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Course Withdrawal Date Extension Fall 2020

By Mary Bergstrom
Posted on 19 November 2020 | 12:28 pm

The deadline for students to withdraw from one or more full term or Express II courses has been be extended.  Students may withdraw between 8:00 am (EST) November 20, 2020 and 11:59 pm (EST) December 7, 2020.  The course withdrawal extension applies only to students enrolled in College of Charleston courses and does not apply to Charleston Bridge students.

In making the decision to withdraw from a course, it is important for students to consult with their instructor and/or advisor and to consider possible financial aid implications.  All decisions are final.

Express II and Full-Term Courses

Students who wish to withdraw from an Express II or full-term course should use Banner Self Service.

  • Login to MyCharleston and go to the Academic Services tab.
  • Look for the Banner Self-Service channel and click on Banner Self-Service/Student/Registration/Add or Drop Classes
  • Select Fall 2020 as the term and click Submit
  • Locate the course for which you wish to withdraw
  • Under the Action column, click the drop-down menu and select Web Withdraw
  • Click Submit Changes
  • Once you submit a withdrawal request for a course, you will see “Web Withdrawal” next to the course on your course schedule. You will also receive an email confirmation to your college-issued email account from the email address coursenotifications@cofc.edu.  Your instructor will also receive a copy.

Express I Courses

Students will not be able to use Banner Self Service to withdraw from Express I courses because they have already been graded.  Students who wish to withdraw from an Express I course should email their withdrawal request to grades@cofc.edu prior to the deadline.  The email must come from your college-issued email account and include:

  • Name
  • CWID
  • Course Acronym and Number
  • Name of Course

How Does a Course Withdrawal Appear on My Transcript?

When a student withdraws from a class, the “W” status indicator will appear on the transcript to indicate that a course was started but not completed.  A “W” is not a grade and does not impact the grade point average (GPA).

Refunds

Withdrawing from a course, or even all courses, during this extended withdrawal period will not make students eligible for a tuition refund.

 

 

The Office of the Registrar is currently processing course changes from Academic Departments in response to Fall 2020 Covid-19 planning.  You may notice changes in your course schedule or in the instruction modality for some of your courses.   As we get closer to the start of classes on August 25th, check your schedule regularly. Students have the ability to make changes to their schedule through the end of the drop/add period. If you have questions, check with your academic advisor.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to navigate the plans for a safe Fall semester!  Additional information on Covid-19 planning can be found on https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/

It is important to know the difference between Online and In-Person classes for Fall 2020!  Here are some helpful definitions:

ONLINE (ASYNCHRONOUS):  Courses taught online but can be accessed at a student’s leisure. There is no specific class meeting time but there are due dates for assignments.

ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS):  Courses taught exclusively online at the same time(s) and day(s) each week. Showing up to class will be via an online platform from a location of the student’s choosing

IN-PERSON (HYBRID):  Sometimes students will attend class at the listed location/time AND there will be an online component. Courses taught “in-person” will vary depending on the professor or department. Check the course syllabus for specific details.

Here is a helpful graphic:

 

The Office of the Registrar is currently processing schedule changes from Academic Departments in response to Fall 2020 Covid-19 planning.  As a result, you may notice a change in your course schedule or in the instruction modality for some of your courses.  Please be patient while we complete this work.  All students will have an opportunity to make changes to their schedule beginning August 8th through the end of drop/add. You will have an opportunity to talk with your advisor and faculty about any concerns you might have about your schedule then.  Additional information on Covid-19 planning can be found on http://cofc.edu/covid19/

Q:  I heard that if I want to select PS/NS for one of my classes, I have to take PS/NS for all of my classes—is that correct?

A:  No.  Students have the option of selecting none, one, some or all of their eligible courses for the PS/NS option. 

Q:  Why does my Degree Works audit look different for PS/NS courses? Should I be concerned?

A:  Degree Works cannot be completely updated until May 7 after the PS/NS grade period is completed. In the meantime, some of your courses might appear in different places. Please note that your major and cumulative GPA’s will not be updated until May 7 when grades are finalized. Once Degree Works becomes available again after the outage for end of term processing, all PS/NS courses will be accurately reflected in requirements and GPA’s and academic standing will be updated. 

Q:  When will I receive my email receipt for my PS/NS selection?

A:  Your email receipt should arrive in your college-issued email account in approximately 2-3 minutes.  However, during peak times, email receipts may take longer. 

Remember, the decision to opt for the PS/NS grade is up to you.  In making the decision to retain standard grades or choose the new PS/NS grade type, it is critical for you to talk with your faculty, advisors, financial aid, and family.  Most students will choose to keep the letter grade of C or better. Students who receive a D+, D, or D- grade may want to consider the PS grade.  Students who receive an F or WA grade will want to carefully consider the NS option.  Ultimately, the choice is yours. 

This email is intended for outgoing messages only.  Additional information on the PS/NS Grade Mode can be found on the Office of the Registrar website: https://registrar.cofc.edu/grades/covid-19-grading-policy.php

PS/NS Grade Option May 5th and 6th ONLY

By Mary Bergstrom
Posted on 4 May 2020 | 6:34 pm

Timeline for Making Your Decision Between Standard Letter Grades and the new PS/NS Grade Type

  • You will have two days to view your letter grades and make decisions regarding the new Significant Disruption PS/NS grade option.
  • The opportunity to select the new PS/NS option will open for you in Banner Self-Service starting at 12:01 am (EST) May 5, 2020.
  • Your decision deadline is 11:59 pm (EST) on May 6, 2020.
  • You may change your selections during the two-day period (May 5th and 6th, 2020).  All decisions are final as of 11:59 pm (EST) on May 6, 2020.

Viewing Your Express II and Full Semester Letter Grades

  • On May 5th, you will be able to access your Express II and full-semester grades on the Significant Disruption (PS/NS) Grade Mode page in Banner Self-Service.  Your grades will not be located in the normal Student Grades channel on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston until they are finalized on May 7, 2020.
  • We have dedicated a channel to the Significant Disruption (PS/NS) Grade Mode on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.  Detailed instructions for accessing your grades can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage: https://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/alternate-grade-ps-ns-guide.pdf.

Choosing the PS/NS Grade Mode Option for Your Eligible Courses

  • In making the decision to retain standard letter grades or choose the new PS/NS grade mode, it is critical for you to talk with faculty, advisors, financial aid, and family.  The Center for Academic Performance and Persistence is a valuable resource for students making these decisions. Questions regarding how the PS/NS grade type will impact scholarship eligibility can be emailed to meritscholarships@cofc.edu.   If you have any questions regarding the PS/NS process, please contact the Office of the Registrar registrar@cofc.edu.
  • If you do not want to select the PS/NS grade type for any of your eligible courses, you do not need to take any action.
  • If you would like to select the PS/NS grade for any of your eligible courses, detailed instructions can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage: https://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/alternate-grade-ps-ns-guide.pdf.

On May 5th, you will be able to access your Express II and full-semester grades on the Significant Disruption (PS/NS) Grade Mode page in Banner Self-Service.  Your grades will not be located in the normal Student Grades channel on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston until they are finalized on May 7, 2020.

We have dedicated a channel to the Significant Disruption (PS/NS) Grade Mode on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.  Detailed instructions for accessing your grades can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage: https://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/alternate-grade-ps-ns-guide.pdf.

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to withdraw from a full-term or Express II course in Banner Self Service.

Instructions on Withdrawing from a Course in Banner Self-Service April 7-22, 2020

Note:  Students with an active advising hold must have the hold expired to be able to withdraw from a course.  Contact your advisor.

  • Login to MyCharleston (my.cofc.edu)
  • Click on the Academic Services tab.
  • Look for the Registration Tools channel.
  • Click on the Add or Drop Classes link
  • Select 2020 Spring as the Registration Term and click submit
  • Locate the course for which you would like to withdraw.
  • Under the Action column, click the drop-down menu to select Web Withdrawal.
  • Click Submit.
  • Make sure you check your college-issued email account for a withdrawal receipt. The course should also appear on your schedule as “Web Withdrawal”.

Dear Student,

It is important to read this email in its entirety as it contains important details regarding your grades for this semester.  In addition to the standard letter grade, the College of Charleston is providing students with the option of selecting a PS/NS grade for eligible courses completed in Express II or full-semester Spring 2020.  Information on this option can be found by visiting the Office of the Registrar website: https://registrar.cofc.edu/grades/covid-19-grading-policy.php

Timeline for Making Your Decision Between Standard Letter Grades and the new PS/NS Grade Type

  • You will have two days to view your letter grades and make decisions regarding the new Significant Disruption PS/NS grade option.
  • The opportunity to select the new PS/NS option will open for you in Banner Self-Service starting at 12:01 am (EST) May 5, 2020.
  • Your decision deadline is 11:59 pm (EST) on May 6, 2020.
  • You may change your selections during the two-day period (May 5th and 6th, 2020).  All decisions are final as of 11:59 pm (EST) on May 6, 2020.

Viewing Your Express II and Full Semester Letter Grades

  • On May 5th, you will be able to access your Express II and full-semester grades on the Significant Disruption (PS/NS) Grade Mode page in Banner Self-Service.  Your grades will not be located in the normal Student Grades channel on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston until they are finalized on May 7, 2020.
  • We have dedicated a channel to the Significant Disruption (PS/NS) Grade Mode on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.  Detailed instructions for accessing your grades can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage: https://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/alternate-grade-ps-ns-guide.pdf.

Choosing the PS/NS Grade Mode Option for Your Eligible Courses

  • In making the decision to retain standard letter grades or choose the new PS/NS grade mode, it is critical for you to talk with faculty, advisors, financial aid, and family.  The Center for Academic Performance and Persistence is a valuable resource for students making these decisions. Questions regarding how the PS/NS grade type will impact scholarship eligibility can be emailed to meritscholarships@cofc.edu.   If you have any questions regarding the PS/NS process, please contact the Office of the Registrar registrar@cofc.edu.
  • If you do not want to select the PS/NS grade type for any of your eligible courses, you do not need to take any action.
  • If you would like to select the PS/NS grade for any of your eligible courses, detailed instructions can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage: https://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/alternate-grade-ps-ns-guide.pdf.

Wishing you all good health!

Best,

Mary B.
University Registrar and Assistant Provost

Looking for Information on New Grade Option?

By Mary Bergstrom
Posted on 3 April 2020 | 12:26 pm

The COVID-19 Spring 2020 Grading Policy includes a new PS/NS grade option and an extension to the course withdrawal deadline. For more information and FAQ’s please visit COVID-19 Spring 2020 Grading Policy

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