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Academic Continuity

Academic Continuity

Registration for Online Summer Sessions Starts March 25

Dear Students,

None of us can predict the course of COVID-19 and when social distancing guidelines will be lifted. As such, and after evaluating the extent of residential programming that has occurred during Maymester and summer sessions, Syracuse University is moving all previously scheduled residential courses to online delivery for the following terms:

  • Maymester: May 11-22
  • Summer I: May 18-June 26
  • Combined Summer Session: May 18-Aug. 7
  • Flex classes: Dates vary by class and as early as May 7

Summer registration opens in MySlice on March 25. If you plan to take summer courses and haven’t already contacted your academic advisor, please schedule an appointment through Orange SUccess or via email.

It’s also not too early to think about and plan for fall courses. Registration for fall begins April 6. You may add classes to your shopping cart now to plan your fall schedule. Go to MySlice and select “View My Enrollment Dates” to view your individual registration appointment day/time. Complete your fall registration as soon as possible to ensure enrollment in your preferred classes.


Siham Doughman
University Registrar

Coronavirus Update: Expanded Pass/Fail Grading Option Offered for Spring 2020 Semester

Dear Syracuse University undergraduate students:

As you prepare to transition to online classes following spring break, I am writing to share information to help you navigate the remainder of the spring semester.

This message applies to undergraduate students enrolled in traditional face-to-face Syracuse University courses this semester. It does not apply to graduate students, law students, students enrolled in our world partner programs or students enrolled in University College online undergraduate courses.

For students transitioning from in-person instruction to online instruction, the deadline to drop classes and the deadline to switch the grading option to pass/fail has been extended to April 3. To drop a class, or to switch to pass/fail, you must secure the permission of your academic advisor. Here are some important details to consider before acting:

  • Dropping a class. Full-time undergraduate students may drop classes so long as they remain registered for 12 or more credits. Advisors will help students ensure that they will not jeopardize progress toward their degree by dropping one or more classes.
  • Switching to pass/fail. Specific rules for taking classes pass/fail vary from college/school to college/school, and remain in place. Generally speaking, undergraduate students may not take more than 24 credits pass/fail during their program of study. Furthermore, schools, colleges and programs have identified specific courses and sets of requirements that may not be taken pass/fail, and those rules remain in effect. Your academic advisor will help you navigate any specific rules of your school or college.
  • Financial aid implications. Dropping classes and switching to the pass/fail grading option have potential consequences for financial aid. You must remain enrolled in at least 12 credits to maintain full-time status. If you opt for pass/fail grading and receive a “fail” grade, it could adversely affect your “satisfactory academic progress” for financial aid purposes. Before dropping below 12 credit hours or switching any classes to pass/fail, I encourage you to speak with your financial aid counselor to ensure that your financial aid is not affected in future semesters.

If you wish to drop a class, or convert to pass/fail, please notify your academic advisor by email. Feel free to share this message with your advisor. Your advisor will work with the staff in your school or college, and the Office of the Registrar, to make the changes. You must act by April 3.

This is a challenging time for our community, and especially for our students. Thank you for your patience as we work through the issues that this sudden change to online education presents. We are committed to ensuring your long-term success and your timely graduation.

Best wishes,

Chris Johnson
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Working and Teaching Remotely

We have added a Working and Teaching Remotely section to the Academic Continuity Resources toolkit. This page provides a checklist of items necessary to teach or work remotely, as well as an overview of remote access solutions, web conferencing tools, file sharing options and much more. Please review the checklist as soon as possible and discuss any hardware or software needs with your school, college or unit IT support personnel.

Blackboard Organizations

If you are looking for an online meeting space, Blackboard Organizations serve groups would like a space for information sharing, collaboration and communication.

Training Opportunities 

We will also continue to provide a range of training opportunities related to working and teaching online. You can find a schedule of upcoming Blackboard Collaborate Ultra training sessions on Answers.

Student FAQs

We have begun to compile a list of frequently asked questions from students to help you address their needs. Some of the most common questions include:

Where do I access Blackboard?

Go to or connect through For either option, use your NetID and password to log in to Blackboard.

Does it matter what browser I use?

Yes, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work best.

Why am I having difficulty logging in?

Check that you are using Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Next, ensure you are using your NetID and password to log in. If you still have trouble, contact the ITS Help Desk at 315.443.2677 or

Why isn’t my NetID/password working?

At any time, you can visit the NetID self-service page to look up your NetID, confirm your password works or reset your password if needed. If you still can’t log in, contact the ITS Help Desk at 315.443.2677 or

How do I find my course information?

Once you log in to Blackboard, your course will be listed under My Courses on the landing page. Click on your course name to enter the course room and access material. If needed, you also will find access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra by entering your course room for a virtual classroom.

You can find more FAQs related to Blackboard and Collaborate on Answers. We will share additional questions and answers based on student and faculty feedback.

Ensuring Online Accessibility

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) will remain operational during the suspension of residential classes. Access counselors will be available to discuss additional accommodation requests from students. ODS will continue to support faculty in providing enhanced mitigation of course materials to students who require it. For general ODS questions, visit or email

For specific technology-related questions, please consult your school or college IT support personnel or contact the ITS Service Center. For teaching questions, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence also is available to support. Send questions and challenges to Your questions (and the ensuing solutions) will inform future updates.