Communications

From Office of Academic Affairs | March 19, 2020

Dear Students,

As this situation continues to evolve, we’re writing to you to help you achieve academic success. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. We are working diligently to allow you to continue your education and complete this semester. As your face-to-face classes move to a new delivery format on Monday, March 23, we hope you will find this information useful.

Courses

Faculty are redesigning courses to move to online learning environments. Some will use technology like Google Hangouts at your regularly scheduled class meeting time. Sometimes you will have instructional content available in Moodle for more independent work. Your instructors will communicate with you about the course format and expectations.

Click here for strategies to succeed in online courses.

Important Dates and Updates

  • The Course Withdrawal Date for traditional and SPS 14-week courses will now be March 27 (instead of March 20). There may be financial aid implications for course withdrawal; please contact Financial Aid at finaid@peace.edu to understand how this may affect you. Email registrar@peace.edu to request a course withdrawal. The Registrar staff will secure all necessary approvals for you.

  • The Fall 2020 registration dates have been changed to the following:

    • April 6: Seniors and Priority Groups

    • April 7: Juniors

    • April 8: Sophomores

    • April 9: First-Year Students

Academic Support Services

Services remain available to you remotely.

  • Peer Tutoring (tutoring@peace.edu): Signup for appointments via WPUConnect. Tutors will use Google Hangouts.

  • Academic Advising (advising@peace.edu) is ongoing for Summer and Fall 2020. Contact your advisor to set up a virtual appointment.

  • Registration (registrar@peace.edu): Fall 2020 course registration will begin on April 6 according to the schedule above. Please be sure to update your emergency contact information and resolve any holds prior to your registration time. Summer 2020 course registration is already open and ongoing.

  • Career Design (careercenter@peace.edu): Appointments can be scheduled via WPUConnect and will be held virtually. Online resources are available here.

Technology

In case of problems with account access, students may request technology assistance by emailing helpdesk@peace.edu. Click here to be directed to the IT page on MyPacerNet for student resources and short videos to assist you. You will find information about:

  • Downloading a free copy of Microsoft Office 365

  • Using Google Hangouts

  • Completing course work in Moodle, such as uploading assignments and creating discussion posts

  • Accessing free broadband and WiFi for those without internet

  • Using apps on your smart phone for Moodle, Google Hangouts, and Google Drive

Students may check out Chromebooks from the library on a first-come basis.

Tips:

  • Communicate with us regularly. Reach out to your faculty and advisor. It is more important than ever that we support each other and stay connected!

  • Utilize support services.

  • Check Moodle daily.

  • Check your WPU email daily.

Please feel free to email academicaffairs@peace.edu with any other academic questions.

Thank you for your patience and engagement. We are committed to you and your success.

Sincerely,

Carolyn Blattner, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs