Students & Coronavirus
Last Updated: April 15, 2020
The health and safety of our students is a primary concern. We encourage students to stay at their permanent homes for the duration of the spring semester. If students have individual concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not need to return to campus, please stay where you are. Students on campus can remain, but the statewide shelter-in-place order is in effect. All classes are online/remote.
ITS has Chromebooks and iPads available for check-out on the Moscow campus. Please consider your proximity to internet access when determining your plans for participating in classes.
ITS has a list of technology response information and resources, such as Zoom video conferencing help.
In addition, the BbLearn website has many great resources.
No. The official delivery method will not change in VandalWeb and no fees will be charged.
No. The federal government has already communicated increased flexibility for financial aid regarding universities moving to online instruction. We do not expect any changes.
We are working through the details and will have more information soon. Impact of this closure on our students and their ability to achieve their higher education goals is a priority.
Students services are available remotely. Call or email the service office you are needing, staff will respond. You can also email email@example.com if you are unsure how to connect with a needed service. All buildings are closed, including the Library and computer labs. The Hub is open for residence hall students but has limited hours and take-out only service.
No. If you need technology assistance or need a computing device to complete your studies, contact the ITS Student Technology Center.
A shelter-in-place order is in effect. Please limit your contact to those with whom you live in close quarters (i.e., residence hall floor or wing, Greek chapter house). Social distancing should be used at all times.
All SI-PASS-supported courses are available via Zoom during Pacific time. See the schedule.
VandalStar offers online appointment scheduling, a place to connect with your campus community, a way to get help from your instructors, advisors, and others, and a searchable campus services listing featuring over 45 university services and programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for help with VandalStar.
Undergraduate and graduate students — except for law — can opt in to pass/fail grading for Spring 2020 courses. This option is available for all classes except for eight-week courses that have already concluded. You will have the ability to opt in to pass/fail grading for individual courses. You must opt in by May 1.
The College of Law will implement pass/no pass grading for all courses.
Undergraduate and graduate students considering opting in to pass/fail grading need to carefully consider your decision and reach out to your academic or faculty advisor with questions.
Grades of pass do not affect your GPA, but a grade of F will. If you need to raise your GPA to remain in school or to graduate, please contact your advisor before switching to pass/fail grading. Also, be aware that some colleges and universities do not accept pass/fail courses for transfer.
University Advising Services academic advisors are available to support you via phone or Zoom. Schedule appointments through VandalStar. Faculty advisor contact information is available through VandalStar in your My Success Network. Email email@example.com for all other advising needs.
You can find directions for opting in to pass/fail grading online.
Additional technology resources are available for families without internet services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released an agreement stating providers will waive late fees, will not cut off service for lack of payment and will open hot spots.
- Comcast: Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. Sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days.
- Spectrum: Spectrum is offering free internet access for students as well as free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.
- Charter: Charter is offering free internet for two months.
- AT&T: AT&T will offer open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10 per month plans to low-income families.
- Verizon: Verizon does have special offers but is following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint: Sprint is following the FCC agreement, and is providing unlimited data to existing customers. They have also allowed all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- T-Mobile: T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, as well as offering unlimited data to existing customers. Soon, they will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
As President Green shared in his message, student-employees should check with their supervisor. Every effort will be made to help student employees maintain employment, which may mean a shift in work and/or work location, depending on the position.
We are assessing flexibility the Department of Education has provided us to assist affected students. If you receive work study as part of your financial aid package, you will receive more information as it becomes available.
We will share information as it becomes available.
Students cannot earn offered work study funds if they haven’t worked this academic year. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining your circumstances and a financial aid counselor will review your situation.
Pass/Fail and Withdrawals
You have until May 1, 2020, to opt-in to pass/fail grading. View the instructions.
No. You need to opt in for each course that you wish to convert to pass/fail grading. You can choose which courses you opt in to.
Yes, there are limits. However, we have suspended those limits for the Spring 2020 semester. You can opt in to pass/fail grading for general education courses, major courses and distribution requirements. If you are a student in an ROTC program, please check with your ROTC unit. If you are a student-athlete, please with Student Athlete Support Services.
Yes, the limit is 12 credits for undergraduates. However, for the Spring 2020 semester, pass/fail option courses will not count toward these limits. Note that the 12-credit limit does not apply to regular pass/fall courses, but only to letter-grade courses where the student invokes a pass/fail option.
Yes, the limit is 21 credits for undergraduates. However, for the Spring 2020 semester, withdrawals for students will not count toward these limits.
Limits to both withdrawal credits and pass-fail option credits are by approval of your major professor (or advisor in the case of an unclassified graduate student). However, for the Spring 2020 semester, withdrawal and pass/fail courses will be excluded from these considerations.
That depends. Contact your ROTC advisor to discuss. Many ROTC programs have GPA requirements that will not be waived. However, there may be reasons to opt in to the pass/fail option that will benefit you and the ROTC program. Each case will be handled individually.
Check with Student Athlete Support Services prior to making any changes to your course grading options.
All students in Spring 2020 education abroad programs may opt in to pass/fail grading for all Spring Semester courses (not per course). Students who would like to opt in to pass/fail grading for their Spring 2020 courses must notify Education Abroad at email@example.com of your decision by May 1, 2020.
Each course instructor will determine what constitutes a passing grade and what constitutes a failing grade and will communicate this information to students. If you have questions, reach out to your course instructors.
Transcripts will be notated to indicate the courses/semester(s) that were affected by COVID-19. If a student opts in to pass/fail grading, the transcript will show that these courses and grades occurred during the COVID-19-affected semester.
Pass grades will not be calculated in GPA, so opting in will not help you raise your GPA. However, if you fail a course, this will negatively affect your GPA. If you have questions, work with your academic or faculty advisor.
Many institutions will not accept courses that were taken as pass/fail. While other institutions may relax rules due to COVID-19, there is no guarantee that this will happen. Contact the transfer institution to determine their policies.
Many institutions will not accept courses taken as pass/fail. While other institutions may relax rules due to COVID-19, there is no guarantee that this will happen. Contact the Registrar’s Office at the university where you plan to apply for graduate school to determine their policies.
A pass grade will not affect a student’s GPA, but a fail grade will count as an F and will thus affect the student’s GPA.
For all students, a pass grade will not affect GPA, but a fail grade will count as an F and thus will affect GPA.
No, regulation K-2 indicates undergraduate students must earn at least 12 graded credit hours and achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Dropping below full-time (12 credits for undergraduates) may have current and future financial aid consequences, impact current and future NCAA eligibility for student-athletes, have implications for VA students, and impact degree progress. It’s important to reach out to financial aid and your academic or faculty advisor before you make this choice. If you are a graduate student, dropping below nine credits will change your full-time status.
A passing grade (P) will meet any course minimum grade prerequisite or minimum grade needed for a major.
No. If you opt for a pass/fail grade the course instructor only has the option to assign a P or F final letter grade. It is important for the course instructor to convey what constitutes a passing grade for the course.
If you are on academic probation you must improve your grade point average (GPA). A pass does not affect GPA, but a failing grade negatively impacts GPA.
You should contact your academic advisor for additional support.
Switching to pass/fail grading could have serious negative ramifications on future applications depending on specific health professions program requirements. You are encouraged to remain graded unless there is a compelling reason to switch to pass/fail grading.
If you have questions about whether switching a particular course to pass/fail would impact applications, reach out to that program’s admissions and/or advising offices. It’s best to get information directly from the program representatives, and it’s always a good idea to ask for the information in writing so that you can refer to it later.
For additional support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opting into pass/fail grading has no impact on GI Bill benefits.
For additional questions or support, email email@example.com.
Opting into pass/fail grading has no impact on immigration status; however, sponsored students funded by third party entities should consult with your funding agency to ask for guidance and approval.
For additional questions or support, you can contact your international advisors or email the International Programs Office.
Pass grades are not calculated in grade point average (GPA), so opting in will not raise GPA. However, failing a course will negatively affect GPA. When Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated for the spring semester, you could find your GPA going down instead of up if opting for pass/fail grades. If you decide to withdraw from a class instead, spring courses attempted but not completed will be excluded from the calculation.
If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should email the Student Financial Aid Services office at email@example.com (from your VandalMail account) detailing the nature of your situation. Our staff will review the options available to you and provide advice on how to proceed. These options may include an adjustment to your available income on the FAFSA to increase your federal aid eligibility, a request that you borrow some or all off your Federal loan eligibility and/or consideration for other forms of assistance on a case-by-case basis.
Housing and Dining
Yes. Residence Halls will remain open and Vandals Dining will still offer meal services. If you would like to cancel your housing agreement, email firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your intentions.
The residence halls will also be accepting applications for students who may have become displaced by current events.
For more information and to keep up-to-date on the latest Housing information specific to COVID-19, check Housing and Residence Life’s FAQs.
Yes, though there is no need to rush on making your decision. You may list the date you plan to check-out on the Residence Hall Housing Intent Form. Once you have completed checking out, we will process a pro-rated housing/meal credit to your student account based on the actual date of check-out.
If you would like to cancel your housing/dining agreement, email email@example.com we will process your information and connect with you on how to check out. If you need to make any changes to your check-out date, send the new date to See Housing and Residence Life’s FAQs for more information and to keep up-to-date on the latest Housing information specific to COVID-19.
Yes. The Hub dining destination in the Wallace Residence Hall will remain open. However, all meals will now be served in a “to-go” only capacity, and seated dining will no longer be available. Meal periods will see a break in serving time as we work diligently to cleanse all contact surfaces before the next meal period begins. A Vandals Dining team member will be present to continually disinfect meal serving areas during serving times.
The practice of social distancing will be encouraged and implemented via designated waiting areas six feet apart before entering The Hub and during service.
Meal period serving times are available online.
To promote ease of service and remain cognizant of the health and wellness of our guests, Vandals Dining will be implementing an enhanced service style until further notice. Please see below for an overview of what to expect when dining with us in The Hub:
- The Hub will be implementing a "to-go" only service style. To accommodate this, staff will be providing all guests with single-use containers, disposable cutlery packs, individually packaged condiments, pre-wrapped desserts and select fruits.
- Vandals Dining will be implementing a monitored “self-swipe” entry to The Hub. Each guest will be monitored as they enter to ensure a form of payment has been made.
- Beverages will be distributed via staff to guests in the form of bottled water, canned soda, a variety of milk cartons and juice bottles before their departure.
- The Hub will be sure to allow for the service of vegan/vegetarian options or special dietary restrictions at all meal periods.
News and updates are available online.
The cancellation of dining plans is only available to students who also cancel their housing contracts. A pro-rated credit will be processed to the student's account based on the actual date of check-out. If you would like to cancel your housing agreement, email firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your intentions.
If you are a community member or affiliate, we can offer you one of two options:
- We can extend your current membership type beyond your expiration date for the number of day that we are closed.
- We can refund a prorated amount for the number of days you have remaining in your membership.
If you are faculty/staff member on payroll deduct, we can offer you one of two options:
- We have put a hold on any payments deducted from your paycheck until further notice.
- We can cancel your payroll deduction and you can elect to re-enroll when the SRC is reopened.
Please contact Ben at 208-885-2204 or email@example.com.
We can offer you one of two options:
- We can refund a prorated amount.
- We can extend your current locker rental beyond your expiration date for the number of day that we are closed.
Please contact Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-885-2204.
We are now accepting reservations for outdoor rental gear. All equipment must be reserved before pickup.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU DURING THIS TIME:
- No payment is required until pick-up for all reservations.
- Employees will wear a mask during all customer interactions and keep a minimum of 6 feet distance.
- Pick-up and returns are curbside only
- All returned equipment is quarantined for five days and disinfected before renting again.
HOURS BEGINNING MAY 18:
Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (pick-up by appointment only)
Advanced payment of credit card only
Pickup/drop-offs are curbside only. You must load/unload all equipment without employee assistance.
Equipment must be completely dry and clean upon return. Equipment will be quarantined and disinfected before renting.
Please contact Ben Sturz at 208-885-2204 or email@example.com to schedule a time to briefly meet at the SRC. We are asking that you schedule a time to promote social distancing and to guarantee a speedy process.
The Vandal Food Pantry also provides 7 additional food cabinets across campus that are available to everyone and open during building hours. For updated locations, please visit uidaho.edu/foodpantry.