Procedures and Changes for Fall 2020 as result of COVID-19
Updates to Fall 2020 procedures as a result of Penn’s COVID-19 operational changes are listed below. This global pandemic continues to evolve and further changes may become necessary. Please check this page and the Fall 2020 website (https://ras.seas.upenn.edu/fall-2020/) often for up-to-date details for the Fall 2020 term.
For university Fall semester FAQs, please visit https://fall-2020-planning.upenn.edu/content/faq-08112020
Calendar and Deadlines
Penn will follow the normal calendar schedule determined by the University (Calendar). Academic deadlines (add, drop, and change of grade type) will be adhered to by all four undergraduate schools. The last day of instruction for undergraduates will be Thursday, December 10, 2020, and the final exam period will run from December 15 to December 22.
All undergraduate courses, including laboratories, will be taught online, with no in-person component. All final exams will be given remotely and follow the original final exam schedule.
The university is extending the option to take courses pass/fail for the fall semester. All undergraduate students in all undergraduate schools will be able to opt in, by October 30, to take any or all of their courses pass/fail.
Note: Deadlines will be strictly enforced and conclude EDT – 11:59 PM.
Petition for Action
Petition requests can be submitted directly to email@example.com. using an online form. Faculty Advisor and UG Curriculum chair signoff will not be required for Fall 2020; petitions will be processed by the Petitions Committee and include input from the program/department and advisor as needed. If your petition lacks sufficient information, the decision can be delayed or rejected. Requests for course load increases require a detailed academic plan. Form Link
Requests can be submitted to the appropriate Department (see below for the appropriate email). Approvals can be forwarded directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. The engineering Registrar will post the record, notify the student, and copy the department so they are aware the action has been posted on the record. Form Link
Requests can be submitted to the appropriate Department (see below for the BE, CBE, CIS, ESE, MSE and MEAM contact information).
Approvals can be forwarded directly to email@example.com. The SEAS Registrar will post the record and notify the student. The department will be copied so they are aware that the action has been posted on the record. After this notification, the department coordinators should assign an advisor to the student and record this on the student record. Form Link
Change of Curriculum
Requests can be submitted to the Department (see below for the appropriate email) of the proposed new curriculum. Approvals can be forwarded directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. The engineering registrar will post the record and notify the student, the department coordinator for the new curriculum, the new advisor and the department coordinator for the major they are leaving so they are aware the action has been processed. Form Link
Requests can be submitted directly to the engineering registrar – email@example.com. No signatures are required. The SEAS Registrar will forward the request to the Central Registrar for posting and then notify the student, advisor, and instructor that the request has been processed. Form Link
Requests can be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. All required documents need to be included (cover sheet, proposal, job offer letter). Email/electronic signature approval from the project advisor is required. The remainder of the approval process will not change. Form Link
Permission to Register for a Course
Requests can be submitted directly to email@example.com. Requests will not be accepted until the first day of Advance Registration.
- SAS and WH are not allowing course conflicts during Fall 2020.
- Synchronous courses with complete overlap (same days/times) will not be processed, even with instructor approval.
- Time Conflict forms must be received by the end of the add deadline.
- Time Conflict requests cannot be processed during the advance registration period.Form Link
Core Substitution Forms
Requests will continue to be processed through the Department (see below for the appropriate email). Undergraduate Coordinators should submit completed Core Substitution forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Core Substitution forms can be found here.
Leave of Absence (LOA)
Leave policies remain the same and is up to the student to decide. As always, students should consider all options, gather information and make a thoughtful well-informed decision. Please take the necessary time if you are considering this option. Leave of Absence information can be reviewed here LOA Policy. For questions regarding LOA, please contact Dr. Gwak at email@example.com
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