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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated January 11, 2021

Academics

Who should I contact with questions about scheduling?

Contact your advisor with any questions about scheduling.

Check the Important Dates for Students calendar for exact dates.

Until when may I change my classes to P/NP or withdraw from them?

In Spring 2021, the college’s deadline for changing courses to P/NP or taking W will again be moved to the last day of class (May 7th, 2021). All other aspects of the P/NP policy (such as the limit of two courses per year and the requirement that courses in majors, minors and concentrations be taken for a grade) will remain unchanged.

How many courses may I take online?

The policy restricting the number of online courses that can be applied toward a Goucher degree continues to be waived through the Spring 2021 semester.

How will my grades affect my academic standing?

No students will be given academic warning, placed on probation, or suspended as a result of Fall 2020 grades, and any student currently on probation will return to good standing. Students whose term or cumulative GPA is under 2.0 will still be strongly encouraged to attend ACE’s success workshops and work with ACE coaches (for more information, contact: ace@goucher.edu). First-year students who receive F’s will be eligible to apply for academic forgiveness at the beginning of the sophomore year (which can convert up to 3 F grades to NP if certain academic standards are met; see the full policy here).

How can I get my academic accommodations for the semester?

If you have a disability that requires accommodations or temporary impairment (conditions include but are not limited to mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), please visit the Accommodations and Services section on the Accessibility Services website to make a request and submit documentation. If you are a returning student and have already established accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS), please ensure that you’ve renewed your accommodations through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). The Coordinator of OAS, Amanda Freeman, is available by appointment to answer questions and discuss any implementation issues you may have. Please address general inquiries to access@goucher.edu.

What will happen to the PE requirement?

After receiving favorable faculty feedback, APC approved the removal of the PE requirement for all students, in favor of new co-curricular activity and wellness programming housed in Student Affairs. Students will no longer see the requirement in DegreeWorks after Friday, December 4th, 2020.

What should I do about my study abroad requirement if I graduate in May or August 2021?

Due to travel constraints, Goucher College is not offering semester-long study abroad programs during AY2020-2021. However, Goucher College is offering a variety of options as alternatives for students to satisfy the study abroad requirement.

  1. For seniors who need to fulfil the study abroad requirement prior to May 2021 graduation, the following options are available in spring 2021:

    • IDS 310 -- “Global Engagement Seminar” (4-credit course) with substantial interdisciplinary theoretical and experiential learning.

    • IDS 305 -- “Practicum of Global Engagement” (1-credit course) with virtual exchange (8 weeks) and participation of two speaker events. Tuition is free for IDS 305.

    • ICAs to selected countries with pre-courses during the Spring 2021 semester and the 3-week experience overseas in the summer (if travel becomes feasible). All approved ICA’s have a Plan B for the portion of the overseas experience, which can be converted into meaningful domestic engagement should travel remain infeasible.

    • Petition for waiver to the study abroad requirement due to unusual circumstances.

  2. Current sophomores and juniors are welcome to take the ICAs offered Spring 2021 and may also take the on-campus IDS 310 and IDS 305 on a space-available basis.
  3. Students majoring in Spanish, French, International Relations, and/or Peace Studies which require a semester study abroad for the completion of their degrees should consult with their academic advisors. The academic centers and the Office of Global Education will coordinate to identify or create meaningful experience to help fulfil this requirement.

For more information, please contact Mark Bladel at mark.bladel@goucher.edu.

How should I complete the RPP LYE if I am a senior?

Students who are scheduled to graduate in May or August 2021 should have received a survey in November 2020 that asked them to choose between completing the Race Power and Perspective Last-Year Experience or waiving it. Students choosing to complete the RPP LYE were asked to rank their preferences among the possible options. Please contact the chair of the Curriculum Committee at curriculum.committee@goucher.edu if you have any questions regarding the RPP LYE.

When will the tech-free days occur in spring 2021?

In response to feedback from faculty and students about the strains of a condensed semester, the Center Directors have decided that the spring semester will now include three tech-free days: Wednesday Mar 3, Tuesday April 6, and Friday April 30.


Testing/Health Issues

What is the testing protocol for residential students?

We ask that all students get a COVID-19 test at home prior to returning to school, and if it is positive, that they delay their move in and isolate at home for 10 days. We will test students again when they arrive on campus, and then again 7-10 days after that. Throughout the semester we will regularly be monitoring residence halls waste water and if we detect SARS-COV2 increasing the waste water of a building we will test the residents of that building. We will also test students anytime they are ill with symptoms of COVID-19.

How often can I be tested for COVID-19?

In addition to the scheduled testing for all students and wastewater testing, on-campus rapid testing will be available to any students who are feeling ill. In some cases, if you are exposed to COVID-19, you may be placed in quarantine without being tested. This is because you can test negative after your exposure and then later still go on to develop COVID-19. Additional screening and asymptomatic testing may be required of athletes.

How frequently will students need to be tested on campus? Are we only requesting testing for students who show symptoms?

We will have a strategic plan for testing that will involve weekly campus-wide wastewater testing to monitor for increased presence of the virus on campus. Based on our population data, contact tracing, and symptoms, we will determine when and how often to test students on campus. Our initial plan calls for testing all students on four occasions, and then testing symptomatic students and contacts of positive cases on an as needed basis.

Will students, staff, or faculty be required to pay for testing?

No.

Are faculty and staff going to be tested before they return to campus?

Our plan calls for faculty/staff who will be physically on campus to be tested. A detailed plan outlining faculty/staff testing will be shared in the coming weeks. Concerns about privacy will be addressed in these plans.

What supplies pertaining to COVID-19 or quarantine should students bring with them? i.e.: number of masks, thermometers, medical supplies?

We will be providing some of the supplies that may be difficult to find (thermometers) but will distribute a list of other items that may be useful. Please plan to bring 3-5 masks to campus. We encourage students to begin trying out various styles of masks now and wearing them for the length of time they anticipate they'd be in class to get a sense of preferred style and fit.

What will the procedures be for students who need to be quarantined?

Goucher College will use the key public health tools known as isolation and quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the campus community. Because there is typically little time to prepare for isolation or quarantine when instructed to do so, Goucher College has developed this planning guide to help students prepare to isolate or quarantine. This guide is for students who live on campus as well as students who live off-campus. For more information, see the Isolation and Quarantine Planning Guide (PDF).

Do we have a backup plan if there is a rise in cases? Which guidelines will we follow if there is another national or statewide call for closure and shelter in place?

We will be seeking input from our state and local health department on what number of cases would constitute what level of restrictive action (up to and including closure of the campus). While we await that input, we are working on developing a system to communicate risk, in real time, that is reflective of the data we are receiving from our wastewater and RT-PCR testing.

How can I best equip myself to support my ongoing mental health once I return to campus?

Recent events have created an excessive load of stress and emotional strain for much of the country with disparate impact on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. While Goucher strives to create a positive living and learning community this spring, things will definitely look and feel different. There are some skills that may help navigate the changes and ongoing stress and strain of the spring semester:

  • Willingness to reach out and seek support from various sources when needed
  • Tolerance for change to the environment
  • Creative problem-solving and flexibility
  • Initiative to maintain social connections
  • Tolerance to spending time alone
  • Adaptive self-care plan that supports emotional and physical wellness

Over the summer, we encourage student to take advantage of the EverFi training module on Mental Well-Being for Students shared with students via email in Spring 2020.

Another timely resources to bolster your emotional wellness is a free course offered by the American Red Cross – Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19

What is the plan to support students’ emotional health and wellbeing?

We understand that emotional health and wellbeing are central to the ongoing academic success of our students. We will continue to leverage our JED Campus framework to ensure emotional wellness needs of our students are addressed and integrated throughout the college experience this spring. To this end, faculty, staff, and student leaders are trained in early warning signs, effective conversations, and access to resources to support students experiencing a strain to their emotional wellness. Creative programming and outreach efforts will continue through various student-facing offices including Student Engagement, Wellness, and the Student Counseling Center. The Student Counseling Center will continue providing mental health services via teletherapy to students. Student Support & Outreach is also available to provide students with the education, tools, and support needed to be successful.


Athletics

The following answers reflect the current plan for Athletics, which is subject to change, based on local and state guidelines and risk levels associated with COVID-19.

Will athletes be required to wear face coverings during practice and matches?

No. Initially athletes will be required to remain physically distant at all times. As restrictions are lifted, contact practices and competitions may resume without face coverings.

How will the college handle visiting teams? Will they be required to be masked?

Visitors will be required to be screened by their own Sports Medicine staffs prior to traveling to Goucher. Upon arrival, masks will be required until visitors begin their warm-ups and competitions.

Will the athletes be required to be tested more frequently?

Student-athletes will be subject to daily temperature checks and symptom tracking prior to participating in any Athletics activities.

Will students who are exercising be required to wear a face covering?

This policy has not been finalized yet. We would ask that all members of our community exercise responsibly, alone, or in socially distant groups.

Will students be able to attend athletic events? If so, what measures will be taken? Will we need to reserve tickets in advance?

We have not determined a policy for spectators at this point.


Student Affairs/Residence Life

Are there rooms available in halls for Spring 2021?

Yes! We still have rooms available for Spring 2021. If you would like to learn more about housing or select a room, please email The Office of Residential Life at residentiallife@goucher.edu.

Will I be able to live by myself?

Yes, all students will be placed in single occupancy rooms for the spring. What are my housing options?

For spring 2021 students can live on or off campus, based on their preferences, comfort level, and class modality. Students who live on-campus will live in either a traditional room, suite, or apartment.

What housing is being used for isolation & quarantine?

Sondheim will be used for quarantine and Froelicher-Alcock will be used for isolation. The Office of Residential Life will work directly with students on room shifts and meals.

What are my meal plan options?

Any student who resides on campus is required to have a campus meal plan. Students can choose 10, 14, or 19 meals per week. Meals will be available for delivery to students who are in quarantine or isolation so that meals are not lost during that time.

Will I be allowed guests to visit me? What if they are students?

Overall, no. Goucher will not be allowing outside visitors on campus this spring. Students should plan to meet visitors or friends off-campus. Throughout the semester this might change based on national and local trends, however, students should not anticipate this. Residential students may visit other residential students in the halls.

What if I want to live with or near my friends?

The Office of Residential Life loves a good puzzle. We recognize that living close to friends is an important part of the college experience and even more so right now as we navigate these challenging times. As long as there is some flexibility on location, the Office of Residential Life can generally accommodate this request... just make sure you email them so they know who you’d like to live near!

Am I allowed to stay on campus if I get COVID?

Students positive for COVID will be moved to an Isolation room on campus for 10 days, where they will be monitored by staff and food will be delivered to them. If the students live nearby and would prefer to isolate at home or off campus, they may do so if they do not pose a risk to those they will be living with (for example, if your parents live nearby and you have your own bathroom and bedroom in their home that you can stay in).

My friends are using COVID Apps at their school, do we have one?

Yes. Right now Goucher is testing out an app called Campus Clear which will be used by all faculty, staff, & students needing to access campus or living on campus. This simple questionnaire will be sent daily and will either give a green “all clear” or follow up with next steps should you be feeling unwell. It will be of great importance for students to use this app so that we can keep campus as healthy as possible and so that the health center and residential life can follow-up directly with students who feel unwell.

Will Housing or Facilities Management staff enter my room at any point? Will I know?

Like in any other year, there might be a time when residential life or FMS will need to enter a room. As much as possible, students will have a heads up and anyone who enters a room will have a face covering. FMS and residential life staff want to stay as safe as possible just like you, so entering a room will only happen when absolutely necessary... or if you put in a work request.

When is the last day to request housing?

We will continue to offer housing until we run out of beds. Just remember that campus will be closed from December 23 – January 4, so if you request housing during that time there will be a delay until campus reopens.

What if I change my mind about wanting to live on campus?

Students can receive a full room refund through the first week of classes and a partial refund the second week. That said, if you arrive to campus and realize it is not the right fit for the semester you still have time to rescind housing for a full refund.


Financial Aid/Registrar

Will tuition and fees differ depending on modality?

Tuition and fee costs will remain the same. Courses delivered remotely will be taught by Goucher’s faculty and will be applied toward your degree. As always, class sizes will be small, allowing for faculty to get to know you and interact with you. The college has incurred significant costs in order to increase our ability to deliver quality instruction remotely.

What happens if I’m scheduled to be a residential student (with a room and board plan) for spring ’21 and the college moves to online?

The costs for room and board (meal plans) for the spring 21 semester will be credited to your student account. If you had your financial aid increased due to being on-campus for the spring, it will revert back to what it was for the fall 20 semester.

If, once all the changes above have been made, your statement shows an overall credit balance, we can either apply it toward spring or you can request a refund. Refunds will be available beginning mid-January.

Yes, if you are approved to stay on campus, you will incur room and board charges.

What if my payment plan monthly amounts included the balance from room and board charges?

You may change your monthly amount with this form.

If you need to recalculate the amount, use the UG Worksheet.

If I was awarded federal work-study (FWS), will I have the opportunity to work?

Jobs for the spring semester will be posted to www.goucher.edu/recruit.

If the college is online, there may be certain student employment positions that will allow for remote work. In these cases, you would work a certain number of hours and be paid for those hours.

Can my FWS allocation be transferred to the spring semester?

Students are generally packaged FWS for the year. If a student was unable to work for the fall semester they can use their fall allotment in the spring semester if the hours are available.

Is health insurance still required?

Yes, all full-time undergraduate students must have health insurance. Goucher College will automatically charge students (who were not here in the fall) for Goucher's health insurance (unless the student waives it). You may waive this coverage and have the charge removed if you have comparable coverage. The waiver deadline is January 29.

What is the difference between a deferral and a leave of absence (LOA)?

Taking a leave of absence is an option for currently enrolled students only and is managed by the Registrar’s Office. Deferring enrollment is an option for new incoming spring students.

How can I defer?

To defer, you must send an email to admissions@goucher.edu . You may defer admission for no more than two consecutive semesters.

During the deferral period, you may take no more than 12 college credits. Students who take more than 12 college credits will be required to reapply as a transfer student.

What happens to my aid if I defer?

Since need-based financial aid is determined and packaged on a yearly basis, you will need to resubmit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based financial aid. The FAFSA for the following year opens on October 1.

If you received a merit scholarship, it will be continued providing so long as you take no more than 12 credits at another institution during their deferral period. Scholarship recipients who complete more than 12 college credits during the deferral period may forfeit the scholarship. ​

What happens to my aid if I take a leave of absence (LOA)?

Institutional aid is limited to eight semesters. The semester(s) when you are on a LOA do not count toward the eight-semester limit. Students receiving need-based aid will need to reapply each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Note, if you have previously borrowed through the student loan programs, you will enter repayment after a six-month grace period. If you do enter repayment, the payment can once again be deferred once you reenroll on at least a half-time basis.


Library

How will the Library operate in the Spring?

The Library will be open to Goucher College students, faculty, and staff. Everyone in the Library is expected to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing, following campus Face Covering & Physical Distancing guidelines.

Will library materials be available?

Library materials will be available to circulate and upon an item's return it will be cleaned or quarantined depending on material type. Study spaces will be available but in limited amounts following the College's social distance protocols. Reserves that cannot be made available electronically will circulate but will have quarantine periods before they are able to circulate again.

Will research help be available?

Research help will be available through chat, text, and email. Appointments must be made for any in-person research consultations through our online request form.

Will Library teaching requests be available?

Librarian teaching requests can be submitted online or via email to library@goucher.edu.

Will printers be available to use?

Printing will be available in the Learning Commons, the 4th floor of the library, and on the 3rd floor of the Athenaeum directly across from the Library.

Will I be able to visit Special Collections and Archives?

Special Collections & Archives will be open by appointment only.

Please refer to our Library FAQ for additional information on accessing library resources now.


Don't see an answer to your question? Ask us by emailing studentsuccess@goucher.edu.