DSS Summer 2020 FAQs

Center for Learning & Academic Success (CLAS)

If you would like an academic coach, please email us and you will be assigned a coach. Your coach will be available via zoom or phone, and will email you to determine what will work best for you.

The CLAS does not offer summer study groups; however, we are offering summer English language workshops. You can join an English language workshop online via Zoom.

You can find the meeting times and zoom links by going to the Online CLAS Services Information page.

Yes! All tutoring services will now be offered online via Zoom. Call us at 617-573-8034 or click the “Get Assistance” button on the homepage of your Navigate account to schedule an appointment. At some point before your scheduled appointment, your tutor will send you an email with a link to your Zoom meeting and instructions on how to connect.

While nothing can replace the experience of an in-person meeting with your tutor, CLAS online tutoring closely approximates the in-person experience. With application and document sharing, mark-up capabilities, and a virtual white board, CLAS online tutoring with Zoom allows you to do just about anything that you would do in an in-person tutoring session.

Yes. Our amazing staff of peer and professional tutors has not changed; they’re just working remotely instead of in-person. We are not outsourcing our tutoring services, so you can be sure that your tutors are the same folks who know you, know your professors, and know Suffolk.

All CLAS tutoring will be appointment-based for summer 2020.

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC)

Advisors in the UAAC are available to meet with students by phone or online via Zoom.

Sawyer Business School students will get registration approval by submitting the Registration Clearance Assessment that will be emailed by your major department.

College of Arts and Sciences students will get registration approval by contacting their faculty advisor or major department.

Undeclared College of Arts and Sciences majors will get registration approval from an advisor in the UAAC.

Fall 2020 advising and on-line registration will be held as scheduled for undergraduate and graduate and students.

  • Undergraduate and graduate course search and pre-registration schedule building began March 16.
  • The Registrar, UAAC, undergraduate and graduate academic deans, and academic department chairs are developing a combination of online advising opportunities, which will be communicated via email to all students by March 16.
  • Online registration begins for CAS and SBS students on April 13.

Check your Suffolk email regularly for updates regarding registration and academic advising.

Office of Disability Services (ODS)

The specific accommodations you have will not change. If you have already provided a letter of accommodations to your faculty, we recommend communicating with them to plan for how your accommodations will apply to your new class format.

No. If you have not requested a Summer 2020 accommodation letter and wish to do so, please fill out the accommodation letter request form, and we will be able to provide you with an electronic copy of your letter.

No, exams will not be proctored at ODS for the duration of the Summer 2020 semester. If you wish to use your approved exam accommodations, please communicate with your professor in advance of the scheduled assessment. Options can include additional time to complete "take home" style exams, a time extension to an exam given through Blackboard, or other necessary accommodations.

You can email ODS, or you can contact your service provider directly with questions. To schedule a time to meet, please call the Division of Student Success at 617-573-8034. Once an appointment time is scheduled, Andrew Cioffi will create and invite you to a Zoom meeting.

International Students

You should make sure that your I-20 has a recent travel signature and that your student visa will be valid for when you plan to return to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued new guidance, and you can now take online or remote courses in the U.S. or from abroad. You can also participate remotely in practical training by working collaboratively with an employer.

Arrange to renew your visa as soon as possible. Check your U.S. consulate or embassy to see if it has reopened, as the status of individual embassies will vary. You can request transcripts and an enrollment verification letter from the Registrar’s Office. If you need additional assistance, please contact the International Student Services Office.

No and yes. Given current DHS guidance, and from an immigration status and legal standpoint only, you are subject to the same policies as all other international students studying on campus.

As a graduate student, you should carefully consider how the decision to return home might affect your degree requirements and on-time graduation. Please discuss your academic progress with your program director and/or graduate program advisor (your advisor information can be found on your Program Evaluation in WebAdvisor).

Please contact the faculty member in charge of your class for information on how the time difference will be accommodated. All faculty have been instructed to make accommodations for students in time zones that are significantly different from Boston.

The University is urging all faculty to be flexible in these situations. Please contact your professors directly with any questions.

No, DHS has issued new guidance which allows you to take all coursework online.

Yes, as long as you stay enrolled in the required internship course. The professor of your internship course will send instructions on how to continue with your coursework. Ask your employer about the possibility of working remotely, too. If you decide not to continue in CPT, be sure you alert your professor, your faculty advisor/program director, and the ISSO immediately.

The Registrar’s Office will mail you your diploma. As an additional courtesy, all international students with receive an official transcript together with the diploma. You will also receive a secure PDF version via email.

At this time, DHS regulations still require you to be physically present in the United States when you apply for OPT. Please contact the International Student Services Office for more details.

No, as long as you have been hired and are still considered an employee of the company, you are not accruing unemployment days.

The Career Development Center has created an excellent collection of COVID-19 Job Search Resources to help you during this challenging time.

If you continue to struggle to find paid work, you are able to accept an unpaid job or internship in the meantime. You can also be self-employed during OPT. Try to seek help from a staffing agency, too.

If you have no job within the 90-day employment window, you cannot start one after that and we cannot report it to DHS on your behalf, unfortunately.

The Department of Homeland Security prevents citizens from certain “high risk” countries from entering the United States. All travel restrictions are subject to change, and the best method is to wait and see if you will be permitted to re-enter the country. You can consult the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) for updates. You may also consider traveling to a third country, staying for the quarantine period (14 days as of May 13, 2020 – check the CDC website for the latest update), and then returning to the U.S. However, by the time your next semester starts, travel restrictions could be lifted. We also strongly recommend that you monitor the website of your home country’s embassy in the U.S., as well as you home country’s national public health agency.

Please continue to monitor your email for updates on the format of the Fall 2020 semester at Suffolk, as well as for updates regarding U.S. government regulations that may impact your ability to travel to the United States.

Yes, all international students are required to file a tax return as a condition of their visa. The deadline to file your tax return has been extended to July 15, 2020.

Study Abroad

As of right now, many fall programs are scheduled to run, health and safety conditions permitting. Suffolk’s partners are modifying their academic calendars so that students need not apply for visas and all have multiple contingency plans in place. At present, Suffolk’s own Madrid Campus is scheduled to open as planned on August 25.

Applications for Spring 2021 study abroad will open in late May. See your email for updates and please email the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.

You should not book housing and flights until you have confirmation from your program or university that your semester abroad will take place in-person as planned. When you do have confirmation to make these arrangements, carefully read any contracts, particularly cancellation clauses, before signing and inquire about the refund policy of your chosen airline.


Each program is different, and you’ll need to work directly with your host institution on this issue. Again, be sure you carefully review any contract before you sign it.

We will need to withdraw your application for the current cycle, but all application records are saved in our system. Just let us know when you’d like to apply again, and we can reactivate your old application and move it to the new term.

At this time, we are planning to offer a wide variety of short-term travel opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students during the Spring 2021 semester. Please see your email for updates.

Career Development Center (CDC)

Make an individual appointment via Handshake or by calling 617-573-8034. When making an appointment, it will ask you to select an Appointment Medium. Select ‘Zoom.’ You will receive a Zoom meeting invitation from your advisor before the meeting. While the format of face-to-face meetings and remote meetings will differ, the value of the appointment to you will be the same. Your advisor will be able to provide you with the same feedback, suggestions and resources as they would face-to-face/in-person.

Drop-in appointments were offered throughout the spring semester. Throughout the summer, the Career Development Center staff is available for individual appointments by calling 617-573-8034 or making an appointment on Handshake.

While concern about finding a job or internship is understandable as some companies are putting hiring on-hold for now, others are actively hiring to meet business demands that have increased since the onset of COVID-19. Even companies that are on a hiring freeze may still be actively interviewing in order to have qualified candidates lined up so they can extend offers quickly once business resumes.

We encourage students to be particularly proactive and persistent in their job search. A robust list of strategies, expectations, and tools specific to job searching during COVID-19 can be found on our COVID-19 Job Search Resources page.