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Continuing Coursework Online

We know that the rapidly changing nature of this situation can be difficult and that we may not have all of the answers you are looking for right now; we will do all we can to help you through this transition.

Courses

You should be able to find each of your courses on Blackboard, including communication from your instructor on how your course will be transitioned to the online environment.

Coursework FAQs

What are the details of the new grading policy?

What are the details of the new grading policy?

For the spring 2020 semester, all undergraduate students will have the option to convert their course letter grade to a S-P-U. The letter grade designations for S-P-U are:

  • S    Satisfactory – Equivalent to A, B, or C.  Earns credit, is not included in GPA calculations.
  • P    Passing - Equivalent to C-, D, or D-.  Earns credit, is not included in GPA calculations.
  • U   Unsatisfactory – Equivalent to F, does NOT earn credit, is NOT included in GPA calculations.

If you are a returning spring ’20 study abroad student, you will follow the revised grading policy you received in a separate notification from Dr. Stella Plutino-Calabrese on March 20.

The decision to change to a S-P-U can be made after grades have been posted and can be applied to any, or all, of your full semester or second seven week session courses.  In other words, you may pick a traditional letter grade for some classes and choose the S-P-U for others.  For graduating seniors, this decision must be made by May 9.  All other students will have until May 31 to decide.  We encourage all students to consult with their academic advisor before making a decision to use the S-P-U option.  There may be courses that lead to licensure that must have letter grades for certification.

Please be aware that S and P grades will not count toward either Dean’s List or Latin Honors because they are not included in the GPA calculation.

How do I access tutoring resources?

How do I access tutoring resources?

Tutoring services will continue to be available for you throughout the semester. To request a tutor, use the "raise a hand" option in FisherLink. You will be put in touch with a tutor who can work with you via email or Google Hangouts, which can be accessed via the mySJFC Launchpad.

To access all services, "raise a hand" in FisherLink [gdoc].

For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Nicolay at (585) 385-8147 or tnicolay@sjfc.edu.

Accounting Tutoring

Supervisor: Jiayan Li, Accounting Department
Undergraduate tutors provide one-on-one assistance with all levels of accounting courses.

Chemistry Tutoring

Supervisor: Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, Chemistry Department
Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with Chemistry 103, 104, 120, 201, and 214.

Finance Tutoring

Supervisor: Patricia Wollan, Finance Department
Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with finance courses and Bloomberg Terminal.

Math Center

Director: Anne Geraci, Mathematics, Computer Science, & Statistics Department
Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with all courses involving quantitative content, including mathematics, computer science, statistics, data science, and entry-level economics.

Writing Center

Director: Theresa Nicolay
Undergraduate tutors assist students during all stages and aspects of the writing process.

Professional assistance is also available for multilingual learners and graduate students.

Tutoring Center

Director: Theresa Nicolay
Additional assistance is provided by undergraduate peer tutors for courses not encompassed by services listed above (e.g. biology, modern languages, psychology).

Will accessibility services still be available to me during online instruction?

Will accessibility services still be available to me during online instruction?

Contact Joy Breeden at jbreeden@sjfc.edu or (585) 385-7272 for support questions as you continue your studies online.

How can I contact CCAP advisors during online instruction?

How can I contact CCAP advisors during online instruction?

Academic Planning

For academic planning and career assistance you can make an appointment in FisherLink. Appointments will be held by email, phone, or skype.

Career Readiness

If you are seeking help with résumés, cover letters, job/internship search, interview prep and other topics directly related to career readiness, you can make appointments via FisherLink, or you can directly email ccap@sjfc.edu to request help from Tracy Sullivan, Jamie Canfield, or Julia Overton-Healy. Support will be provided by phone, email, and skype.

Career Accelerator Awards

Questions regarding Career Accelerator Awards should be directed to Julia Overton-Healy at joverton-healy@sjfc.edu.

What is the status of First Generation or Service Scholar service activities?

What is the status of First Generation or Service Scholar service activities?

All service activities for First Generation and Service Scholars are temporarily suspended effective Friday, March 13. Community partners and site supervisors have been notified of the temporary suspension of services.

For students with remaining service hours to fulfill, you will not be penalized. However the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will reach out next week with reading and writing assignments as an alternative assignment. All will be published online through Blackboard, and will be congruent with hours remaining. The hours will be taken from Mobile Serve, so as you leave campus, please make sure all hours are up-to-date, in the system, and signed off by your supervisor in order to count. This new component of our program will begin at the same time online coursework commences, Monday March 23. If you have fulfilled your service requirements, you will not be required to do these alternative assignments.

Is my nursing clinical placement canceled?

Is my nursing clinical placement canceled?

Effective immediately, clinical affiliation partners have suspended all nursing and mental health counseling clinicals.

Is my student teaching work canceled?

Is my student teaching work canceled?

Due to the county-wide school closures, student teaching placements have been canceled.


Technology Information

Detailed technical specifications can be found in the Student Computer Purchase Recommendations article on the OIT website.

Computer Recommendations

You will need:

  • A computer (either Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.8 or higher).
  • A webcam.
  • A headset with a microphone. We recommend the Logitech H570E Stereo USB Headset.
  • A high-speed Internet connection.

Browser Recommendations

We also recommend the latest version of Chrome or Firefox as the preferred web browsers. Other browsers such as IE, Edge, Opera, or Safari are also acceptable, but may not provide full functionality for all campus resources. For more detailed technical specifications, please visit the student computer recommendations on the OIT website.

Contact OIT

Students who need additional IT support should fill out a Student Technology Needs Form. You can also contact the OIT Service Desk for support and assistance.

Technology FAQs

What if I don’t have internet access?

What if I don’t have internet access? 

You may be able to access your online courses using your phone or tablet devices with a cellular connection, either through a browser or through the Blackboard app. While we cannot guarantee this covers all students, we believe it does cover the vast majority. Students who need additional IT support should fill out a Student Technology Needs Form.

I don’t have a suitable computer to work from home. What do I do?

I don’t have a suitable computer to work from home. What do I do?

Please let your instructor(s) know about your difficulty and request help through OIT by using the Student Technology Needs Form.


Library Resources

Library resources are available 24/7 from the library homepage. There are many ways to contact the library for assistance with your research. Check out Lavery Library’s Emergency Remote Support Guide for more information.

Library FAQs

Is the library open?

Is the library open?

The library is closed and staff is transferring to fully online services including research help, instruction, interlibrary loan of electronic materials, etc. For more information, refer to the Library Emergency Remote Support Guide or contact libraryreference@sjfc.edu or libaccess@sjfc.edu.