Student Affairs Newsletter

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Student Affairs Newsletter

Updated 7/30/2020


2020 fall semester registration is now open!

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 see below for office contact info:

Changes to Academic Policies Summer 2020 

Withdrawal Deadline Extension: 
Students may withdraw from a Summer 2020 class: 

  • For Summer 4-9 week classes: students are allowed to withdraw from a class until the end of the 4th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)
  • For Summer 10-14 week classes: students are allowed to withdraw from a class until the end of the 8th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)

Please note that students will not be allowed to withdraw from a course if that course has already ended.  If a student wishes to withdraw from a class that has already ended, the student should complete a General Petition form found on the Registrar’s website under Forms and Petitions.

Steps To Follow:  Student should complete the Add/Drop form found on the Registrar’s website and submit it to the Registrar’s Office at

Pass/Fail Grading Option

According to SOE 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.

  • 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.

  • For Summer 4-9 week classes:  Students are allowed to switch to Pass/Fail until the end of the 4th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)
  • For Summer 10-14 week classes:  Students are allowed to switch to Pass/Fail until the end of the 8th week of the class (unless the course has already ended)
    No reversion between P/F grades and letter grades or vice-versa will be possible after that time.

Steps To Follow:

  • Students who are currently enrolled/enrolling in a Summer 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. 

Student Health Insurance 2020-2021

Health and wellness are key components in making your academic and personal experience at Johns Hopkins University meaningful and successful. To help you achieve this, JHU sponsors a Student Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) for eligible students.  New students and continuing students who need coverage must enroll during Open Enrollment for the new academic year. 

 Open Enrollment Dates for Health Insurance:  June 24 – Sept 30, 2020 for all SOE students

 Dental and Vision Open Enrollment: June 24 – Sept 30, 2020 for all SOE students

Please check your JHU email for additional information.  

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.

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.

SOE Career Corner

Free Webinars for Educators

Check out these free professional development virtual broadcasts, including upcoming and on-demand webinars. Browse Education Week‘s collection of webinars on ed tech. These virtual broadcasts address the use of technology in the classroom, including 1-to-1 digital initiatives, blended learning, and more. All webinars are accessible for a limited time after the original live streaming date. For more information and list of upcoming webinars, visit: ED WEEK. 

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Up-to-date information and resources for students. 


The Student Advisory Committee (a subcommittee of students within School of Education) is trying to address the challenges that students have been facing due to COVID-19. To plan for the fall semester in the most supportive way possible, the committee is collecting data on various topics—and needs your help. Please participate in the survey below to share your valuable feedback based on your experiences. Open to current students as well as recent graduates.

SOE Student Survey

The Student Advisory Committee (a subcommittee of students within School of Education) wants to support activities among SOE students during this time of social distancing.  If you would be interested in participating in online activities, please participate in the poll linked below.

SOE Meetups Survey

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Aug. 22: summer session ends
Aug 31: fall semester classes begin
Aug. 31: last day to apply for 2020 fall graduation
Sept. 7: Labor Day, no classes held
Nov. 23 – 29: Thanksgiving break, no classes held
Dec. 21: Last day of fall semester

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US Health/Human Services Virtual Job Fair
Wed, Aug 5, 2020

National Virtual/Online Teacher Job Fair
Aug. 6, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Special Education (SPED) Virtual Teacher Job Fair
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)


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Teacher – Special Education
Anne Arundel Public Schools.  Provide direct and indirect instruction to students with disabilities and consults with other school personnel in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of special education services. Info/apply

Behavioral Counselor
Parker Psychiatric Services, Inc. Provide mentoring and supportive services to youth and adults on a weekly basis. One year of experience in a supervised mental health setting. Great opportunity to gain more experience in the mental health field. Bachelor’s Degree in a health-related field preferred. Info/apply.