A Message from Jindal School Dean Hasan Pirkul


March 31, 2020

Dear JSOM Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends,

In light of these extraordinary times, I want to reach out and update you on the state of the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

First and foremost, on behalf of the JSOM leadership team, I sincerely hope that you and those close to you are, and will continue to remain, in good health. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is ever anything we at the Jindal School can do to help you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

The health and safety of The University of Texas at Dallas campus community continue to be our primary concerns. To that end, I am pleased to inform you that our faculty and staff members have, on short notice, quickly transitioned to working from home, sheltering in place, becoming experts in online education — and have displayed tremendous courage and resiliency in doing so. This experience is new for most of us, and I am truly humbled by how well the JSOM community has come together to step up and confront the challenges we face.

I would like to share a few updates with you:

Students are our top priority.

As you well know by now, we have for the safety of our students, faculty and staff instituted social distancing efforts. We have canceled or postponed all events through the end of the semester. We also have restricted employee travel. Be assured that, even though we have instituted a work-from-home policy our staff and faculty members are still available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday.

You can help fellow UTD students affected by COVID-19.

Some UT Dallas students who are sheltering in place on campus and elsewhere are experiencing food insecurity, job loss and other issues. The UT Dallas Student Emergency Fund and the Comet Cupboard are two of the initiatives dedicated to helping these students in need. Help them by donating online.

Last, but not least, thank you, JSOM alumni and friends, for your support.

Jindal School alumni and supporters are spread throughout the world. We have received many messages of support and encouragement from them. Thank you for all you do to support the Jindal School during this difficult time.

JSOM has approached and will continue to approach each day with optimism and with strong conviction that our best days are in front of us.

I wish you continued good health and blessings, and hope to reunite with you as soon as possible.

Hasan Pirkul

Caruth Chair and Dean, Naveen Jindal School of Management

The University of Texas at Dallas

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