DePaul Global Gateway Program – COVID-19 information for students

Correct as of 07.06.2020 at 06:00 CDT

Course-Related Information

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Is the DePaul University campus open for me to attend my classes?

DePaul has transitioned to virtual learning for the Summer and Autumn Quarters; however, international students who are able to arrive on campus for Autumn Quarter are welcome to join us in Chicago.

How many credits will I earn for the courses I take online?

Our Global Gateway Program allows you to receive the same number of academic credits online as if you were studying on campus. We have provided curriculum samples for all GGP pathways at the end of this document for you to review the number of credit hours per quarter.

For Quarter 1, you can earn up to the following number of credits based on your pathway:

Undergraduate GGP
Standard GGP: 12 credits
Extended GGP: 10 credits
Extended Plus GGP: 0 credits

Graduate GGP (College of Computing and Digital Media)
Standard GGP: 4 credits
Extended GGP: 0 credits

Graduate GGP (Kellstadt Graduate School of Business)
Standard GGP: 8 credits
Extended GGP: 0 credits

How will courses be conducted?

Your courses will consist of high-quality interactive sessions that include live and recorded video and voice sessions during a variety of session times (based on different time zones). Some of our courses will be live while some courses can be completed on your own time.

Some examples of interactive sessions you may participate in during your course may include

  • Participating in a live discussion online
  • Watching an online presentation and inserting your own video comments or questions throughout the video
  • Participate in a discussion board on your own time
  • Viewing a lecture and participating in a Zoom meeting with your professor to answer questions

Do I need to be available at a specific time to participate in the course online?

The course material can be accessed at your convenience. There will be live and recorded sessions that will be available for your access. You will be informed of any required live interactive sessions well in advance so that you can plan ahead. Recorded sessions can be accessed at any time based on your own schedule. Some interactive sessions may be scheduled in different time zones to allow students to interact with instructors and other students. When working on group presentations, you will have the flexibility to find a time that is convenient for everyone in the group.

As opposed to on-campus delivery, there are no set class hours. Students will be expected to have self-discipline and be active participants in the virtual classroom. Students will be required to be engaged in the program on a Monday through Saturday basis and follow the assignment deadlines.

How will I be graded during my courses?

Undergraduate direct admission students have the option to adopt a Pass/D/Fail (P/D/F) grading basis in Spring and Summer 2020 courses. By the last day of classes in Spring Quarter and in each Summer session, students will be able declare their decision to move from the traditional A to F grading basis to the P/D/F basis. In this grading basis, a grade of “Pass” will indicate work that merits a grade from A to C-. Work that merits a grade D+, D or F will still earn those grades. This system is not guaranteed for Fall 2020. GGP students will be graded on a traditional letter grade scale during all sessions.

What is the attendance policy for online classes?

Attendance may be taken at synchronous class meetings. DePaul students are expected to access all of their assigned learning materials in a timely fashion and are expected to complete all assignments, exams, quizzes, discussions by the deadlines. You should expect to check the D2L site Mondays through Saturdays to ensure you have all of the information you need to complete your assignments on time.

What materials and what platform will I use for my courses?

We utilize a virtual learning platform, Desire2Learn (D2L), which houses course outlines, materials, discussion forums, recorded sessions, collaboration tools, and more! D2L is the learning management system that DePaul University uses for all classes, and it does not require a VPN. All course materials will be provided online for easy access at your convenience. D2L provides recorded sessions to help you review course material. You will submit all assignments for DePaul through the D2L platform.

What tools do I need to start my courses at DePaul University?

You will need the following resources to support your virtual learning:

  • Laptop or PC
  • Internet with good Internet connectivity
  • Webcam (for PC) or laptop camera for interactive discussions
  • Time – each course will require a significant time commitment (participation in sessions and online groups, assignments, etc.)

Since I’m studying virtually, is there a tuition discount?

The full tuition price is required for virtual learning at DePaul University. You are paying for the academic quality of DePaul University, a highly recognized university in the USA, not the brick-and-mortar buildings. Your virtual studies at DePaul are at the caliber of education that you would receive on campus, including working with our DePaul faculty members. In addition, you have access to all of our student support offices online and our online engagement tools to help you feel a part of DePaul’s community while studying online. 

Undergraduate fees are reduced by $111 for Summer Quarter and $130 for Autumn Quarter for virtual learners. Graduate GGP students enrolled in online courses are not charged student fees. International students living in the US are required to have health insurance.

What if I decide I don’t want to spend the quarter enrolled in a virtual learning course?

We are committed to working with every student on the options to continue studying with us. Our standard cancellation and refund policies will have been provided to you when your place was confirmed.

For students who decide to withdraw after beginning their online courses, GGP and direct admission students may receive a 100% refund on their tuition and deposit within 14 days of starting their course online, should they decide not to continue with virtual learning for the quarter.

If a student completes the course online and is then not able to come to the US because of visa issues, that student will be entitled to a 50% refund of tuition paid after completing the online program if he/she has achieved the required minimum GPA requirement, has met academic progress criteria, and shows evidence of three (3) visa denials. This refund policy is applicable to GGP and direct admission students.

To cancel your place before the commencement of your program or withdraw from your studies during the Trial Period, please use the following link: https://www.studygroup.com/request-withdrawal-NA

Health Information

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What is the latest US health guidance on COVID-19?

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation and advice is being regularly updated.

Read more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

What precautions are being taken by GPP staff to protect students?

We are carefully following the advice of the US government and the CDC, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure the health of our whole US community, including all our students and staff.

For further information visit:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

All our staff and students have been instructed on what to do if they feel unwell. Staff are ensuring that students adhere to health and hygiene recommendations. Our teams on each campus are trained to manage any health concerns or illness. These teams are available to support all students if they are worried about their own health or if they have any other concerns related to coronavirus.

What can students do to protect themselves against infection?

Our staff are ensuring that students adhere to basic hygiene recommendations about regular hand washing and how to look after themselves.

What healthcare arrangements are in place if a student becomes ill?

Students often fall ill with everyday colds, coughs and infections – and our staff are well trained to look after any student that is feeling unwell. Given the current situation staff are being extra vigilant.

Please be assured that the US government is well prepared and has put in place infection control measures, and the hospital system is well prepared to manage any further cases should they occur.

If a student falls ill with symptoms that could be coronavirus, they will receive urgent medical attention and will be tested by medical professionals. If the virus is diagnosed, then they will be taken to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

Who should I contact with any other questions?

If you/your child are/is due to begin studies with us soon and you have an urgent inquiry regarding the coronavirus outbreak, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance. To help us provide the information that you need quickly, please include your student ID and DePaul University Global Pathway Program in the subject of your email.

For inquiries related to students who are already at DePaul University, please contact GPP Staff. Alternatively, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance.

Travel Information

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Are there travel restrictions for entering the USA?

The US government has implemented travel restrictions for foreign nationals into the USA from multiple countries due to COVID-19. The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information. This includes health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation, and advice is being updated regularly.

As of March 18, 2020, the US government has suspended all routine visa services in most countries worldwide due to COVID-19. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020. Embassies will resume routine visa services as soon as possible. For more information, visit https://www.usembassy.gov/.

What health tests are being carried out by health officials at airports and other ports of entry?

At this time, travel restrictions and entry screening apply only to travelers arriving from some countries or regions with widespread ongoing spread of COVID-19. However, US policies are subject to change as the situation evolves. You can read further travel information on the CDC website.

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice and information on current travel restrictions.

What should I do if my travel plans are affected by travel restrictions?

If your travel plans are affected by travel restrictions, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com to discuss your individual situation.

Additional Information

Student wellbeing is always our top priority and we understand this is a challenging period for you. Students are always welcome to speak with any member of our team at the Global Gateway Program for support.

Alternatively, you can send inquiries to globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com.

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