COVID-19 FAQ for ECSE Undergraduate Students

  • I am a senior, will I still be able to graduate? I have a job lined up…
    • If you have met all your requirements, and pass your classes, you should be able to graduate on time. The semester is still going forward, classes will just be moved to an online format. If you have any questions about your requirements, please email Rama (hamarr@rpi.edu). 
  • How can I prepare to classes online?
  • How will this effect ARCH?
    • As of now, ARCH 2020 will still be starting as planned.
  • How do I get forms signed by my advisor? How do I submit them to ALAC or the registrar?
    • The registrar and ALAC are accepting digital signatures and forms submitted via email. You should email your filled out forms to your advisor or instructor for signatures, then email the completed and signed forms to either the registrar’s office (registrar@rpi.edu) or ALAC (tedesp@rpi.edu).  
    • For fill-able PDF forms, go to our ECSE Useful Links and Forms page. Some forms are also available in fill-able form on the Registrar's website.
  • Is the Fall 2020 registration timeline still the same?
    • Yes, Fall 2020 registration is still moving forward as planned. Registration will begin on March 23rd – make sure you check your time ticket and email your advisor to discuss classes.  The SAM hold will not be enforced for this term.
  • How can I meet with my faculty advisor or with ECSE Undergraduate Student Services?
    • Email them! You can communicate with your faculty advisors over email and find their preferred way to meet with you and discuss your Fall schedule. They will likely want to communicate via email, WebEx or phone. To meet with Undergraduate Student Services, send Rama an email (hamarr@rpi.edu) or make an appointment to meet via WebEx.
  • What if I am in a different time zone – how should I attend my classes?
    • You should reach out to your instructors and ask! Many faculty are recording their lectures and posting them online for this reason.
  • Do you have any information about move out? What if I can’t go back home?
  • If I am returning from international travel, what do I need to do?
    • Students returning from any country outside of North America must contact the Student Health Center at (518) 276-6287 or by email.
  • Where can I get the most recent information related to RPI and COVID-19?
  • I'm an International Student - how are online classes affecting me? What is my status? How can I meet with an ISSS advisor?
    • The ISSS office has a Coronavirus FAQ page - check there for the most up-to-date information for International Students at RPI. The International Office is now also accepting digital signatures on their forms.
  • Will I still have access to Medical and Counseling Services?
    • See here for important changes to Medical and Counseling Services at RPI.
  • What courses can be changed to P/NC? How do I request to change a course to P/NC? What is the deadline?
    • All students will have the option to convert a letter grade in any Spring 2020 course to a Pass/No Credit grade by May 15, 2020. Additionally, a grade of Pass in the Spring 2020 semester can be counted towards the graduation requirements for any program of study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The selections for P/NC for this semester will not count against the P/NC limits stipulated in our academic catalog.

      If you would like to P/NC a course for this semester, you will not submit the P/NC form to the registrar. Instead, you must email Rama (hamarr@rpi.edu) with the following information:

      • Your full name
      • RIN
      • Email
      • Course(s) CRN
      • Course(s) Number
      • Course(s) Title
      • Name of your Faculty Advisor
      • If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate Student