UNH is preparing to welcome students back to our campuses in Durham, Manchester and Concord for a COVID-19-ready fall semester. Informed by the latest science, public health guidance and ideas from our university community, UNH is developing a flexible, in-person fall 2020 experience designed to keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students, and move our community forward. Should health conditions change, UNH is prepared to pivot in support of the health and well-being of our community.
For information general to the UNH community—including testing, quarantine, modes of operation, and much more—please visit the main UNH COVID-19 page. That page is where you will find the most up-to-date information in the roadmap to reopening campus, as well as FAQ’s for students, faculty, and staff.
This Graduate School COVID-19 page is for information particular to the graduate experience. We understand there will be a lot of questions as this rapidly changing situation develops, and we will continue to add to this help resource as needed. We encourage all graduate students to stay in contact with their departments as we move forward. Graduate students who are struggling with deadlines, completion and other curricular issues as a result of the COVID-19 situation are encouraged to contact the Graduate School (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Assistant Dean Dovev Levine (Dovev.Levine@unh.edu) for discussion about possible exceptions and other assistance.
- How can I check the status of my application? To check the status of your application, login to the application portal.
- Will the Coronavirus delay the application review process? Currently, outside of some small delays in responding to emails, we do not foresee any real impact to the actual processing and review of applications.
- What should I do if I cannot take the GRE, GMAT, or English Proficiency tests? The GRE, GMAT, and English Proficiency tests have some virtual and home versions for students that we accept as official. If possible we recommend you see if you can take one of those versions. If you cannot take the GRE, GMAT, or English Proficiency tests, please submit the test score waiver form and indicate on the form that you cannot take the test due to COVID-19 and why you are unable to take a virtual or home version. The request will be sent to the department, for final approval on the waiver. If the waiver is approved, the scores may be required if admitted. Many centers are re-opening and applicants should check with the appropriate testing services to see what is available.
- What do I do if I cannot get my residency form notarized? You can get your residency form notarized through the drive-thorugh windows at many banks. In addition many town offices now provide virtual notarization or other safe methods to get documents notarized. If you need more assistance on finding notaries please contact our office.
- Is UNH currently receiving mail? The Graduate School only receives mail twice a week. We are processing mail as timely as possible but do not have an admissions officer processing mail each day. We apologize for any delays. The mail does have a date stamp of when it was originally sent, we will not penalize applications for a mail delay if the envelope is dated before your deadline.
- What COVID-19 type of test should I take before I arrive to UNH? You can take the test in your home country, however, you need to have your negative results in hand before you can be on campus. We would recommend taking the test as soon as possible. You will take a 2nd test when you arrive at UNH.
- How do I contact the Graduate School due to remote work? Many of the Graduate School staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19, in an effort to stay connected and assist with all admissions and student related questions. We are now offering virtual meetings, meet with us today!
Additional Communications from the Deans
- August 3: COVID-19 Clarifications for Grad Students
- July 17: COVID-19 FAQ for Grad Students
- June 5: Solidarity in Action
- June 3: Connection in Crisis
- May 15: We made it!
- May 6: Congratulations to 3MT + GRC participants
- April 22: Grad Appreciation Week
- April 8: Finding a New Rhythm
- April 2: Remote Resources and Opportunities
- Message from Dean Moorhead
- Town Hall for Graduate Students
- COVID-19 Temporary Reasonable Accommodation Process For Graduate Assistants (TA/RA/GA)
- Will testing be free for graduate students, even those not on the Student Health Benefits Plan? Yes.
- Will grad students be eligible to quarantine in the designated dorms? Yes, all UNH community members—whether on or off-campus—are eligible to quarantine as needed in the UNH quarantine dorms.
- How will patient privacy be managed in the case of a UNH community member testing positive? Positive test results, by law, have to be reported to the health department, and they have very strict requirements under HIPAA to protect that information. That information will not be disseminated by any list on campus.
- Will commuters have to test, especially if they are coming from nearby states such as Maine or Massachusetts? If a student feels that they are symptomatic, we certainly would encourage them to get that testing done, and we will have the wherewithal to be able to do that. But no, it's not the kind of thing of if you cross the state border, we're going to enforce testing.
- Will buses still be running to Dover, Newmarket, and Portsmouth? Yes, and they will follow the same routes. However, the buses will have a reduced number of runs, and there will be more intense cleaning protocols in between runs. Please see the UNH Transportation website for updates on the schedule and protocol.
- What about grad students with clinical placements/internships? Students with clinical placements/internships should reach out to their department chair to find out more details through their particular program. There may be an option to use telehealth and complete a clinical/internship remotely, but this will depend on the program.
- Is UNH’s Informed Consent form a liability waiver? No. This document is for students to know how campus is going to be different this semester, and how community members will be held accountable through their respective colleges should they not uphold community values (in this case, wearing masks, social distancing, etc.). UNH has actually done this every year for our students in the Rules, Rights and Responsibilities document—this year’s is just more specific to the pandemic.
- How do I apply for accommodations/workplace adjustments? COVID-19 Temporary Reasonable Accommodation Process For Graduate Assistants (TA/RA/GA)
- Will I be expected to work beyond my 20 hours/week? No. Students with assistantships are not to work beyond 20 hours per week. Any student who has a concern about their assistantship workload should contact the Graduate School, and we will work with them directly.
- Is my assistantship funding at risk? No. Your funding is available to you as long as you continue doing the work.
- Are assistantship salaries still being increased? Yes. We have committed to a $500 increase this year, and we are still providing the health benefits plan.
- What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 and have to quarantine? We will deal with this on a case-by-case basis, and you will continue to be paid normally. Graduate students (whether on or off-campus) are eligible to stay in UNH quarantine dorms as needed.
- What should TA’s do if they teach courses that require close, personal interactions? When determining which courses will be offered in person, in-person delivery of labs and studio courses will be emphasized. For in-person courses, we will practice physical distancing in classrooms and provide academic technology support. We will provide aggressive cleaning protocols, and we will ask students and all other campus constituents to wear masks and practice strong personal hygiene, particularly when indoors. Students may participate in staggered in-person attendance for some courses to keep the overall density low in classrooms and to keep everyone as safe as possible.
- Will PPE be provided for students with assistantships? Yes. UNH has purchased PPE (including masks, face shields, and gloves) for all employees, including graduate student employees.
- Will TA’s need to prepare both in-person and online formats for their class? Yes. We need to ensure that courses are offered in both a remote/online format as well as face-to-face. All courses should be prepared to go fully remote/online in case a resurgence of the virus occurs. TA’s should work with their faculty advisor to make this possible.
- Will more class spaces be equipped with audio/video equipment to facilitate recording and pre-recording class materials? Yes. We will ensure TA’s have access wherever feasible to technology options within and across teaching methods.
- Where can I find resources for hybrid and remote teaching?
- Where can I find updates regarding research?
- Can I hold my defense remotely? Yes. We are allowing students to defend virtually and/or have committee members participate virtually. Students should work with their committee on the method that works best for everyone. For more additional help we recommend checking out How to defend a PhD remotely.
- Do students still need to obtain original signatures on the signature page? No. We are waiving our original signature policy for the time being. Students can obtain electronic signatures from any/or all committee members. Final signature pages and submission checklists can be emailed to email@example.com.
- What will the process for faculty/departments to submit the Certification of Completion forms for graduating students? Forms will be accepted with digital signatures. Hard copies and original signatures are not required. Completed forms should be placed in the Department Completed Grad Cert Box folder.
- When will the cert forms be available? The forms will be available as usual through WEBI and are currently available now for any student who has already filed an intent to graduate.
- What is the deadline for students to file an intent to graduate through webcat for September? The deadline is August 3rd.
- Do students need to file an intent even if they are not attending a ceremony? Yes. The intent to graduate and the commencement ceremony are not connected. Any studnet who is finishing their degree needs to file an intent to graduate. Students who do not file an intent will NOT have their degree awarded.
In addition, UNH has extended the preventive care 100% coverage $0 co-pay benefit coverage when seen outside of UNH Health & Wellness beyond Spring Break; so that if a participant/enrollee sees their home doctor for a preventive care service, they still have this cost benefit (of 100% coverage and $0 Co-pay) as long as they’re seen by an in-network provider. For your convenience and reference, see the 09/01/2019 thru 08/31/2020 Summary of Benefits and Coverage.
This scholarship is for current UNH seniors who apply, get admitted, and accept the offer of admission. Once admitted the application form can be provided on request as long as the minimum eligibility requirements are met:
- Must be a UNH Senior as of Spring 2020 in good standing
- Not open to accelerated masters students (these students get greater tuition assistance in the form of free graduate credit for their dual degree classes)
- If you are already receiving graduate aid (scholarship, assistantship, fellowship, etc.) you are not eligible for this scholarship
The amount of the scholarship has yet to be decided but the goal is to provide a small assistance to those approved.
- Course Related
- Library Resources
- Dimond Library COVID Website
- Council of Graduate Schools
- The Council of Graduate Schools has provided additional information on COVID-19 that may be relevant to graduate programs and students: https://cgsnet.org/information-cgs-members-coronavirus.
- The Council of Graduate Schools has compiled a summary of unemployment compensation provisions included in the CARES Act for graduate students.
- Food Resources
- If you are in need of food, there is support for you! For those in or around the Durham area, checkout the offerings from the Waysmeet Food Pantry and St. Thomas More Parish. If you are not local and are in need, 211 (a service that connects millions of people to help every day) is available via phone call or their website.
- NH Food Resources
- Dover NH Resources
Office of International Students and Scholars
- Effective March 23rd, OISS staff will be working remotely until further notice. We will continue to observe regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm). In general, emails and phone calls received after hours will be responded to the next business day. To reach us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 862-1288. We will do our best to promptly address your questions and concerns. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
NH Housing Relief Program Accepting Applications - June 30th
- Community Action Partnership of Strafford County (CAPSC) announces the release of applications for the New Hampshire Housing Relief Program on June 30th. Applications may be found at www.capnh.org or www.straffordcap.org. The program is designed to keep people from losing their housing and to secure or maintain permanent housing. Assistance is available to ALL NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS with no income limitations.
- We encourage anyone that has been impacted by COVID-19 to apply, especially those that have not been able to pay their rent or mortgage or utility payments, and we ask you to share this email and flyer (below) with your friends, families, co-workers, employees and other networks. Landlords and business owners should encourage their tenants and employees to access the program to help keep people housed.