SP 2020-21 Term Information
Last Updated: 2/23/2021
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SP 2020-21 Term Important Dates
2/25-3/10 - Registration for spring term 2020-21 without $50 late fee
3/29 - Beginning of spring term instruction
3-30 - UASH first meeting of spring term
4/5 - Last day of spring "shopping period" and temporary overloads
4/16 - Add Day
5/10 - Midterm deficiency notices due and last day for seniors to remove conditions and Incompletes
5/14 - Last day for admission to candidacy for MS and Engineer; Last day for scheduling exams for PhD and Engineer
5/19 - Drop Day
5/20-6/4 - Registration for fall term 2021-22 without $50 late fee
5/28 - Last day of classes - seniors and graduate students
5/31 - Memorial Day (Institute holiday)
6/2-6/4 - Final exams for seniors and grad students
6/4 - Last day of classes - undergraduates
6/11 - Commencement and end of third term
see the academic calendar for additional important dates and deadlines
Spring Registration Information for Students
Students can register for courses starting Thursday, February 25 at 8:00am PST for graduate students, seniors, and juniors. Sophomores and freshmen can begin registration at 8:30am PST. Students are expected to use REGIS for registration changes. Adding and dropping in REGIS will not require approvals of the instructor and advisor for each change, but advisors will approve advisee schedules.
Course Access and Course ‘Shopping'
Courses can only be accessible in Canvas when a student is officially registered for the course. We understand that students have a need to view courses before they make final decisions on their schedules. To accommodate this in an online learning environment, we have provisionally increased the number of units that a student can have on their schedule. All students will be able to register for up to 72 units. This temporary increase is only permitted through the first week of classes, and by April 5 no undergraduate student may have over 51 units. The only exception to maintain over 51 units is if one receives an approved overload.
Starting this year, Canvas is the Institute's new learning management system. New students will receive future communications on how to access and use it. Nearer to the start of spring term, once a student is registered for a course in REGIS, they should see the course on their Canvas account in about 2 hours.
Courses with Time Conflicts
Students will be responsible for determining if their courses have true time conflicts as well as make any necessary scheduling arrangements with the instructors. In this remote environment, we understand that even courses with days/times posted may have asynchronous participation options. REGIS will not block the registration for courses with time conflicts.
Expectation of Students with Time Conflicts
Students who register for courses with posted meeting days/times must go to Canvas (starting March 22nd) and see if the instructor has posted attendance and/or participation requirements. Such information can often be found on the syllabi.
If a student verifies that they do in fact have conflicting meeting expectations, they must email both professors to work out an attendance arrangement. If unable to get an approved arrangement, students are expected to drop themselves from one of the courses in REGIS.
Important Info Regarding Units
- A minimum of 36 units is required to be considered a full-time student
- Students will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of 72 units in REGIS until April 5
- Students will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of 51 units in REGIS between April 5-April 16 (Add Day)
- To take more than 51 units, students need to petition the undergraduate dean, with the expectation that permission will be granted only in exceptional cases
- Graduate students are expected to limit their activities related to the Institute (in class, research, and teaching assistantship units) to no more than 62 hours per week
- Graduate students may not enroll in more than 36 units of research per term
Advising Expectations and Submitting Your Schedule
Students are expected to discuss any desired schedule changes with their advisors before making them in REGIS. Advisors will still need to approve final schedules. Students are being trusted to make their own changes in REGIS, and the success of a smooth term will rely heavily on students following advising guidelines.
Students must submit their schedules for approval after each day changes are made. Students may continue to make changes during the registration period. To do so, they recall the schedule in REGIS, make the next change, and resubmit the schedule to the advisor.
Grading Schemes and Spring Term
(incoming freshmen should see next section 'Information for Incoming Freshmen')
Grading policy will continue to be as published in the Catalog. For continuing undergraduate students and all graduate students, not all courses have a pass/fail option. Students will need to make sure that the proper grading scheme is selected in REGIS. Keep in mind that most options require courses to be taken for letter grade unless the course is offered for pass/fail only. Many undergraduate Core requirements also require letter grades.
The Current Course Schedule lists the course grading schemes. Please note that courses with the grading scheme of LETTER may only be taken for letter grade.
Enrollment in Limited Seating Courses That Are Full
For courses that are limited seating and at capacity, students will need to have the instructor email their approval to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Incoming Freshmen
This is additional information to supplement the above registration information.
Grading for Freshmen
After their first two terms as freshmen, letter grades will ordinarily be used.
As you begin to plan your class schedule for spring term, we wanted to remind you of some important policies in regard to Core and Registration requirements. Information on the typical first year course schedule can be found here.
- For freshmen humanities, the 2 courses must be in DIFFERENT disciplines. For example, if you are enrolled in a Hum/H course now, you need to choose a Hum/En, Hum/Pl or Hum/VC to finish your freshmen humanities requirement. Hum/H/HPS courses are considered to be in the History discipline. Freshmen humanities courses are cross-listed humanities courses numbered 50 or below.
- Humanities subjects include: English (En), history (H), history and philosophy of science (HPS), humanities (Hum), music (Mu), philosophy (Pl), and visual culture (b)
- Students may NOT enroll in any other humanities courses prior to completing their freshmen humanities requirement. If you do enroll in a humanities course numbered over 50 during registration, without having completed (or in progress of completing) your freshman humanities requirement, you will be dropped.
- Introductory social science courses are: An 16, Ec 11, PS 12, and Psy 13.
- Spring term introductory social science offerings include: An 16, PS 12, and Psy 13.
- Social Science subjects: anthropology (An), business economics and management (BEM), economics (Ec), law (Law), political science (PS), psychology (Psy), and social science (SS)
Other Academic Requirements and Info
- Spring term pizza courses offerings include: BEM/Ec/PS 080, Ch 10C
- As you make changes to your schedule, you must resubmit it to your advisor. Your advisor must approve all of your schedule changes and the final unit load.
- Classes to fulfill the Institute Requirement of a Menu Class are only offered during the spring term. This coming term we are offering Ay 1, EE 1, ESE 1, and Ge 1 to choose from.
Additional Registration Information for Faculty
Courses with Time Conflicts and Faculty Expectations
We ask that instructors with synchronous attendance or participation requirements make the information readily available to students. We recommend posting it on your Canvas page as well as within any syllabus. You may also mention it to students in your initial Zoom meetings. If you have synchronous meeting or participation requirements, expect that students may contact you if they find they have a true time conflict situation.
Advising Expectations and Approving Schedules
Students are expected to discuss any desired schedule changes with their advisors before making them in REGIS. Advisors will still need to approve final schedules. Students must submit their schedules for approval after each day changes are made. Students may continue to make changes during the registration period. The advisor is expected to review and either approve or return the schedule.
If your course requires you send a kit of materials to students, we recommend you contact them for the proper address. The registrar's office has requested students update their address with the institute, but not all have done so. You may not contact students through Canvas until courses are published (starting March 22nd). To contact them about coordinating the mailing of a kit, please download your course roster from REGIS. You may cut and paste their email addresses to survey them. To protect their privacy, we recommend you bcc the students.