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Archives For November 30, 1999

Registration Reminder
This is a reminder that course registration will be open to the campus at 8:00 am (EST) on Saturday, August 8, 2020.  Helpful information regarding the registration process can be found on the Help & Training tab in MyCharleston on the Office of the Registrar Student Resources channel.
Make sure you take some time to review your registration status prior to this date.  Registration status can be found on the Registration Tools channel on the Academic Services tab of MyCharleston.  If you have a registration hold on your account, you will not be able to register for courses until this hold is cleared by the department who placed the hold.  For more information on registration holds, please visit Registration Holds and Required Verifications.
If You Have Already Applied to Graduate
Students who have already applied to graduate will not be eligible to register for courses or change registration for previously registered courses until they submit a Graduation Update form.  If you need to extend your expected graduation term, please visit the Graduate Update webpage for more information.
If You are an Incoming Student Who Has Not Attended Your Orientation Session Yet
Incoming students who have not yet completed their Orientation session will register for courses on their assigned date.  Students who have questions regarding Orientation should contact

Registration is currently closed due to New Student Orientation. All students will be able to make adjustments to their fall schedule from 8:00 am (EST) August 8, 2020 through August 31, 2020 or the end of the drop/add period. Students who need assistance earlier should consult with the department chair in their major or contact the department offering the course.

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

After June 15, 2020, registration is limited for Fall 2020 courses during the summer.  Registration is available during the following date range:

  • August 8th though Drop/Add deadline (refer to the Academic Calendar for the Drop/Add deadlines for Fall 2020)

The Fall 2020 Academic Calendar has been updated as of June 1, 2020!  Please make sure you take some time to review the changes in detail by visiting this calendar link:


RO and TRC Closed Memorial Day

By Mary C. Bergstrom
Posted on 19 May 2020 | 10:07 am

The Office of the Registrar and Transfer Resource Center will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Degree Works has upgraded their student planning feature in an effort to enhance the student advising experience. The Registrar’s Office is excited to announce that this new Student Educational Planner (SEP), located on the Plans tab in Degree Works, is now available. The new Plans tab will replace the existing Planner tab. Student’s plans from the previous Planner tab will automatically be converted and be available on the New Plans tab.

Just like the Planner Tab, Degree Works Plans are used to help advisors and students work together to plan each term of coursework as to ensure student success. By developing a plan, students will have a clear path of coursework needed in sequential order. Using their plan, a student can generate an audit to evaluate their intended degree progress.

Here are some advancements:
· Modern user interface
· Tracking Feature that shows when students are on or off track
· Ability to flag requirements as critical
· Enhanced note capabilities
· Plans are not lost when a student changes their program of study

The Registrar’s Office would like to thank Information Technology for their partnership and hard work in supporting this project and its launch! I would also like to thank Julie Dahl, Franklin Czwazka, and Tom Buchheit from the RO for their leadership and contributions to this project.

Documentation and user guides are available in the Office of the Registrar channels on the Help and Training Tab within MyCharleston. Students should direct questions about the content of their plans to their advisor. Questions about plan functionality can be sent to

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:

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:

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   If you have any questions regarding the PS/NS process, please contact the Office of the Registrar
  • 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:
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