Academic Changes and Support
The Division of Academic and Student Affairs has pulled together information from colleagues across campus and across the United States to develop its Keep Learning website. This web page serves as a guide for getting started with online learning, developing strategies for academic success, and identifying helpful resources.
If you have not done so already, we recommend that you begin by simply tracking the changes that have happened in each of your classes. You have probably already received numerous emails with updates to deadlines, exam dates, project instructions and more. Organize this information by compiling in a separate document.
Visit DASA’s Keep Learning web page for additional information on:
- Identifying challenges
- Communicating with your instructors
- Adjusting your study habits
- Collaborating with your classmates online.
In addition, NC State’s Disability Resource Office has published a resource titled Student Strategies for Online Learning. Visit this online resource for a wide range of information that should prove helpful to all students.
Supplies are limited, but students can request to borrow laptops on a long-term basis. If your request is approved, you will need to pick up the laptop from D.H. Hill Library, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Remember to bring your campus ID as you will need it for entry into the library.
The University Tutorial Center is now known as the Academic Success Center (ASC), which is located on the 2nd floor in the newly renovated D.H. Hill Jr Library. The ASC will continue to offer drop-in tutoring, group tutoring, one-on-one tutoring, writing appointments, and Supplemental Instruction (SI). ASC has expanded the list of courses that it will support this semester and online resources have been added to the new ASC website. All ASC services will be offered virtually by peer tutors and mentors during Fall 2020. Please visit asc.dasa.ncsu.edu for more information.
In addition to the tutorial services mentioned above, ASC staff will be offering many other programs this semester, including a new academic peer mentoring program for students who want regular support with time management and study skills.
Speak with your academic Advisor or DGP; contact OIS, or consider reaching out to Tony Shurer–Academic Coordinator for International Student Support. Tony will continue hosting virtual “drop-in” hours every Monday and Friday. You can request guidance on a variety of academic questions and concerns. This includes major exploration, questions about changing majors, and general questions about academic policy. You may also request assistance in developing strategies for academic success. This could include conversations about goal setting, time management, study skills, note taking, test preparation and more.
Virtual Drop-In Hours & Access
- Monday: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
- Friday: 8:00 a.m..m. – 10:00 a.m. (EDT)
- Access: https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/834598579
If your schedule does not permit you to attend Drop-In hours on Mondays or Fridays, please feel free to email your questions or concerns to Tony Shurer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual appointments can be scheduled as needed.
Yes, all graduate and undergraduate students (with the exception of DVM students in the College of Veterinary Medicine) will have the option to change the grading of their courses to “S/U.” If you choose this option, it means that your final grade will either be “S” for satisfactory or “U” for unsatisfactory. You would not receive a traditional letter grade (A, B, C… etc.) with this option. As a result, the “S” or “U” grades will not impact your cumulative GPA. There are several other points you should consider before deciding to make this change, like the impact of a “U” grade on the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (for undergraduate students).
The university recommends that you continue with your current grading basis until you have time to assess your comfort with the new course delivery methods. If you are considering this change to course grading, we recommend that you first have a conversation with your Academic Advisor. You should also review the FAQ from Registration & Records on the Enhanced Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Option for more information, including instructions for submitting Fall 2020 requests.
If you are considering a change to your course grading, we recommend that you first consult your OIS advisor to discuss what impact the resulting enrollment changes may have to your immigration record before taking any action.
All students will still have the option to submit late drop requests for individual courses. Note, however, the Late Drop Request will not be available prior to the Drop/Schedule Revision Deadline. It is very important that you are aware of YOUR DEADLINE for making this decision. The deadline to request a Late Drop will depend on whether you are a continuing or graduating student. You should visit the FAQ from Registration & Records on the Enhanced Late Drop Option for more information, including dates, deadlines, and instructions for Fall 2020 requests.
While SEVP has made concessions to allow for online education right now, there has been no change to the full-time enrollment requirements for F-1 and J-1 students. As such, an approved reduced course load (RCL) will still be required before you make a decision to drop below full time if it will result in less than full-time enrollment during the semester dates. If you use the late drop option and it results in your enrollment being less than full time after the semester end date December 4th, 2020, then no RCL is required and you may drop without negative impact to your immigration status.
Remember, there is still time for you to make this decision, and it will be possible to see your grades (if even only for a few days in some cases) before the deadline to make the decision. So, unless there is an immediate need to drop a course from your schedule, we encourage you to continue with your coursework for a period of time before making this decision.
Finally, if you are considering a late drop that will result in your enrollment dropping below full-time, we recommend that you first consult your OIS advisor to discuss what impact the resulting enrollment changes may have to your immigration record before taking any action. You should also review this FAQ from Registration & Records on the Enhanced Late Drop Option for more information.