DUS News

DUS News - May 21, 2021

Alternative Grading Selection Period Closes Today

The online tool to select alternative grades for the spring semester, now open to students in LionPATH, will be closing today, Friday, May 21, at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Are you still wondering if using alternative grading is a good choice? Visit our Alternative Grading Worksheet for tools and information to help you explore your options. Alternative grades must be chosen and submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) today. If you are still unsure whether you should elect alternative grades after using these resources, please reach out to your adviser or drop in for a quick question advising session, available today (May 21, 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.).

Read more about optional alternative grading for the spring 2021 semester in Penn State News and at keeplearning.psu.edu.

NOTE: At this time, there are no plans to offer optional alternative grading for the summer or fall 2021 semesters.

Important Dates: 
  • May 21 (Fri)
    - Students End Selection of Alternative Grades (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 25 (Tues) 
    - Update Academics Turned On
Resource Spotlight: 
Keep Learning Website

The Keep Learning website offers resources to help Penn State students access the information they need for courses this summer. It also provides detailed information about the alternative grading process for spring 2021.

Events and Announcements: 
New Bulletin Year Updated
All Campuses

The Undergraduate Bulletin updated to the 2021–22 version earlier this month. While using this tool to explore colleges, programs, and certificates, be sure you are using the appropriate version for your program year. For previous versions of the Bulletin, including this past academic year, visit the Bulletins Archives

Quick Question Advising
University Park

Have a question that can be resolved in a short 5–10 minute conversation? Join us for quick question advising via Zoom on the dates and times below. Some of these topics include: discussing adding/dropping courses within deadlines; getting a form signed; using LionPATH; reviewing entrance-to-major requirements; learning about general education information not related to schedule planning; and transferring credits. Quick question advising is not intended for in-depth conversations.

For students enrolled in DUS:

  • Click here for quick question advising via Zoom - Please note that a DUS adviser is only available during the times listed below. All times are Eastern Time. 
    Monday 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday 9:00–11:00 a.m.
    Wednesday 9:00–11:00 a.m.
    Thursday 1:00–3:00 p.m.

    May 21 only: 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m

For students not enrolled in DUS: