Monday, December 11, 2017

End of Semester Procedures


Contemplating an Incomplete? Got sick the morning of the exam? WHAT TO DO? Read below for important info. (This was sent as an email to all students today)

As the end of semester draws near, the Office of the Dean of Studies would like to go over several  important pieces of information that will help you make it through the coming exam period.

We want to be sure that everyone is aware of college policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress, you will know what to do.

One of the most important things to remember: if you are experiencing any kind of difficulty, whether it be academic or health-related, don't hesitate to contact our office at 212-854-2024, and we will direct you to the help you need.


All instructors and students are expected to stick to the official exam schedule. If you find yourself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours, your first step should be to go to the Barnard Registrar's Office (107 Milbank), where you will receive further guidance as to how to proceed.

Students may defer an exam ONLY in cases of acute illness or personal emergency on the day of the exam. If you need to request a deferral, you must:

a) Contact your instructor FIRST
b) THEN Contact  the Dean of Studies Office (212-854-2024) on the day of the exam, before the scheduled start of the exam. (There will be staff in the Dean of Studies Office as early as 8am during exam period).
c) You may be asked to provide documentation of your illness; the staff in the Dean of Studies Office can talk with you about how to share documentation.
d) If the instructor approves your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the fall term will be administered in January, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. It is your responsibility to check the registrar's website the previous week for the time and location of your deferred exam. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DEFERRED EXAMS CANNOT BE REQUESTED IN ADVANCE OF EXAM WEEK. If you need to make arrangements to take an exam at another time due to circumstances NOT HAVING TO DO WITH ILLNESS, then you must SPEAK TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY.

ILLNESS DURING EXAM: If you become ill during an examination:

a) inform the proctor
b)  hand in the exam, and
c) go directly to Health Services.

 If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you should qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis ofthe work you've completed to that point.

 Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, pick up a copy of the incomplete form at the Registrar's Office, or online at the Registrar's site (, and proceed from there. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For information about deferring exams, see above.)

Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of  additional or revised work.

As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code ( in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is NEVER, EVER the way to respond to a  difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice( PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT ANY MISREPRESENTATION OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES IN ORDER TO OBTAIN AN EXAM DEFERRAL OR AN INCOMPLETE IS A VIOLATION OF THE HONOR CODE.

Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024. For more information, see the Dean of Studies webpage:

If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024. Any of the Deans can help you, even if that person is not your Class Dean.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Are you READY to Graduate???


Wednesday, December 4, 2017
6:00 pm

222 Milbank Computer Lab

Let's Review Your Coursework to ensure you are 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Free Coding Courses!

FREE Web Development Courses

Athena Digital Design Agency (ADDA): Our mission is to champion and inspire Barnard women on their journey into coding literacy through web development. Participants will begin by learning the fundamentals of web design so they can be competitive in the new economy.

Athena Digital Design Agency will be offering the following courses in Spring 2018:

1. HTML/CSS Course:
This class is perfect for students who would like to learn the basics of web development! Students will successfully complete several websites by the completion of this course. NO CODING EXPERIENCE or computer science background will be required for participation and applications will be open to only Barnard students.
2. JavaScript Course:
This class is for students to learn to develop their own interactive games and web applications. This class is recommended for students who have already taken the ADDA HTML/CSS course, or have equivalent coding experience. Python and other functional programming languages are not required, and will not be taught.
Key Deadlines:
Application Opens: 12/1/2017
Early-bird deadline: 12/8/2017 (first 10 applicants will receive guaranteed admission)
Regular deadline: 12/23/2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Some things to remember as you plan for...

...your final spring semester at College!

Policies regarding graduation and Commencement

Students at Barnard can graduate (i.e., receive their diplomas) at three different points in the academic year: May, October, or February. Commencement, however, is a ceremony that takes place once a year, in May, at the close of an academic year. For example, this year's Senior class will participate in Commencement exercises in May 2017.
In order to graduate (i.e., receive your diploma) from Barnard, you need to have completed 122 credits (121 for transfer students), all of your major (or major and minor, or double major) requirements, and all of your General Education Requirements.  In order to participate in Commencement exercises in May of the academic year, a student will have to have completed the above requirements by May of her senior year.
Students who are receiving diplomas in October 2016 and February 2017 are eligible to participate in May 2017 Commencement. Any current senior who will not have completed 122 credits or required coursework will not be eligible to participate in May 2017. Those who finish coursework in October 2017 or February 2018 will be eligible to participate in Commencement ceremonies in May 2018.
Students can only participate in Commencement ceremonies once; if a student has participted in a prior Commencement ceremony, she cannot do so again.
Students who have questions about their credit standing, degree conferral, or other graduation processes should make an appointment to speak with Natalie Friedman, Dean of Studies and Adviser to the Senior Class. 
Please check the Commencement website for updates throughout the academic year. The Commencement date, location and speaker are not typically announced until early March. The number of tickets available to students is dependent upon the location, and thus is subject to change every year. Announcements about tickets will be made via email in the spring.

Policies Regarding Majors

Seniors should be focusing, during their final year, on their capstone projects and upper-level coursework in their major(s). The senior year, particularly the final semester, is a time for academic growth and deepening of knowledge in a selected field of inquiry. Therefore, seniors cannot request a change of major in their final semester of College. They also should not submit a declaration of second major in their final semester. Seniors who think they may be close to completing a second major must declare in the fall of senior year.
Students seeking to make changes to a special or combined major must appeal to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing. Seniors cannot declare a Special or Combined major in their senior year. Seniors who think they may be close to completing a second major must declare it prior to the start of classes of their last semester senior year.
Questions? Please contact the Dean of Studies Office or the Registrar.

Information about credits

All students at Barnard must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Only those students who have completed 8 semesters at Barnard are eligible to take fewer than 12 credits. Seniors are not exempt from this federally mandated policy. 

Information about Senior Marshals and Commencement Speakers

In order to enjoy the honor and privilege of being a Senior Marshal or one of the student speakers at Commencement, seniors must be in good academic and conduct standing. Applications for Senior Marshal and the various speakers will be available in the late spring. Dean Friedman will send out information during the spring semester.
If you have questions about your academic or conduct standing, contact Dean Friedman or Dean for Equity, Conduct, and Title IX.

Advanced Search Function in Student Planning

Introducing "Advanced Search" to myBarnard/Student Planning (reprinted, with permission, from the First-Year Blog)

If you logged into myBarnard/Student Planning, you may notice a slightly different look. Changes are largely cosmetic and should not affect your experience of advising, planning, or registering for Spring 2017.  But check out one new feature:  Advanced Search, useful if you want to search for courses by one or many of the following:
  • Semester
  • General Education requirement
  • Day of the week
  • Time of day
  • Instructor
  • Department
  • Course number
  • Section number
How does Advanced Search work?
To access the Course Catalog in Student Planning, click on the Student Planning tab on the top left of the screen. From the drop-down menu, click on Course Catalog.
From there, you’ll be taken to a list of departments and subjects.

Click on Advanced Search to access filters for semester, subjects, what days the course is on, time of day, and course type (course type refers to the Foundations or Nine Ways of Knowing requirement a course fulfills).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hey Barnard students! 
Planing on spending Thanksgiving in NYC? 

Why not have Thanksgiving Dinner with a Barnard Alum? If this opportunity interests you, then you should definitely participate in SGA & Alumnae Relations' annual Student-Alum Thanksgiving Program!

Please fill out this Google form ( between Monday, October 23rd and Monday, November 6th to secure yourself a spot. Questions? Contact SGA's Vice-President of Campus Life, Aku Acquaye, at

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's Time for an Audit!

Seniors, it's never too early to Audit your Transcript to ensure you are on track to graduate! 

 Have questions?  

Make an appointment with your advisor,
Dean Friedman, or Dean Youngblood Giles.  

Don't wait until April to realize you have one more 
9 Ways of Knowing to fulfill. 

Friday, September 15, 2017


Today is the Day!  Registration and Adviser Approval for your course schedule is needed by TONIGHT at 9:45 pm 

Your adviser must approve your course schedule by clicking "Review Complete" in myBarnard/Student Planning.

 If you need to add a course after today, you must petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing.  

Are you on track to complete 122 points?  Need some additional 1-2 point options:

 Search the Barnard catalogue by number of credits -- try searching for courses between 0 and 2 credits.  Make sure anything you're interested in is offered in the current semester.
You can also search the Columbia directory for current-semester courses that contain the keyword "Points: 1" or "Points: 2"

Monday, September 11, 2017

Convocation at Barnard: TUESDAY, September 12 @ 4:00 pm

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's Convocation Time!  

 It's your turn to lead the processional for the opening Convocation as SENIORS!!!!!

Seniors are organizing outside of Riverside Church at 4:00 pm.  Please remember to wear your Yellow Barnard Class T-Shirts. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome back Seniors! Now don't forget ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION

You once knew it as "Registration..."

But today, it is called...ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION

And the deadline is...TOMORROW!

Please visit the myBarnard portal to confirm your enrollment (students who do not do so by tomorrow evening may incur fines).

If you have a hold, please make an appointment with Dean Nikki Youngblood Giles or Dean Friedman by calling 212-854-2024.