End of Fall 2020 Semester & Spring 2021 Semester Updates

December 2, 2020

Dear Faculty,

As we get closer to the end of the fall semester we wanted to provide a brief update on some important dates regarding fall grading and preregistration for the upcoming spring term.  Department chairs and supervisors, please make sure you share this message, as appropriate, with your TAs and grad students who are teaching courses for us.

  1. Fall Grading Options: Just a reminder that grading for the fall term will be done using the standard grading options for your courses.  Although there were alternate grading options utilized last spring when we pivoted to remote instruction due to COVID, those were only in effect for the spring 2020 term.
  2. Fall Grading: The grading window for fall courses opens today, Monday, November 30 and will close on Wednesday, December 23.  For the first time grades will be entered in UR Student, and instructions are in the attached pdf.
  3. Blackboard Outage: The University will be upgrading Blackboard over winter break to make some much needed improvements to the system.  The outage will begin at 12:01am on Thursday, December 24 and run through Thursday, December 31, and you will not be able to access any of your Blackboard course information – including grade and assignment information for your fall classes – during this time.  While we recognize there is no good time to shut off access to such an important tool, more information about the project and our rationale can be found below.  Questions about the Blackboard upgrade should be directed to University IT at univithelp@rochester.edu.
  4. Spring Pre-Registration: Course registration for spring 2021 will begin on Monday, December 7th.  The registration window will open for seniors, dual degree, and grad students on the 7th, juniors on the 8th, sophomores on the 9th, and first-year students on the 10th.

Thank you for your attention to the above dates. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.




Terry Magee