Updates, Resources and Information for Students

April 3, 2020 | Pass/No-Pass Update

Undergraduate Students
On Monday a message was sent outlining the process for declaring intent to take spring 2020 classes as “PA/NP.” The initial message is included below for your reference. You may now begin this process. To declare your intent to take one or more classes “PA/NP,” please complete this online form. You will be able to log-in using your OSU credentials, and most fields will auto populate based on your current enrollment. All of your classes that are eligible to be taken “PA/NP” will be visible. As a reminder, ALL Glenn courses may be taken “PA/NP.” Classes from other departments are subject to the policies of their respective colleges. For additional information and FAQs, please visit the OAA grading policies webpage.

Please continue to talk to your advisors about whether the “PA/NP” option is best for you and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Message from March 30
On Friday you were notified of the Glenn College’s decision to allow the “Pass/No-Pass” option for all undergraduate students. Some of you have already been reaching out to your advisors about this, which is great. I now want to provide an update about the process for declaring your intent to take a class “PA/NP.”

The Office of Student Academic Success is designing an online form for undergraduate students. This form will allow you to select the courses from your record that you would like to change to “Pass/No-Pass.” You may elect to take any and all of your classes “PA/NP.” This form will be similar to the online “Grade Forgiveness Request Form,” for those of you familiar with that. Once you complete the form, your selections will be routed to the Glenn College for review and the registrar for processing. You will be notified once the grade changing scheme has been adjusted. If you elect to continue to take all of your classes for an A-E grade, no action is needed on your part.

This form will be available sometime this week and can be completed until April 17. We will send it out to you as soon as it is activated. In the meantime, feel free to consult with your advisor if you have questions about whether or not the “PA/NP” option is best for you. As a reminder “PA/NP” grades will not impact your GPA in any way, and you would still earn credit for the class if you earn a “PA.” Additional information and FAQs can be found on the OAA grading policies webpage.

March 27, 2020 | Option to take courses Pass / No Pass now available

Master’s Students
The coronavirus pandemic has become a once-in-a-lifetime disruption to society and to our lives.

To help ease the uncertainty and stress in the academic parts of your lives, the Glenn College has voted to allow our masters students to choose a Pass / No Pass (P/NP) “grade” instead of the traditional letter grade for some or all of your current classes (now graded A-E). This is meant to reduce your anxiety about the risk that your grade might not be as good as you would like. As of now, this option only applies to the current semester, Spring 2020. Again, this is only an option and you could, of course, decide to stick with the traditional letter grade system.

You have until April 17th to decide whether you want to choose to replace the traditional A-E course grade system and use a P/NP grade. You would still get feedback as a letter grade in Carmen, and if that letter grade is anywhere between an A or C-, you would pass the course and it would show up as a “P” on your transcript. Your transcript would note this special P/NP grading scheme was awarded during the “pandemic” semester. Most universities around the country are also moving towards this system so it won’t be anything unusual. This P/NP grade would not count against your GPA and you would still earn credit for the class if you earned a pass.

Please note one detail. Under the A-E letter grade system, you are also allowed to earn a C- to D and still gain credit for the course. It would be included in your total GPA, which should not fall below a 3.0. Under the P/NP system, if you earned less than a C-, however, you would not earn credit for the course.

If you would like to change any/all of your spring semester classes from A-E grades to Pass/No Pass grades, please email your academic advisor on or before the April 17th deadline and include which class(es) for which you would like to make this change. Please note that once Pass/No Pass is selected as a grading option, it cannot be changed back to A-E.

If you have any additional questions, please email your academic advisor: Sammie Ellwood (ellwood.13@osu.edu), Meagen Rinard (rinard.9@osu.edu), Mindy Niehaus (niehaus.8@osu.edu), Kate Hallihan (hallihan.3@osu.edu) or Professor David Landsbergen (Landsbergen.1@osu.edu) .

We will provide updates and additional clarifications as they become available or necessary.

Undergrauate Students
You likely have heard that the University Senate voted to allow students to elect to take general education and elective courses as “pass/no-pass.” The Glenn College faculty voted to extend the “pass/no-pass” option to ALL Glenn College undergraduate courses.

Key points:
  • Undergraduate students will have the option to take any Public Affairs class as pass/no-pass. A “passing” grade is defined as equivalent to a “D” or better.
    • In accordance with University policy, students must declare their intent to change the grading basis to pass/no-pass by Friday, April 17. Once the pass/no-pass option has been invoked, it cannot be undone.
    • Pass/no-pass grades do not factor into your GPA calculation, but can be used to complete major, minor, and specialization track requirements
  • Students may choose to not opt-in to the pass/no-pass structure and complete their classes on an A-E scale. These students do not need to take any action.
  • Additional information about these policies can be found at the Office of Academic Affairs grading policy changes website.
We encourage you to consult with your academic advisor about choosing the pass/no-pass option as they can discuss with you the implications of this choice for your future plans. Information about the process for declaring the pass/no-pass option will be made available soon.

If you have any questions, please email Chris Adams at adams.615@osu.edu.

March 19, 2020 | Important University Resources

Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS)
CCS is suspending in-person counseling sessions and workshops but will be providing their offerings virtually. Drop-In Workshops will be recorded so you can access them at any time. If you are in distress, please know we are here to help. Students may contact CCS at any time by calling 614-292-5766. If calling after hours, press 2 to be connected to a counselor. Resources:
Mental Health Tips During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Emotional Fitness Blog
Taking Care During COVID-19 - Video
Student Resources - CCS Website

For students who do not have a permanent or safe residence to return to as the residence halls are closed, we have an exception form available to be filled out. Exceptions will be evaluated and granted on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions could be made for financial situations, unstable housing, health issues and more. You can access the exception form on the housing portal.

Student Health Services (SHS)
SHS will retain normal hours of operation, Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms (new cough, fever and have traveled internationally, New York, Washington (state), California or have been on a cruise within the last 14 days or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection) call the main SLSHS phone line, 614-292-4321.
Resources: Stay Health Buckeyes - SHS Website

Student Advocacy Center/Student Emergency Fund
The Student Advocacy Center staff members are continuing to serve students during normal business hours and are accepting online appointments.

The Student Emergency Fund is available to students who may otherwise be at risk of dropping out of college due to an unexpected financial emergency. If you, or a student you know, are experiencing an unplanned expense, the Student Emergency Fund may be an option. Their office is accepting applications and may be able to award up to $1,000 to eligible students. Learn more and apply.

Student Wellness Center (SWC)
With the closure of the RPAC, the Student Wellness Center will be moving to a virtual format for many of their programs and services. The following appointment types will be available via CarmenZoom:
  • Diversion
  • Financial Coaching
  • Nutrition Coaching
  • Student Civility
  • Wellness Coaching

The Buckeye Food Alliance will operate from the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (30 W Woodruff Ave Columbus, OH, 43210) on Mondays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Thursday’s 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. If these hours do not accommodate your schedule, please email fowler.318@osu.edu.

The Peer Access Line will continue operating during normal hours when classes are in session, Monday-Friday 8 p.m. - midnight. Please call 614-514-3333 during these hours to speak to a PAL.

The Collegiate Recovery Community will continue serving any Ohio State student in or seeking recovery. In an effort to support social distancing efforts, all support services will be provided virtually. If you are interested in learning more about the services being provided and how to access the different services, please email recovery@osu.edu. For more information, visit the Student Wellness Center website.

March 18, 2020 | Admissions and Visits Updates

Ohio State University has canceled all admissions and academic visits scheduled following the university and state of Ohio COVID-19 protocols. This includes the Glenn College Visitation Day on Saturday, April 4 and all individual visits and recruitment events. While we are all working through this uncertain period, we would like to provide you with several ways to explore the Glenn College, Ohio State, and the world of Public Affairs from the comfort of home.

First, you can download a number of documents outlining our programs including curriculum sheets, job placement statistics, internship opportunities, and the city of Columbus.

Second, we will host online webinars through Zoom every Monday, beginning next week. For those of you who are not familiar with Zoom, it is an application similar to Skype that is commonly used across Ohio State. Please click the link below to join each respective webinar.

Third, if you are unable to attend any of these webinars please let Chris Adams know some days/times that would be good for you and he will schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with someone from our student services team.

Lastly, here are several links to videos that highlight various aspects of the Glenn College:

March 17, 2020 | Advising Appointments

Given the university’s request to limit face-to-face interactions, these are important details on how to schedule and conduct advising appointments with Glenn College student services staff.

If you have an existing scheduled appointment:
All scheduled appointments will now take place via Carmen Zoom or phone. If you have an upcoming appointment that was intended to be in-person, please email your advisor with your preferred method of communication (phone or Zoom).

If you would like to schedule an advising appointment:
Please email your advisor the following:
  1. Days and times in which you are available to talk (during normal business hours)
  2. Your preferred method of communication (Zoom or phone); if the phone is preferred, please provide a number.
*Zoom has screen sharing capabilities, which can be helpful for certain questions; but, phone calls may have clearer audio. We are happy to accommodate either request in most cases.
  1. The reason for the appointment (e.g. “scheduling for fall”)
At this point in time, we will schedule all future meetings this way. If restrictions lighten, we can shift these meetings to in-person, or reschedule them.

Career Services
  • If you’re interested in a virtual resume review, please email your resume to glenn-career@osu.edu with the subject line “Resume Review.”
  • Please download the Job Search Guide for resources for those of you on the job hunt.

How to participate in a Zoom meeting:
  • Your advisor will send an invitation to your OSU email to participate in the Zoom meeting.
  • In this invitation, you will see a link to join the meeting. Simply click on that link and follow the instructions.
  • Please refer to the  “Virtual Appointment Instructions” document for additional Zoom tips and resources

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We will send any updates via email and add information to this webpage. We at the Glenn College are committed to being as flexible and available as possible during these uncertain times in whatever ways we can to be helpful to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone from the Student Services team if you have any questions.

March 16, 2020 | Message from Dean Trevor Brown

Following the guidance of the University, starting on Tuesday, March 17 access to Page Hall will be limited to essential activities only. With all classes moving to an online format on Monday, March 23, this will primarily impact access to the Glenn College’s computer lab for graduate students.

Like so many other recent decisions, we are undertaking this restricted access to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.

If you need IT assistance or resources to participate in online courses, please email Glenn-Help@osu.edu. You can also find resources to secure broadband and Wi-Fi access at keeplearning.osu.edu.

I understand that decisions like these impact your ability to conduct your coursework. If you are facing challenges in progressing, please reach out to your Glenn College advisor. They are ready to help you navigate these changes.

These are difficult times for all of us, but know that the Glenn College’s faculty and staff are committed to doing the best we can to deliver value to you as students in completing your coursework this semester and throughout the remainder of your degree.

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