Highlights from Announcements 4/6/20
Changes in Course Grading Policy for Spring 2020
The April 5 message from Cornell’s Provost and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education addressed changes in the course grading policy for Spring 2020. For graduate/professional degree programs and courses:
Instructors for courses taken by graduate/professional students may offer an S/U grading option unless not permitted by internal degree program requirements or external restrictions imposed by relevant accreditation or oversight bodies. Graduate/professional students interested in S/U options for courses for Spring ’20 should inquire with (1) their graduate program to make sure there are no prohibitions from the degree program level to taking S/U, and then (2) ask their instructor(s) if it is okay to choose the S/U grade option.
(The following dates apply to all Ithaca-campus programs except for the few, like D.V.M., operating on separate calendars. Cornell Tech students and faculty should follow the Cornell Tech calendar and deadlines.) If the degree program allows S/U grading towards its requirements, students have until May 12, the last day of instruction, to drop a course without a W or change the grading basis of a course to S/U. This applies to any full Spring 2020 semester course, including courses that did not previously offer an S/U grading option, as well as 7-week courses offered in the second half of the semester. Between May 12 and May 23, the last day of the semester, students can still drop any of their courses with a W and petition to change the grading basis to S/U.
Registrar: COVID-19 Deadline Extensions
- Spring 2020 Drop Deadline & S/U Grading Option: The last day to drop courses or change grading basis has been extended to Tuesday, May 12th. See the message above, “Changed in Course Grading Policy for Spring 2020” for detail on S/U grading options. Students can drop courses with a W and petition to change the grading basis to S/U between May 12 and May 23.
- Thesis/Dissertation Submission Deadline: The thesis/dissertation submission deadline has been extended to Friday, May 15. Refer to the Thesis & Dissertation Planning Timeline for detailed information on deadlines and submission requirements.
Due to the rapidly evolving situation, students should continue to monitor their email and the university websites for future updates.
We’re Still Here! Contacting the Graduate School
We might be spread out geographically, but the Graduate School staff is still here and available to assist students. See a list of contacts below and the COVID-19 Graduate School Updates page for updated hours.
Contact the Graduate School
- Academic and Student Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fellowships and Funding: email@example.com
- Inclusion and Student Engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Office of Postdoctoral Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Services: email@example.com
- Student Life: firstname.lastname@example.org or book an appointment online
- Dean’s Office: email@example.com
More Updates and Information
- Latest University COVID-19 Updates, FAQs, Statements
- Graduate School COVID-19 Updates
- Graduate School COVID-19 Updated Hours
- Graduate School COVID-19 FAQs
- Graduate School COVID-19 Resources
Admissions Review Considering COVID-19 Disruptions
Graduate students should feel free to share the following message with any undergraduates or master’s students who are considering future Graduate School plans:
Recognizing the serious challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for student learning, faculty teaching, and academic performance assessment, the Cornell University Graduate School asserts the following principles:
Admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional programs in the Graduate School will take into account the significant disruptions and challenges associated with the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic when reviewing applicants’ academic transcripts and other application materials as part of these programs’ ongoing practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.
As admissions bodies review applications in future admissions cycles, we will respect decisions made by individual students and/or by their academic institutions with regard to the enrollment in or adoption of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, Pass/No Record, Credit/No Credit, Pass/Fail and other similar grading options during the pandemic disruptions. Applicants are invited to describe their individual experiences during the pandemic to provide context to inform the application review process. We strive to form future graduate student cohorts composed of intellectually strong, diverse, and resilient individuals who will make the most of their graduate education opportunities at Cornell University.
Questions about this statement may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance for International Students and Faculty on Getting & Staying Connected to Cornell
For international students:
For international students who have returned to their home countries due to the campus COVID-19 shut-down, it’s important that you be proactive in reaching out to instructors, advisors, and mentors. Read about actions students can take to stay connected.
For faculty and instructors:
In response to the campus shut-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Cornell’s international undergraduate and graduate students have returned to their home countries. Read about actions faculty can take to stay connected.
Remote Teaching Resources for Teaching Assistants
Below is a list of compiled resources from various places, including the Center for Teaching Innovation, Cornell, Student Disability Services and other places. Although geared primarily toward faculty, teaching assistants can also benefit from the wealth of content while preparing for spring semester courses to begin.
Guidelines and FAQs:
- FERPA Compliance Guidelines
- Center for Teaching Innovation’s resources for alternate course delivery
- Cornell University FAQs for teaching and learning – Page includes sections for faculty, students, and academic advising and student support resources. Students may find relevant information under all subpages.
- Student Disability Services faculty guide for virtual instruction
Training on Teaching Tools:
- Live webinar and recording for Panopto that address how to create recorded lectures for students, recording presentations with Canvas, editing recordings, and making recordings available to students
- Live webinar and recording for Zoom that address how to hold live meetings with students, scheduling a Zoom session, using Zoom breakout rooms, screen sharing and using the whiteboard feature, saving session recordings (from CIT), and scheduling Zoom office hours
- Live webinar and recording for Canvas that address the basics of Canvas functions, uploading and organizing course materials, communicating and interacting with students, and Canvas tutorials
- Live webinar on “Designing Remote Assessment”
Other CTI Offerings:
- Online drop-in sessions
- Individual confidential consultations
- Quick-start guides for remote teaching
Other Available Resources:
- Daily “Zoom Support Office Hours” with CIT from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Good practices for remote learning with Zoom (from CALS)
- Getting started with Slack
Good News From the Cornell Library!
Temporary online access to about half of the Library’s print collections (i.e. about 4 million volumes) is available through their active membership in HathiTrust. This Emergency Temporary Access Service is possible as long as the current public health crisis keeps the physical facilities closed. Access for Cornell faculty, students, and staff will be through the library catalog (please allow a few days for all links to go active). An additional 6.7 million full-text books can be explored at HathiTrust Digital Library.
The Library also offers the following:
- Access extensive online collections; use Passkey to get through the paywalls
- Place an online purchase request, and the Library will order what you need
- Place a course reserve request
- Contact your instruction coordinator for online library instruction and for redesigning research assignments for the online environment
- Library Support for Remote Teaching guide – expanding daily, and includes a wealth of material on electronic resources, open educational resources, and other instruction aids
- Schedule a Zoom meeting with a librarian
- Real-time assistance from virtual reference staff
- Email questions to our Ask a Librarian service
- Consult the Library’s COVID-19 & Copyright at Cornell guide
Cornell Tech Students
We know some of this information is only relevant to Ithaca based students. For other information, please refer to the Cornell Tech weekly Student Services Newsletter sent on Wednesdays and check the Cornell Tech COVID-19 Updates page.
Remote Resources for Graduate and Professional Students
Figuring out how to work, teach, and learn remotely is an adjustment for everyone. We have compiled resources to help promote graduate student success in all of these categories, including tips from fellow students on establishing community, staying productive, and staying motivated. View our compilation of tips on the Resources for Remote Working, Teaching, and Learning page.
Master of Public Health Program Gets Full Accreditation
Cornell’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program has received full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.
The recognition is the result of five years of work building the program, including planning, hiring faculty, designing, and delivering the curriculum. The program is in its third academic year; it graduated its first class last year.
Partnership Feeds Area Families Amid Coronavirus Woes
The coronavirus pandemic has had an obvious impact on families, schools, businesses, and health care providers. Less obvious, perhaps, is how it has affected community volunteers and the organizations they serve.
Many volunteers are elderly and have been sidelined by the virus, forcing the temporary shuttering of several food pantries in Tompkins County. As a result, approximately 800 households per month may lose food pantry services.
To provide immediate local relief, Cornell has partnered with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) to collect and distribute much-needed meals for food-insecure families.
Spotlight on Resources: Access Fund
The goal of the Access Fund is to provide enrolled full-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional Cornell students with access to financial support, up to $500, to help mitigate on-campus barriers, access basic necessities, and cover emergency medical and dental expenses not covered through financial aid, insurance, or other university resources. Students can also use the Access Fund form to request support for COVID-19 related expenses and limited funding may be available for transformative experiences. Learn more about the Access Fund.
Management Doctoral Student Published in Organization Science
Management doctoral student Huisi (Jessica) Li had an article, titled “Initial and Longer-Term Change in Unit-Level Turnover Following Leader Succession: Contingent Effects of Outgoing and Incoming Leader Characteristics“, published this week in the journal Organization Science.
Postdoc’s Opinion Piece Prominently Featured in the New York Times
Postdoc Yangyang Cheng recently had an opinion piece, “Of the Virus and God, Orange Peels and the Party,” published on the front page of the New York Times.