Classes start Monday, March 23, and I have not heard from my instructor. What should I do?
For each class in which you are enrolled, you will receive an email from your instructor before the class is scheduled to meet again. This email will give you information about how the course will be administered going forward. Some of your instructors may need some additional time to plan for online delivery, therefore you may need to be patient. Please check your email and spam account for recent emails. If you do not hear from your instructor prior to Friday, March 27, please reach out to your departmental advisor or the FAA Academic Affairs Office.
I am unhappy with my course and do not like the new method of online delivery. What are my options?
If you have questions or concerns about any of your current classes, about the possibility of a drop, about adding a second eight-week course, or how any of this impacts your progress toward a degree, please contact your departmental advisor or the FAA Academic Affairs Office to discuss your academic options at this point in the semester. You may also want to view the FAA academic policies and the spring 2020 academic deadlines.
I am a music student. How will this impact my ability to complete my ensemble or recital requirements?
If you are a music student, please visit the School of Music's COVID-19 information for specific recommendations to address these concerns.
I heard that some of the academic deadlines were extended. Where can I find this information?
Yes, a few of the academic deadlines for the spring 2020 term were extended. These include the deadline to drop a course without a grade of W, elect a course as credit/no credit, and file intent for grade replacement. Please view the academic calendar for the specific dates.
How do I submit a request to take a course for credit/no credit for the spring 2020 term?
The credit/no credit option form must be submitted to the FAA Academic Affairs Office. FAA students must use the online credit/no credit option form.
I dropped a course prior to the new extended deadline and the modified credit/no credit policy for spring 2020. Am I able to add that class back to my schedule?
If you dropped a course according to the previous March 13/March 27 academic deadlines that were posted, you will need to submit a late course change form to the FAA Academic Affairs Office. You will be required to get approval from the department offering the course.
How should I decide whether to take a course for credit/no credit this semester?
If you are concerned about your ability to do well in your courses this term, you are strongly encouraged to talk with your FAA departmental advisor or the FAA Academic Affairs Office about this option. Remember, you do not need to make this decision until Thursday, April 30. Therefore, you should have time to determine your potential grade for the course and how well you have acclimated to the online delivery format.
Please carefully review the policy modification for spring 2020 and the Student Code. Keep in the mind the following key considerations.
- You must a earn a C− or better to earn a grade of CR. If you receive a D+ or below, you will not earn credit.
- A course graded as CR/NC does not enter into a students' grade point average calculation.
- For spring 2020 only, courses graded as CR/NC can be utilized for major, minor, and general education requirements.
- Online and graduate courses are included in this temporary CR/NC modification.
- Any number of courses may be selected for CR/NC grading.
- Courses placed on CR/NC status in the spring 2020 semester only will not count toward the minimum of 18 total hours of degree requirements for undergraduates.
- Students on academic probation are permitted to select courses for CR/NC grading.
Can I earn honors credit for a course I elect for CR/NC grading?
No, a course cannot be both selected for CR/NC grading and designated for honors credit. Students electing CR/NC grading will not maintain the "H" designation for the course.
I selected the CR/NC option for a course, but now I would like to take this course for a grade. Am I still able to make this change?
Thursday, April 30, is the deadline to make any changes to the CR/NC option. You will need to submit a new credit/no credit option form and indicate "I NO LONGER ELECT to take this course on a Credit/No Credit basis and I understand that by electing this option I will receive a regular grade in the course at the end of the spring 2020 term."
What will happen with final exams?
If your instructors plan to give a comprehensive, synchronous exam, we ask that it be given at the assigned time per the final exam schedule. Your instructor may also choose to cancel the scheduled final to issue something else (a project, paper, etc.). If you have any concerns regarding a scheduled exam conflict, please contact the FAA Academic Affairs Office.
I understand that the commencement and convocation ceremonies for May have been canceled. Will these events be rescheduled? How and when will I receive my diploma?
Due to recent events, the University of Illinois System sadly had to make the decision to cancel these events for the health and safety of our students. Diplomas will be mailed, and we are exploring possible alternatives such as rescheduling and/or hosting virtual events to honor the class of 2020. Visit the Office of the Register's website for specific information on mailing diplomas.
Please understand that commencement is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements. All degree requirements must be satisfied before graduation and diploma conferral. If you have questions about your graduation requirements or your degree audit, it is very important that you discuss these concerns with your departmental advisor or the FAA Academic Affairs Office.