What You Need to Know About Coursework During and After the Campus Closure

We recognize that you may be feeling stressed from the disruption to your classes and the uncertainty about what will happen once the campus reopens on Monday, November 26, 2018. Instructors have been encouraged to be flexible and empathetic to students. Instructors, however, have to balance this desire to help students with the need to meet the learning goals for their courses. They want you to be well prepared as you advance in your major.

We encourage you to check email and Canvas often this week for updates from your instructors. If you have any specific questions about how the content and due dates for your classes may have been modified, please contact your instructors.

Academic Senate leadership has posted Frequently Asked Questions for Instructors concerning coursework during and after campus closure. We thought it might be helpful to rewrite them from the students’ perspective (see below).

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Will my finals be moved or instructional days added?

Your finals will not be moved, and instructional days will not be added. In support of this decision, Chancellor May submitted a request to the UC Office of the President for an exception to the minimum number of instructional days. We expect formal approval next week.

Can my instructors expect me to do out-of-class work during campus closure?

Yes. Instructors can provide online learning materials, such as recorded lectures or course notes, during the time of campus closure. As best practice, instructors should not hold you responsible through examination or graded work for learning these new materials until at least 48 hours after the campus reopens.

Instructors can also expect you to be working on longer-term assignments, such as research papers or problem sets, if those assignments were (1) specified in the syllabus at the start of the term and (2) do not require access to materials first provided during campus closure. If either of these conditions is not met, then deadlines should be extended.

Important: Your instructors can only give you examinations once campus has reopened. Your assignments can only be due once campus has reopened as well.

When the campus reopens, when can my instructor hold an exam?

If your instructor decides to reschedule an exam, the exam can be held during a regularly scheduled class period, given during an out-of-class time that you agree to, or switched to a take-home exam due during a regularly scheduled class time. Instructors have been asked to try to notify you at least 48 hours prior to the updated exam date.

Can my instructor choose to drop an exam and put more weight on the rest of the graded material for the quarter?

Yes. This is at the discretion of the instructor. Instructors are encouraged, for the least disruption, to try to minimize major changes to how you will be evaluated.

What should I do if I missed an exam scheduled with the Testing Services Center (TSC) during the campus closure?

If you missed an exam scheduled with the Testing Services Center (TSC) during campus closure, your instructor should contact them to coordinate new examination schedules. Check with your instructor to confirm that this has been done.

Can my instructor change how many hours they expect me to work?

UC Davis follows the Carnegie rule which prescribes that students are expected to complete three total hours of work per week (including in-class and out-of-class time) for each course unit. Thus, for a 4-unit class, you are expected to complete a total of 12 hours of work per week. Instructors must continue to respect the weekly work expectations for their courses once campus reopens. As a result, if your instructor plans to add activities or material from cancelled class days to the remaining two weeks that classes are in session, they have been asked to adjust (if necessary) the expectation of time planned for their originally scheduled activities.