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IMPORTANT DATES

Enrollment:

  • Open enrollment for Summer 2020 began March 21.
  • For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, enrollment is by appointment March 27 to April 12.
  • Open enrollment for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 begins April 13.

Reach out to your Academic Advisor if you have questions or need help with enrollment.

SPRING 2020 GRADING POLICY OPTION

You will have the option to have your final grades for Spring 2020 transcribed on a binary S/NS (satisfactory/not satisfactory) scale. The cutoff for an S for graduate students will be 2.0. Faculty will submit their grades as usual at the end of the semester. You will then view your grades and decide on a class-by-class basis if you want them recorded with the numerical grade or with S/NS. Grades recorded as S/NS will not be calculated into your official cumulative GPA.

However, if the underlying numeric grade is 2.0 or 2.5, our usual policies and procedures outlined in the MSW Handbook will apply with, of course, consideration of the unusual circumstances of the current situation.

All MSU transcripts with grades reported for Spring 2020 will include a statement about the unusual disruptions in the current context. The hope is that having this option will provide an additional support to help you cope with all of the challenges you are facing right now. We will know more details about the process next week.

Please reach out to your Academic Advisor, Program Coordinator, or Dr. Woodward to consider possible implications of your choices. There is also additional information available at https://remote.msu.edu/grading-option/faq.html.

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS EXTENDING THEIR TIME TO DEGREE

If an international student’s expected graduation date is extended, please make sure the program end date on your immigration document (I20 or DS2019) is not earlier than the new expected graduation date. Because OISS used an estimated program end date when they issue the initial I20, some students may be fine. Others however may need to have their program end date extended. An extension is a fairly straightforward process done by OISS, but it MUST BE DONE BEFORE the end date on your current immigration document. Trying to do an extension after the end date on the immigration document is a complicated and sometime results in the student needing to leave the US and reenter at a later date.

RESOURCES FOR EXPANDED INTERNET ACCESS AND WORKING AT HOME

COGS Technology Assistance Awards: To help defray the costs of technology upgrades needed to complete coursework/research remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, COGS has designated a limited amount of funds to offer one-time reimbursement awards of up to $50.00 to Graduate & Professional students. Applications will be reviewed weekly and applicants will be notified as soon as possible. Awards are limited to one-time per student and available until funds are depleted. Apply at https://cogs.msu.edu/resources/funding/cogs-working-remotely-technology-....

Expanded Access to Cellular Data: https://9to5mac.com/2020/03/14/us-carriers-unlimited-data-coronavirus/

Students have Access to EDUROAM – A network of internet providers, hotspots and networks – log in with your MSU Net ID and Password - https://www.eduroam.org/where/

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