Will grading policies change while are teaching remotely?
Yes. The University has approved a new policy for grading this semester. Details and procedures for these changes are still being finalized, and we will send additional information as soon as it is ready. Please encourage students to check their email regularly.
Note: Students should consult with their academic advisor and/or the associate dean for students about the implications of taking either option listed below. They should also consult with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that their decision has no adverse impact on their current or future financial aid package.
Pass/fail policy: For each class, students will have the option of keeping the assigned grade or converting it to pass/fail after final grades are submitted. Student transcripts will be modified to provide an adequate context about the disruption caused by COVID-19 during the spring 2020 semester and the resulting change in grading. We will send students additional information as it becomes available.
Early withdrawal policy: In addition to the pass/fail option, Bucknell is extending the course withdrawal deadline for this semester to April 27, 2020, the last day of classes.
Under existing policy, twice during their careers at Bucknell, students may withdraw from a course with a grade of W through the 10th week of class (this semester, that date would have been March 27). This policy change means that any course withdrawal taken after the date Bucknell announced its move to remote education — March 10, 2020 — will not count as one of the two withdrawals under the existing policy. We will send students additional information as it becomes available.
If a student is continuing coursework in an approved study-abroad program this semester, does the new pass/fail and early withdrawal policy apply to them?
No. Courses taken through approved partner programs are treated as transfer courses, which require a grade of C or above for Bucknell credit and cannot be taken pass/fail.
How will virtual advising work?
The deans’ offices will communicate with you regarding virtual advising. The Registrar’s Office has extended the registration period through April 15, 2020, and is ready to work with students remotely. Staff in that office will provide assistance to faculty and students.
How can we help students with course registration?
Course registration for the fall 2020 semester will proceed online as expected. Faculty should make arrangements with advisees to discuss academic progress reports and course selections remotely. All undergraduate students must have their registration pin in order to complete the course registration process.
How should faculty deal with courses that require permission or waive course restrictions? What is the Registration Override process?
Students will not be able to secure faculty signatures to enter permission courses or to waive other course restrictions. Therefore, faculty should use the Registration Override process available on the Faculty/Adviser tab in Banner Web to provide the electronic overrides for these issues.
Students must provide their BUID number in order for an override to be entered.
There are a variety of override types available, so be sure to select the override that corresponds to the student's registration issue (class year override, prerequisite, etc.).
Find more information from the Registrar about course registration
See the Course Information page for the most up-to-date information
Note: The Course Tally is a point-in-time snapshot of course offerings and may not reflect recent changes.
How else are we supporting students?
Student support services offered through the Teaching & Learning Center, the Writing Center and the Office of Accessibility Resources will continue, as will online study groups.
Some students may be stressed, confused and anxious during this time of uncertainty and change. Please welcome them to this new learning environment, connect with them and make yourself available for virtual office hours via phone, Skype, email, FaceTime, etc. Please keep track of students who are not checking in with you, and take into account their different levels of access to technology. Additionally, some students will not be able to leave campus; they, too, will be instructed to work remotely.
What if any of my students do not have access to a computer?
Please contact Stephen O'Hara at email@example.com or 570-577-2944 regarding the possibility of students acquiring loaner equipment.
May I provide group or individual instruction for students who remain on campus for any part of the rest of the semester?
The central reason for moving to remote learning is to protect the health of our entire community. As such, all instruction should be remote, even for students who remain on campus.
My students rented textbooks from Barnes & Noble. How do they return them if they're not in Lewisburg?
Rented textbooks may be returned to Barnes & Noble at no cost after the semester concludes. Students can print return labels to ship their rented textbooks back to our store, at no cost, from Barnes & Noble's website. Questions about rental textbooks may be directed to the store's textbook department at 570-577-3198.
Is the bookstore open?
No. Beginning March 17, 2020, the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore will be closed for two weeks. Web orders may still be placed and phone calls will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 570-577-1128.
What academic resources are available to students learning remotely?
Many Bertrand Library resources are available to students learning remotely, including:
See all of Bertrand Library's remote learning resources
Bucknell students may also access an expansive catalog of etexts through May 25, 2020, at no charge. Students should:
- Download the VitalSource Bookshelf app.
- Open the app and log in using their Bucknell email address.
- Find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within the Bookshelf app.
Will summer research be conducted?
We are continuing to evaluate the feasibility of conducting summer research, but for the time being we will issue calls for summer research proposals.
Will undergraduate research continue?
Unless they can be completed remotely, students will not be able to continue their undergraduate research projects.
Will graduate research continue?
Yes. Since it is necessary for graduate students to complete their projects so they can be granted degrees, this work will continue.