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COVID-19 Updates

We will update this page on a regular basis with both departmental and UC San Diego information. For the most recent updates please visit the official UC San Diego COVID-19 page at: https://coronavirus.ucsd.edu/

Updates can also be found for the following groups:

Message from our Chair, Associate Professor Brian Goldfarb

Departmental Resources

The following department members are currently supporting additional needs:

Faculty Tech Advisor: Patrick Anderson

IT support: Joe Castro

Website support: Nalini Biggs

Undergraduate Grading Policies

Undergraduate P/NP Department Policy

Typically, all courses taken for credit toward the Communication major or minor must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of one 198 or 199. The Department is amending that policy for courses taken during Spring 2020: all courses taken during Spring Quarter 2020 can be taken for P/NP and still count toward the major. Students will be able to change their grading option for a course through the end of the 10th week of the quarter. Please be aware that P/NP grades can affect students in other ways such as (but are not limited to) Financial Aid, Veteran's Services, Academic Probation, etc. Please reach out to these specific departments to learn how a P/NP grade may affect you.

Undergraduate Add/Drop Policy

The deadline to add a course is extended to the end of Week 3, and the deadline to drop, without a W, is extended to the end of Week 5. The undergraduate drop deadline, with a W, is extended to the end of Week 7. Undergraduates may petition to drop a class or withdraw from the University after the end of week 7 and by the end of Week 10 for emergency reasons. These petitions are decided by the college provost.

Graduate Grading Policies

Graduate P/NP or S/U Department Policy

Typically, all graduate courses taken for credit toward the PhD in Communication must be taken for a letter grade. The Department is amending that policy for courses taken during Spring 2020: all courses taken during Spring Quarter 2020 can be taken for P/NP or S/U and still count toward the PhD degree. Students will be able to change their grading option for a course through the end of the 10th week of the quarter. Please be aware that P/NP grades can affect students in other ways such as (but are not limited to) Financial Aid, Veteran's Services, Academic Probation, etc. Please reach out to these specific departments to learn how a P/NP grade may affect you.

Graduate Add/Drop

The deadline for graduate students to add a course is extended to the end of Week 3, and the deadline to drop, without a W, is extended to the end of Week 5. The deadline for graduate students to drop a course or all courses, with the assignment of a W grade(s), is the end of the ninth week of instruction (no change). A graduate student may petition to drop a course of withdraw from the University for emergency reasons after the end of the ninth week of instruction and before the end of the tenth week of instruction. For such petitions, approval may be granted by the Dean of the Graduate Division.

Updated Disability Accomodations 

The Office for Students with Disabilities statement for Spring Accommodations has been updated:

https://osd.ucsd.edu/resources/covid-19.html

Students who have specific concerns or questions are encouraged to email their Disability Specialist or the general OSD email account at osd@ucsd.edu.

There are updates regarding the following topics:

  • Students Who Received Accommodations During Winter 2020
  • Students Who Have Not Received Accommodations Through The OSD Previously. This includes those with temporary limitations (concussions, broken bones, etc.)
  • Students Requesting Alternative Text Formats
  • Students Requesting Note-taking Accommodations

 

Updates during COVID-19

During this time of COVID-19 Advising will take place remotely for the safety of our students and staff. Please use the following to address any academic concerns:
The COMM Advising Office is dedicated to continuing our efforts of being students focused and addressing all the concerns of our students despite the crisis we are in. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we are here for you.

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