To address possible questions related to advising and the impact of COVID-19, the School of Communications has created responses to the following frequently asked questions.
Has the spread of the novel coronavirus impacted class registration for summer and fall 2020?
Yes. The university has a new registration schedule. The revised schedule is available in OnTrack. Students must still meet with their advisers to make plans for the upcoming summer and fall semesters, as well as future academic terms.
When does registration begin?
Registration for summer session and fall semester begins on Tuesday, April 14. The specific registration times for various classifications have changed. The revised schedule is available in OnTrack.
I am away from campus this semester and unable to meet in person with my academic advisor. How will I receive advising and approval for registration?
Academic advising will be conducted virtually by email, phone or other electronic means. Be sure to get in touch with your academic advisor at least one week before registration, which starts on April 14. Be sure to review your Degree Audit on OnTrack and have a proposed list of courses for summer session (if you plan to attend) and the fall semester.
What if I am unable to contact my academic adviser for registration?
If your adviser is unavailable or unreachable, contact the department chair or program director of your major in the School of Communications. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Academic Advising.
Has the registration process changed this semester?
Yes. The university has adjusted the registration period by adding two business days between student groups based on the number of credit hours completed. This change allows students extra time to contact departmental chairs, advisors or others within the Elon community with registration questions or requests.
What if I can’t get into a class?
During the upcoming registration period, students will have the option to waitlist most courses in the School of Communications (with the exception of COM100 and SPT212) via OnTrack if the class is closed. The waitlist will prioritize students based upon 1) being a graduation candidate and 2) the number of credit hours accumulated.
Students will be able to view the total number of individuals on the waitlist. However, students will not know their ranking on the waitlist, as this may change depending on who signs up to waitlist a particular course.
If a seat becomes available in a School of Communications course that was previously closed, and you are first on the waitlist, you will receive an email. Please note that you will only have 24 hours to claim your spot. If you do not respond to the email request, then you will lose your spot on the waitlist. If this occurs, you may re-add yourself to the waitlist, however the school will not be able to accommodate students who missed their opportunity to register through the waitlist process – so be sure to check your email!
For more details, visit the school’s New Waitlist Option webpage.
What if I encounter a technology/internet issue during my advising window?
The registration process is the same as when you are on campus. You should contact the Office of Academic Advising if you experience technology problems during registration.
I plan to study in the Elon in Los Angeles program this summer. Has the program been canceled?
No. At this moment, Elon in LA is still scheduled to run. Any decision adjusting the program will be made by the Provost’s Office. However, please develop a contingency plan if the Elon in LA summer program is canceled. Work closely with your academic adviser on this contingency plan.
I am considering studying in the Elon in Los Angeles program in fall 2020. Has registration for the program been impacted?
No. Registration for the fall 2020 semester in Los Angeles is still on. The application deadline is May 1, but this could be extended. Contact Elon in LA Director J McMerty with specific questions.
I am currently scheduled to study abroad in the fall 2020 semester. If I am unable to study abroad, will I be able to register for classes in summer and fall?
Yes. Approximately, 170 ElonComm students plan to study abroad in fall 2020. However, it is important to create a backup plan just in case an abroad program is canceled or postponed. To gauge the need for courses, you will be asked to create an OnTrack shopping cart of four courses you might take on campus by April 1. Then you will register for on-campus classes. While you can work with your adviser to create an alternate plan, students instead can contact Jessica Gisclair, former chair of Communications Department, who can help expedite the advising process for individuals studying abroad in fall 2020. We feel optimistic that many fall abroad programs will still happen, but we want to ensure that you have on-campus courses if it is canceled. We can only do this if you register in April for on-campus classes.
If I am unable to study abroad, how will I register for classes in summer and fall 2020?
You will register at the same time as other students based on the number of credit hours you have completed in April. If needed, the School of Communications will adjust course loads and add sections to accommodate additional students for courses. In addition to working with your academic adviser, advising assistance for study abroad students will be provided by Associate Professor Jessica Gisclair, who help expedite the process. Contact her with specific questions.
STUDY ABROAD: I haven’t attended General Orientation to be abroad, what do I do?
For the 88 students who have not attended General Orientation, the Global Education Center (GEC) will have two virtual sessions to choose from. These will be 90 minutes in length. Attendance will be recorded and will be taken as seriously as any in-person orientation. These sessions will be communicated directly to the students and will use Sign-Up Genius to understand who is opting into which session.
STUDY ABROAD: I am worried about: booking flights, housing, visas, academic planning, packing, etc.
These items and more will be addressed at the GEC’s upcoming Elon student and Family Q&A live webinar session. This is scheduled for Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. (EST). It will be hosted on WebEx. Invites will go to students and to any family email address that students entered in their My Elon Global application. It will be recorded and disseminated automatically to the same list-serv the following business day.
STUDY ABROAD: When will I know if my program is canceled or not?
This question will be addressed at the GEC’s upcoming Elon student and Family Q&A live webinar session. The GEC’s upcoming Elon student and Family Q&A live webinar session. This is scheduled for Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. (EST). These items and more will be addressed at the GEC’s upcoming Elon student and Family Q&A live webinar session. This is scheduled for Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. (EST). It will be hosted on WebEx. Invites will go to students and to any family email address that students entered in their My Elon Global application. It will be recorded and disseminated automatically to the same list-serv the following business day.
I (or my parents) no longer want to study abroad this fall as I had planned. What do I do?
No problem. Talk immediately with your adviser to create a new four-year plan. You also can contact Jessica Gisclair, former chair of Communications Department, who can help expedite the advising process. We ask that you create an OnTrack shopping cart of four courses you want to take on campus by Wednesday, April 1. Then register for on-campus classes.
If I initially planned on studying abroad in the fall, but have now changed my plans, where will I reside at Elon?
Housing is full at this point except for first years and sophomores because the university has a two-year housing requirement. Students who were originally planning to go abroad should look off campus at this point. Residence Life and the GEC are working together to communicate with impacted students.
If employers are not accepting student interns this summer or fall semester, will I be able to complete my required internship?
Yes. The School of Communications has provided a number of options to maximize opportunities for students to earn internship credit. Please contact Internship Director Amber Moser for assistance and to discuss these options.
Because students are completing their spring courses online, I have heard that the university will offer a special pass/fail option for undergraduates. Will this impact my registration for courses in spring and fall?
No. The special pass/fail option you heard about is for spring semester only. This one-time option does not apply to summer and fall courses. The regular pass/fail option for summer and fall adheres to the university’s standard guidelines. For more information about the special pass/fail option for spring 2020, visit the school’s Pass-Fail Option FAQs webpage. FYI, the pass/fail option enrollment period runs from April 27 through May 19, 2020 (last day of final exams).
Will the special pass/fail option for undergraduate students in the spring semester carry over to future semesters?
No, not at this time. The special pass/fail option is for spring semester only.
Still have your Elon 101 instructor as your academic adviser? And you want to change your adviser to a School of Communications faculty member?
Assignment of academic advisors is centralized in the Office of Academic Advising. As part of this process, students will have to officially declare a major in the School of Communications.