RAS COVID-19 FAQs

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Last update: February 12, 2021

Please refer to our website for answers to general academic questions. 

Please refer to the Lehigh Coronavirus Information page to review measures Lehigh is taking to support the health and well-being of our campus.

Guidance specific to our international students continues to be made available by the Office of International Students and Scholars

Upcoming Semester Key Dates

Key dates and deadlines can be found on our Academic Calendar. Students and faculty should be familiar with the upcoming dates and deadlines.

Accessing University Offices

Many Lehigh staff are working remotely, or on rotation, during the Spring 2021 semester. Students are encouraged to use email to communicate with University staff and to conduct University-related business. 

Registration & Academic Services will accept electronic forms, PDF attachments, and scanned or photographed paperwork, at ras@lehigh.edu. Please consult the main University website to identify the best way to communicate with other specific offices.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have attempted to answer some of the most common questions received during the evolving COVID-19 situation. As the situation changes, we will update our frequently asked questions.

General Information

Teaching modalities during the period of reduced in-class teaching that will take effect February 15, 2021

This pause will primarily affect undergraduate courses. Graduate students have substantially different living and working schedules, whether in labs or classrooms. For these reasons, graduate students should communicate with faculty advisors and department chairs to coordinate their activities during this pause.

College of Arts and Sciences 

While many courses offered by CAS designated as On-campus required or FLEX – classroom will be offered remotely, there are some exceptions.  In particular, some laboratory courses, studio courses and other courses will continue to meet in person.

  • A summary of the plans for CAS courses offered in one of these two modes will be available on the CAS Advising webpage.
  • Students enrolled in a course designated as FLEX-classroom, will be able to attend remotely with the students enrolled in the cross-listed FLEX-remote section.  Please check CourseSite or contact the instructor for details.
  • Students enrolled in a course designated as On-campus required should check the summary mentioned above.  Check CourseSite or contact the instructor for details.

 

College of Business

All undergraduate courses that have an in-person component (i.e., Class FLEX and Class On-Campus Only modalities) will temporarily revert back to remote instruction starting on Monday (2/15) and remain remote until further notice.  Students in Class FLEX and Class On-Campus Only courses should contact their course instructor for directions as to the exact method of remote instruction.

More information is available at the Undergraduate Programs Office site.

 

College of Health

All undergraduate classes that have an in person component will meet in a virtual modality. Students may contact faculty for directions as to the exact method of instruction.

 

P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science  

The following courses remain on campus the week of February 15:

  • MAT 204 - Lesley Chow
  • MAT 218 - Helen Cha
  • BIOE/CHE 343/346 - Ines Seabra
  • BIOE 331 - Svetlana Tatic-Lucic
  • BIOE 357 - Susan Perry/Tommy Paschuk
  • ENGR 10 - Larry Butler
  • ECE 350/450 - Rosa Zheng
  • CEE 123 - Clay Naito
  • CHE 44 - Manoj Chaudhury

The following courses remain on campus the week of February 22, if needed:

  • Mat 204 - Lesley Chow
  • MAT 218 - Helen Chan
  • BIOE/CHE 343/346 - Ines Seabra
  • BIOE 331 - Svetlana Tatic-Lucic
  • BIOE 357 - Susan Perry/Tommy Paschuk
  • ENGR 10 - Larry Butler
  • ECE 350/450 - Rosa Zheng
  • CEE 123 - Clay Naito
  • CEE 170 - Kristen Jellison
  • CHE 44 - Manoj Chaudhury

 For more information contact your instructor.

Office Services

How can I submit paperwork if I’m unable to come to the office?

Registration & Academic Services will accept scanned or photographed paperwork via email at ras@lehigh.edu. If your paperwork requires approvals from University officials and you are unable to obtain physical signatures, you may include email approvals from those individuals when submitting your paperwork. We are currently working on adding an electronic signature option to many of our forms, and hope to have the updated forms available to campus in the near future.

How do I order a transcript?

Transcript requests are submitted online and are fulfilled by our provider, the National Student Clearinghouse. Since we are currently working remotely, students will not have the option to pick up transcripts from Registration & Academic Services, but all other delivery methods (mail, email, etc.) will continue. Refer to our Transcripts page for more information on requesting a transcript.

 
How do I obtain verification of my enrollment?

Enrollment verifications can always be obtained online, either through the National Student Clearinghouse, or by using our internal enrollment verification form. Be sure to review our Enrollment Verification page for more information.

I need to meet with someone, can that be arranged?

Yes, although we encourage you to arrange a meeting through Zoom. If you need to schedule an appointment to meet with someone in our offices, please email ras@lehigh.edu or contact RAS through the live chat for assistance.

If I attended another institution and have mailed a paper transcript to your office, will my transfer credit still be processed?

Since we are currently working remotely, there may be a delay in processing paper transcripts that have been mailed to our office. If the transfer credit is urgent, we recommend requesting an official, electronic transcript from the other institution (if available), sent to ras@lehigh.edu. We will do our best to continue processing documents sent to us electronically as quickly as possible. Refer to our Transfer Credit page for more information regarding University transfer credit policies and procedures.

 

General Academics

Like the Fall 2020 term, our spring curriculum will be offered in a way that will support students who will be coming to the campus, as well as students who are unable to be present in classrooms. We are confident that our faculty will be able to fully engage with, challenge and teach students in a way that will retain the essence of a Lehigh education.

What are the instructional modalities?

Modes of instruction have been adjusted to provide clarity.There are five available and searchable modes: On-Campus Required, Remote - Synchronous, Remote - Asynchronous, Flexible - Classroom, or Flexible - Remote. They are described below.

 

Furthermore, each college has been asked to post a document on the web that provides for each course a brief description of how it will be taught. While this information will not be released quite as early as the schedule of classes, it will be available before registration begins.

 

Here are the searchable attributes you will find linked to each course: 

 

1. On-Campus Required

This course is fully or partially on-campus, and requires enrolled students to have access to the classroom in order to complete the course. Remote students may not register for courses that are marked as On-Campus Required.

 

2. Remote - Synchronous

Although these classes do not require students to be on campus, participation may include synchronous and/or asynchronous coursework. If the course description includes specific days and times, students will be expected to participate at the assigned time. 

 

3. Remote - Asynchronous

A course listed as “remote-asynchronous” will be fully remote, but there are no specific times for required participation. 

 

4. Flex - Classroom

A “flexible” course will be taught on-campus, and students may enroll in either a classroom section or a remote section. Students will enroll in a “flexible-classroom” section if they will be participating in person. 

 

5. Flex - Remote

A course listed as “flexible-remote” is cross-listed with the same course listed as flexible-classroom, but if a student will be participating remotely, they must enroll in the “flexible-remote” section

 

This is a summary of the differences between the formats: 

 

 

Open to Remote Students?

Open to On-campus Students?

Remote (Synchronous)

Yes

Yes

Remote - Asynchronous

Yes

Yes

On-Campus Required

No

Yes

Flexible - Classroom

No

Yes

Flexible - Remote

Yes

Yes

 

Finally, courses with common hour exams will have the date and time of the exam noted on the course schedule. Although this will not apply to most courses, this new feature will allow students to plan their schedules while avoiding conflicts with these periodic examinations.

How can I determine the instructional method of my classes?

When browsing classes to plan your spring schedule, you will be able to search for attributes by the terms listed above. To understand the search results, please see the following example:

 

 
How can I determine when my class meets?

If there are meeting days and times (synchronous), students are expected to participate during that specific time. Courses with no specified days and times (asynchronous) will have class activities as outlined by the instructor. These activities may include viewing recordings, participation in discussion boards, etc.

Will the instructional method of my course change after classes begin?

University leadership encouraged all faculty to choose an instructional method before the course schedule was released. The method should only be changed under special circumstances and with the approval of the Dean of the college.

How do I know the modality of the courses in my major?

Please see the advising pages for your college.  If known, we posted below.

Current Spring 2021 Grade Options

What are the current grading options available for 2021?

The standard grading option of letter or pass/fail are the only options that are now available.

When is the last day to withdraw from classes?

Students should refer to the academic calendar for the date. In order to withdraw, students must secure instructor permission. Instructors or designated department officials must issue you an override to allow you to withdraw from classes online after the standard add/drop period. *NOTE: We will no longer utilize a paper add/drop form during this time period and will not accept instructor approval or registration requests via email; all overrides and schedule changes must be completed online through Banner.

Optional grading system that was used in prior terms. (Not currently offered.)

Will there be an option for CR/DCR/NCR grading in the spring as there was in the fall?

No, University leadership has indicated that Lehigh will not be offering an alternate grading option in spring 2021. 

 
What is the process for selecting the credit/no-credit grading option?

Students will receive an email with instructions on how to complete their grading options on Friday, November 20th.Undergraduate students may opt-in to the credit/no credit grading system on a course-by-course basis beginning Friday, November 20, and may continue to make changes until the deadline at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, December 4th. No changes may be made after the deadline has passed.

What is the difference between the CR, DCR, and NCR grades?
  • CR: Satisfactory. Replaces grades of C- or better in the regular grading system. Credit is granted for this course, and it will fulfill college and major requirements, even in cases where a grade of P (passing) does not. Courses graded with CR meet prerequisite requirements for the next-level course.
  • DCR: Credit is given, but this grade may not be satisfactory for certain requirements. Replaces grades of D+, D, or D- in the regular grading system. DCR grades will apply to requirements in the same way that D grades apply in the A-F grading system.
  • NCR: No Credit or not satisfactory. Replaces an F in the regular grading system. No credit is granted for this course.
Will my instructor know that I’ve selected the credit/no-credit grading option?

No. Faculty will continue to assess student performance in a course and report a final letter grade as usual.

Is the credit/no-credit grading system the same as requesting pass/fail grading?

No. Because there are many limitations with pass/fail grading, the University has selected the credit/no-credit grading system, allowing greater flexibility in terms of course usage and applicability. Courses graded with CR, DCR, or NCR will not count toward the existing limit of six P/F courses in a four-year degree program, nor will there be a limit on the number of Fall 2020 courses that a student may convert to the CR grading system. Courses that receive a grade of CR will fulfill college and major requirements, even in cases where a grade of P (passing) would not.

What if I’ve selected the credit/no-credit grading system and later need to verify the grades I actually earned?

Once the deadline for making grading selections passes, students may no longer change their selection. However, University officials will always have access to the original grade submitted if needed for internal purposes (for example, the pre-health advisor could use them to inform recommendation letters, and they could help inform the Standing on Students Committee in decisions on certain petitions).

What if I am repeating a course?

When you repeat a course, the most recent grade is calculated in the GPA, though all grades will continue to be displayed on the academic transcript. If you select the credit/no-credit option for a course you are repeating, the original grade will remain calculated in your GPA, but a grade of CR will meet a prerequisite and allow you to continue to the next-level course. Students can only earn credit for one instance of a repeated course. Grades of CR and DCR will allow you to earn credit for a course that you previously failed. It is important to note that this will count toward the three-attempt limit on repeated courses. It is strongly recommended that students discuss repeated courses with their advisors if they are considering the credit/no-credit option for a repeated course.

Can I choose the credit/no-credit option for some of my courses and choose to receive grades for others?

Yes, you may determine the courses for which you would like to select CR/DCR/NCR grading and those which you would prefer to receive a standard letter grade.

How will this affect my eligibility for the President’s Scholar award?

To be eligible for the President’s Scholar award, students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.75, have completed at least 7 full-time semesters, and must complete a degree. Selecting the credit/no-credit grading system will not disqualify a student from receiving the President’s Scholar award as long as the criteria noted above are still met. Though the online policy also notes that students must have 92 graded credits, we will consider courses with a CR or DCR grade as ‘graded credits’ so as not to create any additional hardships when deciding between letter grades or the credit/no-credit option. Additional questions about the President’s Scholar program should be sent to ras@lehigh.edu.

Can a graduate student taking an undergraduate course choose the CR grading option?

No. The CR grading option is not available for graduate students taking undergraduate courses. The CR grading option does not fit well with requirements for graduate courses, good standing, and graduate degrees.

Can an undergraduate student taking a graduate course choose the CR grading option?

Yes, but carefully think through the consequences of choosing this option. While we can assure a student that a course earning a CR grade will apply to Lehigh's undergraduate degree requirements, we do not make that same assurance for Lehigh's graduate degree requirements. If there is any possibility that an undergraduate student might want to count a course toward graduate program requirements, we advise against selecting the CR grading option.

Is there a system guide available with instructions on how to make my selections?

Yes, please review the system guide for complete instructions.