Geography & Planning COVID-19 Updates

Geography and Planning COVID-19 Updates

For university-wide information, see App State Coronavirus Information. For department-specific information, please review the following information. If you have additional questions, please email Dr. Schroeder at Last Updated: April 1st


How do we know what is going with classes?
Your professors will contact you with information regarding your classes by Wednesday, March 18th. Please regularly check your email and AsULearn.

Has the class withdrawal date been changed?
Yes, the last day to withdraw from a full-semester class has been extended to Tuesday, May 12th (

Labs and Software

Are the department labs open?
No, both department labs are closed until further notice. There are 10 computers available in the atrium of Belk Library, but students are strongly encouraged to remain off campus.

Can I access the lab software remotely?
Yes, most lab software is available via Click VMware Horizon HTML Access, enter your university credentials, then select Computer Lab (ArcGIS) or Computer Lab GPU (ENVI and Erdas Imagine).

To map to the F: Drive on uDesk, navigate to This PC > Computer > Map Network Drive > select F: as the Drive and enter \\\geopln-class as the Folder > click Finish. To map to the O: Drive on uDesk, navigate to This PC > Computer > Map Network Drive > select O: as the Drive and enter \\\ghypln as the Folder > click Finish.

Can I access my class folder remotely?
Yes, you can remotely access uStor here: To access your folder on the F: Drive, navigate to uStor - CampusGeoPln-Class.

How do I install and license ArcGIS on my personal computer?
ESRI products, including ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro, are available for free to students, faculty, and staff (Note: ArcGIS is only compatible with Windows.). For additional information, visit If you have specific questions, contact Lauren Andersen (

How do I access ESRI Trainings?
ESRI Trainings ( are a great way to pass the time while building your knowledge of ArcGIS. For access to ESRI Trainings, complete the webform at For course recommendations, contact Lauren Andersen (

Office Hours and Advising

Are students allowed to meet in-person for office hours and advising meetings?
No, in-person meetings are prohibited until further notice. Please email your professor/advisor to schedule a time to meet remotely. For faculty contact information, visit

What is the status of summer / fall registration?
The beginning of registration has been delayed to Wednesday, April 8th. The summer / fall 2020 courses are available on AppalNet. To view registration access times for summer / fall 2020, visit Please email your advisor prior to your registration date to plan your schedule and obtain your PIN.

Scholarships and Awards

When are scholarship applications due?
The deadline to apply for department scholarships has been extended to Friday, March 27th at 5 PM. For additional information regarding scholarships, visit

Is the annual department awards ceremony still happening?
No, the annual department awards ceremony has been cancelled. We plan to showcase the award recipients on our social media outlets.

Speaker Series Events

Are the scheduled speaker series events still happening?
No, our scheduled speaker series events (Alex Tait on March 25th, Mario Molina on April 16th, and Selima Sultana on April 23rd) have been cancelled. Additionally, the College of Arts & Sciences Mountain Studies Lecture featuring Dr. Perry scheduled for March 25th has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule these events for the Fall.

International Study Abroad

Is the summer international study abroad program still happening?
No, "Climate Change, Glaciers, and Water Resources" - scheduled for Summer I 2020 - has been cancelled. For additional information, visit If you have specific questions, please contact Dr. Martin (

Graduate and Teaching Assistants

Are GAs and TAs expected to work?
Yes, GAs and TAs are still expected to assist faculty with their research / courses and complete timesheets (20 hours / week). GAs and TAs should communicate with their advisors about expectations. All work should be completed remotely and GAs with designated workstations are encouraged to access them remotely via Google Chrome Remote Desktop ( If you have specific questions, please contact Dr. Martin (