Message from the Dean April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

Dear Students, 

As this week comes to an end, I want to congratulate you on completing your first week of remote instruction.  I hope that the SHTM administration, faculty, and staff were able to help you make this transition with as little stress as possible.  Moving forward, please remember that we are here for you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructors or the Dean’s office if you’re having any difficulties with your online coursework. 

Here are some important things you should know:

SHTM Honor Code - This week the Dean’s Office sent out an email to all SHTM students to read and acknowledge the Honor Code.  This Honor Code is designed to preserve the integrity of the educational mission as you continue your coursework online.  If you have not already read and acknowledged the Honor Code, please check your Stony Brook University email, review the information, and complete the request today.  You may also access the form directly here.

Incivility in Remote Learning: Some students have raised concerns about offensive and inappropriate content being shared in your Zoom classrooms (Zoombombing). It is unfortunate that you may have had to deal with these issues, on top of leaving campus, taking classes online, and worrying about your health and that of your loved ones. These occurrences are unacceptable and run counter to our core institutional values. 

The Code of Student Responsibility applies on and off campus. Any student who is found to behave inappropriately in these online platforms will be held accountable. If you have been targeted or experienced discrimination of any kind, including xenophobia, report these incidents to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.  In order to protect the integrity of your instruction:

    • To join a class, you will have to log in using your SBU credentials
    • Do not share Zoom links with others or post links on social media
    • Only instructors will have the ability to share their screens; if you are expected to give a presentation, your instructor will give you access as needed 
    • Zoom classes are recorded. Offensive activities will be reviewed and addressed through our student conduct process. 
    • Faculty can also remove disruptive participants who are having a detrimental effect on the learning environment.

We expect everyone to work together to keep our classrooms safe and productive. Most importantly, if something happens in one of your classes, please ReportIt. It is our goal to ensure a collaborative and respectful learning environment for all.
For additional resources, please refer to these links:
Additional information about online learning
Incivility in online classrooms

Student Support Team for Technology: If you are facing a financial challenge in accessing technology tools (laptop, webcam, etc.) to complete your coursework, please reach out to the Student Support Team at We may be able to loan you a laptop or other device to complete your spring courses. We may be able to provide you with additional support if you are facing challenges or concerns in your pursuit of success.

Grading Options: You may have also received an email that students will have an option for P/NC grades and the ability to withdraw from class after finals for the Spring semester. I want to reiterate that due to the nature of our programs, these policies have never been to students in the School of Health Technology and Management. 

Summer Courses: The decision has been made to move all classes for Summer Session I and II online. There may be rare exceptions to this policy, and on-campus courses will be noted as such in the course listings. Courses involving clinical experiences for professional licensure in the Health Sciences either within the Stony Brook University Hospital system or at alternate locations will be offered as permitted.

The following resources continue to available and are offering virtual services at this time:

Also, for up-to-date information from the University regarding COVID-19, please visit:

As always, as the Dean’s Office receives information on the virus and its effects on the University’s operations and plans, we will continue to provide you with updates.  I wish you continued success this semester, and most importantly, good health and safety to you and your family.

With regards,

Stacy Jaffee Gropack, PT., Ph.D., FASAHP
Professor and Dean
School of Health Technology and Management