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CAHNR COVID-19 Student Resources

On this page, you will find links to information that relates specifically to the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. For information on the university’s response to COVID-19, please continue to read the UConn Official Announcements Coronavirus Daily Updates and check UConn’s main coronavirus information page.

Effective March 16, and until further notice, most CAHNR faculty and staff are working from home in accordance with State and University directives for managing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The best way to reach all members of CAHNR at this time is by email.

 

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CAHNR/RHSA Pass/Fail Guidance: Spring 2020

Following UConn Senate guidelines (available on the UConn Covid-19 website), the majority of CAHNR Departments will accept a pass/fail (P/F) grading system for course requirements of their major/minors taken during the Spring 2020 semester. RHSA majors will also accept a pass/fail grading system for major requirements taken in Spring 2020.

All Students should SPEAK TO THEIR ADVISOR before submitting Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Request

CAHNR/RHSA Majors accepting Pass/Fail grades for major requirements

CAHNR: Agricultural and Natural Resources • Allied Health Science • Applied and Resource Economics • Animal Science • Environmental Science • Environmental Studies • Exercise Science • Landscape Architecture • Natural Resources and the Environment • Nutritional Sciences • Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems • Pathobiology

 RHSA: Animal Science • Plant Science • Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

CAHNR Majors with Exceptions to the college-wide Pass/Fail Policy

Dietetics:  DIET 3215 taken P/F will not count toward DIET major requirements

Medical Laboratory Sciences: The following Courses taken P/F will not count toward MLS major requirements: AH 4241 • AH 2001 • DGS 4234§ • DGS 4235 • MLS 3301 • MLS 3333 • MLS 4302 • MLS 4312 • MLS 4322 • MLS 4342 • MLS 4352 • MLS 4372 • MLS 4500

 Diagnostic Genetic Sciences: The following courses taken Pass/Fail will not count toward the MLS major requirements: DGS 4224 • DGS 4234 • DGS 4235 • DGS 4236 • DGS 4246 • DGS 4402 • DGS 4512 • DGS 4513 • DGS 4604 • DGS 4810 • DGS 4820 • DGS 4830 • DGS 4850 • DGS 4997 • MLS 4500

CAHNR Minors accepting Pass/Fail grades for minor requirements

Agricultural Biotechnology • Animal Science • Business Management and Marketing • Dairy Management • Environmental Economics and Policy Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian • Environmental Studies* • Equine Business Management • Food Science • Global Environmental Change • Integrated Pest Management • Nutrition for Exercise and Sport • Ornamental Horticulture • Sustainable Environmental Systems* • Sustainable Food Crop Production • Sustainable Community Food Systems* • Therapeutic Horsemanship Education • Turfgrass Management • Wildlife Conservation

NOTE: *minors are offered jointly with CLAS and CAHNR

Pass/Fail FAQs

What does it mean to put courses on pass/fail?

If a course is placed on pass/fail, you still complete the course and it is graded in the usual way by the instructor, and the instructor submits a letter grade. On your transcript, this letter grade is translated into a “P” (“D-” or above) or remains an “F”. A course taken on Pass/Fail is not included in the computation of the semester or cumulative GPA, but a grade below “C” makes the student ineligible for the Dean’s List.

When is the last day I can place a class on Pass/Fail?

The last day a student can place a course on Pass/Fail grading is Friday, May 1, 2020. UPDATED (4/28/20): Friday, May 15, 2020.

What should I consider when putting courses on pass/fail?

We encourage all students to consider the following before making any decisions on their Spring 2020 schedule:

  • You have time to decide. Friday, May 1, 2020 is the deadline for placing a course or courses on pass/fail, and also to request to withdraw from one or more courses. Your faculty are starting to communicate and clarify their plans.  They are working hard to help ease this transition but it will take a little time to settle into this new learning environment.
  • If you are thinking about using pass/fail for more than one course, consider how you will balance multiple courses on pass/fail. How will you ensure you give the needed time to each course to accomplish the necessary learning for your major? How will you know you have achieved it? What can you do to best be prepared for this?
  • Graduate and professional programs may use student's grades in courses to evaluate applications. Many programs will not consider courses taken as an undergraduate towards a graduate or professional program requirements if taken as pass/fail.
  • Some professional certifications may require courses to be graded, as may some third party scholarships.

How do I put a class to Pass/Fail this semester?

You should SPEAK TO YOUR ADVISOR before submitting Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Request

Students can convert a course to Pass/Fail until the last day of classes (May 1st) though it is highly recommended you discuss converting a class with your major advisor (or minor advisor) as there may be unknown impacts towards your CAHNR degree and/or future professional/graduate schools.

https://uconn.edu/public-notification/coronavirus/covid-19-academics-and-research/

Can I place all of my spring 2020 courses on Pass/Fail?

Yes.  There is no limit on the number of classes a student can place on Pass/Fail in the spring 2020 semester. Please note that if you are considering placing courses that are meeting CAHNR major or CAHNR minor requirements some restrictions may apply. Please refer to the FAQs and consult with your advisors before placing major or minor related courses on Pass/Fail.

I am repeating a course this semester, can I put it to P/F?

If you are repeating a course this semester, be mindful of the Repeat Forgiveness rules. The credits will be counted towards the spring 2020 credit total, but grade points will not be included in the GPA calculation if you decide to place a repeated course on Pass/Fail. The registered credit and grade for the prior completion of the course shall remain on the transcript, but shall be removed from the GPA and credit calculation.

I am a RHSA student, can I transfer P/F courses to a Baccalaureate program?

RHSA courses that typically are allowed to transfer to the Baccalaureate program, will be allowed to transfer with a pass grade if the Pass/Fail grading system for that course is elected by the student for Spring 2020 semester.

 

I am an Allied Health student, is there specific guidance from Allied Health Advising?

The Allied Health Advising Center has provided additional guidance.  Please view the document available on their website.

 

I have already taken or are already pursuing 3 classes on pass/fail per the University policy. Can I place more coursework on pass/fail this spring 2020?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment, Pass/Fail courses from the spring 2020 semester will not count toward the three-course limit. Please be aware that if the courses you wish to place on Pass/Fail are meeting major/minor requirements restrictions could apply. Please contact your advisor or the CAHNR Academic Programs Office for additional information.

I am a student on academic probation/warning/continued scholastic probation. Can I place a class on Pass/Fail?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment, scholastic probation restrictions are suspended for the spring 2020 semester only.

If I decide to put my class(es) on Pass/Fail, can I still make Dean’s List in CAHNR?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment general education courses which are taken Pass/Fail will count toward in order to qualify for Dean’s List, students must meet the following criteria:
Twelve or more calculable credits taken in the semester. (Courses taken on pass/fail or S/U graded courses are not calculable credit courses).
Ranked in upper 25th percentile in School or College and a minimum semester Grade Point Average of 3.000.
No grade below a C, including the actual letter grade awarded in any pass/fail course taken, in the semester.
For additional information please refer to the Office of the Registrar.

I am taking classes to meet University and CAHNR general education requirements. Can these courses be taken on Pass/Fail?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment, general education courses which are taken Pass/Fail will count toward the general education requirements.

I have less than 26 earned credits. Can I place a class on Pass/Fail?

Yes. Per the University Senate amendment, the 26-credit restriction is suspended. Students who have less than 26 earned credits can place coursework on Pass/Fail option.

How can I find information regarding major/minor related restrictions in CAHNR for courses taken on Pass/Fail during Spring 2020 semester?

At this time, CAHNR does not have an official policy.  Please check back soon. 

Also, please consult with your major advisor to determine if there is a restriction on what classes can be placed on Pass/Fail for the spring 2020 semester. Keep in mind that students have until May 1, 2020 to place a course on Pass/Fail for the spring semester.

Prior to the University Senate’s amendment to the usual limitations electing to take a class on Pass/Fail I withdrew from a class. I would like to re-enroll in the class and place it on Pass/Fail. Is this possible?

No. Students cannot re-enroll in coursework they previously withdrew from.

Would a P/F grade affect my programs Accreditation/Licensure or a future Graduate Program I plan on applying to?

Students should be mindful that courses placed on Pass/Fail may not count towards accreditation or licensure or graduate programs in certain areas. This decision should be discussed with your advisor.

 

I have taken courses on Pass/Fail prior to spring 2020. Can these courses meet general education or major/minor requirements?

No. Changes to the Pass/Fail grading policy are limited to courses taken in spring 2020.

I am a CAHNR undergraduate student enrolled in a graduate school class (5000 level), can I put the class to P/F?

Grading rules follow the student, not the course - so an undergraduate student can put a graduate level course to P/F? would be okay!  Though, if you plan to use the course towards a graduate school requirement, it would not transfer to a graduate school.  

I’m in an integrated or dual Bachelor’s/Master’s program, how does this P/F policy affect me?

If you are in an integrated or dual Bachelor’s/Master’s program, you should be mindful that courses placed on Pass/Fail cannot be used to meet Graduate School requirements. This decision should be discussed with your advisor.

I am a CAHNR Honors student, how does P/F affect my honors classes?

Answers are available on the Honors COVID-19 information page (https://honors.uconn.edu/covid19/) among other pertinent details. 

Drop/Withdrawal FAQs

What does it mean to withdraw from a course?

If you withdraw from a course, you do not complete the course and a “W” is recorded as the grade on your transcript. You earn no grade and no credits for the course, and the course has no impact on your semester or cumulative GPA.

What should I consider when withdrawing from a course/s?

We encourage all students to consider the following before making any decisions on their Spring 2020 schedule:

  • You have time to decide. Friday, May 1, 2020 is the deadline for placing a course or courses on pass/fail, and also to request to withdraw from one or more courses. Your faculty are starting to communicate and clarify their plans.  They are working hard to help ease this transition but it will take a little time to settle into this new learning environment.
  • If you are thinking about using pass/fail for more than one course, consider how you will balance multiple courses on pass/fail. How will you ensure you give the needed time to each course to accomplish the necessary learning for your major? How will you know you have achieved it? What can you do to best be prepared for this?
  • Graduate and professional programs may use student's grades in courses to evaluate applications. Many programs will not consider courses taken as an undergraduate towards a graduate or professional program requirements if taken as pass/fail.
  • Some professional certifications may require courses to be graded, as may some third party scholarships.

I would like to drop/withdraw a class but am not on campus to get an advisor’s signature and my advisor is working remotely. How can I drop a class?

Please email your advisor if you wish to drop a class. If you are able, please complete the Schedule Revision Form.pdf and include it in your email as an attachment. If you are unable to complete the Schedule Revision Form, please email your advisor with your name, seven digit PeopleSoft ID number, and specific information about the class you would like to drop.

Please email your advisor from your uconn.edu email account. We will use your email from your uconn.edu email account as your signature. Once you receive email approval from your advisor, you can forward the emails with the Schedule Revision Form to CAHNR Academic Programs at acadprog@uconn.edu .

Please discuss with your advisor before withdrawing from a course as it may affect your major requirements and/or admissions requirements for future goals such as professional/graduate programs.

I would like to drop/withdraw more than one class this semester. I need to make a meeting with a CAHNR Dean’s level professional advisor to drop more than one class. How do I make a meeting?

You have many options to schedule an appointment with a CAHNR Dean's level professional advisor.

  • Option 1: Email the CAHNR Academic Programs Office at acadprog@uconn.edu .  Please include your name, seven digit PeopleSoft ID number, and a phone number or email address we can communicate with you to schedule an appointment.
  • Option 2: Utilize Nexus to schedule an appointment with one of the Dean's level professional advisors:  Jill Deans, Laura Mlyniec-Beam and Meagan Ridder.

Prior to the meeting, if you are able, please complete the Schedule Revision Form.pdf and email it as an attachment to the CAHNR Academic Programs Office at acadprog@uconn.edu . If you are unable to email a completed Schedule Revision Form, please let the CAHNR dean's level professional advisor know at the time of the appointment and we will be able to assist you.

I am in a CAHNR-major required W (writing course) with a co-requisite, can I withdraw (“W”)/drop the co-requisite and stay in the CAHNR-major Writing course?

It depends on your major.  Some CAHNR majors require you to be concurrently enrolled in a separate course and if you drop the W (Writing in the major class) you may be required to drop the co-requisite course. Please discuss with your advisor before withdrawing from a W (Writing in the major) course.

I would like to withdraw from a class(es) this spring. Can I withdraw without a “W” on my transcript?

Students who withdraw from classes beyond the 10th day of the semester are assessed a "W" mark for the class per University Bylaws.

Please keep in mind that withdrawing from classes could have an impact on Financial Aid. If you are considering withdrawing from classes please consult the Office of Student Financial Aid Services.

Please keep in mind some of our CAHNR majors require you to be concurrently enrolled in a separate course and if you drop the W (Writing in the major) you may be required to drop the co-requisite course.  Please discuss with your advisor before withdrawing from a W(Writing in the major) course.

I would like to withdraw from the semester. Can you help?

Students who would like to withdraw from all of their spring 2020 courses should work with the Dean of Students Office. Students should discuss implications of Withdrawing from the semester with their advisors and/or advisors in the CAHNR Academic Programs Office.

Course Enrollment/Finals FAQs

What does my registration hold mean?

New holds have been placed from some offices on campus such as the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement Hold was placed Wednesday. 

You can view your holds:

Studentadmin -> Self Service ->Student Center -> Blue box on right side "HOLDS AND INDICATORS"

Click "Details"

Click the holds to get more information.

Follow the instructions provided.

For questions, contact the office that placed the hold.

Why am I getting a Red X when enrolling in classes?

Why you may get a red X when enrolling a class?

 

 

Fall Registration: Advising Appointment Needed?

Please contact your advisor (if they have not reached out to you) and ask them as to how they will hold advising appointments and how you should make an appointment.  Advising meetings can be done on phone, email or via HUSKY CT Collaborate or Web Ex. 

I’m having trouble paying my fee bill, who should I contact?

Please, reach out to the Bursar Office through email bursar@uconn.edu to discuss your situation.

Do I need to take ENGL 1010 or 1011?

ENGL 1010 and 1011 have now been replaced by ENGL 1007 at the Storrs Campus.

ENGL 1010 and 1011 will no longer be offered at the Storrs Campus.

ENGL 1007 will be offered starting this Fall 2020 semester. It will fulfill your English Composition requirement.

If you took ENGL 1010 or 1011 and wanted to retake it, your only opportunity to retake it will be this Summer 2020 or at a regional campus where 1010 or 1011 will still be offered.

 

I am an international student, how does moving courses online affect my visa status?

All CAHNR international students should communicate with their ISSS advisor concerning their specific circumstances and review the ISSS FAQ website.

 

How can I reschedule a final exam?

Please complete the Online Finals Rescheduling Request form on the Dean of Students Office website:

DOS Finals Rescheduling Request Form

NOTE: Students may use this form to submit a request to reschedule a final exam due to bunched finals or because of extenuating circumstances. All requests will be reviewed and students will be notified of the final decision by email.

Once a request is approved, the student and Professor will be notified via email of the approval. The student will be encouraged to reach out to the faculty member to determine when the make-up exam will be scheduled. Per the Senate By-laws, “The student must complete all outstanding work on a schedule determined by the instructor, and by the end of the third week of the following semester.”

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at dos@uconn.edu with questions.

 

Graduation FAQs

How is CAHNR participating in University’s online Commencement Celebration?

Help us create an online Commencement celebration

 The CAHNR Commencement Committee and CAHNR Office of Communications are creating an online Commencement celebration. CAHNR Class of 2020, we need your photos for the video and photo gallery!

  • Send us photos of your time in CAHNR: study time, down time, club activities, in class, in the lab, in the barns, in the greenhouse, in the studio, in the field, working at internships, study abroad, summer jobs, how you’re getting through Spring 2020.

  • Send photos as attachments to CAHNRComm@uconn.edu. Any image format is ok.

  • For us to use your photo, in the body of the email you must include the names of the people in the image. If possible, please include the date the photo was taken if you have it (it sometimes gets lost in transmission), and, if needed, a brief caption.

  • Photos to be included in the video must be submitted no later than April 13, but we’ll accept photos for the gallery until May 7.

For more information, contact: Sara Putnam at Sara.putnam@uconn.edu

 

Will there be ceremony for a graduating honors, university scholars, etc?

UConn will be holding our Medals ceremony sometime on the weekend set aside for postponed commencement (October 9-11).

 

Additional FAQs

What are the policy changes for my undergraduate research?

The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced significant changes to nearly all facets of our daily lives.  At the University, the predictable rhythms of the semester have been replaced by considerable uncertainty and newness at every turn.  The suspension of research activities on all UConn campuses represents an unprecedented interruption to the University's pursuit of its research mission, in which undergraduate researchers are valued partners.  The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to supporting undergraduate students, faculty and staff during this difficult and uncertain time.

Additional information can be found on the Undergraduate Research website.

I need to take the GRE this spring, how can I do it from home?

For information on taking the GRE at home:

https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/the-americas/

https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update/ & https://www.ets.org/

Information on how to get 50% off of the exam fee from ETS, with verification from the Office of Financial Aid:

https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees/reductions/

Additional Resources

Includes short links to other UConn resources and advice.

Free Internet Access & Wi-Fi Info for Students

Free Online Resources

UConn Keep Learning site: https://onlinestudent.uconn.edu/keeplearning

Study Guide: https://ai.umich.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/student-disruption.pdf.pdf

A free resource; the Ten Percent Happier site:

Becky Acabchuk also created a YouTube video called, “Embracing uncertainty: A guided meditation”

 

*Links on this page will be continuously updated as new resources are found.*

UConn Student Health & Wellness

Student Health and Wellness is available to all students during this time.  They have resources and are available to our students.  Please check out their site:  https://studenthealth.uconn.edu/ for more information.

Campus Offices Going Virtual

Academic Achievement Center:

  • Drop-in meetings available on WebEx
  • Workshops will be offered live on WebEx
  • SI sessions will be available at scheduled times.
  • Students can check their HuskyCT pages for that info depending on course
  • Online Course Support from the AAC

The UConn Writing Center will be offering online tutorials starting March 23rd. The appointment scheduler will be ready by Friday, March 20.

  • Students will be able to make 45-minute, individualized appointments as usual and then launch a video connection directly from the appointment system. The WC plans to supplement live video conversation with document sharing via Google Docs.  More detailed instructions will follow. For now, please know that the Writing Center will continue supporting UConn students throughout the spring semester!

The Q Center will be offering online tutoring. More information will be posted next week. Spring semester hours:

  •  Sunday 1pm – 11pm
  • Monday to Thursday 11am – 11pm
  • Friday 11am – 3pm
  • Please check the full tutoring schedule

The Center for Career Development has a full complement of virtual offerings as the University moves to online courses and support for students looking for employment (       https://career.uconn.edu/online-career-resources/and https://career.uconn.edu/resources/?ctag%5B%5D=interview-preparation). Phone or virtual career counseling sessions can be scheduled at https://uconn.joinhandshake.com/login

The Storrs Records & Enrollment Services team is ready and waiting to assist students.

 

Career & Employment Resources

The Center for Career Development has a full complement of virtual offerings as the University moves to online courses and support for students looking for employment (       https://career.uconn.edu/online-career-resources/and https://career.uconn.edu/resources/?ctag%5B%5D=interview-preparation). Phone or virtual career counseling sessions can be scheduled at https://uconn.joinhandshake.com/login