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Dartmouth College
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Summer 2020 Student FAQ

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)



Policy Changes



Paper-Based Services


Are classes held remotely summer 2020?

Due to the global health emergency, classes are held remotely summer 2020 term.


How do I get help using Canvas or Zoom?

See ITC’s Canvas: Request General Support page.

Policy Changes

Where do I find information on any policy changes for summer 2020?

We will list any policy changes for summer 2020 in the FAQ and use other means of communication to the Dartmouth Community.


Has the NRO policy changed for summer 2020?

 A revised summer 2020 NRO policy is available in a comprehensive bullet point format as well as a chart that outlines the major changes from the original policy. Whether a course is eligible for the NRO option is published on the summer 2020 Timetable of Class Meetings by June 5.


How do I know which courses are eligible for the NRO option?

Whether a course is eligible for the NRO option is published on the summer 2020 Timetable of Class Meetings by June 5.


I plan to attend Medical School – have they made any adjustments due to the Global Health Crisis?

Medical schools are aware of the challenges facing applicants during this unprecedented time. See the Guidance on Grading and Transcript Notations in the AMCAS Application for information on the potential impact of alternative grading policies on applicants’ cumulative and BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) GPAs. Check with Pre-Health Advising that has established a site for information about COVID-19 impacts.


I plan to attend Law school – have they made any adjustments due to the Global Health Crisis?

Law schools are aware of the challenges facing applicants during the global health emergency. For further information, visit the LSAT coronavirus update page.


Will students who are graduating summer term 2020 have to pass the swim test or meet outstanding physical education requirements?

The College has suspended the requirements of a successful swim test and all remaining physical education credits for those undergraduate students who are graduating in summer term 2020 and have not yet met these requirements.


When may I register for summer term 2020 courses?

 Students who have an “R” term for summer 2020 by the first week of add/drop may register for summer term courses during course election, the course changes period, and the add/drop period.  See the spring 2020 and summer 2020 term calendars for dates.


How many courses may I take summer 2020?

The course load policy has not been altered.


Do I need to be enrolled in a minimum of 2 courses, as well as keep within my limits of a 2-course term summer 2020?

Yes, this policy has not changed.


May I enroll in time-conflicting courses summer 2020 term? Or do one of the two courses need to be listed as “arranged”?

You may not enroll in two courses listed on the Timetable that meet at the same time. However, you may ask either instructor if they intend to teach their course asynchronously or at an alternate time to contact us at and we will change the course meeting time to “arranged”. There is no time conflict with a course if it is listed as “arranged.”


How do I know what time courses meet summer 2020?

Many courses will meet at the times listed on the Timetable of Courses.  Some courses will say “ARR” (arranged) and you will need to contact the instructor.  If you find that a course is not meeting at the time listed, ask the instructor to contact the Registrar’s Office and we will change it on the Timetable.


Will the add/drop period be the same dates, or will there be changes?

There are no planned changes at this time.


Is it possible that the general education requirements initially listed for my courses will change when courses move online?

Yes. Some courses may need to satisfy different distributives or world culture distinctions than originally listed due to the shift to remotely delivered coursework. This is the case for some lab courses, for example, the SLA distributive could possibly change to SCI. If a course’s general education attribute is changed to better represent a remotely delivered format, the change will be visible on the Timetable of Class Meetings.


Will the distributives and world culture requirements listed on the Timetable for summer 2020 fulfill my general education requirements?

Yes, they will fulfill general education requirements as usual.


I don’t have an “R” term for summer. Can my professor add me to their course through Canvas since courses are delivered remotely?

No, only students with an “R” term for summer 2020 may register for summer 2020 courses.  Students must register in Banner to receive credit.


I am a first-year student. When do I elect my D-plan?

First-year students elect their D-Plan on DartHub April 21 through May 8.


I would like to change my D-Plan for summer term, but I cannot make the change on DartHub. How can I make the change?

Students can change their d-plan for summer term on DartHub.  If you run into difficulties email .


Are sophomores required to be in residence either summer 2020 or summer 2021?

The sophomore summer requirement is not waived.  However, sophomores may be in residence either summer term 2020 or summer term 2021 to fulfill the requirement.  Students with extenuating circumstances may petition the Registrar for a waiver as usual.


May I enroll in a course at another institution and receive transfer credit if I am also enrolled in Dartmouth courses?

Students taking remote Dartmouth courses this summer must have an “R” for their d-plan and be enrolled as a full-time student (at least two courses) at Dartmouth. We report all full-time enrolled students to the National Student Clearinghouse to comply with federal reporting. Therefore, students taking remote Dartmouth courses summer 2020 are not eligible to also take a summer transfer term.


May I pursue an international transfer term?

Due to the College’s decision about travel programs, international transfer terms are prohibited until further notice.


May I receive Dartmouth course credit for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or edX verified course through the Remote Access Program?

No, MOOCs and verified edX courses are not awarded college credit.

Paper-Based Services


I fall into the category of students who are unable to order an electronic transcript.  Is it possible for me to receive a paper transcript?

Given the NH stay-at-home order, all staff are working remotely. We have a temporary system in place that will allow us to send your transcript to an email. Contact to begin a request. 


May I obtain a notarized verification, notarized transcript, or apostille at this time?

Standard electronic enrollment verifications are available through the National Student Clearinghouse. We are currently unable to provide any notarized documents or apostilles.

May I send mail to the Registrar’s Office?

Any request or inquiry sent to our office via postal delivery services (USPS, USP, FedEx, etc.) will experience significant delays.

Last Updated: 7/15/20