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Department News and Updates   
February 12, 2021

Dear Students,

As you know from this afternoon's communications from the university, Lehigh is shifting the in-person component of its curriculum to remote learning starting this Monday, February 15. 

In keeping with university policy, we are shifting most Flex courses with in-person instruction (Flex-C) to remote teaching. We will continue in-person instruction for only a few select courses, specifically the following three core foundation courses taught by Prof. Travers:

Art 003-60  Two-Dimensional Design 

Art 003-62  Two-Dimensional Design

Art 011-60   Drawing I

How long this pause of in-person instruction will last is not yet certain, but by the end of next week this should become clearer, as new health and safety data comes in from campus testing of students. 

To give you choice and flexibility, and to assist you in keeping up with your class work and projects, we are keeping Building C open for student use.  If you are enrolled in a course in the department, unless you are a"fully remote" student, you can continue to use the building per the normal hours and use policies we shared with you last week, which I am copying here once again below.  If you prefer the alternative of working from home, you can come to the building to pick up your projects, materials, and supplies, and take them home with you. 

You will be hearing more details from your instructors, and please reach out to them and our staff if there are things you need assistance with.  We are here to help.  This is not the outcome we were all hoping for, particularly this early in the semester, but we will get through this, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you, and be well,

Nicholas Sawicki
Associate Professor of Art History and Chair



All students currently enrolled in departmental Flex and Remote courses, who have completed their daily health self-assessment on HawkWatch and received a QR code granting them permission to be on campus, will have physical access to Building C.  This does not apply to students who have elected the university’s "fully remote" tuition discount, who are not permitted to have access to campus facilities. If you are a fully remote student this semester you will not have access to Building C.

For students who meet the above eligibility criteria for campus access, entrance to the building will be controlled by your university ID. To enter the building, you will need to swipe your ID at either the front building entrance on the first floor or the second floor entrance at the crescent, facing Iacocca Hall. 

Building C will be open to students Monday to Friday, 8:00 am–10:00 pm, the hours when department Flex classes are meeting this semester.


While in the building you are required at all times to wear a face covering and to maintain six-foot social distancing.  You are also required to keep your ID visible whenever you are in campus buildings, and you may be asked by faculty and staff to show your card if it is not openly displayed on your person.  You may not bring visitors with you to the building.

All classroom and lab spaces have hand sanitizer stations and dispensers for sanitizing wipes. Please use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving a space.  Wipe down all work surfaces before and after use when you are working at a desk or table.


Flex classes will meet this semester in the C1 and C3 High Bays.  These spaces are reserved for the use of students enrolled in Flex courses. 

Flex and Remote course students who meet eligibility criteria for campus access will have access to the following lab facilities in Building C: the Mac Lab (C1, Room A009), PC Lab (C2, Room B005), and Sculpture Wet Shop (C3, C004).  They will also have access to the sinks in the Painting Studio (Solvent Lab) (C1, A005A) and Sink/Spray Room (C1 A005B).  Access to these lab spaces is during regular building hours only, during which time the door to each lab will be open.  Each lab has a maximum occupancy of 4 persons at one time, except the Sink/Spray Room, which has a maximum occupancy of 1 person.

Students will also have limited access to the Wood and Metal Shops (C3), which are managed and operated by the staff of Lehigh’s Design Labs.  These will be available to you for use on class projects only, as directed by your instructor.  The Wood and Metal Shops will each have a maximum occupancy of 2 users at one time, in addition to 2 staff or shop monitors from the Design Labs. 

You also have access to public hallways and restrooms in the building. All other labs, shops, and studios in Building C are closed to students.  


Flex and Remote course students who meet eligibility criteria for campus access will be able to use the laser cutter in C3.  If you are working on a class project and require laser cutter output but are not taking your class in-person, you will be able to arrange with your instructor to electronically send files for output on the laser cutter, and the output will then be mailed to you at your home address or campus mailbox.  

The Print Lab next to the Mac Lab in C1 is closed this semester.  If you are working on a class project and require printer output, you will be able to arrange with your instructor to electronically send files for printing, and the output will then be mailed to you at your home address or campus mailbox.

The cost of output and mailing is included as part of lab fees for courses that require output.


Our department coordinators Pam Mongi and Christine Kreschollek are working mostly remotely this academic year, but will continue to be available to assist you with the normal range of administrative and registration support they have provided in the past.  They can best be reached Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the emails below.

Faculty and major advisors are making a range of online office hours available to you, which you will be hearing about from them directly.  Beyond already scheduled class meeting times, all meetings with faculty and staff this semester will be conducted by Zoom or telephone, not in person.

If Pam, Christine, or your instructor are unable to provide you with the information you need, they will put you in touch with the faculty member or administrator best positioned to help.  In some cases that will be myself (nis408@lehigh.edu) or Wes Heiss (weh206@lehigh.edu), Associate Chair for the department.