Student Affairs Newsletter

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Student Affairs Newsletter

Updated 05/15/2020


Message from the Dean


4/1/2020: Summer Classes Go Online | New Building Hours

Dear School of Education Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As many of us continue to follow stay-at-home orders in light of the COVID-19 crisis, I’m writing to share that the School of Education has decided to convert all in-person events, programs, and activities to virtual formats through at least June 30.

The school leadership team also has made the decision to offer all summer courses online, and to hold the MEHP Orientation and EdD Orientation and Residency, scheduled for July, in virtual formats. While we are holding out hope for some in-person experiences toward the end of the summer, we do not have enough information to make decisions now. Information regarding the Urban Teachers Summer Institute will be forthcoming as we get closer to June. For those students engaged in internships and other student experience outside the School of Education, please continue to follow the guidelines of your host institution.

In addition, I’d like to make you aware of new operating hours for the Education Building and the Columbia Center. Both buildings will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, to accept mail and deliveries.

Please continue to watch for communications, especially regarding our virtual Graduation Ceremony, which will be send directly to students who have registered for graduation. Faculty and staff can refer to the SOE Incident Command Page for all COVID-19 communications, and students can find information on our COVID-19 Updates on the School of Education website.

I know that some of this information may be disappointing, but we must make prudent decisions to keep as many people as possible healthy and safe. Thank you again for your patience, camaraderie, and community spirit. Many folks in our communities look to us for guidance, and I am proud of the many examples of leadership I have encountered among you.


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Christopher C. Morphew, PhD
Dean, School of Education

Modified Grading With Pass/Fail Option

Graduate students last week received an important email about changes to the university’s grading policy, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. All detailed information about specific School of Education policies can be found on the COVID-19 Updates Page, but below are changes in regard to a pass/fail option:


  • 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.
  • 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 2020 semester.
  • The award of a Fail (F), 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 grades awarded on the basis of Pass/Fail grading system will count towards a student’s GPA.
  • Students in a letter-graded class will be able to choose to change to P/F up to 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 4, 2020. No reversion between P/F grades and letter grades or vice-versa will be possible after that date.

Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Virtual Graduation Ceremony Information
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dear School of Education Candidate:

The countdown has begun to your special day – The School of Education (SOE) Graduation Ceremony! Although the ceremony will be virtual this year, we are celebrating with you and want to create a meaningful recognition of your accomplishments. We encourage you to please review and share the information below with your family and friends as together we will bring the excitement, energy, and fun to this event.  

Time: SOE Graduation ceremony will start on Wednesday, May 20 promptly at 9:00 a.m. EDT and last approximately two hours.  

Place: Links to the ceremony can be found on the School of Education Website or University Website. Additional information about the program, background information about the speakers and award recipients, as well as special messages from faculty and staff to the graduates will also be available on the SOE website on the day of the ceremony. Regardless of whether you provided a photo in response to the graduation survey, all students who have qualified for graduation will be recognized at the ceremony. Following the ceremony, each graduate will be able to log into the ceremony site to find their video/auditory clip of the reading of their name. Please revisit the SOE website to share this special link with your family and friends.

Ceremony: A virtual University Commencement Ceremony will be held to confer degrees on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Families and friends can share in their excitement and extend congratulations throughout the ceremony via shout out texts, pictures, and emojis to celebrate your accomplishments!

 Diplomas: Spring 2020 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates will receive their diplomas directly from the vendor over the summer in a tube mailer. All Summer and Fall 2019 graduates have already received their diplomas. Please note, University regulations stipulate that all outstanding accounts must be paid in full before a candidate’s diploma will be released.

Spring 2020 graduates who previously provided a diploma mailing address that has changed should log into SIS, select the Personal Information menu, and update their diploma mailing address by May 21st.  Step-by-step instructions on how to do this were recently sent to your commencement email address. We strongly suggest working with the U.S. Postal Service to place a “forwarding order” to ensure your mail will be sent to your new address.

Captioning: The ceremony will be captioned in several languages: Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic.

Additional Information: For more information regarding the ceremony, please go to the following FAQs link. All graduates are encouraged to read and follow instructions for the ceremony and periodically check the SOE website for updates on the events.

Congratulations on your achievement!


School of Education Graduation Committee

2020 Fall Semester Registration

The date has changed for the start of fall 2020 registration.  The new start date is Wed., June 3, 2020 at 7 am. Fall registration will continue to follow the other dates, as outlined in the 2020-2021 academic calendar.   In addition to starting fall registration earlier, the Dean has requested that the following accommodations for the summer and fall 2020 terms be provided to all SOE students:

  • Financial holds will be lifted for students who have outstanding balances of $500 or less so that more students can register for the summer and the fall without any delays.
  • All late registration and late payment fees will be eliminated for both summer and fall 2020.

We know that many students and their families are facing uncertain financial futures due to the pandemic.  If you are experiencing financial difficulty and need some assistance with your educational expenses, we encourage you to contact the SOE Financial Aid Office.  They continue to be a resource for students and are available to answer any of your questions. 

For any additional questions, please contact our offices below:

Fall Planning Student Advisory Committee

Lanise Stevenson who is a student in the EdD program, has been chosen to represent the School of Education on the JHU 2020 Student Planning Advisory Committee.  Lanise is among 20 undergraduate and graduate students selected to serve on this committee. The committee is one of several avenues for community engagement and input established for the University planning process and will ensure that the voices and perspectives of Hopkins students inform each stage of the planning effort. Nearly 300 students applied, including 12 from SOE.

Planning to complete your studies during the 2020-2021 Academic Year?  

Please apply for graduation.  A student who expects to receive a degree or certificate must apply for graduation by the deadline below.  Students who are planning to graduate must complete all coursework on time and should not request or receive the grade of I (Incomplete) during their final semester.

Summer 2020deadline June 1, 2020 (conferral date, August 28, 2020)
Fall 2020 – deadline August 31, 2020 (conferral date, December 31, 2020)
Spring 2021 – deadline January 25, 2021 (conferral date, May 27, 2021)

 Apply for graduation online through our 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.  

Mental Telehealth Counseling Services for Students

In response to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has partnered with TimelyMD to make mental telehealth counseling free and available to all Johns Hopkins students. In this unique historical moment, we are all susceptible to stress, fear, and symptoms of anxiety and depression. We care about you, and hope you reach out if you need help and make use of all the tools at your disposal.

Go to, create an account with your .edu email address, enter the service key JHU2020, and you are ready to get started. At a minimum, this service will be available to you until July 10, 2020.

TimelyMD will provide two key services:

  • TalkNow is an online resource staffed by mental health professionals (counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, etc.). You can contact TalkNow about any issue at any time. Examples of topics you may want to discuss include (but are not limited to) relationship challenges, anxiety surrounding COVID-19, and transition issues. Students and learners in the US and countries that permit web access can use the service.
  • Scheduled counseling is a service where you can set up ongoing mental telehealth counseling appointments with a provider who is licensed in your state. This service, which is available to students and learners located in all 50 states, will mitigate many of the limitations members of our community have faced due to the state-by-state licensure restrictions for counseling services.

These services build upon the university’s current counseling and mental health offerings from the  Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP) which continues to provide support for students and learners remotely through phone and/or video mental telehealth appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can use Timely MD?
A: Any student or trainee enrolled in a Johns Hopkins University program can use the service, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, post-doctoral fellows, and housestaff, part-time or full-time, online or in-person. TalkNow is available in the US and countries that permit web access to the site and app. Scheduled counseling is available in the US only.

Q: What services are available?
A: There are two services available:

  • TalkNow, where students will have access to 24/7, on-demand mental health support to talk about anything, any time, including after business hours or on weekends.
  • Scheduled Counseling, where you can set up ongoing, video mental telehealth counseling appointments with a provider licensed in your state.

Q: How does it work?
A: Go to the website, create an account with your .edu email address, enter the Service Key JHU2020, and you are ready to get started.  

Q: I am having an emergency. What should I do?
A: You should call someone for help.

  • Call 911 or go to an emergency room
  • Counseling Center: 410-516-8278
  • JHSAP: 443-287-7000
  • University Mental Health: 410-955-1892 (after-hours emergencies only) 
  • Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc: 410-433-5175
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line (free 24/7 crisis support in the US): Text HOME to 741-741

SOE Career Corner

Calling all k-12 public educators!

Pathfinders Summer Institute is offering a unique, interactive professional development opportunity in computer science and maker education.

When: July 19 – 24, 2020
Where: Virtual (join anywhere across the U.S. for this inaugural virtual Pathfinders Summer Institute)
What: 19 different courses in computer science and maker education
How: Click Pathfinders Summer Institute 

APPLY TODAY!  Applications close tomorrow, May 15, 2020. 

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Up-to-date information and resources for students. 

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May 20: SOE Graduation
June 1: Summer session begins
June 3: Registration for fall semester begins

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Teacher Job Fair
Hiring for school districts in MD
Sat, May 16, 12:30 p.m.

Dept of Health/Human Services Job Fair
Wed, May 20,  6:45 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. (EST)
Job Fair

Flexjobs Virtual Job Fair 
Remote work/job opportunities
Thurs, May 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST)
Register here.

Washington DC Virtual Teacher Job Fair
Wed, June 3, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Register Here

Black Teachers Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair
Thurs, June 4, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Register here


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Education Consultant
The Education Partners is seeking an Education Consultant to design and deliver scalable and equitable transformation initiatives to accelerate education system success.  Consultant will work with governments, education providers, industry, unions, parents and communities in private/public school management to drive improvement. Qualifications: strong knowledge/understanding of Project Based Learning, experience in Ed-Tech integration, 5+ years of teacher or leadership experience in a school is desirable.  More info/apply The Education Partners.

Telehealth Therapist
Balance Point Wellness, a holistic mental health clinic and a school-based program with three locations in MD is seeking a qualified telehealth licensed therapist. (LCPC or LGPC) to provide mental health therapy to children, adolescents, and/ or adults. This position is a work from home telehealth position. More info/apply: Balance Point.