Advising in 2020-2021


When will a new course catalog be available?
  • The ‘20-’21 preliminary calendar is online and will remain in place until the complete Catalog is posted in late August
When will students’ Fall 2020 course schedules be available? 
  • The registrar released upper class fall semester schedules on Friday, July 24th. First-Years will be able to view their fall schedules beginning August 17th.
When will students be able to adjust their course selections for Fall 2020, i.e., when is the add/drop period? 
  • Add/Drop will open on Friday, August 28th.
If a student has all remote courses or if a student has all 4 courses in one module, what do they do to rebalance their courses over the two modules of the semester?
  • Students must be enrolled in 1 course each module and a total of at least 3 courses over the semester in order to meet the criteria for full-time enrollment. So if a student’s schedule does not align with this requirement, they should explore balancing it by being in contact with the registrar as soon as possible. The registrar has circulated an online form. Please direct students in this situation to this form:. Fall 2020 – Registration Adjustment form
Do students need to take four classes in the fall or can they take only three? 
  • Students can take only three courses in the fall semester and still be considered full time. They must take a minimum of 1.0 credit in each module and the standard load is 2.0 credits in each module. They may not take more than 5.5 credits in the semester (across the two modules) without first obtaining permission from the Academic Standing Committee. Similar to a standard semester, taking three courses across the two fall modules may require making up a course in order to have enough credits to graduate from Bates.
Can a student stay home during Module A but return to campus for Module B.
  • No. A student cannot move to campus during the middle of the semester. They should plan to be enrolled remotely or on campus for the full semester.
Can a student start on-campus and then individually decide to enroll remotely either later in Module A or for all of Module B.
  • Generally no though this may be possible depending on the personal or medical circumstances. Students wishing to explore transitioning from on-campus to remote learning should be in touch with Carl Steidel, Senior Associate Dean of Students. We urge students to understand that they should treat the semester as a unified structure and should plan to either be on-campus or enroll remotely for the period between September 2 (the start of classes) and Thanksgiving recess. All classes go remote after Thanksgiving through the end of the semester.
Can students take courses remotely in the fall and then choose to live on campus in the winter?
  • Yes.  Students can switch from remote to on campus for the winter semester but they would forfeit their originally selected housing assignment (which was selected during the previous academic year) and would be reassigned from available spaces in the winter. 
Is there anything faculty need to be particularly aware of regarding international first-year students?
  • Any first-year international student who is on campus at Bates for the fall must be taking at least one in-person or hybrid course. In addition to in-person or hybrid courses, they are able to take remote courses. If a student is studying remotely for the semester, outside the USA, then they can take a full course load of remote courses. Contact Darren Gallant and Shelly Palmer for more information. Shelley Palmer will verify students’ course enrollments to ensure compliance.

    Also, as communicated by Pat Schoknecht (7/29/20) regarding students studying from China, the College is going to provide our Chinese students with a VPN client that, as long as China doesn’t block it, will allow them to access Google and other campus resources. This VPN will be for these students only and kept separate from our normal on-campus VPN for security reasons.
When does a decision need to be made about winter registration? 
  • Registration for the Winter ‘21 term will occur at the usual time in late October, early November. More deadline information will be made available during the Fall ‘20 semester.
For Senior Thesis Writers. Does a thesis occur in the module system?
  • All sections of thesis are currently scheduled to run the full semester, spanning both modules. They  count for 1 credit, which students should balance with their overall enrollment for the term. 
Is an online or mixed delivery course as rigorous? 
  • Yes. The College has offered extensive opportunities for faculty to redesign their courses so that they can meet their educational goals.
Will computers be available for students who need them to complete their course work?
  • Yes. The College has purchased additional laptops and Chromebooks for long-term loan. Priority will be given to students with expressed need. Faculty and students can contact Pat Schoknect for assistance in this area. These computers can be mailed to a student at home. While our number of public computers will be reduced simply due to the social distancing of rooms, there will continue to be public machines available as well. 
What is the pass/fail policy during the ‘20-’21 academic year?
  • Students are reminded that the temporary Pass/Fail grading option offered during Winter 2020 is no longer in effect.Bates has resumed its standard Pass/Fail policy, namely, “a total of two courses during one’s time at Bates and no more than one Pass/fail course in any semester.” (Courses taken Pass/Fail in Winter 2020 do not court toward the two-course Pass/Fail limit.) If a student feels that a waiver of these standard limitations on Pass/Fail is needed to enable them to manage personal/academic challenges directly arising from the current pandemic, they must meet with their academic advisor or student support advisor to discuss these needs and the potential impact of additional Pass/Fail courses on their transcript. Once that meeting takes place, students are welcome and encouraged to petition the Academic Standing Committee for a waiver to enable them to elect Pass/Fail for one or more additional courses beyond the standard limits. A signed advising form from the student’s advisor must accompany the petition; forms may be obtained from Donna Sevigny (dsevigny@bates.edu). Please be advised that an Academic Standing Committee waiver does not override particular stipulations about the use of Pass/Fail to meet requirements for a student’s major, minor, or GEC; such determinations must be made by the relevant department, program, or GEC administrator.
Will there be off-campus study for Winter 2021? 
  • Yes, as of July 28, some programs are still running for Fall 2020.
If a student is only taking 1 course in a module, what options will be on campus for co-curricular experience? 
  • Yes. Multiple offices (e.g. Multifaith Chaplaincy, OIE, Harward Center, Purposeful Work, etc.) are developing in person, virtual, and hybrid weekend and weekday events, and we expect club life to be as vibrant as ever. 
Is there anything faculty need to be particularly aware of regarding international students?
  • Any first-year international student must be doing a full schedule of in-person or hybrid but cannot be enrolled in any remote courses. See Darren Gallant and Shelly Palmer for more information. Also, as communicated by Pat Schoknecht (7/29/20) regarding students studying from China, the College is going to provide our Chinese students with a VPN client that, as long as China doesn’t block it, will allow them to access Google and other campus resources. This VPN will be for these students only and kept separate from our normal on-campus VPN for security reasons. 
What should students facing course timing conflicts do? 
  • If a student has a time conflict in attempting to register for a course, the student should first find out if the conflict is real by contacting the faculty to find out when the course will actually meet. If there is no conflict in reality, the faculty member should contact the registrar to submit a time-conflict override for the student.
What are the add/drop deadlines for modules A and B?
  • The add period for each module is the first week of the module and the drop period is the first month. The dates are:
    Last day for module A registration adjustments — September 9 
    Last day for withdrawal from module A courses — September 30
    Last day for module B registration adjustments — October 26
    Last day for withdrawal from module B courses — November 16
    Dates for the full academic year may be found in the College Catalog