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Exceptions to Graduate School Policies in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Exceptions and Other Adjustments to Graduate Council Academic Policies and Graduate School Administrative Policies In Response to COVID–19 Outbreak

Version 9 (Revised November 13, 2020)

Guidance for Students Enrolled in Spring 2021

Guidance for Students Enrolled in Fall 2020

Guidance for Students Enrolled in Spring 2020

Expired Guidance

 

Policy Provision Exceptions or Added Flexibility Offerings

The first column lists the policy that has an exception. The second column contains the name of the relevant section within the policy for which the exception applies. The third column contains the description of the exception or added flexibility offered.

Policy Relevant Policy Provision(s) Exceptions or Allowances
GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students Graduate Council requirement for TOEFL At home testing now accepted.  See details at "Demonstration of English Proficiency for International Students
GCAC-401 Grading System Deferred grade policy for graduate students Extend Deferred Grade Deadline upon request
GCAC-514 Continuity of Registration and Resume Study Resume Study after discontinuation Resume Study processes will be streamlined
GCAC-515 Registration Requirements When Course Work Has Been Completed Continuous enrollment requirement for PhD students Execute Leave of Absence for impacted students
GCAC-516 Registration for Work Done Away from Campus Students must complete registration Offer support for remote registration when needed
GCAC-606 Comprehensive Examination - Research Doctorate Includes a requirement for the student and minimum faculty members to be physically present Programs may allow remote participation as needed; report required. Details can be found in Revised Guidance for Exceptions to In-Person Participation Requirements for Graduate Benchmark Examinations.
GCAC-608 Final Oral Examination - Research Doctorate Includes a requirement for the student and minimum faculty members to be physically present Programs may allow remote participation as needed; report required. Details can be found in Revised Guidance for Exceptions to In-Person Participation Requirements for Graduate Benchmark Examinations.
GCAC-608 Final Oral Examination - Research Doctorate Requirement for Final Performance Program may restructure assessment to allow remote participation as needed; report required. Details can be found in Revised Guidance for Exceptions to In-Person Participation Requirements for Graduate Benchmark Examinations.
GCAC-401 Grading System Quality grades and Pass-Fail (P/F) grading Details can be found in Optional Alternative Grading for Graduate Students in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Time limits for benchmark examinations and time to degree Details can be found in Extensions to Graduate Council Time Limits Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Column one has name of the Graduate School requirement. Second column contains the standard for which an exception has been granted. Third column contains the proposed solution to handle the exception.

Graduate School Process Requirements

Other Requirements Standard Proposed Solution
Thesis and Dissertation Submission Deadline Extended to April 6 Additional extensions may be available; contact gradthesis@psu.edu; see FAQs
Submission of official transcripts Deadline for submission to matriculate Graduate Education Services (GES) is already flexible in submission deadlines
Student who dropped 1 credit when study abroad was canceled Need 1 credit to graduate this semester Program should establish 1 credit Special Topic or Independent Study course, as appropriate
Students on assistantships who dropped 1credit a when study abroad was canceled Need 1 credit to maintain eligibility Program should establish 1 credit Special Topic or Independent Study course, as appropriate

Questions about the process should be addressed to Graduate Enrollment Services (814-865-1795 or gswww@psu.edu)

Questions about the policy provisions should be addressed to Michael Verderame (814-865-2516 or mxv8@psu.edu)

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