Student Resources

New Academic Policies for Spring 2020 Approved by Faculty

The Roanoke faculty have approved the following changes to academic policies in response to the challenges of attempting academic work under current conditions.

Please read the changes carefully and consult with your regular academic advisor before deciding whether you want to take advantage of any of these temporary policies. Some FAQs at the end of this document may help you start thinking through your choices.

1. No student will be suspended for grade point average reasons at the end of Spring 2020. Students who would normally be suspended will be placed on warning instead. Other students may be placed on warning if their cumulative grade point averages fall below the required minimum.

2. The deadline to drop a course or drop all courses and withdraw from the College is extended to 4:00 pm (ET) on Monday, April 20, 2020. Transcripts will show a notation of “W” (withdrawn) for such courses. Students who wish to withdraw from any course can do so by emailing registrar@roanoke.edu from their official Roanoke College email. The “W” notation has no effect on your gpa. Please read the FAQs and consult your advisor before dropping courses.

3. Pass/Fail for any number of courses. Please read the FAQs and consult your advisor before choosing this option. IT is testing a new app that will allow students to designate any courses they wish to be graded Pass/Fail. When it is ready (in early April), we will send you a link.  Until you get that email, think things through and talk with your advisor. You will have plenty of time to make your designation in April.

4. Courses completed Pass/Fail in Spring 2020 may count towards completion of any major, minor, concentration, general education, or honors requirement. Normally most Pass/Fail courses cannot be used towards these requirements.

5. Students completing Honors in Major or Honors Program Distinction Projects may be graded on a Pass/Fail basis if they request it.  If the student elects to remain on an A-F grade scale, the minimum grades of A- for Honors in Major and B for Distinction Projects must still be met. For students electing Pass/Fail, if the project committee does not feel that the student’s work on an Honors in Major project merits that notation, the committee may notify the student and the Registrar. The student’s project will be re-registered under the equivalent Independent Study number for a Pass/Fail grade. Students should talk with their project supervisor about expectations and whether Pass/Fail makes sense.

6. Any courses taken Pass/Fail in Spring 2020 will be added to the total Pass/Fail you are allowed. Graduation requires a minimum of 33 academic units (as well as the HHP requirement). Normally at least 30 of these must be graded A-F. The others may be Pass/Fail. If you use Pass/Fail this term, you may graduate with fewer than 30 units graded A-F. Confused? Just let your advisor and the Registrar watch this one for you. Note that the number of units needed to graduate is NOT changing. This only affects how many may be Pass/Fail.

7. The College will not generate the Dean’s List or President’s List for Spring 2020

8. A special option has been established to help seniors complete the IL requirement. Any student who has at least 20 units completed on April 1, 2020 and who graduates from the College no later than May 2021 may satisfy the IL requirement with any full unit of Internship or Independent study already completed or completed by May 2021. Students who qualify for this option will receive an email no later than April 3. Note that students who qualify for the option may still take an IL course if they prefer. This exception does NOT reduce the total number of units needed to graduate from the College.

9. All students currently registered for May Term 2020 will receive an email no later than April 3 noting whether or not their course will be offered online and providing information on other options.

10. Remember that summer school courses can be taken online if you wish to pursue this option. You register for summer school classes just as you register for fall classes. 

Remote Learning

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Health & Counseling

I am having difficulty handling this new situation. Can I still access Student Health and Counseling Services for support?
Roanoke now offers Telemedicine/Telehealth Services. These services include medical and counseling visits through the end of the semester and May Term. Before now, we were only able to offer these services to students located in Virginia at the time of the service, due to licensing regulations and limitations.

We are happy to report many states are now temporarily allowing our counseling providers to practice across state lines. If you would like counseling support, please contact our office to find out about your specific situation.

Please note, this does not include all states and the list is changing often, and there are varying restrictions by state. Students may call 540-375-2286 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment or consult with a staff member regarding what support is available to them. Student Health and Counseling Services is here for all of our students regardless of where they are currently located.

I already have a doctor and counselor here at home and I live outside of Virginia.
If you are already connected to medical and mental health providers in your locality we recommend you receive services there. We are available to assist students with this transition as needed. Students may call 540-375-2286 for assistance.

What if I’m experiencing a mental health crisis requiring immediate assistance?
If this occurs, we recommend you immediately call 911 or go to your nearest urgent care facility or emergency room.

Is the Care Team still operational?
Yes. Care Team is fully operational although adjusting to providing distance follow-up through tele-counseling and via digital avenues as cases require. Dean Amy Perkins has assumed the role of chair of Care Team during this time and Wes Brusseau is now the vice chair.

Accessible Education Services

If you are currently receiving accommodations, or have been eligible for accommodations in the past and would like to continue using your accommodations, please be sure you have informed your professors of your accommodation needs.  If you have not been by the CLT lately to pick up your accommodations, or if you are unsure of your accommodation status, please be sure and reach out to Laura Leonard or aes@roanoke.edu as soon as possible

Academic Coaching

Beginning Monday, March 23, students can meet with an academic coach online using the same scheduling page used for on-campus appointments here.

  • Students requesting academic coaching should have a computer or tablet (phone screens are too small) that is connected to the internet and has camera and microphone capabilities.
  • Upon scheduling an appointment, students will receive an email that includes instructions about how and when to log in for the appointment.
  • The online meeting platform will include video screens for Academic Coaches and students to talk, as well as a “whiteboard,” where participants can exchange ideas.
  • Appointments must be scheduled at least 4 hours in advance.
  • Students can speak to any Academic Coach regarding time management, motivation, organization, and basic study skills.  They can also review academic coaches’ bios to find a coach with a similar major if they have study skills questions that relate to a particular subject or major.
  • Academic Coach schedules are still being added.

If you do not have access to the required technology for online academic coaching, please send requests to Ms. Shannon McNeal. Every effort will be made to connect your question(s) to a tutor.

Subject Tutoring

Beginning Thursday, March 19 students seeking Subject Tutoring can meet with tutors for online tutoring using the same scheduling page used for on-campus appointments (click here to get started).

  • Students requesting tutoring should have a computer or tablet (phone screens are too small) that is connected to the internet and has camera and microphone capabilities.
  • Upon scheduling an appointment, students will receive an email that includes instructions about how and when to login for the appointment.
  • The online tutoring platform will include video screens for tutors and tutees to talk, as well as a “whiteboard,” where participants can discuss the concepts at hand.
  • Subject Tutoring appointments must be scheduled at least 3 hours in advance.
  • Tutors’ schedules are still being added. If you don’t see a tutor or subject that you’re looking for, please check back soon! You may also direct questions to subject_tutoring@roanoke.edu.

If you do not have access to the required technology for online tutoring, please send requests for academic support to subject_tutoring@roanoke.edu. Every effort will be made to connect your question(s) to a tutor.

Writing Center

Beginning Friday, March 20, students can begin scheduling appointments for online Writing Center consultations, which will begin on Sunday, March 22nd. Click here to see the schedule.

  • Students requesting tutoring should have a computer or tablet (phone screens are too small) that is connected to the internet and has camera and microphone capabilities.
  • Upon scheduling an appointment, students will receive an email that includes instructions about how and when to login for the appointment.
  • The online tutoring platform will include video screens for tutors and tutees to talk, as well as a “whiteboard,” where participants can discuss the concepts at hand.
  • Writing Center tutors will be available between 10-12 noon2-4 pm, and 7-9 pm Monday-Thursday, as well as Sunday afternoon and evening.
  • Tutors’ schedules are still being added. If you don’t see a tutor or subject that you’re looking for, please check back soon! You may also direct questions to writingcenter@roanoke.edu.

If you do not have access to the required technology for online tutoring, please send requests for academic support to writingcenter@roanoke.edu. Every effort will be made to connect your question(s) to a tutor.

Outdoor Resources

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