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Spring 2021 Term Information

This page will be updated regularly to provide you with the most up-to-date information concerning virtual class sections.

 

Important Updates

  • Cal Poly will continue to evaluate the situation and provide more information related to each term via email and the Campus Updates page.
  • All admitted and continuing students are encouraged to enroll and continue their progress toward a Cal Poly degree.
    • We are planning a robust virtual academic experience for students in each term. Face-to-face course offerings may change prior to the start of the term so it is important to check your class schedule for modality.
  • The most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 can be found on the Campus Updates page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check the mode of instruction (In Person or Virtual) for my classes?

Synchronous Virtual Instruction

  • Virtually taught in a guided format. There are required weekly meeting days and times during which students are expected to log in for instruction.
  • Location is "Virtual Class" in Schedule Builder and Class Search.
  • EXAMPLE: MATH 143-01 meets MTWR, 8:10-9am in "Virtual Class." Students will be required to log in for class instruction of some sort on MTWR, 8:10-9am.

 

Asynchronous Virtual Instruction

  • Virtually taught in a self-guided format. There are NO required weekly meeting days and times. A class note will be added to the section in Schedule Builder: "Section is taught in a self-guided format."
  • The meeting pattern is "TBA" in Schedule Builder and Class Search.
  • The instructor will provide more information about class expectations and requirements.

 

Combination of Both Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Instruction

  • If an instructor is teaching in Synchronous format for the first few weeks of the term and in Asynchronous format for the remainder of the term, the combination format will be noted in Schedule Builder and Class Search:
    • EXAMPLE: Weeks 1-4 (Synchronous) | Weeks 4-10 (Asynchronous)
  • If an instructor is teaching a portion of the week in Synchronous format and the other portion of the week in Asynchronous format, the combination format will be noted in Schedule Builder and Class Search:
    • EXAMPLE for a 4-unit lecture: T, 2:10-4 pm (Synchronous) and 2 hours (Asynchronous)
  • PLEASE NOTE: Any class taught in a combination method will be coded as Synchronous overall. Please keep in mind that any Synchronous course has the possibility of creating time conflicts.

 

In Person Instruction

  • Those lecture, seminar, and discussion sections scheduled as In Person will appear in Schedule Builder and Class Search with an assigned location on Cal Poly's campus (building number and room number).
  • EXAMPLE: COURSE 101-01 meets MTWR, 9:10-10am in Building 1, Room 101

 

Multi-Component Courses (Lecture/Laboratory)

  • If a class has multiple components, a mode of instruction will be identified for each in Schedule Builder and Class Search. The class may have two different modes of instruction. 
  • EXAMPLE:
    • CPE 101-01 (Lecture) meets MWF, 8:10-9am. Students will not be required to log in for class instruction at a predetermined time. The meeting pattern will be "TBA." The class is Asynchronous.
    • CPE 101-02 (Lab) meets M, 3:10-6pm. Students will be required to log in for class instruction at a predetermined time. The class location in Schedule Builder is "Virtual Class." The class is Synchronous.

My class meeting time is listed as “TBA,” and the class has an “unknown schedule”—does this mean my class was canceled?

No. Your class is an Asynchronous virtual class, which means you will not be required to log in for class instruction during any specific day or time. Coursework will be completed in a self-guided manner. If you don’t hear from your instructor by the first day of class, you should reach out to them for more information about class expectations and requirements.

My class is scheduled to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:10 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., but the class location is "Virtual Class." Does this mean I am expected to return to campus?

No. Your class is a Synchronous virtual class, which means you are required to log in for class instruction during established meeting days and times as posted in Schedule Builder. Though you must log in for instruction during a specific window of time, you are NOT expected to be physically present on campus.

My class is scheduled to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the class location is a building and room located on Cal Poly's campus. Does this mean I am expected to return to campus?

Yes. Your class is an In Person class. You are expected to be physically present on campus in order to attend this class.

Now that most courses are online, will I still encounter time conflicts?

This will depend on whether your courses are taught synchronously (meetings at specific days and times), asynchronously (no scheduled meetings), a combination of the synchronous/asynchronous formats, or in-person. Classes taught in a Synchronous format with established meetings days and times may still create time conflicts. Those taught in an Asynchronous format will not create a time conflict during the registration process. In Person courses will most likely create time conflicts with other in-person courses or Synchronous virtual courses.

Will the waitlist process remain the same?

Yes. The waitlist process will continue as normal. Please review the waitlist policy on the Office of the Registrar website.

I am enrolled in an Asynchronous class. If I am not required to log in for class instruction during established meeting days and times, how will I complete my final exam?

You should communicate directly with your instructor for more information.

I am enrolled in a Synchronous class. When will my final exam be offered?

Your final exam will be offered per the published Spring 2021 Final Exam Schedule.

The instructor has added me to the class Canvas or PolyLearn. Does this mean I am now officially enrolled in the class?

No. If an instructor adds you to the class PolyLearn or Canvas, you are not officially enrolled in the class. You must complete the registration process through your Student Center if and when there is an open seat or you are given a permission number to enroll.

Where can I find term dates?

Visit the Office of the Registrar Calendars webpage for complete information. Helpful resources include the Planning Calendars and the 2020-21 Academic Calendar.

The Planning Calendars include information about the Add/Drop deadline, permission numbers, wait listing, and more.

How long do I have to add a class?

  • Please review the Spring 2021 Planning Calendar.
  • The Add/Drop deadline for the spring term is:
    • Spring 2021 Add/Drop Deadline: Thursday, April 8, 11:59 p.m.
  • To add a class after the Add/Drop deadline, you must submit a Late Add Appeal to the Office of the Registrar. The Late Add Appeal deadline is a firm deadline:
    • Late Add Appeal Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 5:00 p.m.
  • Click here to access the Late Add Appeal Form.

How long will I have to change the grading basis of a class? (for example, changing to Credit/No Credit)

  • You will have the option to change the grading basis of your class in your Student Center until the final day of instruction for the spring term:
    • Spring 2021 Grading Basis Deadline: Friday, June 4, 11:59 p.m.
  • Students are highly encouraged to speak to their advisor before changing their grading basis to Credit/No Credit.

What does taking a class "Credit/No Credit" mean?

Selecting Credit/No Credit grading means that you are choosing to complete the class on a pass/fail basis. The grade received (either "CR" for Credit or "NC" for No Credit) is not factored into your GPA.

Please Note: Units earned in a class for which the grade was "NC" do not count toward the satisfaction of degree requirements.

Each department has created its own policy to define whether or not students are allowed to select Credit/No Credit grading for major/support courses and graduate courses.

Please carefully review major and graduate program Credit/No Credit allowances for spring 2021.

What grade must I earn to receive Credit if I select Credit/No Credit grading?

Undergraduate students will need a C- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit in a Credit/No Credit course. Graduate students will need a B- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit.

I don't remember which grading basis I selected when I registered for my classes. How can I review my grading basis selections?

You can review your grading basis selections in your Student Center.

In your Student Center, Select "Class Schedule" from the drop-down menu:

Select "Class Schedule" from the drop-down menu to the left of your weekly schedule.

Select "List View" as the display option.

In the "List View" of your schedule, you can find your grading basis selection for each class in the "Grading" section of the class listing:

The grading basis selection can be found in the "Grading" section of the class listing.

Please note: You have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 to change the grading basis of any of your Spring 2021 classes.

I am planning on attending a postbaccalaureate program in the future. Will selecting Credit/No Credit grading now negatively impact me when I apply to a master's or Ph.D. program?

Some postbaccalaureate programs penalize students for a grade of CR. If you are planning on applying to a postbaccalaureate program, you should carefully consider the implications of selecting CR/NC grading.

If I am taking a class for grade forgiveness, can I select Credit/No Credit grading?

No. If you are taking a class for grade forgiveness, you must enroll in the class on a graded basis.

If I am pursuing an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA), can I select Credit/No Credit grading?

If you are pursuing an ICMA, you should be aware of any GPA requirements the new major has imposed. Taking a course CR/NC may not fulfill said GPA requirements.

In addition, if your ICMA is approved, you will be held to the CR/NC allowances of your new major. Therefore, if you took a course CR/NC in your previous major, but that grading basis selection violates the new major's CR/NC allowances, the Office of the Registrar will convert the course to the letter grade earned.

You are highly encouraged to speak with your academic advisor before selecting Credit/No Credit grading.

If I select Credit/No Credit grading in a major or support course, but my major states that such a selection is "Not Allowed," will the course be converted to a letter grade?

Yes. If your major does not allow CR/NC grading in major/support courses, your grade will be converted to the letter grade assigned by your instructor.

This conversion will occur whether you earned a CR or a NC grade. 

I want to select Credit/No Credit grading. Will I be held to the normal 2.0 GPA requirement?

As stated in the Cal Poly catalog, an "applicant for a Credit/No Credit grade must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in cumulative Cal Poly work."

However, at this time, the Office of the Registrar is NOT holding students to the 2.0 GPA requirement.

Will taking a course (that is normally a graded course) as Credit/No Credit in spring quarter count towards typical Credit/No Credit limits?

Any Credit/No Credit-selected courses you complete during spring 2021 will NOT be counted toward the following limitations:

  • The 16-unit overall limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take during your career at Cal Poly
  • The 4-unit limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take in GE courses
  • The maximum of one-third of Credit/No Credit-selected courses allowed in a minor.

During spring 2021, you will be able to select any GE courses for Credit/No Credit grading; you are highly encouraged to speak with your academic advisor before selecting Credit/No Credit grading for GE courses.

Additionally, during spring 2021, you will be able to select any minor courses for Credit/No Credit grading.

Each department has created its own policy to define whether or not students are allowed to select Credit/No Credit grading for major/support courses and graduate courses.

Information on major and graduate program Credit/No Credit allowances for spring 2021 can be found here. This page will be updated regularly.

*If a class fulfills both a major/support and a GE requirement, it will be subject to the Credit/No Credit allowances of the major. Speak with your advisor before making any grading basis changes in spring 2021.

In previous quarters, I selected Credit/No Credit grading in the number of major/support units my major allowed. Will I be able to select Credit/No Credit grading for the same number of major/support units in spring 2021? Is there a cap on the cumulative total of major/support units I can take as Credit/No Credit?

During the quarters with COVID-19 exemptions, you are allowed to continue selecting Credit/No Credit grading for the number of units your major or graduate program specifies each quarter. There is no cap on the cumulative total of units you can take as Credit/No Credit (so long as that grading basis selection is permitted by your major or graduate program).

Please consider asking an Academic Advisor if there are any other implications for selecting Credit/No Credit grading in your major/support courses.

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