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Provost sends student academic updates for spring 2020

The following message was sent April 17 to all UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire – Barron County students from Provost Patricia A. Kleine:

Dear Students:

I know since you have come back to your virtual classrooms you have probably gotten more emails than ever. It can be overwhelming! But please take a minute to read this one because I have important information about grading and course withdrawals for the spring semester 2020.

I hope your second week of remote courses is going well. I am confident, in addition to learning course content, you are discovering your ability to meet new challenges and solve problems in this difficult situation. I can empathize with you as I, too, have had to embrace technology in many circumstances and have found myself needing online tutorials to continue my work.

Although I know you are doing your best to adapt to this disrupted semester, I appreciate that some of you may have concerns about your academic performance. You were more comfortable (and confident) in a face-to-face classroom or laboratory. With that in mind, I share the following information:

  • To further accommodate decision making for you, the withdrawal deadline for full-semester spring 2020 courses has been extended until Friday, May 15. (Withdrawal deadlines for half-semester short courses vary. Check CampS for specific dates.) If you wish to withdraw from a class, contact your academic advisor in the Advising, Retention and Career Center (ARCC) at UW-Eau Claire or the Solution Center at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County by Tuesday, May 12. Remember it may take a few days for your advisor to process your request, so please allow ample time to talk with him/her/them.
  • The Academic Policy Committee (APC) of the University Senate has forwarded its approved satisfactory/unsatisfactory policy for spring semester 2020 to the University Senate Executive Committee. The committee, acting on behalf of the full University Senate, is expected to vote on the policy from APC within the next week and a half. When the policy is released, please read it very carefully and discuss your options with your advisors.
  • Be sure you are communicating with your instructors and your advisors on a regular basis. They cannot help you if they do not know what you need. There are many resources available to assist you. Please see the attached guide which will be posted weekly on your main Canvas page.
  • Remember you have card swipe access to VLL 1132 for computer and printing resources and to the McIntyre Library lobby for a quiet study location and WiFi.  Social distancing is prescribed for both locations.
  • Registration for fall semester 2020 classes is in process. You can find your appointment time and build your shopping cart in CampS. Registration provides another opportunity to connect with your academic advisor. Be sure to reach out to your faculty advisor, too, if you have questions about electives, internships, research, graduate school or career paths. You can find your academic and faculty advisors’ contact information in CampS.
  • All summer session 2020 courses will be offered online. If you are currently enrolled in a face-to-face summer class, your registration will be transferred to the online section. Watch for an email in the next few weeks confirming the change. Seats remain available in a variety of summer courses.

All this information is important to consider. But, even more important is making sure you stay healthy and safe. I know, as Blugolds, we will finish the semester stronger. I look forward to having you back on our campuses. And, to the graduating seniors, I offer congratulations and best wishes for all you aspire to achieve! 

Warmest regards.

Patricia A. Kleine
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire