COVID-19 FAQ for ISE Students

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COVID-19 FAQs for 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 Professor Mohmaed Aboul-Seoud (aboulm@rpi.edu.). 
  • 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).  
  • 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 SAM holds are suspended since SAM meeting is no longer sanctioned.
  • How can I meet with my faculty advisor?
    • 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.
  • 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?

COVID-19 FAQs for Graduate Students (email Marylouise (dowdm3@rpi.edu) with any questions which are not answered here)

  • I am supposed to graduate this semester, will I still be able to defend? I have a job lined up…
    • Yes. Your exam will need to happen online, preferably on WebEx.
  • How much does it cost to use WebEx?
  • What do I need to do to move my candidacy exam online?
    • If you already have a time scheduled for your candidacy, all you need to do is 1) schedule a WebEx meeting for the scheduled time, and 2) email your committee and provide a URL link to the WebEx meeting. 
  • What do I need to do to move my PhD defense online?
    • If you already have a time scheduled for your defense, all you need to do is 1) schedule a WebEx meeting for the scheduled time,  2) email your committee and provide a URL link to the WebEx meeting, and 3) email Jamie the defense info (name, advisor name, title, abstract) AND include the WebEx link. The scheduled WebEx link should be public since a defense is public. Public means no password is needed to join the meeting (or create a password but share it in the announcement).
  • How do I get forms (eg DSYR, record of exam, etc.) signed by my advisor or the committee? How do I submit them to the registrar or OGE?
    • The registrar and OGE are accepting digital or scanned signatures on forms submitted via email. You should email your filled out forms in PDF format to your advisor or instructor for signatures, then email the completed and signed forms to Marylouise (dowdm3@rpi.edu).  
  • 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.
  • How can I meet with my advisor or ISE Coordinator?
    • Email them! Send Tom Sharkey an email (sharkt@rpi.edu) to meet via WebEx.
  • How can I continue my research with my advisor?
    • You can communicate with your faculty advisors over email and find their preferred way to meet with you and discuss your research. They will likely want to communicate via email, WebEx and/or phone.
  • Do I need to come to the lab?
    • RPI encourages all graduate students to work remotely whenever possible. You need to discuss this with your advisor and come up with a plan that follows the social distancing rules.
  • What if the campus shuts down?
    • Discuss this possibility with your advisor and come up with a contingency plan.
  • What should I do if I develop symptoms of COVID-19?
    • You should immediately self-isolate and contact the Student Health Center at (518) 276-6287.
  • Where can I get the most recent information related to RPI and COVID-19?