Student Affairs Newsletter

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Student Affairs Newsletter

Updated 12/17/2020



Modified Pass/Fail policy Spring 2021

To assist with your academic progress during this stressful time, the School of Education will continue with its modified Pass/Fail policy for the spring 2021 term. 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.  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 Spring 2021 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 spring 2021 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 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

Registration form

Spring 2021 registration is now open!   Students should register as early as possible to ensure that their class is not closed or cancelled.  Spring 2021 semester starts on January 25, 2021.    

Student Health Insurance for Spring 2021

The Johns Hopkins University Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) is administered by Wellfleet and has contracted with Cigna for the plan’s provider network of hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers.  

Newly admitted students (for Spring 2021) can use the “Personal Info” tab above, click on “Student Health Insurance” and follow the instructions to ENROLL student health insurance by February 15, 2021.

  • Students who enrolled in the plan during the summer or fall 2020 semesters will be automatically enrolled once registered for spring 2021 classes.

Under normal circumstances, all active F-1 and J-1 students sponsored by JHU are required to carry JHU student health insurance.  Due to the current challenges with coming to the US to be on campus for spring 2021, School of Education (SOE) leadership is allowing international students with F1/J1 visa status to waive the Wellfleet student health insurance coverage. This waiver ONLY applies to students not coming to campus for spring 2021 and who will be residing outside of the U.S.

New international F-1 and J-1 students enrolling for the first time in spring 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the JHU Wellfleet student health coverage.  However, you have until February 15, 2021 to waive this coverage or your student account will be automatically charged for the university health plan benefit.  NOTE: You can only waive coverage if you are residing outside of the US. 

Action Steps: Students can access the waiver option via the Health Insurance section of the SIS Self-Service student portal (under Personal Info),   Here (located on right of screen) you will find the International Student Insurance Waiver box. Once you select the option waive and submit, your enrollment will be removed from the university health insurance plan.

  • All international students who chose to waive coverage in the fall 2020 semester DO NOT need to take any action.  The insurance waiver will roll over for the spring term automatically. 

On Campus Requirements

Flu Shots

Any student who is spending time on any Johns Hopkins campus is required to have a flu vaccination or an approved exemption for the 2020-2021 academic year. You can receive your free flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy using the voucher provided by Johns Hopkins. Details on how to submit proof of vaccination are on the Wellness website.

Prodensity Mobile App

Students who come to campus for any reason are required to complete a daily health check on a mobile app/website called Prodensity. This short questionnaire asks specific questions to assess a user’s actual COVID symptoms and/or exposure risks. Answers yield a status to a campus pass, which can be used to grant/deny campus access. The campus pass expires after 12 hours. You may not be on campus unless you have a green campus pass. For more information, consult the JHU Coronavirus Information Monitoring Symptoms page.

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.  

Mid-semester Student Survey Results

More than 350 SOE students responded to the mid-semester survey, with nearly all indicating at least some level of pandemic-induced stress (over and above the stress usually felt during the semester).  Survey responses suggested numerous pedagogical improvements for reducing stress, such as reducing workload, incorporating a well-balanced mix of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, and increasing flexibility for assignment submissions and due dates.  Additionally, the respondents largely agree that increasing communication, providing opportunities for social engagement, sharing resources among programs and departments, and expanding mental health resources will foster community-building during an entirely virtual semester.  Survey results can be found here.

Research Study Opportunity for Students

A student research team at SOE is conducting a study titled, “Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on East Asian international students in the United States.” The study team is seeking to recruit 12-15 participants for an interview to discuss the challenges, feelings and thoughts, coping, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The interview will be audio-recorded but kept confidential. Eligibility:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Citizenship of one of the following countries/regions: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan
  • Attended as a full-time student at JHU since the Spring 2020 semester
  • Presently in the U.S. and have not traveled outside the United States since March 2020

To avoid multiple relationships (e.g. teacher/student, supervisor/supervisee, colleague/classmate) between the researchers and participants, participants will not be recruited from the counseling program at the School of Education.

Please complete the survey here to check for eligibility to participate in the study.

To learn more about this study, please contact Michael Tan at or Dr. Yiying Xiong at .

Career Corner

Passion to Profession. Transforming your passion into a fulfilling career

Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us and hear from School of Education alumni who are working in their dream jobs—after taking some sometimes surprising twists and turns to get there. Moderated by Vice Provost Farouk Dey and Dean Christopher Morphew, the discussion will take a fresh approach to pursuing life purpose. For more information and to register, visit:

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
Dec 21: Last day of fall semester
Jan 18, 2021: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan 25, 2021:
Spring semester classes begin

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SOE Passion to Profession Symposium
Jan 21, 7–8:00 p.m.

ASCD Leadership Summit
Jan 27–29, 2021

AAEE Career Fair for Educators
March 11, 12-4pm

American Counseling Association
Virtual Conference
April 5 – 30, 2021

Save the Date:
ASCA Annual Conference 

July 11-14, 2021 


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Teacher Proctors
The St. Paul’s School for Girls has several openings for teaching proctors for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Proctor upper school classes for teacher’s who are teaching online. Classroom management or experience working with secondary school students preferred, but not required. Great way to get a foot in the door! Send resume/cover letter and references to

School Counselor
Howard County Public Schools: accepting applications for 2021-22 school year. Respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career, and social/emotional development for students.  Masters degree and MSDE certification requirements in School Counseling. Info/apply.