Finishing fall 2020 and planning spring 2021

Dear students,

We are at an important stage of the semester—midway through fall courses and beginning to plan for spring courses. Although this time can be stressful, faculty and staff throughout the university are ready to help. We urge you to read this message thoroughly, click through to the web links provided for more detailed information, and take advantage of the many resources available to support your success.

Take necessary steps to finish the fall semester strong.

  • Assess your progress in your classes and dedicate the time needed to complete any outstanding work and prepare for your upcoming final exams and assignments. Don’t forget: The Campus Learning Center and Writing Center are here to support you and, for undergraduate students, midterm grades (viewable in eServices no later than Oct. 23) can help you decide where to focus your study time.
  • Undergraduate students can review the new pass/fail regulation to see if it can help relieve some stress: it may allow you to focus on your major or prerequisite coursework by taking one or more of your non-major classes pass/fail. You have until the last day of classes, Nov. 24, to choose to take a course pass/fail, and we encourage you to talk with your advisor before making any decisions.
  • Make an appointment with your advisor or program director if you have any questions about what your next best steps are for completing the semester strong.

Plan your course schedule and register for Spring 2021.

  • Review the updates recently announced by President Rao to the academic calendar.
  • The Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes is now available and is searchable by course modality (how the course will be taught: in-person, online, or a combination) for more than 8,000 course sections.
  • Check out the Intersession and new J-Term courses that are offered during the winter break. These two- and three-week courses count toward your spring enrollment and provide flexibility for students to earn credit hours in order to catch up, stay on track or get ahead.
  • Register for spring semester, winter intersession and J-Term courses as early as Oct. 27.

Remember that additional online course fees have been waived for spring 2021.

  • The additional online course fee that is normally assessed to online courses is waived for the spring 2021 semester. Tuition and other fees are still being assessed at the standard rates. Calculate your tuition and fees using VCU’s online calculator and visit the MyTuition website for details about what your tuition charges cover, as well as answers to commonly asked questions surrounding student debt and paying for college.

Continue to keep yourself healthy.

  • You’ve done a great job in following the safety protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19. But as any semester winds down, it’s normal for stress to increase. The Well has put together a list of helpful resources on their Keep on Being Well website.

Finally, remember that the university community is here to support you. A list of websites and contact information can be found at the One VCU: Responsible Together website. Please reach out to these offices as needed.

Best wishes,

Gail Hackett, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

Arthur Kellerman, M.D.
Senior vice president for health sciences and CEO, VCU Health System

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