Student Town Hall FAQ

Student Town Hall FAQ

Below are answers to a number of questions that arose from the Virtual Student Town Hall that was held on April 10, 2020 via Zooom. 

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Academic Issues

Q: Can you explain a little more how the Pass/Fail options work for seniors? 
This semester has changed significantly for you in the past few weeks, and we want to provide every opportunity for you to remain on track with your goals. IUPUC has approved new flexibility with grade policies to support your success in Spring 2020 coursework. Both of these options protect your GPA from the negative impact of grades you might consider lower than what you would earn in more normal circumstances. 
  1. Satisfactory Grade Option. This option converts a grade of a solid C or higher to an S-Satisfactory. The S grade satisfies degree requirements and pre-requisites for future classes, but it is not calculated in your GPA

  2. Passing Grade Option. This option changes a grade of D-, D, D+, or C- to a P-Passing. The P grade does not satisfy degree requirements or pre-requisites for future classes, but they do count for elective credit. Additionally, P grades are not calculated in your GPA.

May 29 Deadline to Exercise Grade Options
To exercise either option, you need the permission of your instructor and advisor, so start discussing these options with them now. Your advisor can help you understand how these options fit within your academic and professional goals. Schedule an online appointment with your advisor.

After final grades are posted, your deadline to use one of these options is May 29, 2020.
No Academic Probation or Dismissal, Reminder of Late Drop Process
No student at IUPUC will face academic dismissal or academic probation as a result of their academic or course-based performance in Spring 2020 courses. We know you’ll keep working to do your best in your courses; we just don’t want you having to worry about academic standing. If you are considering dropping a course, talk with your instructor and advisor. You can initiate a “Late Drop” request in One.iu.edu through April 30, 2020 and will need both instructor and advisor approval.


Q: Do the S and P options also apply to Purdue students taking IUPUC courses?
The “S” and “P” options apply to all IUPUC courses. If you are a Purdue Polytechnic Student, please reach out to your Purdue Polytechnic Advisor for more information. 
Q: How will the pass/fail options affect admission and application to graduate school programs?
Students who plan to apply to graduate programs should check directly with the program they are applying to for clarification. Campuses across the U.S. are implementing similar options.
Q: What is the deadline to file for the “S” option for courses which serve as degree requirements? Do we need to make an online appointment with our advisors to use this option? 
May 29 Deadline to Exercise Grade Options
To exercise either option, you need the permission of your instructor and advisor, so start discussing these options with them now. Your advisor can help you understand how these options fit within your academic and professional goals. Schedule an online appointment with your advisor. 
Q: What is going to happen with the final exams? There was a schedule that was sent out, but how will we take the exam?
All final exams will be taken online. Please contact your instructors for more information on how final exams will be managed in your classes.
Q: How are classes that require group work being modified for covid-19? Should covid-19 persist, how will this affect practicum/internships for students who are immune compromised?
All summer classes have been changed to online delivery formats.  Clinical experiences, practica, and internships are being closely monitored by program directors and division heads who are in contact with their sites.  Please reach out to your program director regarding your clinical experience, practicum, or internship.  If you have a challenge with the online learning environment or with your proposed clinical experience, practicum, or internship, please reach out to Adaptive Education Services at IUPUC by contacting Matthew Rothrock, Student Success Coordinator, at 812.375.7528, or via email at mcrothro@iupuc.edu.   
Q: With the different programs being competitive for admission, how will this semester affect acceptance into the program if you are struggling with online classes?
Students who plan to apply to selective programs should check directly with the program they are applying to for clarification.
Q: Does IUPUC have a plan or an idea moving into the fall of how to overcome instructional issues that are currently impacting our education if the virus does roll over into the fall?
All faculty, staff and students are working hard to provide positive learning experiences. As we move forward, student and faculty feedback will be critical to making improvements to the online learning environment.
Q: Will summer classes be online?
All summer classes have been changed to online delivery formats.  Clinical experiences, practica, and internships are being closely monitored by program directors and division heads who are in contact with their sites.  Please reach out to your program director regarding your clinical experience, practicum, or internship.  If you have a challenge with the online learning environment or with your proposed clinical experience, practicum, or internship, please reach out to Adaptive Education Services at IUPUC by contacting Matthew Rothrock, Student Success Coordinator, at 812.375.7528, or via email at mcrothro@iupuc.edu

Student Wellness and Engagement

Q: What has happened with the awards/honors banquet that was scheduled for April 29th?
The Vice Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation has been cancelled, but awardees will receive letters congratulating them for their achievements.  We will also post awards information on our website and send out press releases near April 29th.

Q: Will GPA still be considered when applying for jobs on campus for the fall semester due to the challenges we are facing now? 
While GPAs will still be considered for on campus work, the “S” and “P” grade options will not affect the student’s overall GPA.

Q: Could you please tell us more about the activities that have been moved to an online format?
Student Affairs is coordinating virtual events and presenting them via our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/IUPUCStudentInvolvement and through email. Be sure to check out What’s Up! for weekly updates and follow us on Facebook. Virtual events include Trivia Night with Student Government Activities Board, Netflix Watch Parties, Living Room Dance Lessons, Virtual Coffee Breaks, and more. We post daily content, so be sure to tune in.

Q: How do I get in touch with the mental health counselor at IUPUC? Are the sessions going to be over the computer or phone?
Virtual counseling services can be made, by appointment, for a date and time convenient for you. To schedule your appointment, please call Solutions Student Assistance Services at 800.766.0068. The sessions can be over the phone or via Zoom.

Q: What can we do as students to help our local hospitals and/or other essential services?
The best way to help our essential service workers is to stay home. It may feel counter-intuitive, but staying home reduces the risk of spreading the virus, and that helps everyone. If you are interested in other ways to help, you might consider joining the Facebook group South Central Indiana Coronavirus Help. This group posts ways to help the community as needs come up. Just be sure you continue to social distance and stay home as much as possible.

Q: Is it possible to help by making cloth masks?
It is possible to help medical professionals by making masks to supplement personal protective equipment (PPE). JOANN Fabric is currently offering free supplies and instructions on how to make the masks as long as they are donated back to the hospital. Hospitals have strict guidelines about how they can accept the masks, so it is best to return them to JOANN Fabrics and they will get them to the hospital properly. Click Here to Learn More

Other Informational Links

Financial Challenges link at https://students.iupuc.edu/paying-for-college/manage-financial-aid/challenges.html
 
Student Financial Services office at 812.348.7385 or financialaid@iupuc.edu
 
Students, please check your ‘To Do’ list to see if documents are needed for Verification. Documents can be submitted to  https://go.iu.edu/FAsecure. This will help speed up your upcoming financial aid processing.
 
It’s easy to pay your bill online. Go to www.One.IU.edu and search/click on the “View/Pay Bursar Bill” icon. You can pay with an e-check or with a debit/credit card and there’s no processing fee.
 
The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs has altered the Military Family Relief Fund to include COVID19 assistance due to reduced or loss of employment. The application can be found on https://www.in.gov/dva/
 
Direct deposit is the quickest and safest way to receive a refund. Sign up for direct deposit now at https://one.iu.edu/task/iu/direct-deposit-of-bursar-refunds