Academic Updates

Spring 2020 classes will be taught via distance delivery beginning Monday, March 23.

Classes will be accessible remotely through Moodle, the online course management tool used at UD for years. Students can find their courses online at udonline.dbq.edu.

Faculty, instructors, and staff have collaborated to help ensure the academic experience that best supports learning is sustained. UD has over 15 years of experience in distance learning. The Higher Learning Commission has approved the University to provide distance education.

Students will receive information about their specific classes from their professors.

Click here for adjusted grading policies for traditional undergraduates and course registration information.


Questions?

Undergraduate Students
  • For general questions, contact the Office of Academic Affairs – VPAA@dbq.edu or 563.589.3246
Graduate Students
  • MAC: Contact Abdul Sinno, program director, at ASinno@dbq.edu or 563.589.3288
  • MBA: Contact Ricardo Cunningham, program director, at RCunning@dbq.edu or 563.589.3728
  • MMAL: Contact Chaminda Prelis, program director, at CPrelis@dbq.edu or 563.589.3835
  • MMCM: Contact Abdul Sinno, program director, at ASinno@dbq.edu or 563.589.3288
  • MMDI: Contact Ricardo Cunningham, program director, at RCunning@dbq.edu or 563.589.3728
  • MMSM: Contact Kevin Cattani, program director, at KCattani@dbq.edu or 563.589.3454
  • MSPAS: Contact Natalie Weber, program director, at NWeber@dbq.edu or 563.589.3665
  • DMIN: Contact Timothy Matthew Slemmons, program director, at TSlemmons@dbq.edu or 563.589.3578
  • MACL: Contact Susan Forshey, program director, at SForshey@dbq.edu or 563.589.3353
  • MAMD: Contact Christopher James, program director, at CJames@dbq.edu or 563.589.3859
  • MDIV: Contact Sue LeFeber, program director, at SLeFeber@dbq.edu or 563.589.3114
  • For general questions, contact the Office of Academic Affairs – VPAA@dbq.edu or 563.589.3246
LIFE Students
  • LIFE – Dubuque: Contact Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at MGunnelson@dbq.edu or 563.589.3123
  • LIFE – Cedar Rapids: Contact Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor, at KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu or 319.775.0204
  • LIFE – Tempe: Contact Heidi Burks, academic director, at HBurks@dbq.edu or 480.845.0081
Student Organizations

Center for Advising
Starting Monday, March 23, assistance from the Center for Advising will be available at KSchroeder@dbq.edu or 563.589.3106.

Charles C. Myers Library and Academic Success Center
Effective Monday, April 20, 2020, physical access to the Charles C. Myers Library and Academic Success Center will be limited based on additional social distancing measures announced by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The measures will be in place until further notice.

The building will be accessible for UD students, faculty, and staff between noon to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only. Appointments, which must be made at least 12 hours in advance, can be scheduled at www.dbq.edu/library for library resources and at https://dbq.mywconline.com for Academic Success Center assistance. 

Access to the Myers Library is limited to the following uses:

  • Picking up books. Please place a hold on books you need prior to arriving at the library, and we will have the books ready for you.
  • Scanning books.
  • Accessing reserve materials.
  • Faxing
  • Attending pre-scheduled tutoring or testing appointments with the ASC.

Myers Library will no longer be open for general computer use or as a place to study. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, please contact the ASC at DStork@dbq.edu.

Myers Library and ASC services will continue to be offered virtually.

Office of the Registrar
Starting Monday, March 23, the Office of the Registrar will be available electronically by email at Registrar@dbq.edu or in-person by appointment only. To request an appointment, email Registrar@dbq.edu at least 24 hours in advance.


Alternative Grading Options for Traditional Undergraduate Students

In light of the unique circumstances under which courses are operating, President Jeffrey F. Bullock has suspended the grading policies outlined on page 23 of the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog. For Spring Semester 2020 coursework only, the following grading policies will apply.

  1. For all courses, students may elect to receive the letter grade they earn (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F). The earned letter grade will be recorded on their transcript and the grade will enter into the calculation of the student’s term and overall grade point average.
  2. Alternatively, students may elect to have all or some of their Spring Semester 2020 coursework recorded on their transcript according to the following alternative grading system:
  • Pass (in place of an earned letter grade of C or above). The course will count as credit toward degree requirements but the grade will not factor into the calculation of the student’s term and overall grade point average.
  • Credit (in place of an earned letter of C-, D+, D, D-). The course will count as credit toward degree requirements but the grade will not factor into the calculation of the student’s term and overall grade point average. Note that some courses require a “C” or higher and “Credit” will not meet that requirement.
  • No Credit (in place of earned letter of F). The course will not count as credit toward degree requirements and the grade will not factor into the calculation of the student’s term and overall grade point average.

If the student chooses to elect an alternative grade, the student must make an official request with the Office of the Registrar by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  By that time, students will be able to see their final letter grades and make an informed decision. Students intending to enter a licensed profession, such as teacher education or nursing, or planning to continue study in graduate or professional schools should consult their advisors regarding any potential implications an alternative grade might have on their ability to be licensed or accepted into graduate school.

There is no limit on the number of Spring Semester 2020 courses that can be taken under this alternative grading system. For repeated courses, the most recent grade, letter grade, or alternative grade will replace the previous attempt but alternative grades will not factor into the calculation of the student’s term and overall grade point average. The University of Dubuque will include a designation on students' transcripts indicating the extraordinary circumstances encountered in the 2020 spring semester.

Last Day to Withdraw
The last day to withdraw from full-term Spring 2020 courses has been extended to 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2020. If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they can email Registrar@dbq.edu. The Office of the Registrar will copy the advisor after processing the withdrawal request.

Fall 2020 Online Registration
Fall 2020 Online Registration for current students will begin one week later than originally scheduled to allow more time for students to work with their academic advisors.  Here is the updated schedule:

April 6:  Seniors
April 8:  Juniors
April 13:  Sophomores
April 15:  First-Years


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