I Need Help

I Am Struggling in My Classes

Firstly, you are not alone. University is challenging and therefore Rutgers offers a wide variety of services to help you overcome academic difficulties. Use instructor office hours and any other support provided for the course. If you would like more, look at some of the other resources available. All services are free.

Advising

Our goal is to help you identify the causes of the difficulty. Sometimes the obstacles are easy to see but often the issues are more complex. Make an appointment with an academic advisor. We are here to help! We can help you develop strategies to overcome these challenges or connect you with other services.

Tutoring

If you are struggling with the content of a course, and want more than what study groups can offer, consider one-to-one tutoring through the Rutgers Learning Centers and Honors Program. You can select specific courses, that your tutor has taken and successfully passed.

Writing Support

The Rutgers Learning Centers offer general writing coaching  - covering topics such as organization and thesis-writing. While the Writing Program offers tutoring for everything from Basic Composition and Expos to many of the WCr writing classes. Sign-up in person at Murray Hall - Visit wp.rutgers.edu/tutoring for more information.

Academic Coaches

If your study habits or skills need work, the Learning Coaches, at the Rutgers Learning Centers, can help. They will work to help you develop everything from time management or more effective note-taking.

Academic Support Programs

The Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) has academic support programs, academic and career counseling, as well as supplemental instruction sessions.

If you are part of a special program within Rutgers, such as EOF, TRIO, or PALS, there are more programs open only to you. Talk to an SAS Academic Advisor or your advisor within your specific program.

For additional programs, visit the Student Services page.

Student Services

Extraordinary Circumstances

If there are other, personal, or mental health issues that are negatively effecting your studies, Advisors and the Dean of Students can help. See the section below for more details.

I Need to Withdraw from a Class

As an SAS student – other than those with non-traditional status or temporarily granted a reduced credit load – you must maintain a registration of at least 12 credits.  There are specific periods within the term when you can add and drop courses; the specific dates are provided on the Registrar’s website - http://nbregistrar.rutgers.edu/undergrad/calendar.htm - each semester.

Students make the decision to withdraw from a class frequently and for a variety of reasons, including their Academic Standing Status. If you are struggling in a particular class and have exhausted all means to improve, or are thinking about reducing your credit load for other reasons, then withdrawing might be the right answer for you. Talk to an advisor - at an advising counter or in an appointment - if you are in doubt.

The W

During the first week of classes – “Add/Drop” – you are typically able to adjust your registration without assistance. After this period, as long as you maintain at least 12 credits in your registration, you can still drop classes but will receive a W - one of the most misunderstood registration adjustments at RU. A W is neither a grade nor punitive. It does not suggest anything to future employers (who are highly unlikely to view your transcript anyway) or graduate schools. The W indicates that you made a choice to change your registration after the Add/Drop period.

When might you consider avoiding the W? If you receive Financial Aid, you must be mindful that a W is calculated into your completion rate. Too many Ws pull down your completion rate and can result in a loss of aid. Talk to your Financial Aid Plan advisor.

Also, repeatedly withdrawing from courses, or consistently dropping the same course suggests you are making poor decisions about your academic abilities. Talk to an Academic Advisor.

After the W Deadline

If you are experiencing serious or extraordinary difficulties during the semester, and feel unable to continue with your studies, you are able to withdraw from the entire semester.  There is also a published deadline for this on the Registrar’s website. The decision to take a Leave of Absence, and withdraw from all classes, shouldn’t be taken lightly, but is something that many students do each semester.

It is not possible to withdraw from individual classes after the W deadline, nor is it possible to retroactively withdraw from a course in a previous semester. Talk to an Academic Advisor about your options.

I Am Experiencing Personal Issues

Life can be challenging and sometimes these unexpected obstacles mean we need extra help.  Academic Advisors can help direct you to support services if you are unsure where to begin. Otherwise, the following offices and services are available to you.

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office at Rutgers University-New Brunswick provides solutions, services, and support to help students navigate Rutgers University.  By focusing on students’ educational, social, and personal development, staff in the Office promote academic success and student retention.  The Office serves as a student support network by providing advocacy, problem resolution, and critical incident intervention for those times when additional assistance is needed. http://deanofstudents.rutgers.edu/

Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Within the Division of Student Affairs, and under the umbrella of Rutgers Health Services, CAPS provides and ensures quality services to Rutgers University – New Brunswick students by providing: Community-based mental health prevention; Clinical Care, and Support in the aftermath of critical incidents. They offer a wide variety of services ranging from support for students on the Autism spectrum, to “Let’s Talk” drop-in counselling sessions across the New Brunswick campus.  http://rhscaps.rutgers.edu/

Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance

The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance was created in 1991 by recommendation of the University Acquaintance Rape Task Force. Under the leadership of Ruth Anne Koenick, the office became a University Department in 1995 (called the Department of Sexual Assault Services), and has grown to serve Rutgers community members who are victims of all types of crime. Today, VPVA is committed to offering innovative services, programs, and events designed to meet the needs of the members of the Rutgers Community and beyond.  http://vpva.rutgers.edu/

The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities

The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) promotes a supportive environment for students of all backgrounds, with a focus on gender and sexuality, while promoting both social and educational opportunities for leadership, identity, and social justice advocacy development. With a critical understanding of multiple identities and connected systems of oppression, SJE works collaboratively with students, faculty, administrators, staff and community members to develop relevant initiatives and policies that center diversity, inclusion, and intersections of identity. http://socialjustice.rutgers.edu

I Need Tutoring

Tutoring

If you are struggling with the content of a course, and want more than what study groups can offer, consider one-to-one tutoring through the Rutgers Learning Centers and Honors Program. You can select specific courses, that your tutor has taken and successful passed.

Writing Support

The Rutgers Learning Centers offer general writing coaching  - covering topics such as organization and thesis-writing. While the Writing Program offers tutoring for everything from Basic Composition and Expos to many of the WCr writing classes. Sign-up in person at Murray Hall - Visit wp.rutgers.edu/tutoring for more information.

I Need Academic Accommodations for a Disability

The Office of Disability Services provides equal access to education through arranging accommodations and support services. There is a charge associated with evaluation but if you believe your academic struggle may be rooted in a learning disability, testing and then getting the support needed, could be worth it.

I Am on Academic Warning or Probation

If you are on Academic Warning or Academic Probation, we encourage you to make an appointment to meet with an SAS Academic Advisor.

I have an Academic Suspension or Dismissal

 

If you receive a notice of Academic Suspension or Dismissal, you will be required to meet with an Academic Advisor.  Please read your notification promptly and follow the instructions regarding next steps! 

I Am Ready to Return to SAS

Reenrolling Students

If you were not Suspended or Dismissed from SAS student and wish to return to SAS for degree or non-degree undergraduate study, you must apply for reenrollment. Reenrollment is only for students who have earned at least one semester of grades while enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences- New Brunswick Campus.  For information, please visit the Reenrollment page.

Suspended Students

If you were Suspended from SAS, you must apply for Summer Conditional Reenrollment by the advertised deadlines, and meet the requirements for Reinstatement: Complete a minimum of six new degree credits (two courses) at Rutgers -  New Brunswick and obtain a Summer Session GPA of 2.75 or higher by the end of the third Summer Session.

Students who are successful in meeting the requirements for Conditional Reenrollment will be placed on Academic Probation with mandatory conditions and restrictions for their next semester of enrollment.

Note: You cannot earn new degree credits for any courses that are E-credited or in which you previously earned a grade of C or higher. If you choose to enroll in more than six credits, the average for all summer coursework must still be at least 2.75.

Dismissed Students

If you were Dismissed from SAS, and did not re-mediate your Academic Dismissal during the Summer immediately following notification, you are not eligible to continue your studies at Rutgers University.

In documented extraordinary circumstances, students may submit an Academic Appeal. In addition to the appeal support documentation, students must be able to demonstrate readiness for successful academic work, the ability to raise their cumulative GPA to graduation level, and a realistic plan for completing degree requirements.

I would like to get credit for courses I took outside of Rutgers


Please see our Transfer Credits page for detailed information.

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