Academics

Updates regarding changes to academic services or events for UofL students

Classes

Classes delivered remotely starting March 18, including all summer terms. Registration for summer terms is now open.

All classes will be offered remotely via online or other alternative learning options beginning Wednesday, March 18, through April 28. Classes already offered online will continue as originally scheduled. If you have questions about a specific course, contact the instructor.

Due to some assignments needing significant adaptation, faculty will be allowed to modify their course syllabi. Some faculty may decide to conduct their on-line classes during the normally scheduled class time, while others may post materials that you can access at any time. Please make sure you know what is expected of you, including due dates for quizzes, assignments, discussions, etc.

If you're new to online learning, review the Online Learning Checklist for students to get started.

HSC/Clinical Programs

Health Sciences students who are involved in clinical programs will receive further guidance from their academic deans. Information about labs, examinations and other items will also be provided.

Pass/Fail Policy Changes

All undergraduate and graduate students will be permitted to convert any of their courses to pass/fail grading for this semester only.

In accordance with the Pass/fail policy for spring 2020, all undergraduate and graduate students will be permitted to convert any of their courses to pass/fail grading for this semester only. All courses for which you receive passing (P) grades will count toward degree requirements, which overrides some program and college policies. At the undergraduate level, all grades of D- or better for which you elect the pass/fail grade will convert to a P; at the graduate level, all grades of C- or better will convert to a P. Pass grades do not impact GPA, but an F will be calculated into your GPA.

Advising

Registration begins March 31.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to consult with your advisors remotely, whether by email or phone, before making plans for upcoming semesters. You can schedule an appointment with your advisor via CardSmart or contact your academic advising unit directly. Advising appointments are essential to your success as your advisor can assist you with addressing concerns in your classes, planning for your summer experiential learning opportunities, and understanding paths into/through your major and/or minor.

Bursar/Advising Holds

Advising holds for Summer/Fall 2020 have been removed. If you have not yet been advised this semester, you are encouraged to reach out to your advisor to discuss your plans and any challenges to navigating your education that you are currently facing.

The bursar will remove all Spring 2020 bursar holds making it easier for students to register and work through this uncertain time.

Any registration holds will be replaced with a Transcript/Diploma hold. Spring 2020 balances will be reviewed in upcoming months for payments and potential placement of a new registration hold. If you would like more information on setting up a payment plan for your unpaid spring balance, please contact bursar@louisville.edu.

Commencement

The date for spring degree conferral remains May 9, 2020, and students approved to graduate this spring will be awarded the degrees and certificates they have earned at that time.

The Spring Commencement ceremony will be postponed.

We are currently in discussion with Spring graduates regarding a plan for this celebration. We know this is a tremendous disappointment to our graduates and their families. And we share that disappointment as well. Nonetheless we hope you understand the complexities we face now. We will also be thinking of alternative ways to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of students who will be graduating this semester. Professional schools with separate graduation celebrations will be also be exploring creative alternatives such as virtual events.

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Spring 2020 Commencement

Student Success Coordinators

Student Success Coordinators are no longer offering face-to-face services but remain available via email or phone. They can help you navigate the university and any obstacles that come up along the way. Worried about paying a bill? Struggling academically? Dealing with personal issues? If you have problems and aren’t sure where to turn, they'll help you through rough patches and come up with a plan to help you reach your goals. They’ll listen without judgement and offer assistance or refer you to someone best suited to your issue. Email succeed@louisville.edu (include your name, a brief description of the topics you would like to discuss, and your student ID number) and one will reach out to you via email or phone.

Tutoring

REACH tutoring support services are still available for students, but have been moved online for scheduled tutoring, drop-in tutoring, and PAL.

If there are any questions about available services, their office will be open Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm or call (502) 852-6706.

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REACH & COVID-19

Writing Center

The Center is offering online appointments in which you upload a draft and receive an email with written feedback in response. Get more information and schedule an appointment through their website.

Career Services

The career centers at UofL stand ready to assist students as they prepare for full-time work, internships, co-ops, and part-time jobs.

University, Business, Engineering, and Law career centers have numerous online resources, as well as staff available to assist students remotely. Now is a great time to connect with your career center.

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Career Services

Technology & Internet Access

ITS is available to provide students technology assistance through the HelpDesk.

The Campus libraries remain open for use and computer access for all university-affiliated individuals. Upon entrance, you will be asked to show your student ID, so be sure to keep your card on you.

In addition, Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. | More information

Online Textbooks

Those who rely on library course reserves may have difficulty accessing textbooks due to COVID-19 recommendations. For those students, there are now free, remote options that might have what you need.

  • The UofL Bookstore, via RedShelf eBooks, is providing access to up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers. You can search by title and ISBN at the RedShelf website.
  • A company called “VitalSource” has partnered with several Textbook Publishers to provide free access to texts. Just create a profile using your UofL email, download the app for your preferred operating system, click the “explore” option and search for your textbook. You should have the option to “borrow” the text online until May 25th.