Keep Learning Spring 2020

Academics

Bookstore and course materials

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of the UAlbany community, the campus bookstore is closed until further notice. However, the online book store is open and purchases can be shipped to your address for free.    

Bookstore staff are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 518-442-5690 or bookstore@albany.edu.

Textbook rental returns: Visit the bookstore online to start your rental return and obtain a prepaid shipping label. Contact the store via phone or email with any questions on this process. 

Textbook Buy Back: The bookstore has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange to offer the best prices for used books via mail using a pre-paid shipping label. Visit the bookstore online for step-by-step instructions. Contact the store via phone or email with any questions on this process.

Free eTextbooks: Barnes & Noble has teamed up with publishers to make eTextbooks free for students impacted by COVID-19 campus closures.Learn more about the eTextbooks initiative online and via B&N's press release.

Find more information on the University Auxiliary Services website and the University Bookstore website.

Dropping classes

For all students (undergraduate and graduate) the date to drop a semester length course (“W” assigned) will be extended to May 1, 2020.  

We encourage all students to speak with their advisor before dropping a course to review potential academic and financial aid impacts.  

If you choose to withdraw from classes before the end of the semester, contact the Office of Financial Aid before doing so, as there may be significant implications to your current and future aid if you decide to withdraw from classes at this point. 

If you continue with your current course load, financial aid will not be affected by the move to remote learning. 

Dropping coursework may impact your graduate assistantship eligibility. You must maintain fulltime enrollment to continue your graduate assistantship. A graduate student who is currently on an assistantship might become ineligible to maintain funding if they drop below full-time status, which is defined as being enrolled 9 credits or 1-credit of 899.

Contact For Undergrads
Academic Support Center
518-442-3960
advisor@albany.edu 

EOP/OAAE

EOP/OAAE students requesting to take courses S/U will be advised on this by their EOP/OAAE Counselors/Advisors directly.

EOP/OAAE students considering late course withdrawals should be in communication with their respective EOP Counselor/Advisor before dropping any course, as financial ramifications will need to be explored before the course withdrawal takes place.  

EOP/OAAE students needing tutoring for courses should let their respective EOP/OAAE Counselor/Advisor know as tutoring will continue to be offered via zoom.  

All EOP Lecturers will provide, or have provided, amended remote learning course syllabi that all students registered in EOP taught courses should have received by now. If you have not received this, please reach out to your EOP Instructor ASAP to let them know.

The EOP Director, EOP Counselor/Advisor, Tutorial Graduate Assistants and EOP Instructor Teaching Assistants are also available should support or assistance be needed in any way. 

Contact
EOP Director and OASS Co-Deputy Director Maritza Martinez
518-442-5180
mmartinez@albany.edu  

Final Exams Spring 2020

Please review these tips for taking tests on Blackboard. All the best for your finals!

Honors College

Please contact Dean Hui-Ching Chang at hchang3@albany.edu or honors@albany.edu with any questions related to the Honors College.

Illness and my academics

You should always check with your instructor first. Let them know you are having trouble or questions with your class. If you can’t get ahold of your instructor or want to talk to someone else, you should connect with your advisor, program director or the department chair.

Contact
Academic Support Center
518-442-3960
advisor@albany.edu 

Incompletes

You should always check with your instructor first. Let them know you are having trouble or questions with your class. If you can’t get ahold of your instructor or want to talk to someone else, you should connect with your advisor, program director or the department chair.

Please also review the Incomplete policy for undergraduate students.


Contact
Academic Support Center
518-442-3960
advisor@albany.edu  

Living-Learning Communities

For information about your First Year Experience as a freshmen student, please visit our Student Engagement website.

Please email specific questions about the Living-Learning Communities, or Student Engagement in general, to studentengagement@albany.edu.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option for Undergrads

Guidelines for S/U option:

  • Students were permitted to choose the S/U grading option for any undergraduate semester length or 8-week-2 Spring 2020 semester course, including upper division courses.
     

  • Regular limits on the number of courses and the total credit hours taken for S/U grades will be suspended for the Spring 2020 semester only.
     

  • Some courses may NOT be available for S/U opting if they are essential for accreditation, certification or graduation. Advisors and your faculty will identify if you have selected one of these courses.
     

  • Students had until May 1, 2020 to select the S/U grade option for any undergraduate semester length and 8-week-2 course or return to A-E grading.
     

Please read the full communication from the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education before making your decision regarding the S/U grading option for the Spring 2020 semester and contact your advisor to discuss if this option is right for you.

Also familiarize yourself with the current undergraduate S/U policy for future semesters


Contact
Academic Support Center
518-442-3960
advisor@albany.edu  

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option for Graduate Students

If you have questions about S/U grading for graduate students, please review the guidelines for graduate student S/U grading option. The deadline was May 1, 2020.

Transfer Credits

If you earned transfer credit from a previous institution before being admitted to UAlbany, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at ugadmissions@albany.edu.  

If you earned transfer credit from another institution after being admitted to UAlbany, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@albany.edu

If you want to use transfer credits to satisfy UAlbany general education requirements, please contact Transfer Coordinator Darlene Poirier at dpoirier@albany.edu.

Contact
Undergraduate Education
518-442-3950
UGEducation@albany.edu

Transfer Students

For information about your First Year Experience as a new transfer student, please visit our Transfer Engagement website.

Please email specific questions about being a transfer student to either studentengagement@albany.edu or Transfer Coordinator Darlene Poirier at dpoirier@albany.edu.

Tutoring and review sessions

Tutoring and review services are still available, although all services (including tutor match and STAR-NY) will be offered online.

Please see the A Plus Tutoring and Academic Support website for details. They are working to go online with Tutor Matching Services. To make an appointment, visit the IBASS and Bio-Dome website or email the Biology department at biology@albany.edu.

CARSS is transferring all tutoring to an online format. They will retain the study groups and they are working on providing web links to all tutees in order to connect them with their tutors. For more information, visit the CARSS website or call 518-437-4442.   


Contact

APlus University Tutoring Coordinator Amanda Parker: 518 437-3977 | aplus@albany.edu  

CARSS Coordinator Gail Butler Kuhlkin: 518-437-4442 | gbutler@albany.edu  

iBASS: 518-442-4300 | biology@albany.edu

Withdrawal, readmission, and academic probation

The Vice Provost is eager to facilitate help for all students who wish to explore academic issues and concerns. Students may contact the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Contact
Undergraduate Education
518-442-3950
UGEducation@albany.edu 

Classes

Internships

If you are currently in an off-campus internship, please stay in contact with your internship coordinator throughout the semester and before making any decisions. There are several possible scenarios:  

  • Continue in the placement if the site is open and receptive to our students. (This is becoming increasingly unlikely as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 increase, so start considering other options.) 
     

  • Ask your internship supervisor if remote work is possible and identify projects or activities that fulfill internship requirements.   
     

  • If the placement site closes and does not provide opportunity for remote work, students should work with their faculty to identify alternative options. Faculty are encouraged to be flexible in determining how students meet internship course requirements.
     

NOTE: Great Dane Community Service Interns and EEPL 390 Interns – please contact Dr. Martha Asselin, Director for Center for Leadership and Service, directly at masselin@albany.edu or 518-956-4039 
 

Contact
518 442-3960
advisor@albany.edu

Issues with classes or professors

You should always check with your instructor first. Let them know you are having trouble or questions with your class. If you can’t get ahold of your instructor or want to talk to someone else, you should connect with your advisor, program director or the department chair.

Contact
Academic Support Center
518-442-3960
advisor@albany.edu  

Graduate Students

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

If you have questions about S/U grading for graduate students, please review the guidelines for graduate student S/U grading option. The deadline was May 1, 2020.

Contact
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Colleen Davis, Graduate School
cdavis@albany.edu  

Dropping Semester Length Course (W assigned)

For all students (undergraduate and graduate) the date to drop a semester length course (“W” assigned) will be extended to May 1, 2020.


We encourage all students to speak with their advisor before dropping a course to review potential academic and financial aid impacts.


If you choose to withdraw from classes before the end of the semester, contact the Office of Financial Aid before doing so, as there may be significant implications to your current and future aid if you decide to withdraw from classes at this point.
If you continue with your current course load, financial aid will not be affected by the move to remote learning.


Dropping coursework may impact your graduate assistantship eligibility. You must maintain fulltime enrollment to continue your graduate assistantship. A graduate student who is currently on an assistantship might become ineligible to maintain funding if they drop below full-time status, which is defined as being enrolled 9 credits or 1-credit of 899.

 

International

International students

Please contact International Student and Scholar Services in the Center for International Education and Global Studies. The staff there will assist you with your specific concerns by identifying options and solutions. 

In response to the guidance from the Governor and the University, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy is providing all services remotely. All advisement, visa and other services will continue to be available during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Contact

General questions: 518-591-8172 | international@albany.edu 

International Student and Scholar Services: isss@albany.edu  

Education Abroad: studyabroad@albany.edu

Study abroad

If you are currently studying abroad, please contact the University’s Center for International Education directly with all questions regarding current or future Study Abroad plans. For returning Study Abroad students, please contact the Academic Support Center to discuss available options for academic continuity this semester.

Contact

General questions: 518-591-8172 | international@albany.edu 

International Student and Scholar Services: isss@albany.edu  

Education Abroad: studyabroad@albany.edu

Graduation

Awarding degrees

You must complete a degree application on MyUAlbany. 

The University intends to award degrees on schedule for Spring 2020. Degrees will be awarded after final grades are received and student degree requirements are reviewed. Degrees earned will be noted on students’ transcripts and diplomas will be mailed directly to students once degrees are conferred. 

Contact

Undergraduate Education: 518-442-3950 | UGEducation@albany.edu

Registrar: 518-442-5540 | registrar@albany.edu

Commencement

We have made the very difficult but necessary decision to postpone our May 2020 Commencement ceremonies.

When it is safe to do so, we look forward to honoring you at a traditional on-campus Commencement ceremony, where we will read names, distribute programs, and give students the individual recognition they deserve. Until then, please join us on May 16 at 7:00 p.m. for the OneUAlbany Graduation Celebration

Please know that this change will not affect the awarding of your degree. As usual, students who complete their degree requirements in time for spring 2020 conferral will receive their diplomas by mail.

For more details, please visit the Commencement page on our COVID-19 website.


Contact
Dean of Students
518 442-5501
dos@albany.edu

Transfer credits

If you earned transfer credit from a previous institution before being admitted to UAlbany, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at ugadmissions@albany.edu.  

If you earned transfer credit from another institution after being admitted to UAlbany, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@albany.edu

If you want to use transfer credits to satisfy UAlbany general education requirements, please contact Transfer Coordinator Darlene Poirier at dpoirier@albany.edu.

Contact
Undergraduate Education
518-442-3950
UGEducation@albany.edu 

Technology

Internet access

Internet Providers

HighSpeedInternet.com

Community vs. COVID-19

Spectrum (currently offering free WIFI for 60 days)

EveryoneOn

Altice

Optimum

 

Hotspot locations and maps

LinkNYC

NYCGo

Optimum Hotspots

 

Toll-free phone numbers

Charter Spectrum service: 844-488-8395

Optimum Accounts: 866-200-9522

Technology and accessibility

If you do not have access to WIFI, a laptop, a keyboard or a mouse, or these devices aren’t compliant for your coursework or other resources like Zoom or Blackboard, we have an advisor dedicated to helping you find resources.

If your instructor is holding lectures remotely during your regularly scheduled class periods and you either can’t access the lectures with WIFI or can’t meet during the same time remotely, you can also email your instructor and request that they record and upload the lecture to Blackboard so that you can still access the information.  

If you have accommodations through the Disability Resource Center and are not sure how they can be implemented remotely, please contact the DRC at 518-442-5490, 518-442-5501 or drc@albany.edu.

Please note also that Spectrum is currently offering free WIFI for 60 days.

Kurzweil 3000 is offering a free subscription for all. Normally, the free trial is only for 30 days, but the company has extended all free trials indefinitely, so your access will continue through the summer. 

Kuzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech software that also includes OCR capabilities, so you can upload textbooks and articles that you already have but normally cannot be read. You can adjust the speed of reading and the voice settings, and access your library everywhere through the web. It also comes with a browser extension to read website text to you. As part of this free offering, Kurzweil 3000 comes with an extensive communal library already uploaded for you.

If you do decide to take advantage of this free subscription, please let us know through at quick message to drc@albany.edu. Tell us if you like it, if you don't like it, if you like it but need certain accommodations, or whatever!

Contact

Dean of Students: dos@albany.edu 

Disability Resource Center: 518-442-5490 | 518-442-5501 | drc@albany.edu