ESS updates in response to COVID-19


November 20

Update on the P/NP course grading policy for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

November 13

Deadline to change grading option (letter grade or P/NP) for non-degree tech courses and H/SS courses (except R&C) has been extended to Thursday, December 3 at 11:59 p.m. Students can change their own grading options in CalCentral.

November 3

COVID-19 accommodations and support update

September 21

Deadline to change grading option (letter grade or P/NP) for non-degree tech courses has been extended to Friday, October 30.

July 21

Fall semester update, student resources for remote instruction

July 14

Fall 2020 instruction FAQ for GSI concerns

June 17

Campus has announced plans for limited in-person classes for Fall 2020. Officials will announce decisions about which courses will be offered in-person in July.

The staff of Engineering Student Services hope you are staying healthy during these unprecedented times. We would like to inform you of some actions we are taking in response to COVID-19.

Fall 2020 schedule adjustments

We want to make sure you are aware of a few of our policies that may apply to you during this unusual and challenging time.

Reduced course loads

(fewer than 12 units for the semester)
Unexpected challenges that may warrant a reduced course load during the pandemic include: taking care of a vulnerable or sick family member, homeschooling children, unreliable or inadequate internet/access to technology/learning space, working more due to a family member’s loss of income.

Dropping a course after the deadline

We want to make sure you are aware that there is a petition process for dropping courses after the deadline (Friday, September 4 for EDD courses, Friday, September 16 for all other courses). The deadline to submit a late drop petition is Friday, December 4.

Pass/No Pass grading option

Students in good standing can take certain courses pass/no pass.


In some cases it may be appropriate for you to ask your professor for an incomplete in a course if your work in the course has been of passing quality and you are unable to complete the course for reasons beyond your control.

We encourage you to make an appointment with your ESS adviser to discuss pursuing a reduced course load or dropping a course after the deadline.

Basic needs

The Basic Needs Center is continuing to provide services during these challenging times. Students and staff may be facing increased vulnerability to basic needs insecurity during disruptions in school, work, transportation, and family care. This living document is frequently updated with resource information on access to food, emergency housing services, and wage/work accommodation issues.

Student emergency needs fund

If you are experiencing unexpected financial hardships due to the COVID-19 situation please visit the Student Emergency Needs Fund page.

Mental health resources

Remote resources