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PSEO Checklist

While a student enrolled in an UMN Morris online course, the Morris Online Learning Office is your resource on campus. Contact us with your questions and concerns.

The Morris Online Learning staff will process your registration when all the completed and signed application materials are received. You will then receive your registration confirmation letter along with student identification information via the United States Postal Service. Once you receive your letter, complete the checklist below to get ready for your online course.

  1. Initiate your Internet ID account
    • All students new to the University of Minnesota need to initiate their University Internet ID account. The information needed to initiate your account is sent with your registration confirmation letter. Your University Internet ID account only needs to be initiated once, so if you have taken classes at any of the University of Minnesota campuses—Duluth, Crookston, Rochester, Twin Cities, or Morris—you will use the same University Internet ID and password. If you don't have your letter containing your student identification information, contact the Online Learning office. Review and manage your account options. Enroll in and use Duo Security.
  2. Send an email message to the Online Learning Office from your University-assigned email account.
    • Email a short statement such as, “I have initiated my University-assigned email account.” from your University-assigned email account so we know your email account has been activated. This helps our team identify potential technical difficulties prior to the first class session.
  3. Visit the Morris One Stop Student Services.
    • The One Stop Student Services provides information about student services.
  4. Set up Parent/Guest View Access (optional).
    • The Morris Online Learning program will not release any student information to anyone other than your high school counselor or home school educator without your express written consent. Do not share your University Internet ID and password with anyone. Sharing this information violates University policy and may lead to a loss of your Internet privileges and disciplinary action. If your parents need access to your student account or grades, you may set that up through Parent/Guest View Access.
  5. Visit your MyU portal to locate access to your online course. Sign in with your University Internet ID and password. You will find Canvas course site links in the "Key Links" or "Academics" tab. 
  6. Watch for email from University Bookstores with link to order textbooks.
    • You will receive an email from the University Bookstores about two weeks prior to the start of the semester--check your email and your spam folder. The link will allow you to order your textbooks without charge from the PSEO Scholarship Desk. Books will be sent to the home address you list on the order approximately one week before class unless you indicate that you prefer to pick up your books from the UMN Morris campus bookstore. If your home address changes, please notify the Morirs campus bookstore using your University-assigned email account.
  7. Read your “Course Welcome” email.
    • The course instructor will send an email to your University-assigned email account.
  8. Review the exam policies for you class.
    • If your class uses a remote proctoring system, you must have a working microphone and camera.
  9. Review the student policies in your PSEO Student Handbook, especially the Mandatory Attendance at First Class Session policy.
  10. Check your University-assigned email and Canvas account often for important notices.
    • Your instructor may answer your questions within the course site or answer you via your University-assigned email account—check both often.
    • You are responsible for all information sent to your University email account. This is the University’s official means of communication.
  11. Print and review your course syllabus on the first day of class.
    • Your course syllabus is located in your course site. Print and review a copy of the syllabus on the first day of class. It is a good idea to keep a copy of your course syllabus to help transfer credit to other institutions in the future if needed.
  12. Attend your course on the first day of class. 
    • “Attending” an online class means signing in to the course site in Canvas using your University Internet ID and password.
    • The Morris Online Learning program reserves the right to enforce the Mandatory Attendance at First Class Session policy at any time during or after the first three days of an online course in fall or spring, or the first two days of a summer online course. This means that if you do not sign in to your online course site, participate in course activities, or contact your instructor at all during the first two to three days of your online course, you may lose your place in the class.
  13. Track your grades. 
    • You are responsible for keeping track of your grades. Not all University faculty use the Canvas grade book, so you may need to keep track of how you are doing through your graded assignments. As a courtesy, UMN Morris submits grades to your high school if you have completed the Request for Official UMN Morris Transcript. However, you are responsible for making sure your high school receives your grades. You may check your University of Minnesota final grades online via your MyU portal. See Viewing Grades.
  14. Review the procedure for canceling out of a course. 
      • All classes must be officially cancelled. You must contact the Online Learning office in writing to cancel out of an online courseIt is not enough to stop submitting assignments. This usually results in a grade of “F” or “N” being assigned by the instructor.
      • Any cancellation must be submitted in writing and cannot be made over the telephone. If you wish to cancel a Morris online course, you must formally drop or withdraw by emailing the Morris Online Learning Office using your University-assigned email account. The email must be received before midnight on the day of the deadline. The essential deadlines for the Morris Online Learning program can be found at Online Learning Deadlines.
      • Please note that a change in your registration status should be made by the deadlines to drop a course without a designation of “W” (withdrawal) on your transcript.
        • A drop occurs within the first 10 days of campus instruction and will not appear on your transcript.
        • A withdraw occurs after 10 days of campus instruction and will appear on your transcript.
      • To cancel, please email the following information using your University-assigned account.
          • Your name
          • Your student ID number
          • Your cancel statement: “I wish to cancel out of the Morris Online Learning course Department and Number (for example, Psy 1051): Course Name (for example, Introduction to Psychology).”

    GPA requirements, credit reduction, and dismissal from the PSEO program.


      • Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students are required to maintain a 2.50 cumulative and term grade point average in their University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) courses. Students who fall below this criterion will be prohibited from taking Morris courses (dismissed) for one semester. However, students may file a written appeal of the dismissal decision with the Scholastic Committee by the specified deadline. Typically, the strongest appeals are those in which the student presents documentation of extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

    Credit reduction and drop-down

      • Students who receive a grade of “C+” or lower (including a grade of “N”) in one or more courses or do not fulfill the terms of an academic contract, yet remain above the 2.5 GPA criterion, may be advised to decrease their enrollment during the following term at the discretion of the Scholastic Committee (or its designees). It is important that students understand that the Scholastic Committee and its designees have the right and responsibility to act in what they believe to be the student’s and the program’s best interests.