Monday, May 2, 2022


 Dear Students,


As we come to the end of the spring semester, the Deans’ Office for Advising and Support wants to remind you of your resources and options if you are experiencing any issues that may impact your ability to complete work for your courses satisfactorily.


We want to be sure that everyone is aware of College policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress, you will know what to do.


One of the most important things to remember if you are experiencing difficulties is to reach out to your instructor and/or Class Dean. Your class dean is available to discuss your specific situation and offer advice and options.


Academic Resources


Personal Librarians: As you complete your final assignments for this semester, you may contact Barnard Library’s research and instruction team (Personal Librarians) for any support needed in completing research-based assignments, including senior projects. Librarians are available for individual consultations about ways to access online research materials and meet citation requirements for your papers and projects. Personal Librarians can assist in finding e-books, full-text articles, and open access sources.


Center for Engaged Pedagogy: The CEP has put together helpful guides for time managementactive reading strategies, and a resource map if you need support.


Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS): Students who are registered with the Barnard Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS) and have accommodations should be in touch with CARDS as needed to ensure that their accommodations are aligned with end-of-term assignments. If a faculty member has specific questions about how to implement accommodations in their courses, CARDS is available for individual consultation at




All students and instructors are expected to follow the official exam schedule. If you find yourself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours, you should fill out this form.


If you find that you need to take your exam on a different day during the final exams period, please contact your instructor and make arrangements directly through them (this is different from a deferred exam -- see below). Individual faculty members have discretion to allow or deny requests to take an exam at a time different than originally scheduled, or to take an exam online instead of in-person. If you need assistance with communicating with an instructor, you may contact your Class Dean. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or have been required by the College to quarantine and/or isolate when you otherwise would be taking an in-person exam, please be in touch with your Class Dean to discuss possible options.



Students may defer an exam due to illness or personal emergency on the day of the exam. If you need to request a deferral, you must:


a) Email your instructor, copying your class dean, on the day of the exam requesting a deferred exam.


b) You must also submit an official request for a deferred exam in Slate. You will need to upload an approval email from your instructor when you submit the Slate form.  


c) Deferred exams will be given on Friday, September 9, 2022 and Monday, September 12, 2022. After submitting the Request for a Deferred Exam form, you will receive a confirmation email. It is your responsibility to check the registrar's website and your Barnard email the previous week for the details of your deferred exam.


Please be aware that deferred exams cannot be requested in advance of exam week. For more information visit and scroll down to "Final and Deferred Exams."




If you become ill during an examination:


a) inform the proctor

b) hand in the exam, and

c) go directly to Health Services.


If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis of the work you've completed to that point.



Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an Incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, please be in touch with your faculty member via email to obtain their approval. From there, you will need to submit an Incomplete Request Form in Slate. You will need to upload email confirmation from your instructor when you submit the Slate form.  


As a reminder, the official College deadline for completing spring 2022 Incomplete coursework is September 6, 2022. Individual faculty may also set an earlier deadline for the work to be completed. Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For more information, visit: and scroll down to "Incomplete Grades."



Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of  additional or revised work.



As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code ( in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is NEVER the way to respond to a difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice. Please also be aware that any misrepresentation of your circumstances in order to obtain an exam deferral or an incomplete is a violation of the Honor Code.



Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your academic standing, please contact your Class Dean.


I wish you all the best as you complete your work for the semester, and hope you have a restful, restorative summer.



Holly Tedder

Dean for Academic Planning and Class Advising

Monday, April 25, 2022

Student Learning Assessment Community (SLAC): Call for applicants!

 Are you a current Barnard student with an interest in student learning assessment or data analysis? Do you have a knack for asking questions or a passion for equitable teaching and learning? If so, you might be interested in participating in a Student Learning Assessment Community (SLAC) this summer! A partnership between the Center for Engaged Pedagogy and Access Barnard, the goal of this student learning community is to equip a group of Barnard students with knowledge and skills to support and enhance the way we assess learning at Barnard. While the SLAC will offer a foundation in core pedagogical principles (e.g., the “hidden curriculum,” accessibility) and assessment methods (e.g., focus groups, mid-semester feedback), participants will also have the opportunity to specialize in topics and methods of particular interest to them.

We will do our best to schedule this community around the availability of participants. Our current plan is to meet roughly four times in the summer in two-hour long sessions (with a break).

Students will receive $500 stipends for contributing to the learning community, and there is a strong likelihood that interested participants will be invited to serve as paid assessment fellows to support assessment of courses in 2022-23 (details forthcoming). With this in mind, we are giving priority to students who will still be enrolled at Barnard in AY22-23. To apply, please fill out this form by May 20. Any questions can be directed to Melissa Wright at

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

New Searchable List of Courses Satisfying Foundations GERs (No More "Snowbird" list)

Looking for a way to check if a current, future, or past class has been approved for a particular Foundations General Education Requirement? 

The old "Snowbird" site has been replaced by a new page with a very useful search function!


Search by semester and requirement:








Or by course name or keyword:

Hold preventing you from adding/dropping courses? Here's how to find out where they're coming from so you can address/remove them

If you logged into Student Planning and got a red pop-up telling you a hold is preventing you from adding/dropping

you should contact the office that has placed the hold to address it ASAP (even if you don't need to register/add/drop right now, this is still a problem that needs to be resolved before it causes you any future issues!).

You can find out where any holds are coming from via the Barnard Portal, which will take you to the relevant Slate page as follows:

1. Log into the portal

2. Hover your mouse over Academics
3. Then hover over Planning Your Courses
4. Then click Registration Appointment & Holds.  
5. This will take you to a Slate page which may ask you to log in with your Columbia UNI before opening. Here you will see any holds as well as a link to a list of all upcoming registration times (more comprehensive than what you see in Student Planning, which just shows your next time, and shows nothing if you log in during a registration time):

New Rules and Procedures for Fall 2022 Course Registration

 Dear Students,


We hope you are having a successful spring term and are looking forward to the summer. We write today regarding the fall 2022 pre-registration period, which begins on April 18th for rising seniors and will become available to all students based on class year priority that week. In preparation for fall course pre-registration, the advising period has now started as of this week. Students are expected to meet with their academic adviser to review progress toward their degree and to go over any questions they may have about their intended program of study. You should reach out to your adviser now to request an appointment either this week or next.


Please note that a few processes and policies will change for this fall. Effective as of the pre-registration period in April 2022 (for fall semester 2022), Barnard students are allowed to register for a limit of 19 credits. This is in alignment with Columbia, which has always had a registration cap of 18 credits. Barnard students may request permission to register for more than 19 credits from their adviser or dean, but such a request can only happen during the shopping period in September– not during the pre-registration period in April. Please note that these requests will only be granted for urgent reasons, such as completion of a major, a minor, or for graduation requirements.


Additionally, many 1000 or 2000 level Barnard courses will have lower enrollment caps during the April pre-registration period. During this time (April through July), waitlists will not be available for these courses, so we encourage you to discuss any urgently needed requirements with your academic adviser and to prioritize registering for any desired 1000 or 2000 level Barnard courses during the pre-registration period. Waitlists will open for all students for these courses during the registration window in August, and continuing students may add themselves to waitlists for any full courses at that time.  


We know that these changes may be an adjustment, however, the changes have been made to provide all students with the opportunity to have a full 12 credit program by the start of the fall semester. We encourage you to be in good touch with your academic adviser regarding your fall course registration plans. A message has gone out to all advisers with specific recommendations and guidance regarding these plans.


If you have any questions, please be in touch with your adviser and/or your class dean.


With best wishes,

Holly Tedder, Dean for Academic Planning and Class Advising

Jennifer Simmons, Registrar