Quarterly FAQ

Welcome to fall quarter 2020!

Where do I get the latest campus coronavirus updates?

The best place for campus updates is Cal Poly's coronavirus website.

When is the last day to add or drop a class, and what are other deadlines for this quarter?

Wednesday, Sept. 23. This and other important dates are included in the Registrar's Fall 2020 Planning Calendar:

  • Thursday, Sept. 17
    • Last day to enroll in open classes without a permission number.
    • Waitlist process runs for the last time in the afternoon.
  • Friday-Wednesday, September 18-23
    • Students can enroll only with a permission number.
    • Student Center closes for maintenance on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, Deadlines:
    • Last day to add or swap a class with a permission number via Student Center.
    • Last day to drop classes.
    • Last day to submit audit petition to the Office of the Registrar (5 p.m.).
    • Last day to log in to Degree Planner by 5 p.m. to satisfy compliance deadline (for Winter 2021 registration). 
    • Student Center closes for maintenance on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24
    • Late Enrollment Appeal period begins.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30
    • Deadline: Last day to submit Late Enrollment Appeal (5 p.m.).
  • Thursday, Oct. 22
    • Class Schedule is available in the Student Center for Winter 2021.
  • Friday, Oct. 30 Deadlines:
    • End of the seventh week of instruction.
    • Last day to withdraw from course(s) or term for serious and compelling reason (5 p.m.).

How do I crash a MU course?

  • Course enrollment caps will stay the same! As always, it is up to instructors to enroll additional students. It's advisable to email the course instructor.
  • Waitlists continue to function the same. Up until day four of the quarter (i.e., Sept. 17) when a student drops, a new student is automatically enrolled from the waitlist.

Can I take a class Credit/No Credit (CR/NC)?

As stated on the Registrar's website, music majors cannot select CR/NC in major or support courses. However, students can take four units of a major elective or GE courses as CR/NC. Students have until the last day of classes to change their grading basis to CR/NC from letter grade or vice versa.

How do I get help with the technology I need for my online classes?

It will be essential to have regular Internet access. It will also be helpful to have access to a computer, and in some cases a keyboard and a printer. Check with your instructor regarding required equipment. If you need any help with technology, email to retention@calpoly.edu.

Be sure to check the department's Student Requirements During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Cal Poly Information Technology Services is offering access to certain software previously only available in on-campus computer labs. Learn more about Virtual Computer Lab.

If you’re having trouble with your technology or internet, there are a few quick actions you can take to address the problem. Find out more at the ITS Service Desk.

Do I need to take a jury this quarter?

Anyone who didn't pass their jury spring quarter must do one fall quarter. Forms must be turned in by the 5th week of the quarter, Oct. 16. Reminders will be emailed soon.

Exception: Those who have already passed their MU 250 jury, but haven’t passed subsequent juries, can wait until spring quarter to perform their next jury, unless they choose to do one earlier. Also, anyone who wants to perform a jury to move to the next level early should consult with their applied teacher and turn in a form by the same deadline.

Reminder: Submit a scanned copy of your music with measures marked with your jury form.

Do I need to pay the Music Use Fee?

During quarters when we are operating in full in-person mode, instruments, lockers and practice room reservations are available by paying a $20 quarterly use fee. If you have been approved for an instrument and need to pay the fee for it this quarter, follow these instructions:

Pay the $20 Music Use Fee online through the My Cal Poly Portal. Select the “Money Matters” tab, click on “Make a Payment Now” and go to “Music Fees”. There is a 2.75% convenience fee for credit vs. debit. A receipt will be emailed to you which you need to forward to music@calpoly.edu. Instrument check-outs will be handled through the instrumental ensemble instructor and Benjamin Reveley, the department technician.

Do I need to take the Mid-point Examination this year?

A meeting will be scheduled early in winter quarter for all those taking the mid-point examination in spring 2021. Includes students who started Cal Poly as first-time students in fall 2019; transfer students who started in fall 2020; and generally internal transfers who became music majors 2019-20. The exam is scheduled for end of spring quarter 2021, usually the Saturday before finals week.

Want to know more about Senior Project?

Read about senior projects in the Student Handbook and contact Senior Project Coordinator Alyson McLamore.

Planning your schedule for next year?

We have updated the Projected Course Schedule to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year, as well as future years. Please note the schedule is subject to change, so check back often.

Need someone to talk to?

The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly offers short-term counseling and consultation. For fall quarter 2020, sessions will be conducted by phone or computer. Please call 805-756-1532 for an appointment.