Student resources for Fall 2020
We're dedicated to helping you succeed during this unique year full of challenges and opportunities. While this fall will be unlike any other, together we can have a rewarding semester.
As we all work through the impact COVID-19 is having on our campus and learning, the College of LAS has collected information for students related to the Fall 2020 semester. Campus-wide information and resources are available on the campus COVID-19 website.
As you adjust to learning in new ways in response to the impact of COVID-19, we want to support you as best we can. Included below are services and resources available to you virtually:
- Virtual college-level advising "walk-in" queue available 8:30 a.m.-4:40 pm M-F, 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m. W
- Schedule an appointment to meet virtually with an LAS academic advisor (including AAP, International Programs, and LAS Honors)
- Schedule an appointment to discuss career development
- Initiate Program Change Requests
- Email the Student Academic Affairs Office at any time (depending on the volume of inquires, responses may take up to three days)
- COVID-19 mental health resources, provided by the Department of Psychology
To help students navigate challenging times, the College of LAS has established the LAS Emergency Fund. This fund helps to provide relief for current students who experience unexpected financial need due to emergency situations. For more information about the fund (and the application form), click here.
As you navigate your semester, please contact the following individuals with specific questions related to the College of LAS.
Forms and processes
Access & Achievement Program
Through COVID-Corps: Action for Solutions, you can earn credit as you assist in conducting research and helping mitigate the pandemic on our campus, in our community, and in the world.
Internship, service-learning, and volunteer opportunities—gain valuable professional experience and explore potential career paths in a virtual format. LAS International Programs offers various opportunities for students who are eager to engage in global learning.
As you engage in online learning, the following resources may be helpful to you:
Academic polices are standard for the Fall 2020 semester. If you have specific questions on earning a degree in the College of LAS, please contact the Student Academic Affairs Office or schedule an advising appointment.
The information below is included as archival reference of Spring 2020 adjustments.
Academic Policy Modifications - Spring 2020 (From the Office of the Provost)
Grade Replacement Option for Spring 2020 - If you elected Grade Replacement for a course that you now wish to move to Credit/No Credit status, you should know that, if you earn a CR for the course, the previous grade will be replaced (will not be counted in your GPA). If you do not earn credit (NC) in the course, the previous grade stands (and remains counted in your GPA), just as would be the case if the course retained standard letter grading; however, any hours you use for Grade Replacement count towards the maximum of 4 courses/10 hours.
Course Drop Deadline for Spring 2020 - You may drop a semester course or a 2nd 8-week course (POT B) through May 6 in Enterprise Self-Service. If you plan to graduate in May 2020, please be sure to consult with your Admissions/Records Officer before dropping any courses. If dropping a course will take you below 12 semester hours, please submit an Underload Request. The Underload Request will need to be approved before you can drop the courses. If you are an International Student on F-1 or J-1 visa status, you must also seek Reduced Course Load approval from ISSS.
Overload Requests for Spring 2020 - Due to increased demand for 2nd 8-week (POT B) courses, we cannot approve Overload (over 18 hours) Requests for Spring 2020 at this time. Exceptions will be made for students who were required to terminate their study abroad experience in Spring 2020.
Academic Standing and Probation Concerns
We will not place students on Drop Status after the Spring 2020 Semester
Students currently on Probation can clear themselves by earning the required term GPA and posting major and cumulative GPAs of 2.00 or higher
Credit/No Credit Option (CR/NC) for Spring 2020
You must earn a C- or higher in the course to receive CR. If your final grade in the course is a D+, D, D-, or F, you will receive a grade of NC (no credit).
If you need the course credit in order to graduate and suspect you may earn a passing grade but lower than a C-, you should not elect the CR/NC option.
You should consult with your departmental advisor regarding the implications of CR/NC on graduate and professional school applications.
If you are taking a course that is required for transfer to another major, please check back on April 3 for updated information.
If you believe you’ll be eligible for Dean’s List or are a James Scholar, please wait to make your CR/NC decisions.
If you earn CR in your Spring 2020 courses, they may be used to satisfy major, minor, and general education requirements. Courses taken for CR/NC are not included in any GPA figures.
Declaring or changing a curriculum or major - For adjustments to LAS declaration criteria for changes effective SU20 or FA20, please view the COVID-19 ICT/CC adjustments document.