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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.

New Undergraduate Grading Policies during COVID-19

During the Spring 2020 quarter, the Academic Senate has approved letter grades as well as Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grades to be taken in undergraduate courses. In an effort to provide students with flexibility during this time, the Communication Department has agreed to comply with this policy for its majors and minors. 

However we wish to bring to your attention, that not all students should choose this option. 

What should I consider before taking a course Pass/No Pass instead of a letter grade?

  • Students should carefully consider taking additional units under the assumption they will need to devote less time to each course if it is graded P/NP. The expectation is students will apply the same amount of time and energy towards each enrolled course regardless of how the course is graded. If adequate time is not planned for each course, a student could easily find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of work required for the quarter.
  • Students who plan to retake a course to replace a previously earned grade, must retake the course using the same grading method. If the previously earned grade was a letter grade (“D”, “F”), the course must be retaken using the same grading format. For example, a student who took FA19 COMM 102C  and earned an “F,” would have to retake SP20 COMM 102C as letter-graded (P/NP is not an option).
  • Students who plan to apply for postgraduate study. Graduate, medical, and other professional schools may not accept a grading option of P/NP for some courses. Students will need to check with the specific graduate/professional school they are applying to and inquire what courses are required to apply and if those courses can be graded as P/NP. 
  • Students who are veterans and receive financial assistance need to check with their campus Veterans Affairs liaisons to determine how taking a course as P/NP will impact their financial support.
  • Students trying to raise their GPA, especially in an effort to return to good academic standing. Students who need to raise their GPA above a 2.0 to be in good standing or for purposes of financial aid may be harmed in taking P/NP grades.
  • Students maintaining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. In addition to GPA, a student must maintain “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP). Students should always check with the UCSD Financial Aid Office to verify how taking courses as P/NP would impact their aid.
  • Students should consider the grading scale for Pass (“A”-”C-”) and No Pass (“D”-”F”) courses. The Communication Department accepts grades of “D” or better for our major and minor requirements. Therefore, a student who takes SP20 COMM 101 as letter-graded and earns a “D” will be able to use this course towards their COMM major or minor requirements. However, if the same student takes SP20 COMM 101 as P/NP, they will earn an “NP” and will not be able to use the course towards their major or minor requirements. S 

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of potential unintended consequences. Students who are uncertain of the effects of this decision are encouraged to seek guidance from their academic advisors to understand the full implications of their choices.

Course Prerequisites

  • COMM 10 is the prerequisite for COMM 100A, COMM 100B, COMM 100C. COMM 10 may be taken concurrently with COMM 100A, 100B, or 100C.

  • To take Intermediate Electives (courses numbered 101 – 119), students must complete COMM 10 or be taking COMM 10 at the same time.

  • To take Advanced Electives (courses numbered 120 – 180) students must complete COMM 10 and at least one COMM 100 (A, B or C)

  • For production courses (COMM 101D, 101E, 101K, 101M, 101N), students must complete COMM 101 or be taking COMM 101 concurrently.

Please review the Course Catalog to view prerequisites.

I want to enroll in COMM 10 and a COMM Intermediate Elective. How can I do that?

Students can enroll in COMM 10 and COMM 100A/B/C at the same time.

Please follow these instructions on how to do so:

  1. Check to see when your enrollment day and time is.
  2. On your enrollment day and time, enroll and add in COMM 10 (WAITLISTED IS NOT ENROLLED).  

    If you are waitlisted in COMM 10, please do not proceed to the next step. Please wait to see if you will get off the waitlist for COMM 10. Students who are already enrolled in the course may drop from now until FA 18, Week 2 Thursday. Please be patient in the process and begin to enroll in backup courses (ex: remaining college requirement courses, courses of interest to you outside of the department, potential minor courses).

  3. Once you have been added to COMM 10, submit your pre-authorization request online for COMM 100A/B/C. 

    Please write in the justification section: I am added in COMM 10 and would like to take COMM 100A/B/C at the same time. *Students do not need to submit any attachments.*

  4. Your request will be routed to to the Undergraduate Advisor for review.
  5. Once you have received approval, please go back to WebReg and enroll in COMM 100A/B/C. 

The Advising Office will not be accepting pre-authorization requests via email and VAC. 

I want to enroll in COMM 10 and a COMM Intermediate Elective. How can I do that?

Students can enroll in COMM 10 and a COMM Intermediate Elective at the same time. 

Please follow these instructions on how to do so:

  1. Check to see when your enrollment day and time is.
  2. On your enrollment day and time, enroll and add in COMM 10 (WAITLISTED IS NOT ENROLLED).  

    If you are waitlisted in COMM 10, please do not proceed to the next step. Please wait to see if you will get off the waitlist for COMM 10. Students who are already enrolled in the course may drop from now until FA 18, Week 2 Thursday. Please be patient in the process and begin to enroll in backup courses (ex: remaining college requirement courses, courses of interest to you outside of the department, potential minor courses).

  3. Once you have been added to COMM 10, submit your pre-authorization request online for the COMM Intermediate Elective course (COMM 101 - 119). 

    Please write in the justification section: I am added in COMM 10 and would like to take [COMM Intermediate Elective course #] at the same time. *Students do not need to submit any attachments.*

  4. Your request will be routed to to the Undergraduate Advisor for review.
  5. Once you have received approval, please go back to WebReg and enroll in the COMM Intermediate Elective course.

The Advising Office will not be accepting pre-authorization requests via email and VAC. 

I want to enroll in a COMM course but WebReg is not allowing me. I am certain that I meet the prerequisite(s) for the course. What do I do?

First, make sure that you do indeed meet the prerequisite of the course by checking the Course Catalog online. 

If you do meet the prerequisite(s) for the course, please sumit a pre-authorization request online. An advisor will review your request for approval or denial. You will be notified a decision via email. If approved, please make sure to go back into WebReg to enroll in the course. 

Can I take a class as P/NP?

No. All courses must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of COMM 193, 198, and 199.

Is "D" a passing grade in Communication?

Yes.

What are my chances of getting into a course if I am on the waitlist?

Unfortunately, there is no way for the department to know your chances of getting into a class. It is highly recommended that you enroll in a back up course in case you are not added.

Can I take COMM 10 at a community college or another four year institution?

No. The department does not accept any course equivalencies for COMM 10 because it must be taken at UCSD.

Do courses taken abroad count toward the COMM major?

Students can petition up to 2 study abroad courses toward the major as COMM Intermediate Electives. Each course must be at least 4 units, UC transferable, upper division, and be taken for a letter grade.

Before departing to study abroad, COMM students are highly encouraged to provide a course description of the course(s) or sample course syllabus they are hoping to have count towards their COMM Intermediate Elective. Students can submit the course description or sample course syllabus to commugrad@ucsd.edu. The Undergraduate Advisor will forward the course description to the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor to review for pre-approval. Students will be notified via VAC. 

If your course(s) pre-approves, please note that pre-approval is conditional based on earning a passing grade. Once the student has completed the study abroad trip and has the course grade posted on their Academic History, the student must submit an Undergraduate Student Petition along with the course syllabus for final approval to commugrad@ucsd.edu or MCC 124B. The Undergraduate Advisor will reflect the change on the student's degree audit and will notify the student via VAC.

Note: Students minoring in COMM cannot petition any study abroad courses and courses taken outside of the department (including COMM 198 and 199) to satisfy any minor requirements.

Where do I find my instructor's and/or TA's office hours?

• On the class syllabus

• Posted in the Undergraduate Lounge (MCC 122A)

Where can I find my final from the previous semester?

In the Undergraduate Lounge, MCC 122A.

How do I contest a grade?

Contact the instructor and write up your argument why you think your grade should be reviewed.

I have a complaint about a professor. What do I do?

If I have an emergency and cannot attend class, what do I do?

Email or call the instructor to notify them of your absence as soon as possible. Class attendance is part of the grade in some Communication classes. With cell phone and email availability, excuses of “I was unable to contact the professor or department” will not be accepted.

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