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Information for Students - the COVID-19 Crisis



(Updated 09/21/20. This information is subject to change.)

Dear Students,

We understand the transition to remote learning may be difficult. We want to provide you with as many services as we can to assist you with this transition. Please remember that we are all in this together and are here to help you complete the semester. Your success is important to us. We want to support you in any way we can. These are extraordinary times and we are working to ensure we are available to you as much as possible to keep us all safe and healthy.

How do I Complete?

Go to the Library website for more information about hours, research help, textbooks, and book checkouts: http://www.siskiyous.edu/library/

Tutoring is available, and our tutors are eager to help. While the on-campus ASC is closed, real-time Zoom tutoring with your favorite ASC tutors is available in the ASC Canvas shell. To learn how to access tutoring and other academic supports, visit the ASC website. www.siskiyous.edu/asc/

NetTutor is accessible only through Canvas in the course navigation menu. However, if students do not have courses in Canvas, they can access NetTutor through the ASC Canvas shell which is linked to www.siskiyous.edu/asc/.

Alternatives to Withdrawing

Before you consider dropping any courses, consider the following options.

Incomplete grades

At the instructors discretion, incomplete academic work for emergency reasons at the end of the term may result in a student asking an instructor for an incomplete ("I") grade.

  • The student must be passing the course at the time of the emergency.
  • The instructor will determine the conditions for completing the class (for example, what work needs to be completed and by when).
  • If the missing coursework is completed by the specified timeline, the "I" is replaced by the grade earned in the class. If not, the "I" converts to the grade specified on the Incomplete Grade Report form.
  • You can access the Incomplete Grade Report form from your Instructor. (Remember, you are asking your instructor if an incomplete is appropriate, not telling them you want an incomplete.)

Before you Decide to Withdraw

If, due to the circumstances of your course or due to COVID-19, you need to drop your course, please investigate the situations below. Before you make your decision, we want to make sure it is the right option for you.

Yes – many students are finding they can finish some courses but not all. Please work with your Counselor or Advisor to ensure there are no repercussions.

In order to not have to return funding to the Federal Governments students must submit a statement to financial aid documenting how COVID 19 made them unable to successfully complete the term. There is a place in the form for students to make this statement.

For any questions you may have regarding your VA Educational Benefits, go to the Department of Veterans Affair Website https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/. Information is changing daily. You may also contact your VA Counselor Marcy Demetro mdemetro@siskiyous.edu or Certifying Official Hayley Pope hpope@siskiyous.edu.

A grade of EW will be on your transcript. EW Stands for Extenuating Circumstance Withdrawal. This will not count against a student’s academic progress or GPA standing. EW also does not count in the three takes rule for repeats.

Dropping now could have an effect on your athletic eligibility. Please contact the Athletic Department prior to dropping any classes. Contact Charlie Roche croche@siskiyous.edu and Monique Gonsalez sgonsalez@siskiyous.edu

If you are an international student, the rules are different. To protect your student visa, you are expected to maintain a full course of study of 12 units. Please contact the ISP office at international@siskiyous.edu to receive guidance on the consequences of withdrawing from a class.

If you withdraw from a course that is on your educational plan you should contact Counseling Services to ensure that you will still be on track. counselingservices@siskiyous.edu

Make sure to check in with your high school counselor before dropping classes. A withdrawal may affect your high school graduation requirements.

It depends on the nursing program you are planning to attend. The policy for the nursing program at College of the Siskiyous is that a "W" does not count as an attempt for a nursing prerequisite course. The "EW" would be treated the same as a "W". Contact Counseling and Advising (Counselingservices@siskiyous.edu) for specifics.

In dropping you have two options:

Withdraw with a "W"

  • Withdrawing from a class now will result in a "W."
  • W's do not count toward the calculation of your GPA.
  • W's are calculated in academic probation and dismissal procedures.
  • W's count as an attempt to take a class; students are allowed to attempt to take a class three times maximum.
  • W's will not result in a refund of any fees you paid for the class.

Withdrawal – You can use mySiskiyous to withdraw from your course. For full semester courses you have until the 12th week of the semester. This will put a W on your transcript and will calculate towards probation or dismissal status. This will also affect financial aid. Please check with your instructor for short-term class deadline dates.

Withdraw with an "EW" - Fall 2020 Semester (Submit until 12/17/21)

  • An Extenuating Circumstance Withdrawal ("EW") is used when a student needs to withdraw due to circumstances beyond their control (like the coronavirus pandemic).
  • EW's do not count toward the calculation of your GPA.
  • EW's do not count toward academic probation or dismissal procedures.
  • EW's do not count as an attempt to take a class.

Extenuating Circumstances Withdrawal Form

Withdraw with an "EW" - Spring 2021 Semester (Submit until 5/27/22)

  • An Extenuating Circumstance Withdrawal ("EW") is used when a student needs to withdraw due to circumstances beyond their control (like the coronavirus pandemic).
  • EW's do not count toward the calculation of your GPA.
  • EW's do not count toward academic probation or dismissal procedures.
  • EW's do not count as an attempt to take a class.

Extenuating Circumstances Withdrawal Form

Withdraw with an "EW" - Fall 2021 Semester (Submit until 12/16/22)

  • An Extenuating Circumstance Withdrawal ("EW") is used when a student needs to withdraw due to circumstances beyond their control (like the coronavirus pandemic).
  • EW's do not count toward the calculation of your GPA.
  • EW's do not count toward academic probation or dismissal procedures.
  • EW's do not count as an attempt to take a class.

Extenuating Circumstances Withdrawal Form

Extenuating Circumstance Withdrawal (EW) - The EW can affect your financial aid the same way a W does; however, when you drop through the EW possible Financial Aid may send you a petition to not have it count in your SAP.