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Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Below you will find answers to the most common questions about the plan to realign the academic calendar for the 2021-22 academic year.

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The new calendar creates flexibility by allowing students to cross-register across 8-week sessions and the 17-week semesters in a Department of Education-compliant calendar. Students will be able to take offerings across campuses and delivery modes, in some cases allowing students to accelerate their time to degree.

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Moving forward, “term” will be used in line with the Department of Education’s definition and the fall and spring terms will include a 17-week semester, the 18-week law semester, and two 8-week sessions.

The fall term will be inclusive of the Fall Law Semester, Fall Semester, and Fall Sessions 1 and 2. Spring term is inclusive of Spring Law Semester, Spring Semester (including January Intersession), and Spring Sessions 1 and 2. Summer term will have the Summer Session and two 4-week mini-sessions. See calendar dates.

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The new academic calendar will go into effect in the fall 2021 term, which begins on August 16, 2021, with the start of the College of Law semester.

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For most students on the semester calendar, not much will change, other than having the flexibility to enroll in a greater variety of courses across the La Verne Campus, regional campuses, and online.

Students at regional campuses, in online programs, and in College of Business and Public Management graduate programs will see important changes. Those include a shift to standardized 8-week sessions (instead of 10-weeks), all in-person classes will be hybrid with a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, and the requirement for students to register for multiple sessions before the start of each new academic term.

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Possibly. All in-person classes offered for the 8-week sessions will now be hybrid. That means that a majority of each class will be taught face-to-face, and 30 percent (for graduate) or 40 percent (for undergraduate) will be taught online. The online portion of those classes will be asynchronous, guided by faculty-designed online assignments rather than through remote Zoom or Webex meetings. Courses in fully online-only programs will remain fully online.

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Except for the addition of a one-week fall break, there will be no significant changes to the academic semester for traditional undergraduate students on the La Verne Campus. The January intersession will remain in place. The new academic calendar will allow traditional undergraduate students to have greater flexibility to enroll in some online classes or in hybrid classes offered at regional campus locations. Traditional undergraduate students should work with their advisors to discuss whether these options are appropriate.

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Students in CAPA will see minor changes. Those include a shift from two 8-week cycles to two standardized 8-week sessions for each of the fall and spring terms, the availability of an 8-week session during summer term, and the option to enroll in classes offered at other regional campuses. Students can continue to enroll in semester-based classes on the La Verne Campus. Courses in online-only programs will remain fully online.

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Students at regional campuses and La Verne Online will see important changes. Those include a shift to two standardized 8-week sessions for each of the fall and spring terms, a shift from the 10-week summer session to an 8-week summer session, increased online components for coursework for in-person classes, and the requirement to register for multiple sessions before the start of each new academic term. Courses in online-only programs will remain fully online.

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Students who are currently on the 10-week calendar, which includes graduate students in the College of Business and Public Management at the La Verne Campus, regional campuses, and online, will see important changes. Those include a shift from 10 to 8-week sessions (limited classes may be offered on the 17-week semester), more available sessions per academic year, increased online components for coursework for all in-person classes, and the requirement to register for multiple sessions before the start of each new academic term. Courses in online-only programs will remain fully online.

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There will be no significant changes to the academic semester for graduate students in the LaFetra College of Education at the La Verne Campus, with the exception of a new one-week break during the fall semester.

Students who are currently on the 10-week calendar, which include graduate students in the LaFetra College of Education at regional campuses, will see important changes. Those include a shift from 10 to 8-week sessions (limited classes may be offered on the 17-week semester), more available sessions per academic year, increased online components for coursework, and the requirement to register for multiple sessions before the start of each new academic term.

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There will be no significant changes to the academic semester for graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, with the exception of the addition of a one-week break during the fall semester. The Masters of Science Physician Assistant Practice program will remain on its current trimester calendar, which allows students to complete their clinical rotations and is in line with accreditation standards.

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There will be no significant changes to the College of Law Semester. The college will continue to have an 18-week semester. Students may cross-enroll between the law semester, the semester, and session programs.

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Veterans, military, and military-connected students may see changes in full-time rate of pursuit requirements for some programs, particularly within undergraduate programs. Students in undergraduate and most master’s programs will see aligned class start and stop dates with access to the La Verne Campus and regional and online classes, providing more options in structuring class schedules and rate of pursuit choices (units enrolled per session/semester).

Doctorate programs remain unchanged.

Students should work closely with their advisors to ensure they are registered in the appropriate number of units each semester/session to fulfill full-time requirements and maximize benefits.

Advisors and students will be able to access a VA Benefit Info Sheet from the main page of the Veteran Success and Resources webpage. The university certifying officials, as well as the Abraham Center for Veteran Student Success, are available for questions from students and advisors. Contact info:

  • Ann Jeffers, VA Liaison/university certifying official (all sites except military centers): vareg@laverne.edu
  • Jen Brace, university certifying official, military centers: jbrace@laverne.edu
  • Diana Towles, coordinator, Veteran Student Success: dtowles@laverne.edu
  • Contact Dean Kevin Marshall with questions about VA benefit eligibility at the College of Law: kmarshall@laverne.edu
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Students will still have the opportunity to qualify for federal, state, and university aid as they did before the calendar realignment. Students’ financial aid eligibility will be based on their class registration for the entire term of enrollment, which means that part-time and full-time status will be calculated based on the total number of units enrolled in a semester and both embedded sessions during the fall and spring, or the session and mini-sessions in the summer. Students who are in session-based programs should register for both Session 1 and Session 2 at the same time, since they will become eligible for funds for the entire term including both sessions when they begin Session 1. Make sure to file your FAFSA as usual, and do not hesitate to contact finaid@laverne.edu if you have any questions or need assistance.

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The changes to the academic calendar will not affect tuition rates.

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For the 8-week sessions, the add/drop dates will be at the end of the first week of instruction. For the 4-week intersession and summer mini-sessions, the add/drop dates will be at the end of the third day of instruction. The semester add/drop dates will remain the same, at the end of the sixth day of instruction.

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All students will register for a full term, which means either an entire semester, or both of the embedded 8-week sessions during the fall and spring, and the session and both of the embedded mini-sessions during the summer. For example, when registering for the fall term, students on the 8-week session calendar would register for Fall Session 1 and Fall Session 2 at the same time.

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In some programs, the new calendar will give regional campus, online students, and graduate students an additional period of enrollment during the academic year to accelerate their time to degree.

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No. All of your current class credits will remain unchanged.

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Yes. Students will have winter break and spring break. In addition, students on the semester and session calendar will also have a one week break during the fall term. The one-week fall and spring breaks will be timed to occur mid-semester, between the two 8-week sessions. Law Semester will observe a spring break but the dates will be different than the other semester and session spring break.

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Holidays observed will be per the University of La Verne Holiday Schedule produced by the Office of Human Resources. The holidays are: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Thanksgiving Friday. In addition, Good Friday and Veterans Days will be academic holidays. While classes will not meet on these days, independent asynchronous learning activities will need to be assigned given the reduction of face-to-face or remote synchronous class time via Zoom or Webex.

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No, the major requirements will not be impacted by the new calendar. Students can view the academic catalog at laverne.edu/catalog for details on requirements for degrees.

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Students with questions are welcome to connect with the following offices with questions:

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During COVID-19 while the university is operating hybrid and online, international students need to take at least one class in-person at the La Verne campus, and students are allowed one online class per term. Hybrid courses must be based out of the La Verne campus, and be physically proctored by the professor or university employee. Once full-time enrollment has been met within those parameters, then additional hybrid (again based out of the La Verne campus) or online classes can be added since they would be incidental to maintaining full-time enrollment.

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Undergraduates must maintain at least 12 units per term (any combination of semester and sessions 1 & 2) and graduate students pursuing their master’s degree must maintain at least 9 units per term (any combination of semester and sessions 1 & 2). If an international student takes fewer units than required or drops their class mid-term, then they would be considered out of status with SEVP/DHS and would need to depart the US. 

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Yes, the units can be divided between Session 1 and Session 2 as long as the total amount of units for the degree level is met for that term.

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If it’s your last term and you don’t need full-time units to finish, then you will fill out a Reduced Course Load Form, have your academic advisor sign it, and then provide that document to your international advisor in the Office of International Services & Engagement (OISE), so that we can alert SEVIS as to why you’re under-enrolled.

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Yes. You’ll want to work closely with your academic advisor to make sure that your class schedule is well-planned and keeps you in full-time status. Additionally, you’ll want to work closely with your international advisor in the Office of International Services & Engagement as well to make sure that your immigration status is always active.  Do not drop any courses that will put you below full-time status because that will jeopardize the terms of your visa and your immigration. 

 

Students with additional questions can contact the Office of International Services & Engagement at international@laverne.edu.