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Frequently Asked Questions for Students

March 27, 1:46 p.m.


Are campus events canceled due to COVID-19?

Yes, all university sponsored events through May 31 are canceled.  

How does this affect commencement?

Spring Commencement, currently scheduled for May 17, 2020, will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions on public gatherings. There are plans for a late summer or early fall commencement as soon as public health conditions and operational guidelines allow. Delaying the commencement ceremonies will not delay the actual awarding of degrees to May graduates.

Support Services

Will I still be able to access the Hawk Pantry? 

The Hawk Pantry will be closed until Friday, May 1. 

Do I still have access to the health and counseling services?

Yes, UHCL students will have access to these services, as long as they are enrolled in classes and/or throughout the remainder of the current semester. Services will be provided through an online format. Check out the Support Services Directory online for more info.

Do I still have access to student support services (Math Center, Writing Center, etc.)?

Yes, UHCL students will have access to these services, as long as they are enrolled in classes and/or throughout the remainder of the current semester. Services will be provided through an online format. Check out the Support Services Directory online for more info.

Is the UHCL Neumann Library open?

The Neumann and Pearland libraries are closed until April 30. However, resources and online services are available online. The library will be closed for visitors through the remainder of the semester. Resources will be available online. For details, visit https://www.uhcl.edu/library

Is the Recreation and Wellness Center open?

In order to do our part in the efforts to flatten the curve and impact of this virus, we have made the very difficult decision to close the operations of the UHCL Recreation and Wellness Center beginning Thursday, March 19, until further notice. The length of the closure will depend on the COVID-19 response plan of UHCL. For more information updates, visit www.uhcl.edu/campusrecreation and follow @uhclcampusrec on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Will student organization meetings still be happening on campus?

While we are excited that you would like to continue meeting as an organization, as an institution we have asked students to not come to campus unless absolutely necessary. So in an effort to support you and your organization(s) in this endeavor, please reach out to Student Involvement and Leadership staff so that they can assist you in replacing your regular in-person meetings with other possible formats. Please do not come to campus unless you absolutely need to.   

Will student organization events still be happening on campus?

All campus events have been canceled through May 31. This extends to all Student Organization events as well. You will receive an email notification with an official cancellation. Please go ahead and work with your advisor or office staff to make sure that all speakers, etc. are canceled. 

How does this affect classes that require an internship or visits to external sites?

Each faculty member in individual courses will make that determination. Faculty will update their syllabi to meet the learning goals of the course.  

Taking Classes Online

What if I don’t have a computer to go online for classes?

For enrolled UHCL students who do not have a reliable computer, UHCL has launched the Online Learning Assistance and Reimbursement Program (oLARP). Learn more details online.

Will finals/exams be completed on BlackBoard? 

At this point, online examinations will run at least until May 2. Between March 23 and May 2 faculty will employ various ways to assess learning. These include but are not limited to ProctorU-based online exams where students will not have to pay, online exams, take home exams and other non-exam assessments of learning.

For graduate students, will the exams/finals be completed on Blackboard or ProctorU? If using ProctorU, will UHCL be covering the expenses? 

Proctored exams will go through ProctorU. Some students are being asked to pay for taking a ProctorULive+ exam. Students should make payment so that they can take the online exam. UHCL will make certain that any student who prepaid or paid for a ProctorU online exam given after March 23 will receive a refund.

How does this affect lab classes?

All laboratory classes will move to an online or alternative format. If you are conducting research, your faculty instructor will be informing you how that research will continue during this “Stay Home Work Safe” order.

Costs and Fees

Will the third installment for tuition and fees due date be pushed back?

Yes, the new due date for the third installment is now April 2. The fourth installment will also be due April 2. 

What refunds are being offered to students now that classes have gone online?

Please see Cost and Aid Payment Information resource for more details.

I’m a student worker. How does this affect my job?

Your job and pay are secure if you continue to work remotely as agreed upon with your supervisor. If you have not done so already, please connect with your supervisor for details and to develop any necessary off-site work arrangements.

I am a work study student. How does this affect my job? 

If you have not done so already please reach out to your supervisor and to the Student Financial Aid Office. The Student Financial Aid Office can be reached via email at uhcl_fao@uchl.edu

I am a Veteran student. Will resident courses (face-to-face, or hybrid courses with a face-to-face component) that have been converted to online impact my Monthly Housing Allowance?

Based on Senate Bill 3503, which was signed into law March 21, 2020, changes in course modality will not be submitted to the VA when conversion due to COVID-19 precautions is the only factor. This special authority is approved from March 1, 2020 through December 21, 2020.

Note: Other changes in enrollment status (non-COVID-19 related) must still be reported and may affect payments.

Am I able to check-out of Hunter Hall and receive a credit or refund on my housing and meal plan?

Yes. Students who elect to formally check-out of Hunter Hall must complete the approved check-out process, per the email instructions sent out late afternoon, on March 26, 2020. Students who complete this process are eligible for a pro-rated housing credit/refund and meal plan (unused dining dollars) credit/refund, based upon whether or not they have a balance on their student account at UHCL.

International Students

Will study abroad programs continue for the spring 2020 semester?

At this time, all study abroad programs have been cancelled for the spring 2020 semester and the summer 2020 programs are pending.  As this is a rapidly developing public health concern, UHCL is continuously monitoring developments around the world. For more information about student travel and education abroad programs, please email: educationabroad@uhcl.edu or visit www.uhcl.edu/academics/education-abroad/. 

I am an international student on an F-1 visa, do these changes apply to me and how will it affect my visa compliance? 

Although COVID-19 updates mandate UHCL’s temporary transition to online classes, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has informed the international community that F-1 International Students will not be in violation of their visa status for taking part in this period of exclusive virtual instruction.  Please contact us at OIAP@uhcl.edu or visit our International Advising webpage for more information: https://www.uhcl.edu/health-alert/students/international-students-coronavirus-info 

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