Academics

Academic Calendar

Spring Break, which was originally scheduled for March 2021 has been cancelled. Instead, there will be no classes on March 17, 2021. Please visit the University Academic Calendar for important dates for the current semester. Students should plan to arrive in time for the semester’s start, although we understand there may be travel limitations for international students. 

Class Attendance

Students must attend class in the modality selected at registration and as stated in attendance policies in each course syllabus.

Each instructor and course will have specific attendance requirements, as indicated on the course syllabus. Instructors will take attendance in every class. These methods may include review of Zoom and Blackboard records.

All students are expected to abide by the Attendance and Absence Policy for each of their courses.

Spring/Summer 2021 Learning Environments: Understanding Your Course Schedule and Schedule Options

The following infograph summarizes the learning environment/course modalities that will be offered in Spring/Summer 2021. You may check additional information about learning environments.

Learning Environments

Understanding Your Course Schedule and Schedule Options

The following infograph summarizes the learning environment/course modalities that will be offered in Spring/Summer 2021. You can check additional information about learning environments/course modalities here.

Course Delivery Locations 1. OS - Online Synchronous classes are delivered fully online with scheduled online synchornous meetings 2. OA - Online Asynchronous Course content is delivered fully online without scheduled meeting times 3. ONC - On Campus Classes are delivered in person, on campus 4. Hybrid - On campus & online Classes are delivered with at least one third of instruction online (synchronously and/or asynchronously) and remaining meetings are delivered in person, on campus. 5. Hyflex - On Campus or online synchronous Classes are simultaneously delivered in person on campus and online Attendance Students must attend class in the modailty selected at registration and as stated in attendance policies for this course in the syllabus

Grading

Students will be graded for the spring 2021 semester according to the normal scale. The pass/fail option that was in place for the spring 2020 semester will no longer apply.

View the Undergraduate Student Grading Policy

View the Graduate Student Grading Policy

PASS/FAIL Policy - For the Spring 2021 semester only

The deadline by which undergraduate students can choose to designate an eligible course for a Pass/Fail grade instead of a letter grade will be the same date as the deadline to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W,” which is March 26, 2021.

Please note that all other restrictions on the selection of courses for P/F grading remain in effect. 

To be eligible for the pass/fail option, you must be in good academic standing and have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework at Suffolk University. This option is limited to 12 credits per student and may not be used for courses that fulfill general college requirements or major or minor requirements. It is only applicable to elective courses.

You should designate courses as pass/fail after registration, but before the end of the course change period, by completing a Pass/Fail Declaration Request form [PDF]. No changes from the pass/fail designation to the letter grade system or vice versa are permitted after the course change period has elapsed at the start of any semester or summer session. A pass may be applied toward fulfilling degree credits but may not be applied toward your cumulative grade point average.

If you're planning to attend law school or a master's program, please be aware that many professional and graduate schools prefer students to submit traditional letter grades.

Classroom Usage

Class size has been reduced to allow for social distancing of six feet in classrooms. As a result, F2F courses will comprise fewer students. Materials for disinfecting desks will be available for all classrooms. Eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms.

Additional classrooms have been outfitted with technology that enables remote learning.

Sawyer Library

The Sawyer Library will provide reduced seating, enhanced e-services, provisions for safer access to collections, socially distant traffic flows, and other modifications where appropriate. Services will be based on safety precautions; therefore, access to some items and areas will be restricted at times.

Information Technology Services

The Information Technology service desk will assist users remotely whenever possible and schedule appointments for instances that require on-site assistance.

Computer Labs and Printing

The computer labs located in the Sawyer and Sargent buildings will be open for student access with limited capacity, scheduled seating, and socially distant traffic flows when using printers. Additional print stations are available in these common areas: the Samia Academic Center lobby, the Sawyer Building’s fifth floor hallway, and 73 Tremont Street’s fifth floor.

Cleaning and disinfecting will occur every night. Students will be required to sanitize before and after each computer use. Sanitizing supplies will be available.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Students are encouraged to use the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for remote access to course-required software, as well as to print from their personal devices. Review the minimum laptop specifications for VDI access and general use.

Academic Support

The Division of Student Success will continue to offer its full range of services on an appointment-only basis. All appointments will be available via Zoom or phone, but in-person appointments can also be requested (except for tutoring).

Academic Coaching

The Center for Learning & Academic Success (CLAS) offers academic coaching appointments to assist you with navigating course expectations, time management, study skills, and goal setting. In addition, the academic coaching team can provide tips on how to be successful in the various course delivery modes. Benefits of coaching include:

  • Understanding course expectations
  • Increasing awareness of campus resources
  • Creating a specific action plan to achieve academic goals
  • Building an effective time management system
  • Developing techniques to ease test anxiety
  • Strengthening study skills
  • Boosting both semester and cumulative GPAs

Request an academic coach

Academic Tutoring

Tutoring services will all be offered virtually by the CLAS via Zoom. Services include writing tutoring for any course or project, English language tutoring, and course content tutoring for over 300 courses. The CLAS is also running several English language workshops in which all English language learners are welcome.

Disability Services

The professionals in the Office of Disability Services (ODS) will continue to work with students on academic and residential accommodations while abiding by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Free Housing Act. The staff teaches students how to advocate for themselves or will act as a liaison between students and faculty or administration to identify the best accommodation. For course delivery modalities, the ODS staff will help students navigate academic accommodation requests in F2F, online, HyFlex, or hybrid formats (see format descriptions in the Learning Environments section).

For all disability-related questions, especially if they feel they might be eligible for accommodations as a result of COVID-19’s effects, students should contact a disability services advisor.

Study Abroad

Study abroad can still be a reality for you. We want to help students get informed, get back out there, and go global in a future semesters. Study abroad applications for the summer and fall 2021 terms will open in February 2021 with an application deadline of March 15, 2021. Students may send us questions about opportunities and requirements. Information specific to international students can be found in the For International Students tab on this webpage.

Academic Support Course for Students

The Division of Student Success, the Sawyer Library, the Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence, Information Technology, and Counseling Health & Wellness collaborated on a six-module course, “Success in HyFlex & Online Learning”. It is a standalone course in Blackboard (found under your “My Courses” list) that provides you with tips, best practices, and resources to help you be successful in an online learning environment. The course is optional and free for all undergraduate and graduate students. Course content will cover library support, netiquette, zoom fatigue, class participation, how to stay focused in a HyFlex/online setting, healthy living, and much more! The course also includes invaluable information regarding technology tools and platforms, as well as an overview of campus resources and where to go for additional support.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

Academic advising is a partnership that helps balance your personal interests with your curriculum and graduation requirements. Our team of academic advisors is committed to guiding you through your academic journey at Suffolk, whether it pertains to declaring a major, degree requirements, career and major exploration, course selection, study abroad course approvals, or graduation trajectory. If you have any questions pertaining to your academic journey, contact academic advising.

Graduate Academic Advising

Graduate students should seek advising assistance from program directors and/or program advisors.

Sawyer Business School graduate students can find their advisors on their program evaluation or by visiting the Meet Your Advisor webpage.

College of Arts & Sciences program advisors may be found in this list of graduate program directors.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center offers its full range of services and operate on an appointment-only basis. All appointments will be available via Zoom or phone. Services include help with resume writing, interviewing, internships, networking, and the job search.

Bookstore

Extra precautions are in place to ensure that students will be comfortable using the Bookstore. To ensure safety, we will:

  • Conduct daily health screenings of our employees
  • Implement a one-way entrance and a separate one-way exit
  • Clean surface areas every two hours
  • Require face coverings in the store

Online ordering is available. We encourage students to place their orders early.