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Fall 2020 FAQ

What does “Remote Learning” mean?

All TCNJ courses will be running in “Remote Only” mode during the Fall 2020 semester, which means that all course instruction will be conducted online.  There will be no in-person instruction time.  Faculty may virtually meet with students during regularly scheduled course meeting days/times or use other methods to share course materials or assignments/video lectures electronically.  Check with your instructor to find out more about the structure of their courses.

Find out more about TCNJ’s Fall 2020 plan here:

Will the CS Department Office be open?

The CS Department Office will be working remotely this semester, with few exceptions for extenuating circumstances. Please contact Ms. Zsilavetz via email ( / if you need assistance.  Typical office hours of 8:30 – 4:30 PM will be observed, though you may not receive an immediate response depending on the nature of your inquiry and the queue of other inquiries from students, faculty, and staff.

How can I meet with my course instructor for course support?

Email is still the official method of communication for TCNJ and it is the best way to get in touch with your instructors and advisors.  Faculty may not be able to respond to your email immediately, as they often receive numerous daily inquiries from other students, staff, and faculty.  Please continue to check your email and Canvas diligently to make sure you don’t miss important updates about class meetings, assignments, changes to faculty office hours, etc.

Faculty office hours will be posted to the CS Department website on their individual pages during the first week of classes.  These office hours may be held on a variety of platforms (Zoom, Google Meet, Canvas, etc) so keep track of what each faculty member prefers.

Will tutoring services still be offered?

Both the Tutoring Center tutors and CS Department drop-In tutors will be available in Fall 2020.  Our CS Department tutors will offer drop-in tutoring hours on Zoom (similar to the second half of the spring 2020 semester).  A schedule will be posted on the Department website and will be emailed to all students in introductory-level CS courses prior to the start of tutoring hours.

Tutoring Center tutors meet  with students for pre-arranged meetings, so you will need to contact the Tutoring Center to make an appointment for a tutoring session.

How can I submit a form to the CS Department for review?

Email your form to Ms. Zsilavetz at  If you are submitting a Mentored Research form that needs a faculty mentor’s signature, please get this signature before you submit your form to the CS Department for Dr. Pulimood’s review.

For students planning to submit a Change of Major form:  the Fall 2020 deadline to submit the form to the department is Friday, October 2.  This means that your form should be submitted to before 4:30 PM on October 2.  Forms that are submitted after this time will not be considered for acceptance into the major.   As always, please review our webpage for more information on applying to transfer into the major: