Last Updated: April 21, 2020
Academic Services at UE during the COVID-19 Situation
Below is a list of questions or concerns you may have about academic items at UE right now. Please remember we are here to help you. If you need anything, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.
Note: Times are Central Daylight Time
Pass/ Fail Option for Undergraduates
- This spring, we have modified our policies to allow all undergraduate students to select a PASS/FAIL grading option for any or all their courses. Forms will be available beginning April 13 and are due by April 29 to Academic Services.
- A pass grade does not affect the GPA at all. It is not considered in calculations. It adds weight top the credit hour count, but it does not weigh into the GPA calculations. It is simply removed from the equation.
- A Fail grade affects the GPA like any other grade of F. It goes into the credit hour count as however many hours the course represents and into the grade point count as a zero.
- You can review the entire Pass/ Fail Policy; and as always, please contact Academic Services with any additional questions. You can also view the Pass/Fail FAQ.
- Are you concerned about something with your class, worried about a grade, having trouble with the online format, having connectivity issues, computer access issues?
- We’re all trying to figure this out, so don’t be shy about asking for help.
- Simply contact us at email@example.com or schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.
- Late start classes are still available and can be added through the end of the day (5:00 p.m.) on Friday, March 20. To add a class, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. Academic Services will let you know when it has been processed.
- To drop a class, email your instructor and advisor for approval. Forward the approval emails to email@example.com. Academic Services will let you know when it has been processed. (Reminder, the last day to drop with a W is Monday, April 13.)
- Tutoring will still be offered using Zoom according to the tutoring schedule available on the Academic Peer Tutoring page. No in-person tutoring sessions will be held. Visit the Academic Peer Tutoring web page for the tutoring schedule and how to access the Zoom tutoring sessions. NOTE: Zoom session links will be posted as we get them set up, with the first sessions beginning Wednesday, March 18.
- Peer Coaches know how to help you complete the semester successfully. They are available to mentor students utilizing Zoom meetings, phone calls, or email. Do not struggle alone, if you need help, please contact Chad Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We are setting up Pre-Advising Workshops to be held via Zoom to help you prepare for your faculty advising session. These workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20. Please watch your email for specific times for your major.
- Advising Week is March 30-April 3. Your faculty advisor will advise you for fall registration using an online meeting, a phone call, or by email. Look for communication from your advisor regarding how they will be handling this process.
- Any questions: email us at email@example.com
Registration for summer and fall will be held online beginning Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9. You can see your registration time now in MYUE under the Student Planning menu, just above your weekly class calendar. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, April 6: Graduates and Seniors
- Tuesday, April 7: Honors and Juniors
- Wednesday, April 8: Sophomores
- Thursday, April 9: Freshmen
Change of Major
- You can still change your major. Just email us at email@example.com.
- We will need to know what your new major should be and if you are completely dropping your old major or simply adding (or if you’re adding a new minor or dropping a minor).
- We will take care of letting your old department and new department know so that you are assigned a new faculty advisor
- Transcript requests are still being processed daily. The only change is that you cannot pick it up in person. Visit the registrar webpage to request your transcript to be sent either by email or through the mail.
- Transcripts sent to UE for transfer credit work will still be evaluated as we receive them. If you have any questions regarding your transfer credit, email Lori Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrollment Verifications or Other Letters
- If you need an enrollment verification (or other type of letter detailing your enrollment at UE), simply email email@example.com, we are processing these daily.
- Commencement has been rescheduled to the morning of Saturday, September 19. See the full community-wide message regarding. There are details forthcoming.
Online Class Success
Structure and Shape Your Experience
Online classes will demand your attention and your time – perhaps in ways that you did not expect. Be proactive and be prepared to structure and shape your experience so that you are successful.
Have a regular study area/class meeting space.
Mark out a place that’s dedicated to doing your online class work – a place with room for all your class materials and technology – that will help you feel focused. If possible, avoid using this space for other tasks. Remember – you are not on summer or spring break!
Have regular times set aside each day.
Just like setting aside a regular space, set aside regular times for your online class work. Having a consistent block of time devoted to each course will help you stay focused.
Limit interruptions and eliminate distractions.
Try turning off your phone, disabling notifications, and logging out of your social media or email accounts while working on your online class.
Prioritize and Plan
Online classes can lack the feeling of immediacy of traditional classes. Plan to meet your deadlines!
Carefully review the upcoming dates and deadlines and stay organized.
Be careful to stay on top of your assignments and their due dates – use a planner or calendar to help you. You may also want to create notifications or alerts to keep your pace.
Create a weekly plan for your time.
Just as if you were physically present on campus – with classes to go to, meetings to attend, and errands to run, create a weekly plan for your time based on what needs to be done.
Communicate and Engage
The more you connect with your classmates and your instructor, the more successful you’ll be.
Communicate with your professor and classmates.
Make use of online discussion boards, group chats, group texts, or email to stay connected with your professor and others in your class. This will help hold you accountable. This is also a way to exercise applying your knowledge of the material.
As you work through your online course, do not hesitate to ask questions to your instructor! Be proactive if you are not understanding the material or if you feel you are falling behind.
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