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FAQ For Current Students

FAQ for On-Campus Students

When can I return to campus?

Campus is requiring all students who can safely do so return to their permanent home address to take their classes for the rest of the semester. Residents who are unable to move out may request continued housing. Please go to Campus Housing for further information about move out dates and housing arrangements.

Will there still be campus events?

On-campus undergraduate activities have been suspended and the following policies are in effect:

  • All RSO events/meetings on campus are cancelled through the end of the semester.
  • No university funds should be spent on RSO events and activities through the end of the semester (regardless of location).
  • We strongly advise against in-person activities and encourage students to connect via online platforms to conduct their business.

Can I return to campus for commencement ceremonies?

Campus commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in May, but campus is exploring possible alternatives (e.g., rescheduling and/or hosting virtual events).  For the full announcement, please read the email from President Killeen.

Will the commencement ceremonies be rescheduled?

The university is exploring possible alternatives and the College of Education is doing the same.  Our Convocation website will be updated as decisions are made. 

How can I order the stole and tassel for graduation without ordering the robe?

Herff Jones is the regalia vendor for the University of Illinois.  All regalia items can be ordered on their website

What is open on campus?

Student Affairs at Illinois has provided a listing of resources open to students.  At this link you will find many support resources including but not limited to: Counseling Center, Student Assistance Center, Women’s Resources Center.

Who do I contact for an emergency?

Please see the March 23rd email from Chancellor Jones:

AFTER HOURS PSYCHOLOGICAL EMERGENCIES - The Counseling Center collaborates with the Champaign County Crisis Line to provide support and referrals for individuals needing mental health support after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Please contact the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141 (TTY: 217-352-4217) to speak with a counselor.

CRISIS TEXT LINE - Crisis Text Line is a national mental health resource that serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text. Simply text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly.

EMERGENCY DEAN - The emergency dean supports students after normal business hours who are experiencing health or safety emergency situations in which an immediate university response is needed and which cannot wait until the next business day. The emergency dean may be accessed by calling the Student Assistance Center at 217-333-0050. If it is a true safety emergency, please call 911. Additional information is available at https://odos.illinois.edu/community-of-care/emergency-dean/.

FAQ for Course Information

How long will face-to-face courses be delivered in an alternate delivery method?

Per the Provost and Chancellor’s emails of March 16, 2020, face-to-face methods of instruction will be suspended for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Completion of these courses will be managed by individual course instructors via online methods.

How will finals be administered?

Many students (and faculty) have been asking questions about final exams and the exam schedule. If your instructors plan to give a comprehensive, synchronous exam, it will be given at the assigned time per the final exam schedule. If an instructor cancels the scheduled final to issue something else (a project, paper, etc.) the scheduled exam time will be cleared to help avoid conflicts with exams being given at the same times.  Please contact your professor for specific details for each course.

Where can I go to get help with writing skills?

The Writers Workshop has online consultations available to provide writing feedback; there are a number of useful resources on the Writers Workshop website; and they are available for virtual class presentations and collaborations by request through Zoom or other interfaces.

What does “electing for the credit/no-credit (CR/NC) option” mean?

Students should consider the impact of not earning GPA hours for classes that are credit/no-credit. If you intended to use a course as a “GPA booster” CR/NC may not be the best option for you. Please speak with your advisor if you are considering this option as it may have further implications. To complete the form please click here>> 

This option will not impact financial aid or progress toward your degree (assuming you earn “CR”). You will still have the same number of credit hours. 

If you choose for a course to be credit/no-credit (deadline to elect is April 30) this semester only, you will earn credit toward both your degree and licensure, where applicable, for the course. Typically, credit/no-credit classes cannot earn credit for required courses toward a degree, but this has been a policy change for the Spring 2020 semester only. 

Instructors will not know that you have elected credit/no-credit and will report standard letter grades which will be converted to credit if “C-” or above. No credit will be earned for grades lower than “C-.”  

There is no limit on the number of courses selected for CR/NC during the Spring 2020 semester only. For more detailed information about the Credit/No-credit policy, please refer to the student code here.  

How long do I have to drop a course? The new deadline to drop a course is April 30thIf the online format is proving to be difficult, you may consider dropping a course. You should consider speaking with your advisor prior to dropping to understand how this could impact your degree progress and future course planning. 
How are James Scholar students going to be affected by these changes (i.e. graduation, requirements, projects, etc.)?

For any scholars whose projects are affected due to COVID-19, an alternative way for you to maintain your James Scholar standing for this semester will be provided.  Further information will be forthcoming.

Do registration time tickets still come out on March 23, and do we register as normally scheduled?

Time tickets will be available April 6, and registration begins April 20. Calendars have just been updated on the registrar’s website.

Is there any chance upperclassmen would have to take an extra semester to complete requirements?

The Colleges of Education and LAS will be working with all students to prevent unnecessary delays in graduation for all students. 

Will summer instruction remain as scheduled?

Summer 2020 courses will be on-line.


What does it mean if a class changes grade mode to Pass/No-pass (PA/NP) ? There will be very few courses that change to this grade mode. If you have been notified that one of your classes has changed to PA/NP please contact an advisor to discuss the impact. 
I am in a designated honors course, can I choose C/NC? No. Dedicated honors courses (such a CHP courses or CI 205) cannot be taken for C/NC.
What can I do if I left my textbooks on campus?

The Illini Union Bookstore has worked with suppliers, RedShelf and VitalSource, to furnish FREE e-book versions of textbooks until May 25 at no charge. This is beneficial if you had to leave your textbook on campus or as you start a new 8-week course. Click here for RedShelf e-books or click here for VitalSource e-books.

 

FAQ about Licensure and Observations

Can I still get my license if my schools are closed?

Yes. Please go here for more information:

https://internal.education.illinois.edu/keep-learning/licensure-programs

How are placement hours being handled?

Please go here for more information:

https://internal.education.illinois.edu/keep-learning/licensure-programs

How will this affect state licensure requirements?

Please go here for more information:

https://internal.education.illinois.edu/keep-learning/licensure-programs

What will happen to our CI 401 observation hours?

CI 401 is a University course that will continue in accordance with College and University remote learning protocols.  The CI 401 placement is separate and distinct from the course experience.  Please await further information from your CI 401 instructors.

Is the EdTPA requirement being changed?

As of March 24, 2020:   the college is still waiting for direction from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) regarding the EdTPA. The March 26th College deadline to submit the EdTPA was set prior to Covid-19.  It is up to you to decide if you want to wait until a later Pearson submission date while we wait for guidance from ISBE or go ahead with your submission. Scores for submissions prior to April 9th will be reported before graduation. Any students who have not yet videotaped and/or assessed their students, please contact Lynn Burdick at lburdick@illinois.edu  As soon as we get information from ISBE we will pass it directly on to students.

FAQ about Technology

Where can I go for technology help/support?
  • Office of the Dean of Students Student Assistance Center:  If you do not have proper technology equipment to continue your studies remotely, please email helpdean@illinoi.edu and the Student Assistance  Center will work with you to provide what is needed.
Is there a loaner program available for technology?

The Technology Loaner Program is a partnership established across the campus IT community to loan technology hardware to eligible students, faculty, and staff who have unmet needs. This includes the loaning of new or used computer, peripherals, and Internet “cellular hotspot” technologies to support online learning and work-from-home activities for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

Visit this link for more information: https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois/99680

FAQ about Advising

Can I still get advice and guidance from advisors?

Yes! All of our advisors will still be available, just as they were before. Online appointments may be made using scheduling links provided on this page. Advisers hope that you will continue to use them just as you previously had been doing and they will continue growing relationships through these online platforms.

Are we still going to have express advising hours?

Yes! Please find information about Express Advising hours on this page.