When will on campus classes resume for undergraduates and all students returning to campus?

Clarkson has currently suspended in person undergraduate and graduate classes on all of its campuses. On Monday, March 23 Clarkson will begin online and alternative methods of learning for both graduate students and undergraduates. For more on that, read the message from Provost Robyn Hannigan here.  We continue to monitor guidance from local, NYS and federal representatives, and we recognize that we are in a fluid situation.  It is our goal to have all students return to their respective campus and resume classes when local, state and federal representatives give us information that makes that possible.  We are utilizing alternative learning methods to keep students on track towards degree completion while further directives come in from government agencies. We are balancing these directives with wanting students to be able to graduate on time and launch the great careers they have earned. 

Do I have to leave campus for Spring Break? Can I live on-campus during the distance learning time period?

All students who have an extenuating circumstance, which they believe warrants on-campus housing, should have completed the COVID-19 Response: Housing Request form by March 18. Please note: Students who have Spring Break /Vacation Housing approval should have also completed the COVID-19 Response: Housing Request form. The form is now closed. All students will receive a response from the Dean of Students once their COVID-19 Response: Housing Request form has been reviewed with an approval or denial. Students who are approved to stay on-campus during the distance learning period who travel will not be allowed to return to campus housing. 

Please note that the regulations surrounding social distancing and group sizes implemented by the federal government, state government, and CDC will be followed for the safety of the Clarkson and Potsdam communities.

For those leaving campus, all card access will be turned off on March 15, 2020 at 12:00pm (noon).  Please complete the Spring Break Closing procedures when vacating your room.

If our hometown or place of spring break has people testing positive for the virus, do we have to wait two weeks and be symptom-free before returning to campus? Or if we are already symptom-free, do we still come to school when the break is over?

Per the earlier message, we are asking people who travel to an area with a known outbreak, foreign or domestic, to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to campus. In addition, we are asking those that may have come into contact with someone with COVID19, or who are exhibiting symptoms, to stay home for 14 days. This is precautionary to protect the campus as a whole but particularly our Clarkson community members with underlying health concerns, or who have close family members with health concerns, that might put them at elevated risk. 

Is dining service available during Spring Break and distance learning period for students living on-campus?

The current plan is for the Student Center Servery will be open Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 22 9 am - 6 pm daily.  Although meal plan is not generally offered during student breaks, we are in unprecedented times and have a larger student population on campus this year.  The University is working to ensure that food will be available to students remaining on campus after Spring Break. More information will be provided when details have been confirmed. 

What essential items should I bring home for the distance learning period if I am not living on campus?

  • Coursework materials (notebooks, textbooks, and other course materials)
  • Laptops, tablets, and other learning technologies
  • Clothes for an extended period of time
  • Medications and medical devices

Clarkson will begin online learning on March 23.  If the decision is made to finish the Spring 2020 semester by utilizing online learning and not return for in-person classes, when will I be able to move completely out of my room?

It is our goal to have all students return to campus and resume classes when local, State and federal representatives give us information that makes that possible.  The decision to finish the Spring 2020 semester by utilizing online learning has not been made at this point.  Should that decision be made, the Residence Life Office will contact student populations by residential locations to allow students to move out.  Please note that the regulations surrounding social distancing and group sizes implemented by the federal government, state government, and CDC will be followed for the safety of the Clarkson and Potsdam communities. Should the move out procedure be enacted, the Residence Life Office will work with those students who may not be able to follow that procedure on an individual basis.  

How will students obtain their belongings if they are unable to return after the break?

Students who have gone home or who will not be returning to campus will be provided with days and times to collect their residential belongings. As previously communicated, students should expect to continue with classes. Information will continue to be shared on returning to campus as a later date in terms of process, dates, and times. Residence Life will provide ample opportunities since students come from a variety of distances.

What should I leave in my room?

As previously communicated, students have been encouraged to bring their academic materials (i.e. computer, textbooks, notes, etc.) with them during spring break. Personal items taken out, or left on campus, are at the discretion of each student. For example, if you anticipate needing something if you are not on campus, please consider bringing it with you. Students are asked to lock their residences for general safety and security as normal procedures. As stated in other communications, students should expect to return to campus after the break. Bringing items with you is a precautionary measure.

If I was away for Spring Break and did not take essential items, what do I do? How do I access my belongings since Clarkson has moved to online classes and I'm not living on campus?

We realize that as students begin their preparation for online classes on March 23rd that it is natural that some students may find a need for an essential item for a class or personal needs. Therefore, we ask students to follow the process outlined by Residence Life, you can email reslife@clarkson.edu with questions.

Can a student that has departed campus continue to finish their semester online if they are unable to return if CU has returned to ‘in-person’ campus instruction?

As we monitor guidance from local, NYS and federal representatives, we recognize we are in a fluid situation. We are moving to alternative learning methods to keep students on track towards degree completion while further directives come in from government agencies. We are balancing these directives with wanting all students to be able to graduate on time and launch the great careers they have earned. Clarkson will continue to work with students to keep them on track toward graduation.

Will the student housing lottery be impacted?

Residence Life is prepared to manage housing lottery in terms of overall University operations, either per existing processes in person and/or if students are not on campus. More details and information will be available and sent to students after spring break.

What counseling resources are available? What do I do about my counseling appointment?

We understand members of our community may be concerned and anxious, and especially so if they have loved ones living in affected areas. As always, if students wish to speak with someone about their worries or other personal concerns, they can contact Student Health and Counseling Services by calling 315-268-6633 or campus ext. 6633. Students who are not on campus will need to transition to local services for their counseling needs. Please refer to your health insurance company for a list of local providers or www.psychologytoday.com. Clarkson counseling staff will be contacting students who are already scheduled for a visit to help aid in the transition of counseling services.

Staff or faculty can contact the Life Assistance Program through Cigna at 800-538-3543.

Will I be penalized if I don’t attend class?

Classes have been moved online starting March 23 until further directives come in from our state representatives that make returning for in-person classes possible. You should always notify your professors if you are unable to attend class for any reason -- both in-person and online.  

What is the Spring Semester Pass/No-Credit option?

With classes moving to alternative methods of instruction, we recognize that there may be concerns about how this change in delivery can impact students.  To minimize the impact on an individual's GPA, students will have the option to receive either pass/no-credit or an explicit letter grade at the end of the semester. (You will get to see your grade and make the final choice.)  For all course requirements, including modifications to the syllabus, assessment of student learning will be ensured throughout this process.  

 

What is a pass/no credit grade?

Pass/No Credit (P/NC) is a grading scale option offered by Clarkson University in lieu of a traditional letter grade. This grading scale is available to undergraduate students only.

What is a passing grade?

In order to receive a “P” in a course, the undergraduate student must have completed the course with a letter grade of C or higher. Pass grades do not have any impact on the student’s GPA, and the credits are counted toward graduation requirements. Students who earn “P” grades have successfully completed the course and do not need to retake it.

What does “NC” mean?

NC stands for No Credit, and it indicates the undergraduate student has not satisfactorily completed the course. A student who opts for the P/NC grading scale will earn an NC grade for any course in which their letter grade is lower than a C (that is, a C-, D, or F).  No Credit grades have no impact on the student’s GPA, however, the credits are not counted toward graduation requirements. If the course in which an NC grade is earned is required for graduation, then it must be retaken at a later date.

Is this new?

No. Clarkson has always offered undergraduate students the option to choose a P/NC grading scale for select courses. The regulations governing P/NC grades can be found on page 22 of the Undergraduate Regulations. The biggest differences for Spring 2020 are (1) the University is waiving regulation III-N section 3 (limits and approvals related to selecting P/NC grades) and (2) the University has extended the deadline to opt into a P/NC grading scale to the end of the term, allowing undergraduate students to review their grades before making a decision.

What if I’m repeating a course? Can I still take a P grade?

Yes!  If you are repeating a course for which you previously earned less than a C grade (C-, D, F) and you chose to receive a P grade instead of a letter grade this semester, the previously earned grade (C-, D, F) will still be excluded from your GPA calculation.

With that being said, If you are repeating a course for which you previously earned less than a C grade (C-, D, F) and you chose to receive an NC grade instead of a letter grade this semester, the previously earned (C-, D, F) grade will remain part of your GPA calculation, as an NC grade indicates that you did not satisfactorily complete the course and no credit was awarded.

How can I select a pass/no credit grading option for my course?

More information will be forthcoming in April!

Will I be able to choose a Pass/No Credit grade for a single class, or does my choice apply to all the classes that I am enrolled in this semester?

Students will be able to review and select Pass/No Credit for each course individually. Therefore, students may have some courses with letter grades, and some courses with P/NC grades this semester.

 

How will the choice for P/NC impact Federal and Institutional Financial Aid?

A grade of “P” counts as credits attempted and earned. A grade of “NC” counts towards credits attempted and no credits are earned.  Please review the regulations governing Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for additional information.

How will the choice for P/NC impact graduate school or additional future opportunities?

Students should consult with their academic advisors for guidance on their individual goals.

What happens to my financial aid if I decide to withdraw from all of my classes?

If you are an undergraduate student and withdraw on or after March 23, 2020, there will be no changes to your Spring 2020 financial aid.  If you plan to return to Clarkson for the Fall 2020 semester, there will be an impact on your federal, NYS and institutional aid eligibility.

Please contact SAS prior to making a decision to withdraw from all of your classes.

What happens if I cease to attend or participate in all of my online courses?

If you cease to participate, (i.e. disappear) there may be an undesirable impact on your Spring 2020 federal financial aid. If you receive federal aid, your aid may need to be pro-rated meaning you will lose some of your federal aid based on the last time you participated in a class.  There will also be a negative impact on your financial aid eligibility if you wish to return to the University for a future semester.

 

 

Are campus events and activities being canceled in response to COVID-19?  Is Spring graduation canceled?

With a ban issued by New York State on large gatherings and additional restrictions on environments with a higher density of people, we are temporarily suspending large events on campus until further notice.

We have not made a decision to cancel graduation.  As we monitor guidance from local, NYS and federal representatives, we recognize we are in a fluid situation with current State directives banning large events and environments with high density.  It is our goal to have all students return to campus and resume classes when local, State and federal representatives give us information that makes that possible. 

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