COVID-19 FAQs


 

Below, you will find answers to questions relating to how the COVID-19 emergency will affect the Honors experience.

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for here, please email your question to Honors Coordinator, Ms. Colby Birdsell at c.birdsell@tcu.edu.

 


ADMISSIONS

 

What is the deadline for accepting my Honors College invitation?

For incoming students, the deadline to accept your Honors College invitation has been moved to June 1.

What do I need to know about the housing application?

The deadline for completing the online housing application (available through my.tcu.edu) is June 15*; the timeline for room selection will be announced following the close of the housing application.  Room selection time slots are based on a lottery system; the date you submit the housing application does not determine your time slot.

*This date is subject to change; please check with TCU Housing and Residence Life for the most up to date information.

More Honors Housing information is available here: https://honors.tcu.edu/prospective-students/honors-housing/housing-faq/.

 


ADVISING

 

I want to meet with my Honors Advisor. How can I do this?

Here are the ways you can still get in touch with your Honors academic advisor:

Your advisor’s scheduling link can be found HERE.

EMAIL ADVISING:

Email is the most efficient way to reach your Honors academic advisor.

Your advisor’s email address can be found here: https://honors.tcu.edu/staff/category/advisors/

Include your TCU ID in all email communication for quick record locating.

Please be patient with us as we field a higher volume of emails than normal.

Your advisor will reply as quickly as possible during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CDT).

PHONE ADVISING:

If you would like to schedule a phone advising meeting, please utilize your advisor’s online scheduling link. NOTE: You will see appointments on the scheduler in your current time zone (i.e. if you are on Pacific Time, you would see 1:00 p.m. and your advisor would see 3:00 p.m.).

For phone appointments, please include your phone number in the advising appointment note and an advisor will call you from a blocked number to conduct the appointment.

Please keep an eye out for emailed advising notes from your advisor.

VIDEO ADVISING:

If you would like to schedule a meeting via Zoom (video-conferencing), you will need to utilize your advisor’s scheduling link and indicate that you would like a video meeting. NOTE: You will see appointments on the scheduler in your current time zone (i.e. if you are on Pacific Time, you would see 1:00 p.m. and your advisor would see 3:00 p.m.). If you opt for a Zoom call, your advisor will send you the meeting I.D. in advance.

Instructions on how to install TCU’s video conferencing software, Zoom, can be found HERE

TCU’s I.T. website should be able to troubleshoot any technical issues. Please make sure you have a working webcam and speaker for this option. Please be patient if you contact I.T. as they may be experiencing a high volume of calls and emails.

Please keep an eye out for emailed advising notes from your advisor.

Should you experience technical difficulties during the video connection, your advisor may choose to call you directly at your provided phone number instead.

 

I’ve already made an appointment with my Honors advisor. What do I do?

Previously scheduled advising appointments will be conducted remotely via phone during your scheduled appointment time. Please contact your Honors advisor by email at least 12 hours in advance if you would like to request that an existing appointment be a video conference. (Refer to the guidelines above.)

If you need to cancel or reschedule your advising appointment for any reason, please do so as soon as possible so that someone else can schedule an appointment during that time.

All appointments will be held between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time.

 


DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

 

I’m a May 2020 grad who is pursuing Departmental Honors. What should I do?

In light of current circumstances, the John V. Roach Honors College is making several changes to our Departmental Honors requirements for May 2020 graduates only:

    • Students are not required to present their projects in a public forum
    • Students are not required to submit a working draft of their project by Monday, April 20 (though we encourage faculty supervisors to set similar deadlines, to ensure that students receive and have the opportunity to address substantive feedback on their work)
    • Supervising professors and committee members are asked to assess students’ Departmental Honors work (process and product) based on what the student can reasonably be expected to have accomplished under the circumstances 

You are still required to submit the final version of your Departmental Honors project to the Honors College via our online system by noon on Monday, May 4. We understand that you may be unable to complete your project as originally envisioned. However, we expect every Departmental Honors student to submit a final project based on whatever completion strategy they have negotiated with their faculty supervisors.

 


ENROLLMENT

 

Is Honors enrollment affected by the new enrollment dates?

Yes. Here are the new dates and times of Honors enrollment, in addition to some reminders about the new P/NC and drop deadlines.

    • Honors seniors and juniors will enroll on Monday, April 20, and Honors sophomores and freshmen will enroll on Tuesday, April 21.
    • Your classification (senior, junior, sophomore, or freshman) is based on earned hoursnot including hours in which you are currently enrolled. Earned hours do include transfer/AP hours (as long as those hours appear on your TCU transcript).
      • Freshman (0-23 earned hours)
        1. Freshmen will enroll on Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m., CDT
      • Sophomore (24-53 earned hours)
        1. Sophomores will enroll on Tuesday, April 21 at 9 a.m., CDT
      • Junior (54-83 earned hours)
        1. Juniors will enroll on Monday, April 20 at 1 p.m., CDT
      • Senior (84+ earned hours)
        1. Seniors will enroll on Monday, April 20 at 9 a.m., CDT
    • You can find your assigned registration date and time by signing into my.tcu.edu. Please see the How-to video located here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNfCadA8bC0.
      • Reminder, all enrollment times are in Central Daylight Time (“Texas Time”)
    • The deadline to drop a class has been extended to April 13.
    • The deadline to elect P/NC for a class has been extended to May 15.

 

I have an advising hold on my account. How can I get it lifted?

Only your major or program (for Pre-Health students) advisor can lift your advising holds. Your major advisor should be getting in contact with you about advising for fall 2020 soon. If you are a pre-major, your Honors advisor serves as your primary advisor and will remove your hold after email, phone, or video advising. If your records show that you are a pre-major, your Honors advisor will reach out to you soon.


EVENTS

Will Honors Week still happen?

Unfortunately, the following in-person Honors Week activities have been canceled this year:

Boller Finals Competition (originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 14)

Convocation of Academic Excellence (originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16)

Honors Banquet (originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16)

NOTE: Awards that would have been announced at the banquet will be announced on this day in a different format.

 

When will the Honors Laureate Ceremony be?

The Honors Laureate Ceremony for spring 2020 graduates will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020. The location, time, and other details will be announced soon.

 


ONLINE CLASSES

 

What if I do not have access to a computer?

If you do not have access to a computer, please send a note to honors@tcu.edu so that the Honors College can request a loaned computer for you from TCU Information Technology. We urge you to submit your request as soon as possible, as the University has only a limited supply of loanable laptops.

 

What if I have been separated from my textbooks?

If you are at home but your textbooks are on campus, there are a few publishing companies that are offering free access to digital books for the rest of the semester. Here are some links:

Cengage

Pearson

Macmillan

 


PASS/NO CREDIT

 

Can I elect P/NC for an Honors class under the new Spring 2020 P/NC policy?

Yes. Honors College students may elect P/NC in any spring 2020 Honors course and have the course count toward their Honors requirements (provided a P grade is earned). With regard to Honors College GPA requirements: Honors students must meet existing GPA benchmarks at the end of the spring 2020 semester in order to remain in good standing in Honors; to graduate as an Honors Laureate or Andrews Scholar, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of graduation. Students should consult with their Honors College academic advisor if they have questions about how taking spring 2020 courses on a P/NC basis might affect their ability to meet end-of-year GPA benchmarks.

 


STUDY ABROAD/HONORS EXPLORATIONS

 

Will my planned summer study abroad Cultural Visions credit be in jeopardy?

If you were counting on fulfilling Cultural Visions credit through study abroad and would like to discuss courses that could fulfill this requirement instead, please reach out to your Honors advisor.

Students concerned about a semester or summer study abroad experience should check the TCU Study Abroad Office’s updates.

What will happen with my credits if I was studying abroad and had to return home due to COVID-19?

Honors students who studied abroad and returned home because of the novel coronavirus pandemic during Spring 2020 will earn two Honors Cultural Visions for their limited study abroad experience.

 


WELLNESS/COUNSELING SERVICES

 

Are there any mental health services available to students?

Yes, the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center offers confidential services to current students.

Let’s Talk – Mental Health Consultations

The “Let’s Talk” program provides a great open door for students who would like to discuss something but aren’t sure that they want to begin a more routine counseling relationship. This resource can help students with general anxiety about a test or project, relationship issues, career worries, etc. The service is available by both phone and Zoom between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (central time) Monday through Thursday, until the end of the spring ’20 semester. To connect by phone, call 817-257-7389. To connect by Zoom, email lets.talk@tcu.eduto set up an appointment.

 

Need to Talk – Counseling Helpline

The TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center has a 24/7 counseling line that offers telephone counseling to all TCU students anytime, day or night, and even during semester breaks. If you feel the need to talk with a counselor, please call 817-257-7233.

 

OUR OFFICE
John V. Roach Honors College
2855 Main Drive
Scharbauer Hall 1016

MAILING ADDRESS
John V. Roach Honors College
TCU BOX 297022
Fort Worth, TX 76129

CALL US

817.257.7125