AAP Coronavirus Resources and Updates

In response to COVID-19 mitigation measures taken by the university, the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning is implementing the below changes to academic calendars, instruction format, academic and grading policies, facilities access, and admissions procedures. This page will be updated with new information specific to the AAP community as it becomes available.

For complete up to date information on the university's policies and procedures, please consult the Cornell Coronavirus webpage.

In addition, the university has developed FAQs to support the transition to virtual instruction which will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please refer to the below resources and reach out with additional questions.

AAP Revised Academic Calendars

Please see below for changes or updates to the Ithaca and off-campus program academic calendars.

Ithaca Campus

  • All instruction in Ithaca is suspended from 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 5 and will resume virtually on Monday, April 6.
     
  • As a matter of equity, no instruction should be conducted during this suspension period. Further, in accordance with the Faculty Handbook, faculty are asked to not frame assignments that necessitate academic work over this scheduled break. This includes not having assignments due or exams scheduled for the first two days after instruction recommences (4/6 and 4/7).
     
  • To accommodate the lost instruction time due to the two-week suspension of classes, the academic calendar for this semester has been revised as follows:
    • First day of online instruction: Monday April 6 
    • Last day to ADD a seven-week course: Tuesday, April 14
    • Last day for DROP/Grade Change: Tuesday, April 21 
    • Preenrollment for Fall 2020: Wednesday, April 22 - Wednesday, May 6
    • Last day of online instruction: Tuesday, May 12
    • Study Days: May 13–15 
    • Exam Period: May 16–23

Off-Campus Programs

  • AAP NYC: All instruction at AAP NYC was suspended from Thursday, March 12—Sunday, March 15, resuming virtually on Monday, March 16, and will continue to follow the AAP NYC calendar for the remainder of the semester.
     
  • Cornell in Rome: All instruction at Cornell in Rome was suspended from Thursday, March 5—Sunday, March 22, will resume virtually on Monday, March 23, and will continue to follow the Cornell in Rome calendar for the remainder of the semester.
     

 

Virtual Instruction for Faculty

AAP Technical Services

Please find links to download applications, including Zoom and Canvas, for virtual instruction at the Cornell Resources for Teaching and Learning website. 

AAP IT has also published several tutorials along with written instructions to guide you in converting your classes to a virtual format. Please check your Cornell email for these. Reviewing all tutorials and instructions, as well as attending both an online session and the in-person training is recommended.

Cornell Academic Resources

The Center for Teaching Innovation (C.T.I.) has assembled an array of tools to help you move your classes online, engage students in distance learning, and meet course learning objectives. C.T.I. will continue to develop and enhance its resources in response to the situation and to answer instructors' questions as they emerge. 

Academic Integrity

The shift to online instruction in the context of the pandemic creates vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with teaching and learning. Please review the Spring 2020 Commitment to Academic Integrity, equitable instruction, trust and respect which will be posted in Canvas.

University Revised Grading Policies

Undergraduate Students

Consistent with university guidelines, restrictions on S/U grades will be eased for this semester and AAP undergraduate students will be permitted to change their grading basis to S/U in any course until April 21. Please note that the Office of the University Registrar is working hard to update the system so that students can make enrollment changes through Student Center. Students will be informed when they can begin submitting enrollment changes. Thank you for your patience.

S/U grades from this semester will be permitted for meeting major and minor requirements, advancement in the architecture studio sequence, and satisfying college requirements for good standing. Under the S/U grading basis, courses in which a grade of S is earned can be applied toward fulfillment of graduation requirements, including advancement in architecture studio, but courses in which a U is earned cannot.

Students should be aware that the threshold for successfully completing a course is higher for the S/U grading basis than the letter grading basis. More specifically, if enrolled under the S/U grading basis, a minimum grade of C- is required for successful completion, whereas a minimum grade of D- would count as a passing letter grade. Students should carefully consider this option and are encouraged to discuss it with their instructor, advisor, and/or AAP Student Services prior to changing the grading basis. Students can schedule virtual appointments with AAP Student Services by clicking this link.

As always, grades of S/U are not given grade point values or taken into account in computing grade point averages.

Graduate and Professional Degree Students

Restrictions on S/U grades will be eased for this semester and AAP graduate students will be permitted to change their grading basis to S/U in any course until April 21.

S/U grades from this semester will be permitted for meeting degree and minor requirements, advancement in the architecture studio sequence, and satisfying program requirements for good standing. Under the S/U grading basis, courses in which a grade of S is earned can be applied toward fulfillment of graduation requirements, including advancement in architecture studio, but courses in which a U is earned cannot.

Directors of graduate study or program directors may follow-up with additional information, but the above information applies to all AAP graduate students.

Median Grades

Median grades will not be posted on transcripts for the Spring 2020 semester.

Dean's List

Dean's List will be suspended for the Spring 2020 semester for all undergraduate colleges.

AAP Facilities

Under the recent "New York State on PAUSE" executive order issued by Governor Cuomo, and the university's response to the COVID-19 situation, AAP facilities are not accessible at all to students. Instructional use of our facilities will only be allowed under exceptional circumstances as approved by the dean, in consultation with the provost, and only work that is deemed essential — to "maintain safe and clean…spaces…and core campus utilities such as water, HVAC, electricity…" — will be allowed in our buildings.

AAP Admissions

Visting AAP and Cornell

Cornell is unable to offer on-campus events for admitted and prospective students at this time. This includes campus tours, information sessions, all Cornell Days activities, graduate program open houses, and individual appointments. However, we are offering the following: 

Undergraduate Applicants

Notification for Fall 2020 regular decision applicants are still planned for release on Ivy Notification Day this Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

External Transfer applicants who encountered difficulty completing their Fall 2020 application due to COVID-19 actions/restrictions have until April 10 to submit application materials. We understand there may be increased delays and complications and encourage you to contact transfer@cornell.edu if you have concerns.

The Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degree application deadline for Fall 2020 has been extended to May 12, in recognition of the extended semester. Virtual meetings with the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degree are still available.

Graduate Applicants

The deposit deadline for admitted students who intend to enroll in graduate studies at Cornell is still April 15.

COVID-19 Graduate School Updates offers information particularly relevant to the graduate student community.

If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact us at aap-admissions@cornell.edu. We understand that this is a stressful and unprecedented situation, and the AAP admissions staff will do all they can to answer your questions and assist you.

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