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Schedule of Classes (Testudo)
All members of the UMD community must follow safety precautions: wear a mask at all times around others, stay at least six feet apart in addition to wearing your mask, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.
Course Schedule: Spring 2021
The schedule of classes is available on Testudo.
Semester starts: January 25, 2021 with the first two weeks of undergraduate instruction delivered entirely online.
Spring Break: March 14-21, 2021 with the first two weeks of instruction immediately following the break also conducted entirely online. A 9-day large-scale campus-wide testing event will be held and all students, faculty and staff coming to campus will be required to participate.
Semester ends: May 11, 2021
Course Structure and Delivery: Spring 2021
Learning and instruction will be done in a hybrid environment, with up to 25 percent of classes in-person.
January 25-February 5 (semester start) undergraduate instruction entirely online.
March 22-April 2 (return from Spring Break) undergraduate instruction will be entirely online.
Faculty are encouraged to use graded lower-stakes assessments throughout the course so students can build their course grade cumulatively.
Final Exams: the requirement that every undergraduate course will have a final exam is waived. Students, please check with your instructors for each course to understand whether there will be a final exam.
Pass/Fail Grading Policy: Spring 2021
Students will be able to opt in to courses that they wish to take on a pass/fail basis.
The Pass (“P”) mark will now include grades of C- or better; the “P” will no longer include grades of D+, D, and D-.
If a student earns a grade of D+, D, D-, or F, those grades will be recorded.
While the “P” does not have an impact on a student’s GPA, grades of D+, D, D-, and F will be factored into the GPA.
Students will be able to select the pass/fail grading method for up to seven (7) credits with automatic approval.
If special circumstances exist, students may request an additional course to be taken pass/fail with permission of their academic advisor and Dean.
The “P” will count in Spring 2021 for any requirement, including courses in a major, minor, certificate, General Education, benchmark, or Limited Enrollment Program gateway (including courses that would ordinarily require a B-).
Faculty have been encouraged to keep in-course grades current, so students have a good idea of the grade they have earned in the course by the last day of classes.
Faculty will assign grades in all courses and will therefore not be aware of which students choose the pass/fail option for any course.
How to Choose Pass/Fail Option for Courses
Please visit the Testudo Web App
to choose the grading method for your courses.
Deadline: 10:59 PM EST on May 11, 2021
To choose pass/fail grading option for a course
To drop a course with a “W”
There will be no changes to the grading method beyond this deadline and there will be no exceptions.
Policy on Excused Absences
Due to the potential for unanticipated absences during the pandemic, self-certified notes will serve as documentation for COVID-19-related absences or missed course expectations. Read the full policy on excused absences.
Arbitrary and Capricious Grading Policy
Since the Excused Absence Policy for this year will allow faculty to suggest alternative ways for students with COVID-related absences to make up missed work, such an approach to excused absences will not be subject to the Arbitrary and Capricious Grading Policy as long as this change in policy is communicated to students in the syllabus. Read the full arbitrary and capricious grading policy.
Additional Policy Information and Support
Learning and Studying Opportunities
The Libraries are in a modified Phase 3 as of November 16, 2020. Hours for reservation-based access to McKeldin's 1st floor
are reduced to 10am-4pm, with the number of simultaneous appointments reduced to 20. Curbside pickup
of physical materials and technology equipment continues. Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library will continue to provide remote reference services.
Many library resources are available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The campus community can access software, journal articles, and ebooks, get subject-specific reference help from experts, and schedule a statistical consultation—all virtually.
Education Abroad programs in all locations for the Summer 2021 term are canceled. We are currently making every effort to resume in-person programming for Fall 2021.
Big Ten Academic Alliance Course Sharing Program
The Big Ten Academic Alliance Course Sharing Program
is a new collaborative initiative offering undergraduate students of participating Big Ten Institutions the opportunity to diversify their learning experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and take online courses from other Big Ten universities. Undergraduate students may register for one course per semester offered by one of the following partner institutions: Indiana University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
More information about the Course Sharing Program and Maryland’s shared course offerings is available here: go.umd.edu/BTAACourseShare
Fall 2021 Semester Planning
The university has released guidelines and a phased plan for Fall 2021
. This plan aims at gradually expanding in-person campus activities in a phased approach, keeping our focus on the health and well-being of our entire campus community. Should health conditions change, other aspects of this plan may also change. Updates and any additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Fall 2021 Guidelines Fall 2021 Phased Plan
Efforts regarding teaching and learning are grounded in four principles:
The health of students, faculty and staff comes first. That means everyone working, living and/or taking classes on campus will be required to abide by the university’s health regulations.
A mix of in-person and remote course options will be used to maximize flexibility and equity of access and to accommodate the needs of faculty members and students who may not be able to return to campus because of risks associated with COVID-19.
Every Maryland student will be offered a deeply engaging curriculum, whether in person, blended or online—along with co-curricular opportunities designed to maximize student learning, involvement and personal growth.
The university remains committed to creating an inclusive, just, respectful and supportive environment for all members of the community, striving to ensure that all of our actions and decisions prioritize equity and careful consideration for individuals and groups of students and employees who may be most vulnerable during the pandemic.
We value input from our campus community. Please fill out our feedback form to share suggestions or report concerns about health and safety on campus.
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