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Academic Advising Center Updates



Academic Advising Updates 

Updated June 5, 2020

Message from Dr. Connie Nugent, CNAS Divisional Dean of Student Academic Affairs, regarding deadline extension for S/NC and drop option for Spring 2020.  ***To change the grading basis for a course or to drop a course by the extended deadline you will need to submit an Enrollment Adjustment Form (EAF) by Friday, June 12 at 11:59pm***


Dear Students,

We are living in difficult times, making it more clear than ever the importance of community and supporting one another.  Recent events of racial injustice have added to our collective grief, and exacerbated the stress induced during the pandemic.  The university community is united in trying to support each other, and in helping students continue to learn even under difficult circumstances.

I would like to help clarify the decisions and new options that were enacted on June 4, 2020 by the Academic Senate. These new changes could help to alleviate at least some of the stress surrounding grading this quarter.  


  • First, if you are in good standing, you still have the option to request S/NC grading in your courses, including courses in your major, up through the end of the term before 11:59 pm on June 12th.  Please continue to work through your academic advisor in making decisions to opt for S/NC grading, since this option may not be best for all students in all classes. 

  • Second, all students have the option to drop from one or more courses before the end of the term on June 12th (by 11:59 pm), and there will be no “W” indicated on your transcript.  Again, please work through your CNAS advisor in making these decisions, as there could be financial aid or other adverse implications.  

  • Third, the message from the Academic Senate refers to “an effective “no-fail” policy”; let me clarify that this is because if a student thinks that they will receive a failing or NC grade, the student can drop the class and not have it on their transcript. Faculty are still permitted to assign the full range of grades in their course for either letter grading or S/NC grading, and this has not changed.  


Finally, faculty in the college are working to the best of their ability to be flexible, accommodating, and transparent in their grading. Correspondingly, Dean Uhrich sent a letter to faculty encouraging these efforts.  For my part, I will be as generous and considerate as possible to support your best outcomes. 

With everything that is happening in the world around us, please know that we are committed to your well-being and success. All of us at the CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center are here for you. Please reach out to your academic advisor if you have any questions or concerns. For additional resources in the areas of student life, student services, and health and wellness, visit    

Some details on the implementation of this policy change are still being worked out.  Further details will be forthcoming and updates will be posted on the CNAS Undergraduate Advising webpage - please click here

Best wishes and stay well,


Connie Nugent

Divisional Dean of Student Academic Affairs 

Associate Professor of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology

Director of CNAS Science Ambassadors

College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)

University of California, Riverside



Academic Advising Service Updates for Spring 2020 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated May 29, 2020

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The UCR campus is closed through June 19 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Spring 2020 quarter has begun and instruction is being conducted remotely.  Summer Session instruction will also be delivered remotely.   These decisions were made in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, and therefore, all non-essential staff will be working remotely during the campus closure.  However, the staff of the CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center are still available to assist you and our services continue to be offered online during this time! 

As of now, academic advising will be conducted by:

  • Email (primary method) - please visit your major's advising page for your advisor's contact information

    • Email is recommended for direct questions that require direct answers.  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER in all of your email communication with your advisor, as it will help advisors to pull up your academic record faster and respond to your email quicker.  Emails responses may take between 1-3 business days.

  • Zoom "online drop-in sessions" as well as 30-minute appointments

    • All students have a Basic Zoom account by default.  For more info go to

    • Advisors can set up 30-minute Zoom appointment for students who need them but they have also started posting “drop-in” availability through My Advising  (see instructions below to see your advisor through “online drop-in sessions”)

Instructions to access "online drop-in sessions" via Zoom

  • Availability: You can view your advisor's posted availability through
  • Choose an open advising slot that works with your schedule.  These "online drop-in sessions" are limited to 20 minutes and you can schedule them in advance or the same day.  After you've selected the advising slot and entered your information, you will receive an email confirmation.
  • Accessing the Zoom meeting: Log in to no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled drop-in session and click on "Enter Online Appointment" (see screenshot below).  Then wait for your advisor to start the Zoom appointment. 


  • If you realize that you will be more than a few minutes late for your Zoom meeting, please let your advisor know and reschedule the meeting for a more convenient time.
  • If you are experiencing challenges entering the meeting, please email your advisor right away so they can help troubleshoot and resolve the issue.

We understand this is a challenging time in many ways, and we want you to know that we are here for you.  We enjoy working with our students and even though the format has temporarily changed to a remote environment, we are no less committed to helping you in any way we can!  Also, please note that things can change during this time, such as timelines, policies, options, etc., but we are doing our best to stay up to date to be able to provide guidance to all of you.  

We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Kind regards,

CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Staff