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August 28, 2020

Student Health Center Testing Update

Welcome back! There has recently been some misunderstandings about Truman’s COVID testing procedures so I hope to clarify this through this communication. However, remember that the CDC changes its guidance regularly (with the last testing update by them just earlier this week), so guidance will likely change several times over the course of the academic year.

The Student Health Center is providing rapid COVID testing for students who are symptomatic OR who have had contact with a positive case. Send-out PCR testing, initially or as a follow-up, may be recommended for some students but this is done at the clinical judgment of the clinician. All students who have met the CDC definition of close contact with a positive case (for 15 minutes or more at a distance of 6 feet or less) must observe a 14-day quarantine period, regardless of whether testing results are negative or positive. In some cases, it may make sense to retest at a later date and in some not.

CDC guidelines no longer require testing of positive contacts. However, due to the potential for rapid spread on a college campus, we will continue to test positive contacts in accordance with an agreement with our local health department.

Students who develop symptoms of COVID or who have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID should call the SHC to set up a Zoom appointment with a SHC provider. The Zoom appointment allows the provider to determine the appropriateness of COVID testing or to determine if another evaluation is indicated. Following the Zoom appointment, if warranted, the provider will set up a time and explain the process for testing.

Insurance will be billed for the COVID-related Zoom appointment for students with insurance. Though the Health Center cannot guarantee payment by insurers, when medical necessity is proven, the appointment should be covered by insurance at 100 percent. This should be true regardless of deductibles, etc. The SHC does not charge for the test itself. Any student who has denial of payment through insurance for a COVID-related visit should contact the Health Center to research the problem. Students who do not have insurance have access to the Health Center’s reduced fee of $30 for the Zoom appointment and there is no charge for the test. PCR testing is done through an outside reference lab and the reference lab can also bill insurance.

If you are tested anywhere other than the Student Health Center and are notified of positive results, please contact the Health Center within 24 hours as we are responsible for maintaining the numbers for the campus and the public. COVID case numbers are currently being updated by 5 p.m. every Tuesday and can be found at https://www.truman.edu/coronavirus/reporting/. Please keep in mind that the Student Health Center is coordinating with our local health department and is including information from other area sources so data may change as information is obtained from any of those sources.

If you are told to quarantine or isolate due to contact with a COVID-positive individual or are COVID-positive yourself, and live in one of our residence halls, please contact the Residence Life Office (reslife@truman.edu) so that arrangements can be made for delivery of your meals. If notified on the evening or on weekends, there could be a delay but students can also contact a friend to pick up a meal for them at one of the campus dining locations in that interim period.

It is our goal to reduce the spread of this virus on our campus and we EACH play a part in achieving that goal. Please wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and physical distance. We will get through this together!

Dr. Higgins and the Staff at the Student Health Center

COVID-19 Cases

Fall 2020

Topics: Fall 2020 Campus Plan | FAQ | Health and Wellness | Academics | Campus Life | EmployeesResources

 

Spring and Summer 2020

Topics: General Questions | Housing | Academics | Travel/Study Abroad | Admitted/Prospective/Transfer Students | International Students | Employees


General Questions

Spring rental textbooks through the University Bookstore are due May 8. The return period has been extended to May 15 with no penalty. Students can print a pre-paid return label from the bookstore website, shoptruman.com.
Students who were living on-campus have already been counted through Residence Life, and they do not need to take any action. April 1 is the official census date, and everyone should fill out the census based on where they would have been living on that date under normal circumstances. Students who were living off campus and have returned to their hometown due to the coronavirus pandemic should take that into consideration when they fill out the census.
In compliance with the City of Kirksville’s current Stay-at-Home Order, the Health Center is closed but the phone is being answered and appointments scheduled via Zoom as appropriate. Students needing care (including prescription refills) should contact the SHC during regular office hours. Please leave a message if the phone is not immediately answered and your call will be returned. Staff will provide care when possible through telemedicine services (phone or Zoom) and any telemedicine appointment charges will be assessed to the student’s university account.  As per CDC guidelines, elective ambulatory provider wellness visits will be postponed.
The $75 late fee will NOT be assessed to student accounts during the Spring 2020 semester. However, interest on unpaid account balances will continue to accrue.
All non-critical employees are being instructed to work from home. Many employees were already working from home. Since the onset of the COVID-19 situation, Truman informed all employees who would like to work from home, or who do not feel comfortable coming to campus, to make arrangements with their supervisor. The University remains committed to providing a quality educational experience to students, however, all in-person student services are suspended for the remainder of the spring semester, as are in-person meetings with faculty and staff and the use of labs and studios. All in-person student services that have been suspended will be offered in alternative delivery formats. Information regarding phone numbers and email addresses for various offices (Registrar, Financial Aid, Business Office, etc.) is available via the online directory. Personnel will be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. CDC recommendations for social distancing are being followed and high-touch surfaces and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected multiple times throughout the day.
Following Gov. Parson’s April 3 “Stay Home Missouri” directive, Truman suspended its previously scheduled move out open to all on-campus residents. In order to be compliant with the governor’s directive, CDC guidelines and advice from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, the University is developing a move-out plan that should be available to all students who have not yet checked-out of their residence hall or on-campus apartment. Truman students who have not yet checked out should continue to check their Truman email account and the Residence Life website located here for updates about checking out.

Yes. UCS is dedicated to continuing to provide therapy services to as many students as possible during the semester. For students who will be living in Missouri for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, UCS is offering telephone or Zoom appointments. As always, students can call the office at 660.785.4014 to schedule an appointment. For those outside of Missouri, call UCS for assistance in finding a resource in your area.

Suicide Crisis: For individuals within Kirksville and Adair County, call UCS at 660.785.4014 during business hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or after hours call Kirksville Police Dispatch at 660.665.5621 and request to speak to the Truman on-call counselor. Please leave your full name, location and telephone number and a UCS professional will return your call as soon as possible, usually within a few minutes. For anyone outside of Kirksville and Adair County, for immediate support please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255 or text Home to 741 741.

To Speak to a Crisis Counselor: Please call Kirksville Police Dispatch at 660.665.5621 and request to speak to the Truman on-call counselor. If for some reason you are unable to reach the on-call counselor, please use the resources listed at ucs.truman.edu. A University Counseling Services (UCS) counselor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year.

For more information, visit ucs.truman.edu and follow UCS on Facebook to take part in the Stay Connected series.

Students with scholarship hour obligations will retain their full scholarship funding and will not be required to fulfill any more hours this semester. Scholarship students who would like to continue their employment should contact their supervisors for available options. Students who have a federal work-study job (which is only about 200 students on campus) will be compensated for the remainder of the semester based on the number of hours they were scheduled to work. Federal work-study students who would like to continue their employment will need to coordinate with their supervisor. Students working for the University and receiving institutional pay who would like to continue their employment must contact their supervisors. Due to altered services on campus, where student workers are needed has changed. Students are encouraged to regularly check trupositions.truman.edu if they need employment.
All in-person student services are suspended for the rest of the spring semester, as are in-person meetings with faculty and staff and the use of labs and studios. All in-person student services that have been suspended will be offered in alternative delivery formats. Information regarding phone numbers and email addresses for various offices (Registrar, Financial Aid, Business Office, etc.) is available via the online directory. Personnel will be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pickler Memorial Library, the Student Union Building, the Student Recreation Center and Pershing Arena are closed to students and the general public. Food service will be available for on-campus students with meal plans on a to-go basis beginning March 21. CDC recommendations for social distancing will be followed and high-touch surfaces and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times throughout the day.

You can find information on things to be aware of as your classes move online at  trualert.truman.edu/student-remote-learning-resources/. Find tips for getting started, recommended devices, and how to use technology resources.

No. At this time, there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus. Additionally, no current students from CDC high-risk countries returned to their countries of origin during break and returned to campus.

No. Only in-person classes have been suspended. University offices will continue to be staffed and faculty members will be instructed by their academic departments on how to proceed. On-campus events have been cancelled as a precautionary measure.

No. You should not hold meetings on campus until students are told to return to campus. Meetings, campus events, performances, guest lectures and the like should not be rescheduled to off-campus locations. The University’s goals are to protect the health and safety of the campus community and to sustain the teaching and learning that are a hallmark of all that we do at Truman.

Truman has a pandemic plan in its emergency preparedness guidelines. The University also has formed a leadership task force to closely monitor the situation. Members of the University community have met with city and county representatives, as well as other agencies, to coordinate should a response be necessary. The risk of transmission is low on campus, and plans have been established with the local emergency room for testing and isolation of any future suspected cases of COVID-19.

The University will update this website with information as it becomes available. Emails to students, faculty and staff, as well as TruAlert messages to anyone signed up to receive them, will be sent as necessary.

According to the latest information from the CDC, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low. The CDC is constantly updating the Risk Assessment information to reflect changes as they learn more about the virus.

Housing Questions

Following Gov. Parson’s April 3 “Stay Home Missouri” directive, Truman suspended its previously scheduled move out open to all on-campus residents. In order to be compliant with the governor’s directive, CDC guidelines and advice from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, the University is developing a move-out plan that should be available to all students who have not yet checked-out of their residence hall or on-campus apartment. Truman students who have not yet checked out should continue to check their Truman email account and the Residence Life website located here for updates about checking out.

Students who have not stayed on campus or used their meal plans since the start of spring break (March 7), and have completed their residence hall checkout by May 9, will receive a pro-rated student account credit for the unused portion of housing and meals (approximately 50%).  Calculation of these credits may take some time since every situation will need to be reviewed individually.

Any refundable credit balance on student accounts after meal plans and housing have been recalculated will be refunded to the student. Housing credits will first be applied to any unpaid student account balance. Beyond that, students will have the option to apply any remaining credit to summer course tuition or receive a monetary payment. Students who have signed up for direct deposit will have eligible credits sent to their designated bank account. Those who have not signed up for direct deposit will receive a printed check mailed to their permanent address. Instructions for signing up for direct deposit can be found on TruView in Student Finances>Student Account Suite>Refunds>Set Up Account.

Academic Questions

How do I change a course to Pass/Fail grading?

The TruView tool to change any, some or all eligible spring 2020 courses to the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading mode is available until 8 a.m. (CST) on Thursday, May 14. To access the tool, log in to TruView and click on the Student Tab. Next find the channel/box labeled “Student Data” and find the link named “Course Opt-in for Pass/Fail.”

How does the Pass/Fail grading process work?

Faculty will record the letter grade earned. The Registrar’s Office will convert it to Pass if the recorded grade is a D or higher or to Fail if the recorded grade is an F. The recorded grade will be used for prerequisite fulfillment if a course requires a prerequisite of a grade of C or better. The recorded grade will be used for determining the President’s and Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Lists.

What will show on my transcript?

If you select to drop your course before the last day of classes, you will receive a “W” on your transcript for this course. If you select Pass/Fail grading, your transcript will display a “P” if you earn a letter grade of D or higher. A grade of “Fail” in Pass/Fail grading will display an “F” on your transcript. If you choose Credit/No Credit grading, a letter grade of D or better earns Credit (Y appears on the transcript); a letter grade of F does not earn credit (Z appears on the transcript).

How do the different options impact my GPA?

If you select to drop a course, the “W” will not impact your GPA. If you select Pass/Fail grading, the grade of a “P” (Pass) will not impact your GPA. A grade of “F” (Fail in Pass/Fail grading) will be calculated into your GPA as scoring zero (0) honor points for that course, behaving in the same way as an “F” issued under an A-F grading scheme. If you choose the Credit/No Credit grading option, neither Credit grades (Y appears on the transcript) nor No Credit grades (Z appears on the transcript) affect your GPA.

What is the difference between the new Pass/Fail grading option and Credit/No Credit grading that we can select any semester?

In both options, if you earn a letter grade of D or better you get a Pass or Credit grade and neither option counts towards your GPA. In the case of a letter grade of an F, a “Fail” counts as zero (0) honor points and will count against your GPA while a “No Credit” Z grade does not impact your GPA. As outlined above for this semester, any courses that you choose the Pass/Fail grading option and earn a “Pass” will fulfill degree and program requirements, count as sufficient degree progress, and fulfill most prerequisites. This means you will receive full credit for those courses. (A few degree programs will not permit this option and will notify their students separately.) Maintaining sufficient degree progress is important for some scholarships and financial aid; the Pass/Fail option allows you to keep all of the financial aid that has been awarded to you for the current semester. Credit/No Credit grading can only apply to “free electives” and cannot count towards many degree requirements – see FAQ for What is the Credit/No Credit Policy. There is a limit of the number of Credit/No Credit courses you can claim in a semester and over the course of your college career. Credit/No Credit courses cannot be repeated. Credit/No Credit courses do not count for sufficient degree progress and in your full-time load for some scholarships and financial aid, which may mean you will be required to return those forms of aid. The Credit/No Credit option is available for students to select until March 27. No fee will be assessed for the change to Credit/No Credit. For most students looking for an option other than the standard A-F grading scheme, the Pass/Fail grading option will be a better choice than Credit/No Credit. However, your faculty advisor or a CAE advisor (advise@truman.edu) can help you make this decision if you are unsure.

Does dropping my course or selecting Pass/Fail grading impact my financial aid?

Dropping below full-time hours (12 credit hours) may impact your financial aid. Selecting Pass/Fail grading does not impact your financial aid. Credit/No Credit grades can impact Veteran Affairs aid and have other limitations on degree progress and courses that it can apply to.

How might converting my classes to Pass/Fail impact my plans to attend graduate or professional school?

An advisor (faculty advisor or CAE advisor) can help you answer this question. However, many universities are implementing similar policies for the Spring 2020 semester.

Who can I talk to about what makes the most sense for me?

You can contact the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) at advise@truman.edu or by phone 660.785.7403. Your Faculty advisor can also serve as a resource. Email is a good way to contact your advisor to find out their office hours and the best way to communicate with them.

Will my professor know if I select Pass/Fail grading?

No, your professor will enter the letter grade you earned in the course. The conversion to a Pass/Fail grade will occur in the Registrar’s office after letter grades have been entered.

Will there be a fee to change to Pass/Fail?

Fees are not assessed for choosing Pass/Fail.

Do ordinary fees apply right now for dropping a course or for changing to credit/no credit?

Fees will not be assessed for dropping beginning March 23 through May 1 or for changing to Credit/No Credit through March 27.

What if I have changed a course to Credit/No Credit grading and would like to select Pass/Fail grading?

Pass/Fail grading will override Credit/No Credit grading if you have selected both options for your courses. You are also welcome to contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@truman.edu to remove the Credit/No Credit grading.

Can I change a first-block course to Pass/Fail grading?

No, this option is only available for courses that are currently in session (Full-term Spring courses and Second-block Spring courses).

What is the Credit/No Credit Policy?

CREDIT/NO CREDIT – To provide students the opportunity to broaden their experiences, Truman allows students to enroll in a limited number of classes on a Credit/No Credit basis. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. The following Credit/No Credit guidelines apply.

  1. A student may complete “free elective” classes using the Credit/No Credit grading option. “Free electives” are those courses that are not used to fulfill requirements in the Liberal Studies Program, in the student’s major program (including required support), in the additional foreign language component for the BA, in the additional science component for the BS, minor requirements, departmental honors requirements, or honors scholar requirements. A student may not elect the Credit/No Credit grading option in courses that cannot be used as “free electives” (COMM 170, ENG 190, MATH 156, MATH 157, MATH 186, and STAT 190). Required English courses for international students may not be taken as Credit/No Credit.
  2. A student may complete a course that is being used to fulfill the writing-enhanced requirement, the Missouri Statute requirement, the 63 required credits of LAS coursework, the 40 required credits of 300+ level undergraduate coursework, and/or the cumulative credit requirement using the Credit/No Credit grading option if that course is not being used to fulfill any other requirements in the student’s program.
  3. Credit standing is achieved by a “D” grade or above, while failing a course results in No Credit.
  4. A student may take up to five (5) credits per semester as Credit/No Credit. Seniors may request a waiver to take two courses (up to 8 credits) in a single semester. The request must be submitted in writing to appeals@truman.edu.
  5. Up to 12 credits of Credit/No Credit may be counted toward graduation.
  6. A student may change to or from a Credit/No Credit grading system by the last day allowed to drop the course.
  7. With a Credit standing, the student receives credit for the course, and recognition of passing the course appears on the student’s transcript.
  8. With a No Credit standing, the student does not receive credit for the course though the student’s transcript shows that the student attempted, yet no credit was received, for the course.
  9. Courses taken under the Credit/No Credit grading option do not affect the student’s grade point average.
  10. Courses taken under the Credit/No Credit grading option cannot be repeated.
  11. During the semester, the student, the student’s advisor, the instructor, and the Registrar’s Office know that the student is taking the course on a Credit/No Credit basis.

All students should consult their advisors prior to deciding to take any course Credit/No Credit. Pre-Education students are advised that professional education courses cannot be taken Credit/No Credit. Students planning to pursue the MAE degree should contact the Certification Office in the Department of Education for specific information. Courses taken Credit/No Credit do not fulfill requirements for load considerations by the Veterans Administration if the final grade assigned is No Credit.

The TruView tool to change any, some or all eligible spring 2020 courses to the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading mode is available until 8 a.m. (CST) on Thursday, May 14. To access the tool, log in to TruView and click on the Student Tab. Next find the channel/box labeled “Student Data” and find the link named “Course Opt-in for Pass/Fail.”

As a continuation of cautionary measures related to COVID-19, Truman will be moving its summer and interim sessions for 2020 entirely online. The vast majority of our summer classes are already online, or will be converted to online over the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, a few courses that are difficult to deliver online will be cancelled. Students in cancelled classed will be contacted directly and will not be billed for the course. If a course is converted to online, and a student no longer wishes to take it, they have the option to drop prior to the beginning of the course.
See 7/6/2020 Update: Commencement Ceremony Converted to Virtual Format

Spring 2020 Commencement has been postponed and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, will take place Aug. 1. Details are still being finalized and will be announced when they are available. Commencement is a celebration of student achievement. Degrees will still be conferred at the regular time and diplomas will be sent to graduates in the mail.

The Registrar’s Office has converted the graduation fair, originally scheduled for late April, to an alternate format and will notify May graduates when the final details are ready. Students planning to graduate need to complete the graduation clearance process by completing any items noted as not complete on their TruView account. To see what items still need to be completed, log into TruView and navigate to the Student Tab; click on the Registration Tab on the Student Data Channel/Box, select “Apply to Graduate/Graduation Clearance Form” and then select “Undergraduate Graduation Clearance Form.” Any item that does not say “Yes” under the Completed column, still needs to be completed. Students can complete all of the items online except Senior Testing. If Senior Testing does not show complete, click on the “Explanation” link to see what is needed. Also, graduates should update the permanent address to where they would like their diploma mailed. Questions regarding purchased materials for commencement should be communicated directly to the merchant.

Faculty will record the letter grade earned. The Registrar’s office will convert it to Pass if the recorded grade is a D or higher or to Fail if the recorded grade is an F. The recorded grade will be used for prerequisite fulfillment if a course requires a prerequisite of a grade of C or better. The recorded grade will be used for determining the President’s and Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Lists.

If you select to drop your course before the last day of classes, you will receive a “W” on your transcript for this course. If you select Pass/Fail grading, your transcript will display a “P” if you earn a letter grade of D or higher. A grade of “Fail” in Pass/Fail grading will display an “F” on your transcript. If you choose Credit/No Credit grading, a letter grade of D or better earns Credit (Y appears on the transcript); a letter grade of F does not earn credit (Z appears on the transcript).

If you select to drop a course, the “W” will not impact your GPA. If you select Pass/Fail grading, the grade of a “P” (Pass) will not impact your GPA. A grade of “F” (Fail in Pass/Fail grading) will be calculated into your GPA as scoring zero (0) honor points for that course, behaving in the same way as an “F” issued under an A-F grading scheme. If you choose the Credit/No Credit grading option, neither Credit grades (Y appears on the transcript) nor No Credit grades (Z appears on the transcript) affect your GPA.

In both options, if you earn a letter grade of D or better you get a Pass or Credit grade and neither option counts towards your GPA. In the case of a letter grade of an F, a “Fail” counts as zero (0) honor points and will count against your GPA while a “No Credit” Z grade does not impact your GPA. As outlined above for this semester, any courses that you choose the Pass/Fail grading option and earn a “Pass” will fulfill degree and program requirements, count as sufficient degree progress, and fulfill most prerequisites. This means you will receive full credit for those courses. (A few degree programs will not permit this option and will notify their students separately.) Maintaining sufficient degree progress is important for some scholarships and financial aid; the Pass/Fail option allows you to keep all of the financial aid that has been awarded to you for the current semester. Credit/No Credit grading can only apply to “free electives” and cannot count towards many degree requirements – see FAQ for What is the Credit/No Credit Policy. There is a limit of the number of Credit/No Credit courses you can claim in a semester and over the course of your college career. Credit/No Credit courses cannot be repeated. Credit/No Credit courses do not count for sufficient degree progress and in your full-time load for some scholarships and financial aid, which may mean you will be required to return those forms of aid. The Credit/No Credit option is available for students to select until March 27, 2020. No fee will be assessed for the change to Credit/No Credit. For most students looking for an option other than the standard A-F grading scheme, the Pass/Fail grading option will be a better choice than Credit/No Credit. However, your faculty advisor or a CAE advisor (advise@truman.edu) can help you make this decision if you are unsure.

Dropping below full-time hours (12 credit hours) may impact your financial aid. Selecting Pass/Fail grading does not impact your financial aid. Credit/No Credit grades can impact Veteran Affairs aid and have other limitations on degree progress and courses that it can apply to.

An advisor (faculty advisor or CAE advisor) can help you answer this question. However, many universities are implementing similar policies for the Spring 2020 semester.

You can contact the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) at advise@truman.edu or by phone (660) 785-7403. Your Faculty advisor can also serve as a resource. Email is a good way to contact your advisor to find out their office hours and the best way to communicate with them.

No, your professor will enter the letter grade you earned in the course. The conversion to a Pass/Fail grade will occur in the Registrar’s office after letter grades have been entered.

Fees are not assessed for choosing Pass/Fail.

Fees will not be assessed for dropping beginning March 23, 2020 through May 1, 2020 or for changing to Credit/No Credit through March 27, 2020.

Pass/Fail grading will override Credit/No Credit grading if you have selected both options for your courses. You are also welcome to contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@truman.edu to remove the Credit/No Credit grading.

No, this option is only available for courses that are currently in session (Full-term Spring courses and Second-block Spring courses).

CREDIT/NO CREDIT – To provide students the opportunity to broaden their experiences, Truman allows students to enroll in a limited number of classes on a Credit/No Credit basis. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. The following Credit/No Credit guidelines apply.

  1. A student may complete “free elective” classes using the Credit/No Credit grading option. “Free electives” are those courses that are not used to fulfill requirements in the Liberal Studies Program, in the student’s major program (including required support), in the additional foreign language component for the BA, in the additional science component for the BS, minor requirements, departmental honors requirements, or honors scholar requirements. A student may not elect the Credit/No Credit grading option in courses that cannot be used as “free electives” (COMM 170, ENG 190, MATH 156, MATH 157, MATH 186, and STAT 190). Required English courses for international students may not be taken as Credit/No Credit.
  2. A student may complete a course that is being used to fulfill the writing-enhanced requirement, the Missouri Statute requirement, the 63 required credits of LAS coursework, the 40 required credits of 300+ level undergraduate coursework, and/or the cumulative credit requirement using the Credit/No Credit grading option if that course is not being used to fulfill any other requirements in the student’s program.
  3. Credit standing is achieved by a “D” grade or above, while failing a course results in No Credit.
  4. A student may take up to five (5) credits per semester as Credit/No Credit. Seniors may request a waiver to take two courses (up to 8 credits) in a single semester. The request must be submitted in writing to appeals@truman.edu.
  5. Up to 12 credits of Credit/No Credit may be counted toward graduation.
  6. A student may change to or from a Credit/No Credit grading system by the last day allowed to drop the course.
  7. With a Credit standing, the student receives credit for the course, and recognition of passing the course appears on the student’s transcript.
  8. With a No Credit standing, the student does not receive credit for the course though the student’s transcript shows that the student attempted, yet no credit was received, for the course.
  9. Courses taken under the Credit/No Credit grading option do not affect the student’s grade point average.
  10. Courses taken under the Credit/No Credit grading option cannot be repeated.
  11. During the semester, the student, the student’s advisor, the instructor, and the Registrar’s Office know that the student is taking the course on a Credit/No Credit basis.

All students should consult their advisors prior to deciding to take any course Credit/No Credit.

Pre-Education students are advised that professional education courses cannot be taken Credit/No Credit. Students planning to pursue the MAE degree should contact the Certification Office in the Department of Education for specific information.

Courses taken Credit/No Credit do not fulfill requirements for load considerations by the Veterans Administration if the final grade assigned is No Credit.

The library is in the process of determining the best way to handle overdue books in light of the decision to suspend in-person classes. Students will not be responsible for overdue fines that may occur before the library is able to update student library accounts. Students can renew library materials by logging into My Library Account. Directions can be found here. For additional questions, call the Library Service Desk at 660.785.4051. Staff will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Faculty are aware that students may not have full access to course materials and have been asked to keep this in mind as course content is delivered via alternative means. Additionally, the week of March 16 was designed to be a week of transition. There will be no penalties for missed connections, assignments, tests or quizzes.

Not at this time. Coursework is continuing at Truman, and only in-person classes have been suspended. Academic departments are working on alternative forms of education to complete this semester’s coursework. Truman is exploring every option to provide an education to students without a disruption of services. Colleges and universities have been advised by the Department of Education and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to proceed with caution during this uncertain time so as not to take action that could unintentionally have an adverse effect on students’ financial aid packages. The University asks for patience while the situation is being resolved.
As of right now, it should not alter the academic calendar. Truman is prioritizing the health and safety of campus while also developing strategies for assuring students can complete their academic work this semester and graduate on schedule.

Travel and Study Abroad Questions

Not at this time. The Great Lakes Valley Conference, of which Truman is a member, has suspended all athletic events. The GLVC will review the status of the suspension April 6. All student-athletes have been given specific instruction from their coaches and the athletic department as to their obligations during this time.

Yes. The University has advised all currently study abroad programs to return home. Programs for the May interim and summer 2020 are suspended. Truman will monitor the situation and make any adjustments to that policy at the proper time based on advice from the CDC.

Truman has currently suspended all University-related international and domestic travel until further notice. Any University person or organization scheduled to travel domestically should consult their department supervisor in advance. Travel requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. CDC Travel Health Notices can be found here.

If you choose to travel to or return from a country with a CDC Level-3 Health Notice, the University will require you to isolate yourself at your home for 14 days before returning to campus. If you are participating in a non-University-sponsored study abroad program, contact the Center for International Education Abroad at studyabroad@truman.edu or 660.785.4076. They can work with you to understand your specific situation.

Contact the Center for International Students (CIS) at iso01@truman.edu or 660.785.4215.  The CIS will be available to respond to your specific situation and concerns.

Yes. The University offers the following suggestions:

  • Sign up to receive regular e-mail updates from the CDC. You can sign up here.
  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program through the U.S. State Department.
  • Make sure you have medical insurance that covers you while you are at your destination as well as medical evacuation, if necessary. That requires understanding how your coverage works, whether you will have to pay out of pocket versus reimbursement, etc. The nuances are complicated, but most insurance companies will walk you through your options by phone.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance for trips in the months to come, should you be forced to change your plans.
  • Make sure you know the location and contact information for clinics and hospitals near your destination, as well as how to get there if needed.
  • Set up multiple methods of communication with loved ones back home.

If you choose to travel in the coming weeks, you are encouraged to monitor the CDC website for travel precautions and general preparedness information, as they continue to evolve every few days. If you’re interested in receiving regular e-mail updates from the CDC related to COVID-19, sign up here.


Admitted, Prospective and Transfer Students:

ADMITTED STUDENTS

Truman is aware the ACT/SAT tests have been postponed. We will work with each student to receive your test scores to consider your admission to Truman and/or reconsider your scholarship amount until the end of July.

April: Following the CDC’s recommended guidelines for events 50 individuals or larger, Orientation for April has been cancelled.

June: We plan on hosting our June events at this time, as it is outside of the requested 8 weeks per the CDC. We have plenty of space to welcome all of you to campus to get enrolled for Fall 2020!

At this time, Truman State University plans to begin their Fall 2020 classes as scheduled. We plan on classes being taught in the manner they were created: face-to-face; online; hybrid.

Sadly, it seems as if hosting an Admitted Student Event before Orientation will not be possible due to recommendations from the CDC. However, the Office of Admissions will be inviting you to specific online admitted student event webinars created just for you. We know you want to know all the next steps to Becoming a Bulldog!

Each residence hall has photos and specific amenity information available here. You can also learn about our Residence Life options through the Virtual Tour here.

You can reach out to your coach via email or phone. They will respond to you as soon as they are able. Per the NCAA, athletics is undergoing a DEAD period for recruiting new athletes until April 15, 2020.

We do not encourage campus visitors at this time to protect the health of both our community and our visitors.

Truman State University is remaining open and operational. We are taking the needed precautions to protect our community members but offering online classes and suspending large-scale events on campus.

At this time, nothing is planned to change for Move-In Day activities. We still plan to welcome the Class of 2024 to campus on Wednesday, August 12!

The steps to become a Bulldog have not changed! Each admitted student will still need to submit their housing application and housing deposit/fee, select a Summer Orientation date, and complete the appropriate Pre-Orientation materials. Other items such as financial aid acceptance and the enrollment down payment will also need to be completed as planned. If you have questions about housing options, please visit our Residence Life site. If you have questions about Orientation, please visit our Orientation site.

You may contact the Office of Admission at any time. Email us at admissions@truman.edu or call us at 660.785.4114. See below for directions to contact your individual admission counselor.

You can ask a question of your admission counselor by locating them on our Meet Admissions webpage. Each counselor’s region is listed in their About section, but any Truman admission counselor can assist you with any questions you might have!

Truman does not have a decision deadline. We encourage students to let us know as soon as they have decided on Truman, but there is not a deadline. We have always hoped to be flexible with students and will continue to do so.

Truman plans on keeping our ‘business as usual’; however, if we anticipate any delays we will communicate with you.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Truman makes admissions decisions with 6 completed semesters. We make decisions with 6, 7 or 8 completed semesters, thus if the last semester does not have any letter grades associated with a class, we can still accept students into Truman’s incoming fall class.

At Truman, we look at a student’s file holistically. A missing high school class rank will NOT affect admission to the institution or institutional scholarships.

We know GPAs will fluctuate from semester to semester. Truman honors the GPA at the time students were admitted and/or awarded institutional or competitive scholarships.

At this time, freshmen are required to live on campus unless they qualify to live off-campus with one of the residency waiver reasons. Reasons may include: residing with immediate family, marriage, parenthood, over the age of 21, and other justified special cases. To complete this process a First-Year Student Residence Policy Waiver needs to be completed and returned with $25. This form may be found at truman.edu/residence-life/housing-forms.

We expect the requirements to receive transfer credit for AP or CLEP exams to be the same; however, if there are special circumstances for a student, we encourage them to contact our office.

Any dual credit courses with a grade regardless if they are in-person, online, or hybrid will be evaluated for college credit.

College-level work is different than high school work for numerous reasons, and the faculty and staff at Truman want students to be successful. First, when students meet with their advisor to enroll in fall courses, they have the opportunity to talk with their advisor about concerns regarding class preparedness. With the advisor’s guidance, the student will be able to make the best choice for themselves. Academic resources, in addition to Truman faculty, include our Student Success area where students can talk with their advisor, seek tutoring help, and ask questions of the helpful staff.

Truman will continue to provide orientation and our SEE Scholar bridge program this summer. We plan for these events to be in-person; however, we also have contingency plans in case we need to continue health and safety protective measures.

Truman provides a decision about admission once a verified high school transcript consisting of 6 completed high school semesters is submitted along with the other needed application materials.  Truman’s Office of Admission is flexible with receiving final high school grades and transcripts after the completion of the high school senior year. We provide helpful reminders to students about submitting final high school grades/transcripts, and know this year especially we will have to be flexible when receiving final high school grades and transcripts depending upon availability of school personnel.

We view your high school education whether virtual/online or in-person to be the same regarding credit earned and a great accomplishment. We admire the adaptability and perseverance displayed by the graduating Class of 2020!

At this time, Truman does not anticipate any changes for Truman merit financial aid or for those who have submitted their 2020-2021 FAFSA. If the government or the Department of Education make changes to federal student aid, the Financial Aid Office will communicate any updates/changes to students via their financial aid offer letters.

As of right now, we will not be offering on-campus visits until the end of the current semester. We anticipate being able to have on-campus visits start up again in June but will continue to monitor the situation.

Unfortunately, because of the recommendation by the CDC to avoid groups of 50 or more people, we have cancelled our Showcase events planned for March 28 and April 25. Students can register for a Virtual Visit to learn more about Truman at visit.truman.edu.

We are offering Virtual Visit opportunities for students to hear from admission counselors and others on campus about all of the opportunities that exist at Truman. We will be sending out invitations to these Virtual Visits very soon!

You may submit the Prospective Athlete Form on Truman’s athletics website, located here. This will allow the coach of your sport to reach out to you at the time deemed appropriate by NCAA regulations.

Truman State University is remaining open and operational. We are taking the needed precautions to protect our community members but offering online classes and suspending large-scale events on campus.

You can ask a question of your admission counselor by locating them on our Meet Admissions webpage. Each counselor’s region is listed in their About section, but any Truman admission counselor can assist you with any questions you might have!

Truman will work with each student to receive the needed transcripts for admission and scholarship consideration. We know this is a time we need to embrace patience. We are here to support you. We encourage you to connect with your high school about their plan to distribute your transcripts. We will work alongside you once we have the needed document. Classes start in August, so we have plenty of time to get you settled to be a bulldog with us next fall!

TRANSFER STUDENTS

We will accept unofficial transcripts for an admission decision, then we will ask you to send an official transcript once they open.

Yes, we will host transfer orientation on Aug. 11! More details will be available as the day gets closer.

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