RANGER RESTART: Updates, resources, and FAQs.

Campus events canceled through June 30.
The Student Center will be closed for June & July.

Credit/No Credit Grading Option 

Students will have the opportunity to choose between a letter grade or the CR/NC designation for each course after seeing the earned letter grade for the term.  

Request to change class(es) to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC)
If CR/NC is selected, the class(es) will not be calculated into GPAs

Spring 2020 COVID-19 CR/NC Grade Definitions

Undergraduate courses
Grades A through D- will translate to CR
Grades of F will translate to NC

Nursing (NURS) courses
Grades A through C- will translate to CR
Grades of D+ through F will translate to NC

Graduate courses
Grades A through C will translate to CR
Grades C- through F will translate to NC

 

Your instructor will assign you a letter grade at the end of the term based on your semester’s work. Upon seeing your grades, you will be able to opt-in to CR/NC grading on a course by course basis. 

INSTRUCTIONS
An email was sent on Wednesday, May 20 from the Dean of Students account (DeanofStudents@uwp.edu) with the CR/NC Request form embedded in the body of the email. 

STEPS

  1. Open Email
  2. Click "Reply" (the form will then become fillable)
  3. Complete one of the two options provided
  4. Sign and date
  5. Click "Send" (please do not change the subject of the email)

RESOURCES 
The below resources can guide you if you are not sure how to find the information requested to complete the form.
CR/NC Guide pdf
Video Tutorial

REMINDERS

  • Review your grades in SOLAR starting Friday, May 22
  • Consult with your advisor/mentor before making this election to fully understand the impact for finances, veterans’ benefits, plans to pursue licensure programs, graduate and professional schools, etc.

If you wish to change a course grade to CR/NC, you must notify the Registrar’s Office by Wednesday, May 27.

IF you elect to take a mix of CR/NC and graded courses, the term GPA will be based on the graded courses.  If you elect to take the CR/NC option  for all your courses, your term GPA will be 0.00. However, it will not impact your cumulative GPA.

Students enrolled in the proficiency based sections of Math 111 may take advantage of the spring semester CR/NC grading policy. Some students with only a few proficiencies left to complete will be offered the opportunity to take an incomplete and complete the missing proficiencies during the first summer session. Students can elect to take either the “I” or CR.  To ensure success in the next level course, we encourage students to take the “I” and complete the proficiencies. Students who elect to take an incomplete, however, will not be able to change the grade to CR at a later date.  

Yes. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to choose between a letter grade or the CR/NC designation for each course after seeing the earned letter grade for the term.  You do not need to apply the CR/NC option to all of your classes. You can choose one, multiple, all, or none.

The decision to opt-in to the CR/NC grading for a course is non-reversible.   

Before making a final decision, we strongly encourage you to discuss this with your academic advisor and/or faculty members as there may be implications for students who need adequate preparation for future coursework, plan on applying to graduate and/or professional programs, are seeking licensure, etc. 

Yes, courses designated with a CR will count toward prerequisite and program requirements. 

Before making a final decision, we strongly encourage you to discuss this with your academic advisor and/or faculty members as there may be implications for students who need adequate preparation for future coursework, plan on applying to graduate and/or professional programs, are seeking licensure, etc. 

Students who rely on veterans’ benefits are eligible to take advantage of the credit/no credit policy this semester.  Students with specific questions are encouraged to contact Veterans Services at  veterans@uwp.edu.

General FAQs

The University Bookstore is currently closed and ALL students should ship their rental books back by the end of the term. 

Return rentals
www.uwparksideshop.com

At the top of the webpage, "Sign In" to your account to view your rentals and print the free shipping label.  

Sell books through
www.uwparksideshop.com

Feel free to contact the University Bookstore atuwparkside@bkstr.com if you have further questions.

We have made the very difficult decision not to hold face-to-face commencement ceremonies as originally scheduled on Saturday, May 16. Instead, we are developing exciting plans for the biggest Commencement Ceremony in Parkside history to properly honor and recognize the success of our graduates.

Save the date: December 10-12, 2020 

Regardless of the status of the Commencement Ceremony, students who complete all graduation requirements by the end of the term will receive their diploma.

All university-sponsored, non-essential travel has been cancelled through June 30, 2020. This includes travel related to group Spring Break trips, study abroad trips, individual and group conference/workshop travel, and course related trips.

The SAC is closed until further notice. 

The Brickstone Grill & Eatery will remain open with limited hours for essential personnel and residents. Currently, Brickstone Grill & Eatery hours are 10:30 am-1:30 pm daily.

The Library is closed. Details about online operations will be posted on the Library’s webpage.

Answers to questions related to the coronavirus can be found at CDC.gov. Clarifying questions can be directed to Student Health and Counseling Center at 262-595-2366. 

For other inquiries, students are encouraged to email the Dean of Students with specific questions or concerns. 

Emergency Funding

 

Future Focus Emergency Funding

  • Made available by the support of our UW-Parkside Foundation
  • $80,000 is designated for spring, with additional funding available for future semesters (including summer!)

Federal CARES Act funding

  • The University signed the Department of Education Certification and Agreement form on April 11, 2020 confirming that we wish to deliver Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students via the CARES Act.
  • $1,890,973 are available for students via the CARES Act

Any student currently attending

  • Withdrawn students, and students who stopped attending prior to spring do not qualify

Funding from the CARES Act has additional criteria including:

  • Meeting eligibility requirements for Federal Aid
  • Attending courses that experienced disruption due to COVID-19. (Students in courses that were originally designated as online were not disrupted, and therefore do not qualify for CARES Act funding)
  • Approximately 2500 students are eligible for CARES Act funding for the spring semester

Complete our emergency aid application.

EMERGENCY AID APPLICATION

  • Basic demographic information.
  • Explanation of how COVID 19 has impacted you financially.Please, be as detailed as possible! That helps us ensure that we are meeting your needs. 

Example: ‘I need help with bills’ vs ‘I can’t afford my rent ($600/month), and I’m struggling with food costs ($200/month)’.

  • Whenever possible, upload documentation to support your request like billing statements, copies of your lease, utility bills, etc
  • Pet care, home improvement, non-essential bill assistance (like credit cards), furniture replacement, tuition reimbursement, etc.
  • Computer replacement/purchase is limited to $800
  • Repeated requests may not be honored due to limited funding
  • This depends on your request/needs
  • Generally, funding is limited to $2000, but in extreme circumstance could vary
  • The average award granted is approximately $1,300.

Future Focus Funds
$61,320 to 58 students

CARES Act Funding
$588,616 to 535 students

As of 5/11/2020

Emergency funding follows our regular institutional refunding process.

BANKMOBILE

Student Refunds 

DINING  |  HOUSING  |  PARKING 

 

Any balance on your dining dollars account will be credited to your student account and processed in the following manner:

1. If you currently owe money on your student account, the credit will automatically be applied to reduce the debt. 

2. If you don’t owe money on your student account or the credited amount is greater than the amount you owe, you may want to consider reducing your student loan debt. If you wish to use your credit to repay student loans, you can locate your lender (or ‘servicer’) information by logging on to the National Student Loan Data System at NSLDS.ed.gov. Contact Financial Aid at finaid@uwp.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

3. Credits that are not used to cover debt or to reduce loans will be disbursed to you via our refunding partner BankMobile. If you haven’t already set up your BankMobile account, please visit their website: 
 BANKMOBILE
If you do not have your Personal Code, please email Cashiers.office@uwp.edu and they will initiate the process to have a code sent to your UW-Parkside Ranger email.

We are working to prorate charges for dining plans. The prorated amounts will be credited to your student account and processed in the following manner:

1. If you currently owe money on your student account, the credit will automatically be applied to reduce the debt. 

2. If you don’t owe money on your student account or the credited amount is greater than the amount you owe, you may want to consider reducing your student loan debt. If you wish to use your credit to repay student loans, you can locate your lender (or ‘servicer’) information by logging on to the National Student Loan Data System at NSLDS.ed.gov. Contact Financial Aid at finaid@uwp.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

3. Credits that are not used to cover debt or to reduce loans will be disbursed to you via our refunding partner BankMobile. If you haven’t already set up your BankMobile account, please visit their website: 
 BANKMOBILE
If you do not have your Personal Code, please email Cashiers.office@uwp.edu and they will initiate the process to have a code sent to your UW-Parkside Ranger email.

We are working to prorate charges for housing. The prorated amounts will be credited to your student account and processed in the following manner:

1. If you currently owe money on your student account, the credit will automatically be applied to reduce the debt. 

2. If you don’t owe money on your student account or the credited amount is greater than the amount you owe, you may want to consider reducing your student loan debt. If you wish to use your credit to repay student loans, you can locate your lender (or ‘servicer’) information by logging on to the National Student Loan Data System at NSLDS.ed.gov. Contact Financial Aid at finaid@uwp.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

3. Credits that are not used to cover debt or to reduce loans will be disbursed to you via our refunding partner BankMobile. If you haven’t already set up your BankMobile account, please visit their website: 
 BANKMOBILE
If you do not have your Personal Code, please email Cashiers.office@uwp.edu and they will initiate the process to have a code sent to your UW-Parkside Ranger email.

We are working to prorate charges for parking permits. The prorated amounts will be credited to your student account and processed in the following manner:

1. If you currently owe money on your student account, the credit will automatically be applied to reduce the debt. 

2. If you don’t owe money on your student account or the credited amount is greater than the amount you owe, you may want to consider reducing your student loan debt. If you wish to use your credit to repay student loans, you can locate your lender (or ‘servicer’) information by logging on to the National Student Loan Data System at NSLDS.ed.gov. Contact Financial Aid at finaid@uwp.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

3. Credits that are not used to cover debt or to reduce loans will be disbursed to you via our refunding partner BankMobile. If you haven’t already set up your BankMobile account, please visit their website: 
 BANKMOBILE
If you do not have your Personal Code, please email Cashiers.office@uwp.edu and they will initiate the process to have a code sent to your UW-Parkside Ranger email.

This process will take approximately 2 weeks.

Credits that are not used to cover debt or to reduce loans will be disbursed to you via our refunding partner BankMobile.

If you haven’t already set up your BankMobile account, please visit their website to set up an account. BankMobile explains the process and provides simple step by step instructions.  
 BANKMOBILE
If you have a BankMobile account, but you do not have your Personal Code, please email Cashiers.office@uwp.edu and they will initiate the process to have a code sent to your UW-Parkside Ranger email.

OPTION 1 |  If you don’t owe money on your student account or the credited amount is greater than the amount you owe, you may want to consider reducing your student loan debt. If you wish to use your credit to repay student loans, you can locate your lender (or ‘servicer’) information by logging on to the National Student Loan Data System at NSLDS.ed.gov. Contact Financial Aid at finaid@uwp.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

OPTION 2 | Credits that are not used to cover debt or to reduce loans will be disbursed to you via our refunding partner BankMobile.
If you haven’t already set up your BankMobile account, please visit their website to set up an account. BankMobile explains the process and provide simple step by step instructions.  
 BANKMOBILE
If you have a BankMobile account, but you do not have your Personal Code, please email Cashiers.office@uwp.edu and they will initiate the process to have a code sent to your UW-Parkside Ranger email.

 

OPTION 3 | If you currently owe money on your student account, the credit will automatically be applied to reduce the debt. You do not need to do anything.

International Students

Please find below some answers to the immigration-related questions regarding the recent decision to move to online instruction through the end of the semester.  If you have questions and/or concerns, please email Karin Basken (basken@uwp.edu) or Laine Philippa (laine@uwp.edu) in the ISS/SA Office.   

 

If you plan to return to Parkside to complete your academic program or OPT you will need to have your I-20’s signed. Please email Karin Basken or Laine Philippa from the ISS/SA Office to obtain a newly-signed document. Additionally, Dean of Students Steve Wallner is approved to sign. 

While we advise international students to return to their home countries, we are not closing University residence facilities. International students remaining on-campus, must expect services to be limited. 

U.S. universities received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that allows students to continue this semester’s courses online without jeopardizing their immigration status. This means that you must continue to be enrolled full-time and be making normal progress toward the degree. Regardless of where you are participating in online classes, your immigration status will remain active. Please note that this is a temporary accommodation in place until this health crisis ends and in-person classes resume.

According to current regulations, if classes resume in person in the Fall, you must return to campus to maintain your visa status.  If you are unable to return, the ISS/SA will do all that we can to get a new visa or help you continue your studies on line. Please keep watching this site in case U.S. federal requirements change.

As you all know, COVID-19 processes are changing daily.  It is impossible to predict if and when further restrictions will be put in place by the U.S.  Some foreign nationals are currently restricted to enter the United States. Please check the US Embassy website in your home country to keep up to date with travel restrictions

You must be physically in the U.S. at the time you submit your Optional Practical Training (OPT) application. ISS/SA will continue to process OPT applications as soon as we receive your submitted request and will communicate with you about how to pick up and mail your application to USCIS.  Remember you are not allowed to submit an OPT application more than 90 days before graduation

Yes, the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA § 265, 8 U.S.C. 1305) requires all nonimmigrants and permanent residents, including international students, scholars, and their families, to report any change of residential address in the U.S. to the federal government, within 10 days.

You may stay in the U.S. on an expired F-1 or J-1 visa as long as you maintain your immigration status by being in possession of a valid I-20 or DS-2019 and by meeting normal enrollment requirements. (Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S.)

If you leave the U.S. and your visa will have expired by the date you wish to re-enter the U.S., then you will need to obtain a new visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before you can re-enter to the U.S. (Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S.)

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