Frequently Asked Questions About Spring 2021

Updated February 12, 2021

The CCAS Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) understands that you have questions about your studies this spring, and that you require information to make informed decisions about your personal and academic plans. We hope this FAQ will help.

Please keep in mind that, like the current pandemic, the development of academic policies and information is dynamic. Our faculty and staff have developed a working plan for the Spring 2021 semester, but we are also prepared to pivot if health and safety guidelines require us to do so.

OGS will update this FAQ when conditions or changes warrant. We will also send you direct messages alerting you to any major updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your program’s Director of Graduate Studies or CCAS Graduate Student Services at [email protected] 

International students with questions pertaining to work authorization, visa information, and travel are encouraged to visit the Spring 2021 International Student FAQ page from the International Services Office.

 

 

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All Students

The university has decided to continue virtual instruction this spring. For more details about GW's plan, please see the spring semester update.

Most graduate programs will be conducted online, with certain programs holding discipline-specific in-person classes. Some programs may have laboratory or clinical components that students will need to complete in-person. Your program will provide you with additional information about any in-person requirements.

The location of in-person courses can be determined by consulting the “Bldg/Rm” column on GW’s Schedule of Classes.

Remote-instruction courses are classes that we’ve moved online as part of a COVID accommodation. In a normal year, these classes would be taught in person on campus, but this spring they will be offered synchronously online. At the assigned Eastern Standard Time (EST), which can be found on GW’s Schedule of Classes, your instructor and all the students enrolled in the class will assemble virtually.

Online courses are part of an online degree program or courses that have historically been offered online. In addition, the Department of Statistics and the Data Science Program have created a few new online Flex-Start courses for incoming graduate students. These online courses are offered asynchronously. Because the instructor and students do not regularly meet together at the same time, these asynchronous courses allow greater flexibility for the timing of your coursework.

You may confirm that your course is being offered via remote instruction by consulting the “Bldg/Rm” column on GW’s Schedule of Classes. Courses with a Building/Room assignment of “REMOTE INSTR” will meet synchronously online on the day and during the time band indicated on the Schedule of Classes.

Asynchronous online courses are listed under the Online Courses section of the Schedule of Classes. These courses allow you to complete coursework on your own schedule, although they may also include occasional required, synchronous meetings with your instructor.

All remote-instruction classes and in-person courses will be meet on the days and during the time bands indicated on GW’s Schedule of Classes.

Asynchronous online courses, listed under the Online Courses section of GW’s Schedule of Classes, offer students more flexibility for completing their coursework.

Graduate courses may involve both synchronous and asynchronous elements.  For example, lectures may be pre-recorded and posted, and discussions may be scheduled for synchronous participation; remote instruction may involve synchronous lectures using Blackboard Collaborate; or a class may be conducted as a small web conference for discussion based classes.  

All CCAS classes should be recorded and the recordings of the main class sessions should be available for students registered in the course. CCAS has encouraged faculty to work with students directly to understand what challenges they are facing with connectivity for synchronous sessions.

As part of your participation in your class, you may be recorded. We have asked faculty members to be sensitive to students' concerns about being recorded in their courses. We understand that some students may not want to be identified. If you have concerns about being recorded, please speak with your instructor. Options for addressing your concerns may include keeping your camera turned off during virtual class meetings.

Classes are being recorded to ensure all students have access to course materials. Students may use recorded class sessions only for private personal use in connection with their academic program of study. Recorded class sessions should not be shared with students outside the course or used for any non-course-related purposes. Students who impermissibly share any electronic course materials are subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct. Please contact the instructor if you have questions regarding what constitutes permissible or impermissible use of recorded class sessions.

Faculty members have been asked to be flexible about absences and understand that students may face challenges when learning from their home environments. 

Please communicate with your professor as soon as possible about your situation. Main class sessions will be recorded so you can view them at another time.

Students should endeavor to attend class when it meets synchronously. If there are legitimate issues with attendance, students should work with the faculty member to agree upon alternative options for how the student may fulfill class participation requirements. Faculty members may require students to attend some synchronous events outside of the normal class time, such as a required check-in with the faculty member at a time of mutual convenience.

In CCAS, we’ve asked faculty members to hold additional office hours that are distributed at different times of the day to accommodate students who reside in different time zones. 

CCAS understands that the pandemic and our consequent move to remote instruction in most graduate programs have caused significant disruptions to students’ usual routines. We also understand that some students may experience unanticipated difficulties over the course of the semester. For this reason, we asked our graduate programs to take a careful look at their degree requirements, as well as the professional expectations, pedagogical considerations, and licensure and accreditation requirements in their fields, to determine whether it was advisable to make any changes to the course grading policies for the current academic year.

Some of our graduate programs determined that their field’s requirements and expectations make it impossible or inadvisable for students to take any courses for CR/NC in academic year 2020-2021. Others concluded that it will be possible for students to take a single course or a single course that does not fulfill a core degree requirement for CR/NC in each of the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, should a student decide this is absolutely necessary.

To determine whether your program will permit students to take a course for CR/NC this semester, please consult this webpage. The CCAS Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) will begin accepting CR/NC requests on Monday, March 1, 2021; the final deadline for submitting requests is Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Access to GW’s campuses this spring is limited to only students, faculty and staff who have been granted special permission to enter university buildings. Those granted access include students who are required to take in-person courses or who have received special permission from the provost to work in labs or clinics this spring or to access studio or other campus spaces and resources for dissertation, thesis, or other research purposes.

Students who were granted campus access in Fall 2020 and who would like to be considered for Spring 2021 campus access must complete the Authorized Campus Access Update Form by December 1.

Students who did not have campus access in Fall 2020 but who would like to be considered for Spring 2021 campus access should contact their program’s Director of Graduate Studies to discuss their request. They should also complete this Webform for Graduate Students Needing Campus Access in Spring 2021 by Wednesday, December 9. (Students must log in to their GW email account to complete this webform.)

Graduate students with on-campus access may be approved to work on site in laboratories and use studio space. Access is granted on a limited basis with appropriate safety equipment and social distancing required. Your program will provide additional information if you are required to use lab or studio spaces.

Any access to lab or studio space is contingent on being granted on-campus access. Please refer to the previous question (“May I come to campus this spring?”) for additional information.

Details on the university's multi-phased plan for ramping up research activity can be found here

Access to the library is strictly limited to residential students and GW students who have special permission to be on campus. (Please refer to the question, "May I come to campus this spring?" for more information on being granted on-campus access). 

If a student is given campus access, study space must be reserved in advance. Instructions can be found on the library’s website here.

GW students with borrowing privileges may also request books or physical materials for contact-free pick up or delivery. More information can be found on the library’s website here.

The Provost announced that planned tuition increases of approximately 3-4% will not apply for the 2020-2021 academic year. This reduction does not apply to Summer 2020 registration but it is effective for Spring 2021. Current tuition rates can be found here.

Students Receiving Funding Packages

If your funding package does not include GA/GRA duties, then you will receive your full Spring 2021 award whether you choose to study in person, in hybrid mode, or remotely.

Because the university has decided to continue virtual instruction this spring, most CCAS graduate students located in the United States will be able to complete their GA duties entirely online. If your program requires any in-person assistance as part of your GA assignment, your program’s Director of Graduate Studies will inform you of these responsibilities. Any graduate student who prefers a GA assignment that can be completed remotely should contact the Office of Graduate Studies at [email protected] to obtain the form to request a remote assignment.

Graduate students located in the United States whose funding package includes GRA duties (including work in campus labs) may request approval to complete their GRA duties on campus by completing this Webform for Graduate Students Needing Campus Access in Spring 2021 by Wednesday, December 9. (Students must log in to their GW email account to complete this webform.) Students who would prefer to undertake all or part of their GRA duties remotely should contact the Office of Graduate Studies at [email protected] to obtain the form to request a remote assignment.

Unfortunately, US and international law dramatically limits CCAS’s ability to provide assistantship packages to students located outside the United States. In most cases, we will not be able to provide such packages to students unless they are physically present in the US. Please contact your program’s Director of Graduate Studies to discuss your options if you are currently located outside the United States.

Health and Safety

A summary of GW's current coronavirus respnse and a Spring 2021 Update is available online. Additional information can be found in the university's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

Students, faculty, and staff who are authorized to return to GW campuses in person this spring have a responsibility in fostering our shared good health and well-being. To that end, students with on campus access will be required to adhere to the campus commitment and policy.

Graduate students who live off campus but have been granted special permission by the provost to be on campus for approved in-person instruction or lab, studio or clinical practice must participate in the university’s mandatory, free-of-charge COVID-19 testing. All community members being granted special permission to access campus are tested weekly. More information about the testing protocol can be found here.

GW students who live in the region but are not part of the on-campus cohort can obtain tests through GW’s in-house testing operation if they believe they have been exposed to the virus or have symptoms. Please note that you are not granted campus access, but this helps protect our entire community, provides us with more insight into off-campus positive cases, allows for quicker test results and proper follow-up, and makes it easier for students to be tested. Visit this webpage for more information about scheduling a COVID-19 test.

You may view the COVID-19 testing dashboard here

We will require seasonal influenza shots for on-campus students, faculty, and staff, with exceptions based on medical conditions and religious beliefs in compliance with legal requirements and standards of medical care. In the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine, it will be important to guard against other illnesses to the extent possible.

GW provides counseling and psychological services to all registered students.  More information is available on the GW Colonial Health Center page.

 


New Spring 2021 Students

Domestic Students

GW will continue virtual instruction this spring, with very limited exceptions for courses that require in-person instruction or research.

In most CCAS graduate programs, students will participate in synchronously offered, remote-instruction courses. You will be expected to join your instructor and all the other students enrolled in these classes virtually at the assigned Eastern Standard Time, which can be found on the Schedule of Classes.

In a few programs, you will also have the option to participate in online courses, which are offered asynchronously, providing greater flexibility for the time of your coursework. (You may determine whether your classes are offered online or via remote instruction by consulting the “Building” column on the Schedule of Classes.)

GW’s virtual instruction should allow you to make normal progress toward the completion of your degree requirements this spring. In our clinical programs and in graduate programs that require a significant number of labs or studio classes, it’s possible that the usual spring course schedule will need to be amended to account for online study.

If you have any questions about the options available to you, please reach out to your program’s Director of Graduate Studies.

You may elect to defer the start of your studies until Fall 2021, when you will hopefully be able to join us on campus. Your program’s Director of Graduate Studies can provide more information about this option, or you may contact the CCAS admissions team.

International Students

GW’s continuation of virtual instruction this spring will make it possible for you to begin your graduate studies online outside the US.

Students in the MS program in Data Science and MS program in Statistics can elect to participate in a special Flex Start Program using asynchronous, online courses. These courses provide greater flexibility for the time of your coursework.

Students in other programs may choose courses offered via remote instruction. Participation in remote-instruction courses will require you to join the class virtually at the time designated on GW’s Schedule of Classes in Eastern Standard Time. (You may determine whether your classes are offered online or via remote instruction by consulting the “Building” column on the Schedule of Classes.)

In most CCAS graduate programs, you will be able to make normal progress toward the completion of your degree requirements online this spring. In our clinical programs and in graduate programs that require a significant number of labs or studio classes, it’s possible that the usual spring course schedule will need to be adjusted to account for online study.

If you have any questions about the options available to you, please reach out to your program’s Director of Graduate Studies.

No. Students who are unable to arrive in the US at the start of the spring semester will have the option to begin their graduate studies online from abroad or to defer their admission to a later semester. Your program’s Director of Graduate Studies can provide more information about your options, or you may contact the CCAS admissions team.

For new, initial visa applicants, federal guidance stipulates that you must have at least one on-campus course in Spring 2021. CCAS will work with you to meet this requirement.

If you are required to take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course as a condition of admission to your graduate program, you will be registered for the in-person version of EAP 6110: Academic Writing and Research for International Graduate Students I, a 3-credit course that will meet on campus twice each week during the spring, for one hour and fifteen minutes each session.

All other initial visa holders will be registered for EAP 6016: Academic Skills Workshop, a 1-credit course that will meet on campus for two-hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks during the semester. (Students required to register for this course will receive a 1-credit tuition award to cover the cost of this special class.)

Any student required to take an in-person class will automatically be granted campus access and will be required to participate in the university’s mandatory, free-of-charge COVID-19 testing. (More information about the testing protocol can be found here.)

All international students located in the US must maintain full-time status by registering for at least 9 credits of coursework in Spring 2021. With the exception of required in-person courses (see above), your classes will be conducted via remote instruction or online.

In remote-instruction courses, you will be expected to join your instructor and all the other students enrolled in these classes virtually at the assigned Eastern Standard Time, which can be found on the Schedule of Classes.

In a few programs, you will also have the option to participate in online courses, which are offered asynchronously, providing greater flexibility for the time of your coursework. (You may determine whether your classes are offered online or via remote instruction by consulting the “Building” column on the Schedule of Classes.)

In most CCAS graduate programs, you will be able to make normal progress toward the completion of your degree requirements online this spring. In our clinical programs and in graduate programs that require a significant number of labs or studio classes, it’s possible that the usual spring course schedule will need to be adjusted to account for online study.

If you have any questions about the options available to you, please reach out to your program’s Director of Graduate Studies.

You may elect to defer the start of your studies until Fall 2021, when you will hopefully be able to join us on campus. Your program’s Director of Graduate Studies can provide more information about this option, or you may contact the CCAS admissions team.

If you choose to begin your study before entering the US but have already received your Spring 2021 I-20 form, we will work with you to defer your SEVIS record and issue a new Fall 2021 I-20 form.  Please email [email protected] to defer your I-20.

No. International students located outside the US, who plan to study online from abroad, may opt out of the GW Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) by completing the Spring 2021 Waiver between December 1st and February 1st. On the waiver form, you will be asked to provide information about your home country health insurance. If you do not have health insurance offered by your home country, you may enter “N/A” in the required fields, in order to complete the waiver questionnaire.

For more information about GW SHIP or for assistance in completing the waiver form, please visit https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/student-health-insurance, email [email protected], or call the Health Insurance Coordinator at 202-994-5300, option 4.

Yes. You will be able to access the required course technology through Blackboard or through GW’s Virtual Computer Lab, a cloud-based service that allows you to run Windows-based software through a web browser. Students in countries with specific barriers to accessing U.S.-based learning will find the Virtual Computer Lab useful, because it does not require a VPN and will provide remote access to a range of useful software.

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program is designed to socialize international students
who speak English as a second or additional language into our academic community by helping
them build an academic skill set that will benefit them in their GW coursework and professional
career.

Graduate students whose English proficiency test scores (TOEFL or equivalent) fall below the university’s minimums are required to take either EAP 6110 or EAP 6111: Academic Writing & Research for International Graduate Students I or II during their first semester of study at GW. These courses offer a guided introduction to key principles of academic writing and research, which will support your success in your graduate program.

In EAP 6110 and EAP 6111, you will learn to recognize key genre conventions and write with different audience expectations in mind, conduct library research, read academic sources critically and use them in line with tenets of academic integrity, improve your use of appropriate grammar and vocabulary for academic purposes, revise and edit your own writing, and understand key principles of oral and professional communication. Both EAP 6110 and EAP 6111 are 3-credit courses that count toward your GPA but do not fulfill any graduate degree requirements.

Both levels of EAP (6110 and 6111) will be offered online in synchronous and asynchronous formats in Spring 2021. (Check the comments box on the Schedule of Classes to determine whether the section is offered synchronously or asynchronously). EAP 6110 will also be offered on campus for initial visa holders who are required to take an in-person course. (Students who are required to take the in-person version of EAP 6110 will be automatically enrolled in the course.)

Additionally, EAP will offer a 1-credit Spring 2021 course for initial visa holders who are required to take an in-person course but have tested out of EAP 6110 and 6111. This course—EAP 6016: Academic Skills Workshop—will scaffold international students’ understanding and production of academic text, including grammar, sentence structure, use of transitional and cohesive devices, and incorporation of academic vocabulary. It will be organized as a series of interactive learning modules with opportunities for review and self-study, as well as peer and professor interaction as students learn to produce academic prose that is increasingly accurate and sophisticated in its construction. (Students who are required to take EAP 6016 will be automatically enrolled in the course.)

Based on your English proficiency test scores (TOEFL or equivalent), you have been pre-placed into either EAP 6110 or EAP 6111: Academic Writing & Research for International Graduate Students I or II. This placement is indicated in your admission letter. Prior to the beginning of the semester, you will participate in an online diagnostic assessment process to determine the best EAP placement for you. Based on the evaluation of your diagnostic writing sample, you may need to change into a different level of EAP. Taking either EAP course (6110 or 6111) will fulfill your EAP requirement.

Initial visa holders, whose English proficiency test scores exempt them from taking EAP 6110 and EAP 6111, will be placed in EAP 6016: Academic Skills Workshop to fulfill their in-person course requirement.

If there is information in your admissions letter notifying you that you are required to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and you have elected to begin your studies this spring outside the US, you will be able to take your required EAP course remotely. Most EAP courses will be offered as fully asynchronous online courses.

Initial visa holders beginning their studies in the US this spring must take their required EAP course in person. (Students who are required to take either EAP 6110 or EAP 6016 in person will be automatically registered for that course.)

In Spring 2021, both EAP 6110 and EAP 6111 will be offered fully online and asynchronously, which means that international students who elect to begin their studies outside the US will not meet at a scheduled time every week, but will instead review learning materials and submit assignments online by specified deadlines. You will receive detailed instructions about the course schedule and will be able to access all course materials, including narrated lectures and reading assignments, through GW's learning management system, called Blackboard. You will interact with your peers and professor virtually, though discussion boards, audio/video-based assignments, and peer review groups. All writing assignments will be submitted electronically, and you will receive personalized feedback on the assignments you submit. Your professor will hold virtual office hours to support your learning and answer any questions that you have.

Initial visa holders beginning their studies in the US this spring are not allowed to take the online versions of EAP 6110 or EAP 6111. They will be enrolled, instead, in an in-person version of either EAP 6110 or EAP 6016, which will meet on campus as noted in the Schedule of Classes.

You will be eligible for CPT after you’ve maintained valid F-1 status in the US for a full academic year, as required by law. This means that new international students who enroll online for Spring 2021 and arrive on campus in Fall 2021 will become eligible for CPT at the end of the Spring 2022 semester.

Information on the Asynchronous Flex-Start for Incoming Students in Statistics and Data Science

Students admitted to the MS program in Statistics and the MS program in Data Science may elect to participate in a special Flex-Start Program, which employs asynchronous, online courses. These are courses in which the instructor and students do not regularly meet together at the same time, allowing greater flexibility for the timing of coursework for those who are located outside the United States.

Students in the Flex-Start program in Statistics may elect to take all of their courses asynchronously in Spring 2021, or combine asynchronous online courses and synchronous remote-instruction courses. Students in the Flex-Start program in Data Science will combine asynchronous and synchronous classes. (Participation in synchronous, remote-instruction courses will require you to join the class virtually at the time designated on GW’s Schedule of Classes in Eastern Standard Time.)

If you are interested in this option, you should contact your program’s director, Prof. Reza Modarrez at [email protected] for more information or to be registered for these courses.

Students pursing the MS in Statistics who want to take advantage of the asynchronous Flex-Start option will take the following two asynchronous courses:

  • STAT 6201: Mathematical Statistics I
  • STAT 6214: Applied Linear Model

And a third course chosen from the following options:

  • DATS 6101: Introduction to Data Science (offered asynchronously)
  • A synchronous, remote-instruction course in STAT or DATS
  • An English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, if required

If your admission letter notified you of the need to take English for Academic Purposes, you should sign up for EAP as your third course. 

If you are interested in this option, you should contact your program’s associate director, Ms. Mary Gohar at [email protected] for more information or to be registered for these courses.

Students pursing the MS in Data Science who want to take advantage of the asynchronous Flex-Start option will take the following asynchronous course:

  • DATS 6101: Introduction to Data Science

And two courses chosen from the following options:

  • A synchronous, remote-instruction course in DATS
  • STAT 6201: Mathematical Statistics I (offered asynchronously)
  • STAT 6214: Applied Linear Models (offered asynchronously)
  • An English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, if required

If your admission letter notified you of the need to take English for Academic Purposes, you should sign up for EAP as your third course. 

No. Students who enroll in the Flex-Start program will not receive an I-20 form for the Spring 2021 semester but instead will receive an I-20 form for the Fall 2021 semester. We will work with you on a case-by-case basis to determine what documents are needed to receive the Fall 2021 I-20 form. If you choose to opt into the Flex-Start program after you have already received your Spring 2021 I-20 form, we will work with you to defer your SEVIS record and issue a new Fall 2021 I-20 form.

 


Continuing Students

Domestic Students

GW will continue virtual instruction this spring, with very limited exceptions for courses that require in-person instruction or research.

In most CCAS graduate programs, students will participate in synchronously offered, remote-instruction courses. You will be expected to join your instructor and all the other students enrolled in these classes virtually at the assigned Eastern Standard Time, which can be found on the Schedule of Classes.

In a few programs, you will also have the option to participate in online courses, which are offered asynchronously, providing greater flexibility for the time of your coursework. (You may determine whether your classes are offered online or via remote instruction by consulting the “Building” column on the Schedule of Classes.)

In most CCAS graduate programs, you will be able to make normal progress toward the completion of your degree requirements this spring. In clinical programs that require a significant amount of in-person training or externships, and in graduate programs that incorporate labs and studio classes, it’s possible you may not be able to fulfill all the usual degree requirements online. Your program’s Director of Graduate Studies will help you understand whether fully online learning will pose any limitations on the timely completion of degree requirements.

If you decide you do not want to continue your studies this spring, you may choose to take a voluntary leave of absence. To request such leave, you should complete the “Leave of Absence Application Form” and submit it to your program’s Director of Graduate Studies for processing and forwarding to the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies.

You are also encouraged to discuss your plans for leave with your program’s Director of Graduate Studies and with your CCAS Student Services Coordinator at [email protected] to make sure you understand how your leave may affect any CCAS funding package you currently hold.

A leave of absence may also affect your eligibility for GW’s Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). To learn more about GW SHIP, please visit https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/student-health-insurance, email [email protected], or call the Health Insurance Coordinator at 202-994-5300, option 4.

International Students

GW will continue virtual instruction this spring, with very limited exceptions for courses that require in-person instruction or research.

As an international student located in the US, you must maintain full-time status by registering for at least 9 credits of coursework in Spring 2021, unless you qualify for a reduced course load. (Contact the International Services Office [ISO] at [email protected] for more information about your registration requirements.)

In most CCAS graduate programs, students will participate in synchronously offered, remote-instruction courses. You will be expected to join your instructor and all the other students enrolled in these classes virtually at the assigned Eastern Standard Time, which can be found on the Schedule of Classes.

In a few programs, you will also have the option to participate in online courses, which are offered asynchronously, providing greater flexibility for the time of your coursework. (You may determine whether your classes are offered online or via remote instruction by consulting the “Building” column on the Schedule of Classes.)

In most CCAS graduate programs, you will be able to make normal progress toward the completion of your degree requirements this spring. In clinical programs that require a significant amount of in-person training or externships, and in graduate programs that incorporate labs and studio classes, it’s possible you may not be able to fulfill all the usual degree requirements online. Your program’s Director of Graduate Studies will help you understand whether fully online learning will pose any limitations on the timely completion of degree requirements.

For initial visa holders, federal guidance stipulates that you must have at least one in-person course in Spring 2021. To meet this requirement, CCAS will register you for EAP 6016: Academic Skills Workshop, a 1-credit course that will meet on campus for two-hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks during the semester. (Students required to register for this course will receive a 1-credit tuition award to cover the cost of this special class.)

Any student required to take an in-person class will automatically be granted campus access and will be required to participate in the university’s mandatory, free-of-charge COVID-19 testing. (More information about the testing protocol can be found here.)

All international students located in the US must maintain full-time status by registering for at least 9 credits of coursework in Spring 20212021, unless you qualify for a reduced course load. (Contact the International Services Office [ISO] at [email protected] for more information about your registration requirements.) With the exception of required in-person courses (see above), your classes will be conducted via remote instruction or online.

In remote-instruction courses, you will be expected to join your instructor and all the other students enrolled in these classes virtually at the assigned Eastern Standard Time, which can be found on the Schedule of Classes.

In a few programs, you will also have the option to participate in online courses, which are offered asynchronously, providing greater flexibility for the time of your coursework. (You may determine whether your classes are offered online or via remote instruction by consulting the “Building” column on the Schedule of Classes.)

In most CCAS graduate programs, you will be able to make normal progress toward the completion of your degree requirements online this spring. In our clinical programs and in graduate programs that require a significant number of labs or studio classes, it’s possible that the usual spring course schedule will need to be adjusted to account for online study.

If you have any questions about the options available to you, please reach out to your program’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Because GW will continue virtual instruction this spring, you will have the option to take your classes online.

In most CCAS graduate programs, students will participate in synchronously offered, remote-instruction courses. You will be expected to join your instructor and all the other students enrolled in these classes virtually at the assigned Eastern Standard Time, which can be found on the Schedule of Classes.

Continuing students who decided to remain abroad for Fall 2020 and/or will be abroad for Spring 2021 and continue coursework online are considered to be in active F-1 status under current DHS guidance. To maintain active F-1 status, you will need to be enrolled full time in Spring 2021 (9 credits, or the remaining credits required for your degree if less than 9). You should have received an email from the International Services Office (ISO) asking you to confirm that you were abroad during the Fall 2020 semester, so that ISO can note that information in your electronic SEVIS record. A new I-20 will not be issued for you. If you have any questions, please contact ISO at [email protected]

Most CCAS graduate students will be able to make normal progress toward the completion of their degree requirements this spring. In clinical programs that require a significant amount of in-person training or externships, and in graduate programs that incorporate labs and studio classes, it’s possible you may not be able to fulfill all the usual degree requirements online. Your program’s Director of Graduate Studies will help you understand whether fully online learning will pose any limitations on the timely completion of degree requirements.

If you decide you do not want to resume your studies this spring, you may choose to take a voluntary leave of absence. To request such leave, you should complete the “Leave of Absence Application Form” and submit it to your program’s Director of Graduate Studies for processing and forwarding to the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies.

Because a leave of absence may affect your visa status, you should consult with your advisor in the International Services Office (ISO) before submitting a request for such leave.

You are also encouraged to discuss your plans for leave with your program’s Director of Graduate Studies and with your CCAS Student Services Coordinator at [email protected] to make sure you understand how your leave may affect any CCAS funding package you currently hold.

A leave of absence may also affect your eligibility for GW’s Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). To learn more about GW SHIP, please visit https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/student-health-insurance, email [email protected], or call the Health Insurance Coordinator at 202-994-5300, option 4.

If you decide you do not want to resume your studies this spring, you may choose to take a voluntary leave of absence. To request such leave, you should complete the “Leave of Absence Application Form” and submit it to your program’s Director of Graduate Studies for processing and forwarding to the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies.

Because a leave of absence may affect your visa status, you should consult with your advisor in the International Services Office (ISO) before submitting a request for such leave.

You are also encouraged to discuss your plans for leave with your program’s Director of Graduate Studies and with your CCAS Student Services Coordinator at [email protected] to make sure you understand how your leave may affect any CCAS funding package you currently hold.

No. International students located outside the US, who plan to study online from abroad, may opt out of the GW Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) by completing the Spring 2021 Waiver between December 1st and February 1st. On the waiver form, you will be asked to provide information about your home country health insurance. If you do not have health insurance offered by your home country, you may enter “N/A” in the required fields, in order to complete the waiver questionnaire.

For more information about GW SHIP or for assistance in completing the waiver form, please visit https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/student-health-insurance, email [email protected], or call the Health Insurance Coordinator at 202-994-5300, option 4.

Yes. You will be able to access the required course technology through Blackboard or through GW’s Virtual Computer Lab, a cloud-based service that allows you to run Windows-based software through a web browser. Students in countries with specific barriers to accessing U.S.-based learning will find the Virtual Computer Lab useful, because it does not require a VPN and will provide remote access to a range of useful software.