University of Puerto Rico repeals administrative recess
SAN JUAN — The University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) Interim President Darrel Hillman repealed the administrative and academic recess enacted due to the passage of Hurricane María through the island; hence, all personnel must report to their immediate supervisors as of Thursday, October 5 to receive specific instructions about their work plan.
Furthermore, the president of the institution detailed that employees who can’t reach the campuses must report to the Emergency Operations Center (COE by its Spanish acronym) in their respective municipalities and request a certificate of attendance. This directive complies with Executive Order 2017-051 issued by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
“First, we want to know if you are all right and to help those who need it. In addition, we continue our efforts to reopen the campuses and restore the operation of the whole system. That is why I ask all staff, if possible, to return to work. This way we can speed up the campus reopening process,” Hillman said in a written statement.
About the beginning of classes, Hillman indicated that there isn’t yet a firm date, but he is addressing the individual needs of each campus with help from the deans and as soon as they are ready they will announce the reopening of each one.
“The Medical-Sciences campus will begin next Monday, October 9. We are working arduously to open the rest. But I want our students to rest assured that they will be able to complete their academic periods. That is why we are also modifying the calendar and continue to work cleaning and removing debris from the campuses,” he said.
Hillman, who met with the university system’s deans, thanked students, staff and volunteers who have responded to the call to participate in the recovery process for the campuses and the Botanical Garden.
“Tomorrow [Thursday] we will be in the Río Piedras campus as of 7:30 a.m. So I urge you to continue helping us lift up our university,” he said.