Academic Calendar Updates for the 2019-2020 Spring Semester Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Academic Calendar Updates for the 2019-2020 Spring Semester Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Dear METU NCC Family,

As it is known, studies related to the measures taken against coronavirus in our university are organized and updated by constantly monitoring the suggestions and directions of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) and TRNC Council of Ministers’ decisions.

Within the scope of the explanations made by YÖK, the distance education process for the Spring Semester of 2019-2020 Academic Year started at Monday, March 23, 2020 at our University. Although the duration of this period is not clear yet as it can be determined on the basis of the course of the coronavirus epidemic and current developments in our country; according to the latest statements made by YÖK, it is stated that the Spring Semester we are in will be completed by distance education. We are continuing our studies meticulously to carry out this process without compromising the quality of education of our university and by evaluating all the details and systems together.

Due to the transition to distance education, it seems inevitably not possible to be able to carry out certain dates and related processes in the Academic Calendar. In this context, the Academic Calendar is arranged as follows.

Best regards.

06.04.2020 - 12.04.2020 Course withdrawal applications (for students) It has not changed. (1)
06.04.2020 - 13.04.2020 Course withdrawal approvals (for advisors) It has not changed. (1)
08.04.2020 METU English Proficiency Exam 10:00-16:00 (METU NCC students at their 3rd and 4th years and students who make application to graduate programs) (Students are required to be in their exam halls half an hour before the exam)   It was announced and postponed.
04.05.2020 - 18.05.2020 Inter-Campus Exchange Program applications for the Fall Semester It will be announced later
08.05.2020 Last day of classes for graduate and undergraduate programs (excluding thesis work and specialization field courses)   05.06.2020 (2)
09.05.2020 - 22.05.2020 Final Exams (Graduate and Undergraduate programs)  06.06.2020-26.06.2020
22.05.2020 Last day of classes in the English Preparatory Program  05.06.2020
02.06.2020 METU English Proficiency Exam 10:00 - 16:00 (English Preparatory Program students who have right to take the exam with regard to related regulation) (Students are required to be in their exam halls half an hour before the exam)   Announcements will be made based on the developments in the upcoming time period.
02.06.2020 Deadline for the submission of final grades (24:00) 07.07.2020
03.06.2020 The announcement of final grades 08.07.2020
03.06.2020 - 10.06.2020 Deadline for the submission of Spring semester Incomplete (I) grades (by 24:00) It will be announced later. (3)
03.06.2020 - 10.06.2020 Submission of the Spring Semester grade corrections by instructors (by 24:00) 08.07.2020-14.07.2020
03.06.2020 - 11.06.2020 Approval of the Spring Semester Grade Correction by the Academic Boards (by 24:00) 08.07.2020-16.07.2020
03.06.2020 - 19.06.2020 The resit exam applications for those who are in the semester of graduation 08.07.2020-24.07.2020(4)
08.06.2020 - 09.06.2020 Online registrations and advisor approvals for the Summer School It will be announced later (5)
08.06.2020 - 26.06.2020 Transfer and minor program applications It will be announced later (5)

* Academic Calendar updates will continue depending on the upcoming time period.

(1) Withdrawal from the Course
The current date of withdrawal from courses will remain valid. However, it is considered that students may have a withdrawal request due to new practices in the distance education process. Therefore, a date will be given for course withdrawal in the beginning of the “Intensive Summer Academic Calendar for Spring Semester”, which can be planned after the pandemic.

(2) Termination of Courses and Final Exams
Since the decision to move to distance education was taken one week after the decision to suspend education, and we received feedback on the fact that the first weeks of the distance learning process, which started on March 23, can be considered as weeks for many instructors to plan their classes according to the new system and put these plans into practice, it is aimed to stretch the dates of the classes on the calendar according to the needs of the instructor. On the basis of this planning, final exams will be started one month after the predetermined date and related processes (grading and announcement of grades, etc.) will be operated in this way. In addition, the final exam period will be held one week longer than the normal allocated time to prevent a system load due to distance learning applications. In this way, grading procedures of all courses completed by distance education at our university will be carried out within the same timeframe.

(3) Incomplete (I) Grades
For the courses whose applications in the course content are not possible to be completed with distance education opportunities, an extended “I” grade can be given in accordance with the approvals of the authorized Academic Boards. It is planned to propose a concentrated academic calendar after the Coronavirus pandemic, the duration of which is still uncertain, and to complete the courses and grading procedures within the scope of the related “Intensive Summer Month Academic Calendar for Spring Semester”. We would like to point out that, at this point it is not possible for us to make any predictions about the start date, duration and intensity of the calendar in question as it will take shape according to the course of the Coronavirus pandemic.

(4) Resit Exams
For the students who are going to graduate at the end of the spring semester and who are entitled to take the resit exam within the scope of the directive, resit exam applications can be made online by the students; and the departments can view the applications online. The processes related to the exams will be carried out by the Program Coordinators.

(5) Summer School
Whether the Summer School Semester carried out at our university can be held; in case it is held, under what conditions it can be done has not been clarified yet as these are issues related to the course of the pandemic.