 
I implore each of our prospective graduands to apply online and to start planning their party. We shall celebrate together by the grace of the Lord. If by November 15, 2020 the restrictions have not been eased to allow graduations, the University shall hold its 26th Congregation online.
 
Appreciation
My sincere gratitude goes to my immediate deputies, deans, heads of department, faculty, and the skeleton professional and administrative support staff who have continued to offer essential services to ensure that we complete a successful academic year. Special thanks go to the Information Technology Services Directorate (ITSD) and the Educational Instructional Technology Support Unit (EITSU) that collaborated graciously to serve faculty and students in their teaching and learning.
 
I am specifically proud of the few students who volunteered to stay behind to support the ITSD and EITSU in the discharge of their duties. At the parting ceremony that took place June 6, 2020, I returned home with the deep impression that Valley View University students are willing to serve selflessly. Let us continue to exhibit our values wherever we are.
 
Dear colleagues and students, as we continue to take the necessary precautions, I invite you all to pray to the Lord to help medical researchers find solution to the Covid-19 pandemic that has gripped the globe with fear and panic. Only He can heal the world of this pandemic and its debilitating consequences.
 
In your service,
 
Daniel K. Bediako
Vice-Chancellor

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