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FAHSS - Student Advising Resources - Spring 2021

Communications from the Dean of FAHSS re: switch to online instruction during COVID-19 crisis

Student Advising Resources for Spring 2021

Advising period starts March 29, and collected here are resources to guide you and students.

  • If you have a student in a unique bind (financially, academically), please reach out to your Chair or the FAHSS Dean's office (,, or Karen_HumphreyJohnson@uml.eduto see if anything can be done. In some instances, we can figure out a solution.
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Spring 2021 Academic Calendar highlights: 

  • No classes: April 19 (Patriot's Day). 
  • Advising Period is March 29-April 12. Per the MSP contract, all full-time faculty are expected to hold at least five office hours per week on three different days during the advising period. Please let your advisees know of your scheduled hours and how to contact you for an appointment.
  • Last week of classes begins April 23: For any course with a final exam during the exam period, no hour-examination (or major paper or project) shall be administered or due during the last five academic days of the semester unless the college dean has allowed an exemption.
  • April 30 is: 
    • Last day of spring semester classes.
    • Last day for students to withdraw from courses with grade of “W” for regular session. All other sessions see Graduate, Online & Professional Studies calendar.  
    • Last day for faculty to file grades for Incompletes and changes of course grades for fall 2020 and winter 2021 courses.


Pass/No-Credit for 20-21AY:  

  • Read through the 20-21 Pass/No-Credit policy carefully as you discuss these options with your advisees.
    • Pass = C- and above
    • No Credit = D and below
    • All “F” grades for undergraduate students for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters automatically will be converted to grades of “NC”.
  • Students can submit academic petitions between May 8-12, 2021. In order to submit an academic petition for P/NC, students should:
  1. Make sure they know what their course grade is 
  2. Talk to an advisor
  3. Fill out an academic petition at
    1. Choose “College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS)”
    2. Fill out the academic petition
    3. Choose “Pass/No Credit” 
    4. Please be sure to include which specific class(es) for which they're requesting P/NC – include prefix, course number, section (e.g. ENGL.1010.203)



1) GPS summer scholarships: Due to pandemic-related pressures, many students have chosen to reduce their number of credit hours this past few semesters with the plan to take these courses in the Summer. GPS is offering summer scholarships to current and incoming students.


2) Scholarships: The priority deadline for '21-'22 scholarships is April 2, and most applications are not long. To apply, students should visit or contact

  • A few scholarships are available after April 2, but most scholarship applications are due April 2. Most award decisions are emailed mid-late summer.


Other Student Support Resources:

  • STARS Report: This report should be submitted if you are concerned for a student’s overall well-being. This report goes directly to a campus-wide team coordinated by Student Affairs. In order to promote the safety and health of students, STARS addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues. Please submit a STARS referral for any such concerns. If you believe a student poses a danger to themselves or others, contact campus police immediately. 
  • Academic Services Referral Form: New this year, any faculty member may refer a student to Academic Services for tutoring, success coaching, or a professional advisor.  When a faculty member submits this form, our Academic Services team reaches out to help connect the student to necessary supports. This form is embedded in Blackboard for easy access under the resources section. (Please note that this form should be used for non-Starfish designated courses.)  
  • Disability Services: Students who have a documented disability and would like to register for academic accommodations should register with Disability Services.
  • Counseling Services: Students may schedule free Mental Health tele-therapy by calling 978-934-6800 or emailing  A crisis counselor can be reached 24/7 at 855-890-2879.
  • Tutoring Services: The Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services provides tutoring in a wide array of services. Please refer students to tutoring services as needed.
    • Writing Center: Writing Center tutors work with students on all stages of the writing process from brainstorming and planning to drafting, revising, and editing.
  • Peer AdvisorsFaculty can refer their students to peer advisors for questions about "schedule builder," finding core requirements such AH, SS, etc. Students can ask peer advisors questions Sunday-Friday.
  • Undergrad Academic Policies (grade appeals, academic integrity, credit hours, etc.).




UML Coronavirus Updates

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