Simultaneous Enrollment

Details about these updates can be found in the addendum to the 2020-2021 Harvard College Student Handbook 

Suspension of Simultaneous Enrollment (SE) Policy for the duration of remote teaching and learning


New Proposal for Suspension of SE Policy for the Duration of Remote Teaching and Learning (August 13, 2020)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Harvard courses will be offered remotely, and many will offer options for students to view recorded lectures and engage synchronously with other elements of the course. As a result of this pedagogical shift, the faculty legislated policy on simultaneous enrollment will be suspended for the duration of remote teaching and learning. Students will be responsible for developing a reasonable schedule that will allow for attendance during all required synchronous components of each course.

 

 

Guidance to Students Considering SE

Students considering enrolling in two classes that meet at the same time are responsible for managing all academic responsibilities for both courses and are responsible for communicating with all instructors, including teaching fellows. The following is a list of the aspects of scheduling for students to consider when contemplating simultaneous enrollment. Other issues may arise, and students should know that they are responsible for the course and schedule choices that they make:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their resident deans before enrolling in two courses that meet simultaneously.
     
  • Students will be responsible for developing a reasonable schedule that will allow for attendance during all required synchronous components of each course. Before finalizing a schedule, students should consult with all faculty to make sure that all the details of their plans for attendance (and work that will be done asynchronously) are acceptable to all instructors.
     
  • Students are responsible for assuring they can attend all exams, activities, and assessments that cannot be done by video or asynchronously.
     
  • Students considering enrolling in two courses that meet at the same time are strongly encouraged to create a written plan that addresses class attendance, exams, labs, and other aspects of both courses. All instructors should review the plan an indicate that it is acceptable to them.
     
  • Students should not enroll in more than two courses with overlapping times. It becomes increasingly difficult to manage requirements as overlaps increase.
     
  • Students are advised to consider the difficulty of juggling the schedule they are putting together. They remain responsible for maintaining minimum requirements. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirements ordinarily will be required to withdraw for two terms, whether or not their previous record was unsatisfactory. Late drop or withdrawal will not be granted on the basis of challenges faced by simultaneous enrollment.
     
  • Students should keep in mind the way in which scheduling choices may impact their academic record. They are required to maintain satisfactory grades in all courses, and have at least one satisfactory letter grade in an FAS course taken for degree credit. A student whose record is unsatisfactory is ordinarily placed on probation.
     
  • Students on academic probation are strongly discouraged from enrolling in courses with overlapping times.
     
  • First-year students are also strongly discouraged from enrolling in courses with overlapping times.