The following information was sent to FEAS undergraduate students on Wednesday, March 25:

Dear FEAS undergraduate students:

As you return to your studies remotely following the week in which classes were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that you have been able to relocate and adjust to the current environment. I have heard from many of you about the particular challenges that you are facing. We are doing our best to support you in delivering our academic programming during these extraordinary times. Your instructors have been working diligently to make some adjustments to the remaining content, delivery modes and assessment of your Winter Term classes to support you in completing this term’s academic work. Every effort has been made to ensure that the essential academic requirements of the classes have been maintained, and that there are no negative impacts to students.

  1. By now you should have received an adjusted class syllabus from the instructors of each of your Winter Term 2020 classes. Please take the time to review the adjustments that have been made and contact your instructor if you have questions.
  2. If you haven’t received an adjusted syllabus, please contact engineering.reception@queensu.ca
  3. We recognize that these adjustments may have implications for students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability accommodated through QSAS, and if you have concerns that these changes will affect your access needs, please do the following:
    • Download a current copy of your Letter of Accommodation from the QSAS website.
    • Email your instructor, with a copy to your QSAS Advisor, outlining your concerns. QSAS will connect with all of you with suggested solutions.
  4. We also recognize that the changes may be overwhelming to some of you and may affect your ability to complete all your classes successfully. To help alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling, we are extending the deadline to drop both Winter Term 2020 and Fall-Winter 2019-20 classes (B-section) to the end of the term, after you have been assigned your final grades. This extension should allow you the time to resume your studies with the adjusted class syllabi and consider whether you feel able to finish out your classes. If not, you will be able to drop one or more classes with no academic penalty, using SOLUS, up to May 20, 2020.
    • Any classes dropped will be removed from your transcript, with no ‘DR’ grade.
    • You should consider any implications to government financial assistance before dropping classes.
    • According to University-wide policy, no tuition refunds will be offered as a result of the drop.
    • You should consider whether the drop will affect your ability to progress in your program(s)/Plan(s) due to prerequisite and/or progression requirements. You are strongly encouraged to speak to a program advisor.
    • Please note that you may not be able to retake some dropped courses during the following academic year, because they may not be available or may be subject to enrollment limitations.
  5. All FEAS students who achieve a passing grade in an FEAS or FAS course that is perceived to be lower than they might have achieved had the disruptions not occurred will have the option to change their grade to a Pass (P) instead of their final letter grade.
  6. The option to change a passing grade into a P will take effect in early May, after the final course grades are posted. We will be in touch as May approaches with instructions on how to make this change. Of course, if you wish to keep your final letter grade that is also an option.
    • This option will be available until May 20, 2020 and the decision cannot be reversed
    • We are strongly encouraging you to take time to consider these options and think carefully about the consequences of changing a letter grade to a P. Your final grades will be available May 11 and you have until May 20 to make the decision that is in your best interest. Note that you may still need letter grades for some external merit-based scholarships and awards and for future applications in grad school or professional schools
  7. Our Student Service team is ready to support you throughout this term and through the summer.

Supporting our students is our top priority during these difficult times and we will do everything we can to offer solutions for the issues that arise in this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the remainder of the semester together.

Dean Deluzio

More information: Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Students