Frequently Asked Questions


Health and Wellbeing

For more information, see Health and Wellbeing

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Summer Quarter Classes

My summer 2020 class meeting time is listed as “TBA,” and the class has an “unknown schedule”—does this mean my class was canceled?

No. Your class is Asynchronous, which means you will not be required to log in for class instruction during established meeting days and times. Coursework will be completed in a self-guided manner. If you don’t hear from your instructor by the first day of class, you should reach out to them for more information about class expectations and requirements.

My summer 2020 class is scheduled to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:10 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.—does this mean I am expected to return to campus?

No. All summer 2020 Cal Poly courses are being offered virtually. Your class is Synchronous, which means you are required to log in for class instruction during established meeting days and times.

Now that all courses are online, will there be no time conflicts for classes?

This will depend on whether your courses are taught synchronously (meetings at specific days and times), asynchronously (no scheduled meetings) or a combination of the two formats. Classes taught in a Synchronous manner with established meetings days and times may still create time conflicts. Those taught in an Asynchronous manner will not create a time conflict during the registration process.

I want to “crash” classes in summer 2020. How can I crash a class if all instruction is being offered online?

It is still possible to “crash” classes, depending on the individual instructor. You will need to work directly with the instructor of the course you want to crash. Only the instructor can include you in their virtual instruction.

Will the waitlist process remain the same in summer 2020?

Yes. The waitlist process will continue as normal. Please review the waitlist policy on the Office of the Registrar website.

I am enrolled in an asynchronous class. If I am not required to log in for class instruction during established meeting days and times, how will I complete my final exam?

You should communicate directly with your instructor for more information. All summer 2020 final exams will be offered virtually.

I am enrolled in a synchronous class. When will my final exam be offered?

Your final exam will be offered per the published summer 2020 final exam scheduleAll summer 2020 final exams will be offered virtually.

I want to crash a class, and the instructor has added me to the class Canvas or PolyLearn. Does this mean I am now enrolled in the class?

No. If an instructor adds you to the class PolyLearn or Canvas, you are not officially enrolled in the class. You must complete the registration process through your Student Center if and when there is an open seat or you are given a permission number to enroll.

How long do I have to add a class?

  • Please review the Summer 2020 Student Planning Calendar. The Add/Drop deadlines for the summer sessions are as follows:
    • First 5-Week Session: June 24, 2020
    • Second 5-Week Session: July 29, 2020
    • 8-Week Session: June 29, 2020
    • 10-Week Session: July 1, 2020
  • To add a class after the Add/Drop deadline, you must submit a Late Add Appeal to the Office of the Registrar. The Late Add Appeal deadline for each summer session is a firm deadline.
  • Click here to access the Late Add Appeal Form.

How long will I have to change the grading basis of a class? (for example, changing to Credit/No Credit)

  • You will have the option to change the grading basis of your class in your Student Center until the final day of instruction for each summer session.
    • First 5-Week Session: July 24, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
    • Second 5-Week Session: August 28, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
    • 8-Week Session: August 14, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
    • 10-Week Session: August 28, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
  • Students are highly encouraged to speak to their advisor before changing their grading basis to Credit/No Credit.
  • If you are taking a class for grade forgiveness, you must enroll in the class on a graded basis.
  • Please remember that undergraduate students will need a C- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit in a Credit/No Credit course. Graduate students will need a B- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit.

Will taking a course (that is normally a graded course) as Credit/No Credit in summer quarter count towards typical Credit/No Credit limits?

Any Credit/No Credit-selected courses you complete during summer 2020 will NOT be counted toward the following limitations:

  • The 16-unit overall limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take during your career at Cal Poly
  • The 4-unit limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take in GE courses
  • The maximum of one-third of Credit/No Credit-selected courses allowed in a minor.

During summer 2020, you will be able to select any GE courses for Credit/No Credit grading; you are highly encouraged to speak with your academic advisor before selecting Credit/No Credit grading for GE courses.

Additionally, during summer 2020, you will be able to select any minor courses for Credit/No Credit grading. 

Each department has its own policy on whether or not Credit/No Credit courses may be used to fulfill major or support courses. 

Information on major Credit/No Credit policies for summer 2020 can be found here, this page will be updated regularly.

*If a class fulfills both a major/support and a GE requirement, it will be subject to the Credit/No Credit allowances of the major. Speak with your advisor before making any grading basis changes in summer 2020. 

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Virtual Learning and Advising

For more information, visit the Virtual Learning page.

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Housing and Food

For more information, see Housing, Dining and Parking.

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Travel and Study Abroad

Cal Poly has suspended all study abroad programs for spring quarter and students studying abroad are required to return to the U.S. as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the Cal Poly International Center's website at

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Campus Initiatives

For more information, see Campus Operations

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Human Resources

For more information, see Human Resources

To provide the campus with the most current information, this webpage will be updated regularly. Please check back to get accurate and up to date information. 

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