FAQ - Academics


What course modalities are available during the fall (e.g. live/synchronous, asynchronous, etc.)? What classes will have an in-person component?

Based on the expected trajectory of the pandemic, the rollout of vaccines, and our health and safety practices, we are currently on track to conduct in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester. We hope to continue ramping up in-person activity and returning to face-to-face learning. The intended modality for each fall 2021 course is noted on the schedule of classes. However, please note that these modalities may shift due to classroom space and/or required faculty accommodations.

As we move forward on this path, our priorities remain the same–promoting the health and safety of our community, progressing our educational and research mission, and supporting the broader response to COVID-19 in the DC region. This is an evolutionary process as our knowledge about COVID-19 continues to grow, the public health situation changes with the advent of vaccines, and we understand more of how COVID-19 will remain a part of life for some time.

Importantly, as AU has outlined before, we are building on the lessons of the past year to ensure our future learning and working environments provide the right frameworks, flexibility, and opportunity for our students, faculty, and staff. We are exploring the elements of telework and virtual learning that may be part of our future operations.

Is temporary leave available to students for the fall semester?

Yes. Undergraduate regulations for General Temporary Leave may be found in the Undergraduate Academic Rules and Regulations and regulations for graduate students on a four-term calendar may be found in the Graduate Academic Regulations.

How can I meet with my academic advisor in the fall 2021 semester?

Academic advisor meetings will take place online and in-person during the Fall 2021 semester. You may schedule an appointment with your advisor online via each school.

What if I have a question about my fall course?

Our faculty understand the importance of being accessible for our students to answer questions. Please feel free to reach out to your faculty via email.

Will there be changes to the Academic Calendar in terms of add/drop or refund deadlines?

There are no changes to the Academic Calendar at this time. We will continue to monitor any changes in public health conditions and follow guidance of global, national, and local health and government officials.

Will support services remain available?

Yes. Support services for students, such as the Counseling Center, the Writing Center, the Tutoring Lab, and Academic Coaching services will be available by virtual and in-person appointments. Academic advisors will be available, and you should reach out to your individual advisor to schedule a remote appointment.