These unprecedented times have led us through uncharted territories in teaching and learning. We are all deeply affected by the unusual circumstances, and we try to adapt to changes as best as we can in a manner that still upholds our values as an educational institution of higher learning.
“No one left behind”—a phrase or battlecry we often hear—is at the heart of our work. To be truly inclusive, those who are able and willing to finish this term through online learning will have the opportunity to do so, while those unable to will be accommodated as we readjust our policies accordingly.
We will not fail students this trimester. Those who cannot participate in online learning will be given a whole year to accomplish their requirements, no questions asked. Thus, we created three options:
Those taking Options A and B do not affect those taking Option C. But imposing Option C for everyone definitely affects those choosing A or B. This is why we adopted these measures in the spirit of compassion and understanding—because every one of us is going through this pandemic differently.
We believe that this flexible, consultative, and inclusive approach is the most equitable and appropriate direction given how the term has already progressed prior to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
What DLSU is doing now is emergency remote learning. It’s academic triage during a pandemic. No one is expected to work under ideal conditions because ideal is not an option right now. But the Lasallian way is remaining faithful to our Mission.
This is a learning moment for all of us. It is moments like this, and how we respond, that shape our character and define the kind of person we will become.
We, as Lasallians, have always been known for our ability to endure in the face of adversity—and we forge ahead as one, united in mission. We have always risen to the occasion when society needs us, and so together, we will rise again above all the challenges we are facing today. We will leave no one behind.
But first, go ahead and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Get all the rest you need, for your bodies, minds, and spirits.
When you’re ready, we’ll still be here.
Term 2, AY 2019-2020 ends on May 9.
Classes that opted to resume classes on March 25 may have their final exams from April 20 to 25. Other classes may schedule their final exam between April 29 and May 9.
As each class will have its own timetable for the final exams, the exams should be scheduled on the regular class hours to avoid conflicts with other classes.
The exam may be given in two installments on separate days, if more than 1-1/2 hours is needed for the exam.
Final exams may be given using the quiz facility of online platforms, or by online submission of a written output.
We give the student the choice. If a student does not feel ready to take the finals, he/she can choose to not take it and must inform the professor of the decision to get a deferred grade instead. If a student can comply with all requirements by May 9, he/she will get a numeric or W grade. Those who cannot comply with all requirements will get a Deferred grade.
A student with deferred grade has a full year to complete the course, including taking the final exam.
Students who are unable to complete all course requirements (including those given before the March 9 class suspension) by the end of the trimester will receive a deferred grade for Term 2, AY 2019-2020.
(see section on deferred and withdrawn grades)
Your department chair and the college dean are there to help. Do not hesitate to contact them.
Students should discuss with their teachers the basis for the computation of grades in each course for Term 2, AY 2019-2020, preferably by April 15.
Students who have deferred grades shall have one year, until the end of Term 2, AY 2020-2021, to complete the requirements of the course, after which the grade may be changed to a numerical grade. If the student still fails to comply with the requirements, or fails to meet the standards for the course, he/she shall receive a grade of W (Withdrawn).
A W grade is not included in the computation of Grade Point Average (GPA). It is also NOT a failing grade. It shall however be reflected in the Transcript of Records, being a course that the student has enrolled in.
Deferred grades shall not be considered in the computation of GPA for Term 2, AY 2019-2020 at the end of the term, for the reckoning of the Dean’s List which is used for the purpose of granting priority enrolment privileges. However, once all deferred grades have been converted to numerical grades or W, the GPA for Term 2, AY2019-2020 shall be recomputed, and will be used as basis for the reckoning of academic honors.
A student with a deferred grade in Term 2, AY 2019-2020 is given one year to complete the requirements of the course, and for its conversion to a numerical grade.
The concerned faculty member will develop and discuss the grade completion plan with the student. Those with deferred grades will be classified according to:
Students with deferred grades in Term 2, AY 2019-2020 shall be allowed to sit in classes of the same course in the subsequent three trimesters, including lab classes, if there are available seats in the class. This is to enable them to cover materials affected by the class suspensions, even if the class is handled by a different professor.
The faculty member and the department will regularly monitor the progress of the student to ensure that the grade completion plan is achieved.
There will be no additional fees for completion of a deferred grade through additional sessions and sitting-in classes.
A Withdrawn grade will be given.
Rules on number of units taken for Term 2, for reckoning of Dean’s List and other academic honors, are suspended.
Deferred grades are not included in GPA calculations at the end of Term 2.
After a year, when deferred grades are converted to numeric grades, GPA will be recalculated.
Yes, students are encouraged to inform their professors that they are deferring the course as soon as possible so that they can have more time to focus on their immediate and personal needs during these trying times.
If the student will choose to drop, there will be no deferred grade as the last day for dropping is May 9, while grade submission is May 18.
A W (withdrawn) is a grade given by the faculty member. A student who deems that he/she will be put at a disadvantage because of the disruptions generated by the pandemic, especially in the reckoning for Latin Honors or the Jose Rizal Honors Award, may opt to drop a course or courses. When a course is dropped, the student will be deemed to have not enrolled in that course for that trimester. The course will therefore not appear in the Transcript of Records of the student.
The rule on the minimum number of units a student must be enrolled in, especially in the reckoning of academic honors, shall be suspended for Term 2, AY 2019-2020.
Dropping a course shall also not affect the status of a DLSU-funded scholar. The University remains steadfast in its commitment to support the underprivileged, providing an empowering and transformative Christian education no matter the situation.
The Office of the University Registrar shall open a period for the dropping of courses from April 27 to May 9, 2020. Dropping during this period shall be without refund.
The University will make representations with external grantors on this. Treatment may differ across external grants as this is not entirely under DLSU control.
For purposes of enrollment in the three trimesters subsequent to Term 2, AY 2019-2020, all prerequisites shall be considered soft prerequisites. Students who have taken a prerequisite may take the next course, regardless of grade earned in the prerequisite course.
The rules on retention, maximum residency, and continuing of scholarship into enrollment for the following term are suspended for Term 2, AY 2019-2020, to dispel any source of further worries or anxieties caused by the current situation and to give students the opportunity to focus on their immediate needs.
Students will be provided alternative activities that are doable given the enhanced community quarantine, to ensure that students enrolled in these courses can complete the requirements by the end of the trimester.
Thesis advisers are urged to communicate the revision of thesis proposals to the panel members.
Thesis defense may be conducted online. Academic departments are also advised to review the process of assessing thesis projects for this trimester taking into consideration that some students and panelists may have problems with internet access.
Students should have an approved thesis proposal before going to the next stage.
Face-to-face thesis defense will be possible only once the University has determined that it is safe to return to campus. Return to campus will not happen immediately after the lifting of ECQ.
Academic departments are recalibrating requirements and will provide alternative activities so that OJT can be completed by May 9.
We will look at conditions in July before making a decision on this.
For Term 2, AY 2019-2020, a 7% rebate on tuition shall be given to Manila Campus students and 10% rebate for Laguna Campus students. This rebate may be obtained either as check payment, as credit to Term 2 outstanding balances, or as credit to Term 3, AY 2019-2020 tuition.
This 7% rebate takes into account the number of weeks from the start of the enhanced community quarantine to the originally scheduled end of Term 2, as well as the predominantly fixed nature of the University’s costs (mostly salaries and benefits).
In addition, there will be a rebate of some Term 2 fees. Rebates on some laboratory fees will be handled on a per class basis.
An announcement will be made on this later.
Yes. A 20% discount on tuition will be given in Term 3, AY 2019-2020. In addition, payment schemes will be expanded, including more installment options.
Some fees will also be waived.
The Finance and Accounting Office’s policy that students can enroll for Term 3 only upon full settlement of their Term 2 payables, is suspended.
Details on the financial packages, including how to avail of these, will be announced soon.
Term 3, AY 2019-2020 starts on July 1, 2020.
Please wait for further announcements on this.
Deferment of subjects is our commitment to provide quality education to our students. We seek to preserve the integrity of our Lasallian education and to ensure that our students have gained knowledge and are ready for the next phase.
For those who choose to complete their studies after Term 2, there is no need to enlist for deferred subjects. Face-to-face catch up sessions will be arranged by the departments and will be handled separately from enrollment.
Students, especially those who need extra time and support to recover from the situation, may file for leave of absence if they choose not to enroll in Term 3.
Term 3 will still be 14 weeks. This means that the calendar for Academic Year 2020-21 shall also be adjusted. We are looking at returning to the original cycle in a year or two.
Please wait for an announcement on this.
Academic departments will make announcements on these later.
Graduation will be postponed. Please wait for an announcement on this.
Yes. Graduate students who are ready to defend their thesis/dissertation may proceed to their thesis/dissertation defense even if they have not yet registered for thesis defense with the University Registrar. They may register once conditions improve and enrollment in thesis defense becomes possible. Enrollment in thesis defense remains a requirement for the submission of grades.
Yes. Graduate students may take their written comprehensive examinations (WCE), Oral Comprehensive Examinations (OCE), and Integrative Action Research (IAR) prior to registration with the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) provided that they show proof to the academic department/college that they have complied with all requirements. These activities may be done online. Enrollment remains a requirement for grades to be submitted.
1. What is the status of online learning in the law school?
We want to make sure that you will be ready for the bar exams and you will be able to serve your clients in the future.
Between now and May 30, online interaction between the professors and students may continue. All assignments, assessments, submissions held during the online interaction will be for ADDITIONAL credit.
Asynchronous online sessions using recorded videos, online discussion boards, submission of digests and study guides, with feedback from the professors are highly encouraged. After May 30, online classes will cease.
There will be a break from May 30 to the time we reconvene for in-person classes (earliest is June 22). This is a time to rejuvenate yourselves, take a break, or polish, or deepen your learning.
However, if continuing with online learning is a challenge for you, for whatever reason, you have the option of deferring. We value our physical and mental health. There is nothing wrong with choosing this option. You will not be penalized from choosing this option. Please inform your professor at the earliest possible time.
The College of Law will reconvene face-to-face classes five (5) weeks, immediately before the convening of the first semester of AY 2020-2021. There will be four (4) weeks of class meetings. Three of the four weeks will be for integration. The fourth week will be for final exams, but professors may deploy the final exams earlier in the first to third week. The fifth week will be for the checking of the exams.
We still need to reconvene to be able to integrate the lessons. This is also a chance for the students and the professors to fill the gaps. This will be the time to review for the final exams.
Grades for the second semester of AY 2019-2020 shall continue to follow the standard numerical system EXCEPT that no one will get a grade of 0.0. We know how hard these times have been.
If a student takes the final exam (upon resumption) and does not meet the threshold required by the professor, the student will receive a grade of W (Withdrawn) for the course, instead of a 0.0. This grade shall not be included in the calculation for the term or cumulative GPA. The student will have to re-enroll in the course for which the student obtained a grade of W (Withdrawn).
Students who will not be able to complete all requirements or are unable to take the final exams for whatever reason, shall be given a deferred grade. The deferred grade may be completed within one year, until the end of the second semester of AY 2020-2021. The student may sit on an audit basis in the same course for which they got a deferred grade, in the subsequent terms. The College of Law, in coordination with the University Registrar, will issue the rules on the completion of the requirements, audit of classes, and deployment of the exams for these class of students.
If you choose this option, please inform your professor as soon as you can. You DO NOT need to give a reason for choosing this option. There is nothing wrong with choosing this option. We will work with you to complete the courses for which you chose this option. You can defer in one, and not defer in the other courses. This IS NOT an all or nothing option.
The last day for dropping shall be moved to a later date. Please wait for the announcement from the Office of the University Registrar.
We realize the challenges of this pandemic and coping with it.
Retention policies, maximum residency policies, and policy for continuing scholarship into the next semester shall be suspended for this semester. Students on probation will continue to be on probation in the subsequent term.
The College of Law will revisit the table of prerequisite courses to determine which courses will remain to be prerequisites. This review has the objective of minimizing the disruption to the learning process.
There will be a different set of policies that will be issued for those who plan to take the bar exams in November 2020 and have enrolled in all the courses necessary to graduate. We understand your difficulties and we will continue to find ways to assist you. We shall issue a separate memorandum on this matter.
However, if the bar exams are rescheduled, these academic policies shall apply to students who have filed for graduation.
The College of Law, with the University Registrar, shall coordinate with the Legal Education Board (LEB) to ensure that all policies are compliant with the regulations of the LEB.
The College of Law is coordinating with the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), Office of the Bar Confidant, and the Legal Education Board on options that may be taken to ensure that the graduating class, and those taking the bar exams are adequately prepared.
We shall assess and announce (shortly before or after May 30), if there will be changes in the calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021.
Tentatively, if we follow the existing calendar the first day of class for the first semester will be on July 27 (not July 20). As such, the four-week resumption is tentatively set from June 22 to July 18. Students who have left Metro Manila to join their families are advised to stay with their families until June 22. These schedules are all subject to any regulation that may be issued by the government.
They must continue to write their thesis and they should try their best to complete their thesis. There may be difficulties due to the closure of the library and other sources. Students are advised to communicate with their thesis advisers during the ECQ to be able to seek their assistance. The system for the thesis defense will be announced later. The law school is coordinating with the Legal Education Board for options to address this issue.
There may still be time for those on Apprenticeship 1 since these are for external internship and is usually taken by non-graduating students. There will be adjustments for Apprenticeship 1 for the coming terms.
For Apprenticeship 2 (DLSU Legal Aid Office, internal apprentices), we are now adjusting the requirements. There are online opportunities for volunteering. We are evaluating the extent of hours devoted by the interns and we will make the announcement along with the assessment system and the thesis of the graduating class. This will be known as soon as there is a decision on the schedule of the bar exams.
Our capacity to respond to this is now limited with the lockdown. Rest assured that we will address these as soon as our offices can open.
|Basis for computation of grades||April 15|
|Final exams||April 20-25: For those that opted to resume classes on March 25|
|April 29 – May 9: Others|
|Dropping of classes schedule||April 27 to May 9|
|Last day of dropping||May 9|
|End of Term 2, AY 2019-2020||May 9|
|Grade submission||May 18|
|Start of Term 3, AY 2019-2020||July 1|
|Start of COL Semester 1, AY 2020-2021||July 27|
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