2/11/13 Ask Charlotte

Welcome back! I hope all are rested from their various breaks and trips, and ready for the spring semester!

Question: What is the GPA scale and conversion for numerical grade to a letter grade?

Answer: You'll find this information (and much more!) in the online catalog:

A = 4.0, A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3, C = 2.0, C- =1.7
D+ = 1.3, D = 1.0, D- = 0.7
F = 0.0

Question: Is it possible to get your degree at the end of a fall term? What about at the end of a J-Term?

Answer: The answer to both questions is "yes". There are four degree conferral dates during the year, other than the traditional May date: February 15, June 30, September 15 and December 31.

Question: Will I get dismissed from Hartwick at the end of the semester if I fail one class at midterm?

Answer: Having a D/F in a class at midterms can mean that it's time to speak to your professor about how you're doing in the class, and whether she or he feels you can pass the class. In many cases, by working with the professor and focusing on the course work it is possible to raise the grade to passing (or better!).

If, however, it's determined that passing the course is not likely, it may be possible to drop the course and take a grade of W (which means that you've withdrawn from the class) instead of failing it. This must be done by the 9th week of class (April 17 for the spring semester). If dropping the course will reduce your credit load below full enrollment, it's very important to check with the Financial Aid office (if you receive financial aid), the office of Residential Life (if you live on campus), and the Athletic Office (if you play on a college team) regarding what impact that will have.

Failing one class does not necessarily mean that you will be dismissed. If you do well in other classes and your GPA remains above (or very close to) 2.0, it's likely that you will be retained.

Question: The producers of Gossip Girl just announced they'll reveal the identity of Gossip Girl in its final season. Will we know who you are too at the end of this year? Or is it one question you'll never tell?

Answer: In contrast to "Gossip Girl" I can confirm that I am female. And all you need to know about me can be found in my biography.

XOXO Charlotte

Question: Hi Charlotte, welcome weekend was great and all, the cheesy ice-breakers to get to know your fellow class and forced activities to make friends, but for upperclassmen who don't get that anymore or anyone in general, there just aren't many opportunities to make new friends. Could there be new things for "singles" out there maybe? Also, it could be a decent idea for there to be a certain area of commons where people who are eating alone can just go and sit with others and meet people.

Answer: Thank you for these helpful suggestions. I have passed them along to the appropriate offices.

Question: Are we allowed to take the food from the Commons back to our dorms? I have done this before, but I always seem to get looks from staff members ...

Answer: Students are free to eat all they want while at the Commons, but cannot take it from the Commons (much as a customer would not be allowed to take food home from an all-you-can-eat buffet). Students with scheduling conflicts or medical issues who cannot eat their food in the Commons may, of course, meet with the Food Service Director, and the Dining Services will do their best to accommodate them.

Question: How many guest food passes do we get each regular semester and each J Term? And if we do not use them all do they carry over to the next semester?

Answer: All weekly plans (Carte Blanche, Grande Plan, Simple Plan) have four passes per semester. All block plans (Busy Scholar, Senior Supplement, Commuter) have two per semester. Guest meal passes do not carry over from semester to semester or year to year.