Due to the interruption of Core classes by the SWC-UAW strike, Literature Humanities sections will now require additional instruction and coursework, to be completed by January 31, 2022.

The Center for the Core Curriculum sent out an email today, December 15, regarding grading for Literature Humanities sections and following up on Dean Valentini and Dean Rosen-Mesch’s previous notice about grading for Core courses that were impacted by the SWC strike. Grades for these courses will be given a “CP” (Credit Pending) designation, which will be converted into a final grade after additional instruction and coursework is completed and graded. The full text of the email is available below.

According to the email, students in Literature Humanities courses will now have to complete an additional assignment, which they will receive detailed communications about through a special Courseworks portal. This assignment will involve engaging with texts from the latter portion of the syllabus and is due on January 31, 2022. Asynchronous reading material and analyses, as well as synchronous group office hours and discussion, will also be available when classes resume mid-January.

An invitation to join this portal and additional updates will be sent out via email. Please direct any questions to the Center for the Core Curriculum.

Email from the Center for the Core Curriculum sent to students on Wednesday, December 15 at 2:50 pm:

Dear Students,

This is the first of several messages that you will receive with details about completing Literature Humanities for the fall 2021 semester. 

As Dean Valentini and Dean Rosen-Metsch wrote last week, students in Core courses that have not been meeting because of the strike will be temporarily given a transcript notation of “CP” (Credit Pending), which indicates that satisfactory progress is being made, but coursework needs to continue beyond the end of the term. This notation, which will appear in SSOL, will be converted to a final grade once you have received additional instruction and assessment, and you will receive full credit for the course. The following provides further information about how this additional instruction and assessment will take place.  

Later this week, you will be given access to a special CourseWorks site. We will use this platform to communicate with you and to share at a later date detailed instructions for one additional assignment that asks you to engage with themes and texts from the fall semester and gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned to one or more works from the latter part of the syllabus. This assignment will be due on January 31, 2022. 

In early January, asynchronous instructional materials focused on texts from the latter part of the semester will be added to the CourseWorks site to aid in your learning and to guide you in the completion of your final assignment. Opportunities for synchronous online discussion and group office hours will also be offered when classes resume in mid-January.

We know you’ll have questions about the details of the assignment and grading, and we’ll be providing these details in future communications. For now, please look out for an invitation in your email to join the CourseWorks site, and contact us with any questions: core-curriculum@columbia.edu

Thank you. 

All the best,

The Center for the Core Curriculum

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