A message to students from New College Associate Provost Suzanne Sherman, Ph.D.:
It is a very difficult time, but we hope you are finding some measure of solace and accomplishment by continuing to engage with your courses online this semester. We know that you want to succeed and we (the faculty, Student Success and Advocacy, the Writing Resource Center, the Quantitative Resource Center, the Counseling and Wellness Center, and my office) will do whatever we can to help you do that. For making academic progress, and for keeping your financial aid, a satisfactory contract this semester is an important goal.
We know that not everyone has ideal circumstances for reaching this goal, however. Because of these extraordinary circumstances, the New College faculty voted that no student will be dismissed for reasons related to academic progress in the Spring 2020 semester.
Please be aware that, although no students will be dismissed, students may still face financial aid consequences due to lack of full-time participation in coursework (participation in three units or three full-term courses); an unsatisfactory or incomplete contract; or dropping below a 50 percent ratio of satisfactory units/units attempted for first-year students, or a 67 percent ratio of satisfactory units/units attempted for second-year students and beyond.
Spring 2020 adjustments to academic policy and practice:
No students will be dismissed from New College for reasons related to academic progress in the Spring 2020 semester. Any student with an unsatisfactory contract at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, who would normally be subject to dismissal with an option to appeal due to two or more unsatisfactory contracts, will instead be placed on (or continued on) academic probation and provided an additional semester to demonstrate acceptable progress.
Any student on academic probation during the Spring 2020 semester, who would have normally been subject to dismissal with an option to appeal due to not demonstrating acceptable progress, will instead be continued on academic probation and provided an additional semester to demonstrate acceptable progress.
Any student with a Spring 2020 contract that is their first unsatisfactory contract will be placed on academic probation in accordance with normal practice. These students will not, however, be dismissed in the case of a subsequent, second unsatisfactory contract. Instead, these students will be provided an additional semester to demonstrate acceptable progress.