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Academic News and Key Reminders for Graduate Students - Winter Quarter 2021

January 4, 2021

Graduate College Operations Due to COVID-19 

The Graduate College will continue to operate remotely and by appointment only. Please 
contact us via email at to schedule an appointment. We are accepting and processing all forms digitally and will continue to offer our regular co-curricular and professional development programming virtually. Please visit the Graduate College website for more information about our policies, programs and resources. 

For the latest information on health and safety protocols, testing, and messaging which has gone out to the Drexel community, please visit Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus website or call the Drexel COVID Questions line at 215.703.2335. 

Academic News 
& Key Reminders for Graduate Students 

Welcome new graduate students and welcome back to our returning students!

As we approach the start of the winter quarter, the Graduate College would like to remind you of a few important academic policies, dates, deadlines and resources to help you navigate your academic program. We recommend you bookmark this information for future reference. 

Academic Dates & Deadlines: Winter Quarter 2021 

Please Note: The winter quarter will be 9 weeks instead of 10. The first day of winter quarter classes will be Monday, January 11, 2021. The first two weeks of classes will be fully virtual/remote, unless otherwise noted by your college/school leadership and/or academic program. Scheduled in-person or hybrid class sessions will resume in Week 3 beginning Monday, January 25, 2021. The majority of winter quarter classes will continue in a virtual/remote format.

Please refer to the Academic Calendars on the Provost’s website. You should also consult with your individual college or school officials and graduate academic advisor(s) for additional dates, deadlines and requirements.

Friday, January 8, 2021 by 4 p.m. EST – Deadline to Submit a Graduate Program Completion Form for Fall Quarter Graduates (Required for PhD/doctoral and some Master’s thesis programs) 
Monday, January 11, 2021 – Winter Quarter Classes Begin (Virtual/Remote for Weeks 1-2 for most, check with your academic program) 
Friday, January 15 – Deadline to Confirm Your Enrollment in your DrexelOne 
Friday, January 15 by 12 p.m. EST – Deadline to Add/Drop a Course with Academic Advisor Assistance* 
Sunday, January 17 by 11:59 p.m. EST – Deadline to Add/Drop a Course in your DrexelOne* 
Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (University Holiday) 
Sunday, January 31 – Deadline to Complete Required Annual Title IX Training in Blackboard Learn, if you have not already completed it 
Monday, February 1 – Deadline to Submit an Application for Degree for Winter Quarter Graduation in your DrexelOne 
Week of February 8 – Spring Quarter Registration Begins (Review Your Time Ticket Information) 
Friday, February 26 – Deadline to Withdraw from a Course with Academic Advisor Assistance* 
Saturday, March 13 – Last Day of Classes* 
Monday, March 15 – Term Examinations Begin* 
Saturday, March 20 – Term Examinations End* 
Saturday, March 20 – Winter Quarter Degree Conferral Date (Date that appears on diploma) 
Wednesday, March 24 by 12 p.m. EST – Winter Quarter Grade Submission Deadline for Faculty 
Friday, March 26 – Winter Quarter Academic Standing Notices Go Out (See Graduate Academic Standing Policy) 

*For part of term and semester dates and deadlines, please refer to Drexel’s Academic Calendars. 

Academic Policies & Procedures

Please refer to the academic policies and procedures listed on both the 
Provost’s and Graduate College websites. Additional policies are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, including the Academic Integrity policy and conduct process. All students should be aware of and knowledgeable of these policies and procedures. 

International students (F-1 and J-1) should refer to the latest updates, policies and information on the International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) website. 

Please review the following policies:

Academic Standing: Graduate Students – Academic Standing is determined each term that a student is registered for classes and is based on both the term and cumulative GPA. A student’s academic standing is reflected on his or her permanent academic transcript. A graduate student must maintain a minimum 3.00 term and cumulative GPA to progress toward graduation. Please note that individual programs may set higher standards. Please click on the policy for definitions, actions and requirements.


Pass/No Pass Grading Option – The Pass/No Pass Grading Option will continue for the winter quarter. Please review the FAQs at the link to determine your eligibility and consult with your graduate academic advisor about whether or not this option is right for you and any implications for your Graduate Academic Standing or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Grades Policy: Graduate Students

 Required Title IX
 Training for Graduate Students - Complete by January 31 

Graduate students are required to complete an online training entitled, "Understanding Title IX and Respecting Individual Rights, Building Inclusive Community - Module 1," a sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct prevention program, in order to be compliant with the University's policies for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.
 Students only need to complete this training once annually. More information. 

Virtual Resource Fair Sessions

All new, incoming graduate quarter program students, including online students, are invited to register for the 
Graduate College's Virtual Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair sessions on January 5 & 6 as part of Dragons Unite: 2021 welcome back programming. Returning students are also welcome to register! Each virtual fair session will feature a live welcome, overview and 5-6 different offices/departments/organizations from across campus who will engage in live chat, discussion and share information about their student resources and services, encouraging any appropriate follow up. 

Additional Resources
 & Opportunities for Graduate Students 


Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Graduate College if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support you throughout your graduate education at Drexel. 

Best wishes for a successful term!

The Graduate College of Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street 
Main Building, Suite 301 
Philadelphia, PA 19104 
Tel: 215.895.0366 
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