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Student Affairs Newsletter

Updated 10/29/2020



Modified Pass/Fail policy for Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

Pass/Fail Policy for fall 2020:
To assist with your academic progress during this stressful time, the School of Education will continue with its modified Pass/Fail policy for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 terms. Per SOE’s policy, a grade of Pass equates to a grade of B (including B-) or better.  Any student taking a course for Pass/Fail, who receives a grade of C+ or below, will receive a grade of F.  In addition:

  •  All degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade of B- or higher will be satisfied by a grade of Pass (P) achieved in the Fall 2020 semester. Pass grades are not considered in the determination of a student’s grade point average (GPA).
  •  The award of a Fail (F), and the consequences thereof, equate to the award of an “F” grade in the letter-based grading scale and will count towards a student’s GPA.
  •  Follow the withdrawal/audit calendar for deadlines when switching to Pass/Fail, Audit, and Dropping/Withdrawing from a class here.
  • Students who are currently enrolled/enrolling in a Fall 2020 course may elect the Pass/Fail course grading method by submitting an Add/Drop form to with the course number listed in the ADD section, and the words PASS/FAIL noted in the “Tuition Fees” column.  

Pass/Fail Policy for spring 2021:
The Pass/Fail option for Spring 2021 courses will continue. You will be able to choose the P/F option at the time of registration. Please note: Counseling students must check with advisers before electing the P/F option, as some courses require a grade of B or better as stated in the Counseling Handbook. Thus, these courses are ineligible for P/F.  As a reminder, a grade of Pass equates to a grade of B (including B-) or better. Any student taking a course for P/F who receives a grade of C+ or below will receive a grade of F. To recap:

  • All degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade of B- or higher will be satisfied by a grade of Pass (P) achieved in the Spring 2021 semester (see exception for Counseling students above).
  • The award of a “Fail” (F) for anyone graded on the pass/fail system, and the consequences thereof, equate to the award of an “F” grade in the letter-based grading scale.
  • Pass grades are not considered in the determination of a student’s grade point average (GPA). However, Fail (F) grades awarded on the basis of a P/F grading system will count toward a student’s GPA.

For additional questions, please contact

Spring 2021 Registration begins Oct 28

Registration form

Spring 2021 registration begins Wednesday, October 28 at 7 a.m. EST.  When you review the list of course offerings, you will note that those courses that are planned to be offered in-person will appear with the location listed as either Homewood campus or Columbia. While we hope to be able to offer those courses in-person for Spring 2021, no decision has yet been made. A university decision is planned by mid-November. We will notify all SOE students as soon as that decision has been made.  

We ask for your continued patience as we finalize detailed information about plans for our Spring 2021 semester. Should a decision be made regarding course modality after you have registered for Spring 2021, please be assured that we will notify you. 

Best wishes for a successful term!

JHU has developed and implemented a communications initiative to address the unique aspects of the COVID-19 era.

As part of the Johns Hopkins community, we invite you to take part in a short survey to assess the reach of and your reactions to that initiative as we also gauge general COVID-19 knowledge and attitudes among our community.  

Your participation is voluntary and your responses will be anonymous. You may skip questions or stop at any time. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.  We value your input and will consider the survey results as we seek to improve COVID-19–related communication.

Please consider participating by visiting the following link to access the survey and complete it by 5 p.m. TODAY!  

Hopkins Votes

Hopkins Votes provides resources and guidance to help JHU students and employees participate in the democratic process.

Hopkins Votes is a nonpartisan initiative that provides voter assistance and education to the Johns Hopkins community. We are committed to facilitating access to the electoral process for all eligible voters, regardless of an individual’s political affiliation, location, voting method, or registration status.  Resources include a link and information on how to register to vote, political activity information and university policy and upcoming events.  If you have questions or need assistance, email

From the Office of Student Affairs

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Election Related Stress Resource
If you are experiencing stress from the upcoming election, please visit the following website for wellness information and support resources:

Opioid Education
Just a reminder that we’ve added an Opioid Education module to the Student Resources site on Blackboard.  The University requires that all JHU students complete the Opioid Epidemic Awareness and Education Program that is delivered through myLearning.  You can access the module by navigating to the Opioid Epidemic Awareness and Education Program link from the Student Resource site.

We’d appreciate your cooperation in completing this requirement.  If you have questions, please contact Teri Murray at

Planning to graduate in Spring 2021?  

If you’re planning to graduate in Spring 2021 (conferral date, May 27, 2021) please apply for graduation by Jan. 25, 2021  A student who expects to receive a degree or certificate must apply for graduation by the deadline.  To be eligible to graduate, students must complete all coursework on time and should not request or receive the grade of I (Incomplete) during their final semester.

 Apply for graduation online on the Student Information System (SIS)

  • Go to the Registration menu
  • Select Program of Study Information
  • Click on “Apply for Graduation” next to the program(s) that you are applying to graduate from

 **Graduation application fee is $175 and will appear on your online bill the next business day.  Please Note: If you are applying for more than one certificate and/or degree you pay only one fee per academic year.  

SOE Career Corner


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Career Conference for Doctoral Students

Horizons by Hopkins is a fully virtual Career Conference for doctoral students and postdocs.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 9:00 to 3 p.m. 
For more information including event agenda, speakers and topics, click here  

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Up-to-date information and resources for students. 

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Oct 28 – Jan 8, 2021: Spring 2021 registration period
Nov. 23 – 29:
 Thanksgiving break, no classes held
Dec. 21: Last day of fall semester
Jan. 25, 2021: Last day to apply for spring 2021 graduation

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AAEE Virtual Education Career Fair
Oct. 30, 2 – 5:00 pm (ET)

National Virtual Teacher Job Fair
Nov. 12, 12:30 – 3:30 pm (ET)

ASCD Conference: Educational Leadership
Dec. 4th – 6th



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Care Associate
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