Online vs. In-Person
Decisions about which courses and sections to offer in which formats are being made based on our commitment to high-quality teaching and learning experiences, course content, as well as teaching and learning demands. They are also based on public health-informed guidelines, including the size of classroom spaces that are available and our ability to implement different health and safety measures.
Our academic programs and departments evaluated these factors and created a mix of formats including in-person, remote and a hybrid. These decisions were not made by faculty alone. However, faculty who were uncomfortable with their teaching assignments were provided a mechanism to request an alternate assignment.
Aspects of high-quality teaching, including interactive classroom activities, clear learning objectives and consistent and fair assessments are being incorporated into all of our classes – regardless of their modality. Remote classes will not simply be recorded lectures – both synchronous and asynchronous activities will be included, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with your instructors and fellow students.
Making Schedule Changes
In the coming weeks you’ll hear more updates to maximize your class schedule and campus experience. Course formats will be updated on the Office of the Registrar’s website by August 7 for review and edits. You can view your schedule in Wolverine Access to see the mode of instruction for each class, and a class search functionality to choose multiple modes of instruction will be made available. In the meantime, Mode of Instruction can be viewed in Class Search.
Graduate Student Deadlines
Deadlines for completion of degree and candidacy requirements, dissertation defenses and post-dissertation defense submissions have all been extended for engineering graduate students enrolled in Rackham (MS, MSE, PhD) and non-Rackham (MEng, DEng) graduate degree programs.
Incompletes during the Winter 2020 term will need to be finished by the last day of Fall 2020 classes. The grade will then be translated to the Pass/No Record Covid grade scale, and no record of Incomplete will remain.
Services Still Available
Engineering Learning Center
Honor Council: For students who have pending meetings with Honor Council, the meetings will take place as scheduled, but will all be conducted virtually via BlueJeans. Students will receive the BlueJeans meeting invite from the person they are scheduled to meet with. To ask questions, voice concerns or request a virtual meeting regarding the Honor Code, email:
Scholastic Standing: For students who have pending meetings with a Scholastic Standing administrative staff member, the meetings will take place as scheduled, but will all be conducted virtually via BlueJeans. Students will receive the BlueJeans meeting invite from the staff member they are scheduled to meet with. To ask questions, voice concerns or request a virtual meeting regarding scholastic standing email:
Engineering Advising Center
For the safety of students and staff, the EAC is cancelling all in-person appointments and walk-ins. All advisors will be working remotely. To make a virtual appointment, visit the EAC website and click on “Make an Advising Appointment.” More information on virtual appointments can be found on our Remote Advising Options FAQ page.
Engineering Scholarship Office
The Engineering Scholarship Office (ESO) will continue to offer advising appointments on a virtual basis via phone or Bluejeans teleconference. If you are concerned about the effects these changes are having to you financially, please set up an advising appointment or email us.
Academic Services Office
All services can be accessed remotely. Please contact us through our office email.