Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Message from Columbia Sent in Error re Cost of Summer Classes


Dear Student, 

Yesterday, you may have received an email, in error, from Columbia University notifying you of fees owed for your Summer A and/or B courses. Please note that any billing required for the current Summer A & B sessions, where applicable, would be made this year by Barnard, not by Columbia.  


We would like to confirm that for Barnard students who paid full-time tuition for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters (including students who received financial aid) and will have earned fewer than 45 credits through the summer, there is no additional charge for Summer A or B Courses, except for any supplementary course fees.

For students who do not meet the criteria noted above, they would be responsible for paying any additional credits at the $1,860 per credit.

Please know that we are working with Columbia to reverse these charges on your accounts as soon as possible. We will keep you updated. Please do not remit any payment for these charges if you meet the above criteria. We appreciate your patience as we resolve this matter.  


If you have any specific questions, please reach out to bursar@barnard.edu.

New & Different Procedure Alert: Online form needed to drop a Summer Class -- deadline = May 17 for Summer A

***NEW Process and imminent deadline***

If you're trying to drop a class via Student Planning and can't that's because the procedure to drop a summer class is the same as the one used for withdrawals during the 2020-2021 academic year.

To drop a class on or before the deadline (Monday, May 17 for Summer A, Tuesday, June 1 for a full-term summer course, Monday, July 12 for Summer B), use this new online form, following these steps:

1. Consult with your class dean, or adviser (if available).

2. Get an email from your class dean or adviser confirming they approve you to drop this specific class.

3. Download that email as a PDF.

4. Complete and submit the online drop form, uploading your adviser/dean’s confirmation email when prompted to do so.

5. You will receive an email confirmation once your request is processed, ordinarily within two business days. 

If you miss the drop deadline, you may still withdraw from a class with a W on or before the W deadlines listed in the academic calendar, using this same procedure but the W form.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Apply online for $2,000 Art Scholarship - Deadline May 15, 2021


Only 10 days left to apply for a $2,000 art or art history scholarship from the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation.

"Legacy of Spain" 1992 © Eileen Monaghan Whitaker 22x30 inches Watercolor
"Facade" 1971 © Frederic Whitaker 30x22 inches Watercolor
CLICK HERE for more information and the online application
Art History/Museum Studies students include with their application an essay comparing and contrasting the two watercolors shown above.

Art students include two images of watercolor paintings they have created since January 2019.

Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation | whitakerwatercolors.org

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Computer Science Help Room Operating this Summer

Barnard's Computer Science Help Room is open for the Summer 2021 semester. Students in introductory and intermediate courses in computer science can receive one-on-one tutoring through Barnard’s Computer Science Help Room. Tutoring sessions will be facilitated online via Zoom. The "waiting room" function within Zoom will be used to ensure that students being helped are not interrupted by new students joining.  

Barnard's Computer Science Help Room Schedule
Tuesday: 5pm-7pm
Friday: 8am-10am, 3pm-5pm 

The above schedule is in Eastern Time

You can access the Zoom Computer Science Help Room via the link below.


VIA Ride Share Service


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Watermark Scholarship for Women in STEM


The application period is now open for the Watermark Scholars program! 

Watermark is offering women in STEM scholarships for the fall 2021 academic term to provide much-needed support for college students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)-related studies and careers.

Two students will be selected from the pool of applicants, and awardees will each receive $5,000 to help continue their education.

Share the Opportunity With Your Students!

To participate in the Watermark Scholars program, applicants are asked to submit either a written essay, up to 500 words, or a short video on the topic of “Who has inspired you to pursue a career in science or technology, and what do you want to achieve upon graduation?” We’re looking for students who have been inspired by recent events and changes in learning and want to make a difference in their careers!

We’re asking you to help us share this opportunity with your students by posting this link on your institution’s website and sharing it with the appropriate internal resources: https://www.watermarkinsights.com/watermark-scholars/.

The deadline to submit entries is July 15, 2021, and awardees will be notified in August. 


Monday, April 19, 2021

Scholarship to Attend Women in Global Policy Virtual Conference

The Athena Center is sponsoring two students to attend the 2021 virtual Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Seminar: Women in Global Policy taking place May 17-21, 2021.

PLEN offers participants insight into different areas of public policy as well as excellent networking opportunities with key players. This is an incredible opportunity for students to develop their skills, learn from changemakers, discuss global policy and advocacy issues, and be exposed to a variety of post-graduate and career options in the world of global policy.

This opportunity is open to ALL Barnard students, from all majors and disciplines, and we encourage all students to apply. 

The application is available here and the deadline to apply is Thursday, April 29th

Important Helpful Information for the End of the Spring Semester

As we come to the end of an extraordinarily challenging spring semester, the Office of the Dean of Studies 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 -- particularly personal, social, and/or economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current global crisis. One of the most important things to remember if you are experiencing difficulties is to reach out to your instructor and/or Class Dean.


As you complete your final assignments for this semester, you can 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. While not all resources are available online, librarians can assist in finding e-books, full-text articles, and open access sources. More information about how to contact Personal Librarians by subject area is available at: https://guides.library.barnard.edu/remote-library-services. The Columbia University Libraries online portal also provides access to digital versions of texts.




Most, if not all, final examinations for the Spring 2021 semester will be administered on-line. The final examination schedule for Barnard courses is published by the Registrar’s Office and is visible on the Barnard Registrar’s website.  


All instructors and students are expected to follow the official exam schedule. If you encounter hardship at the time of your final exams, you should be in touch with your instructor to make alternate arrangements for taking your exam on a different day. If you need assistance with communicating with the faculty, you may contact your Class Dean. You may now submit an exam conflict form online for verification by the Registrar’s Office through the Slate for Students system.


If you become ill during an examination, you should inform the faculty member and ask how to proceed. This may include deferring the final exam until September or arranging another date during the final exams period or the summer break to take the exam.




Incompletes may be given in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an Incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, you may submit the Application for Incomplete form. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination.) For more information, visit the Registrar’s website. For Academic Year 2020-21, there will be no “early incomplete” deadlines. All students who submit their final coursework by the regular incomplete deadline (the first day of Fall 2021 classes) - or an earlier date as determined by the instructor - will have the ‘I’ replaced on their transcript by the final letter grade.  




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 remote 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 cards@barnard.edu.




Academic integrity in end-of-term assignments is of the utmost importance. Both students and faculty have communicated a desire to foreground the heightened significance of academic integrity in Spring 2021, emphasizing the values that bind us as an academic community. As you write papers or complete exams, keep the College's Honor Code in mind. If you need clarification on appropriate citations or collaboration, always consult your instructors.




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


We all wish you well as you complete this semester’s coursework.