COVID-19 Update

Johns Hopkins SAIS is actively monitoring the global COVID-19 outbreak, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community. CLICK HERE for additional resources and virtual events.

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For Students

The rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has called upon Johns Hopkins to take a series of unprecedented steps to safeguard our community.  All in-person classes are suspended and will continue via virtual instruction for the rest of the semester.

Washington DC

All Johns Hopkins SAIS buildings will be closed, effective Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 pm EST. After that time and until further notice, access to buildings will be limited only to essential personnel.

Staff are working remotely and are available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please contact the appropriate office listed below if you need support:
Academic Affairs                                                       
+1 (202) 663-5603
Student Services Center
+1 (202) 663-5773
+1 (202) 663-5870
Financial Aid
+1 (202) 663-5706
Global Careers
+1 (202) 663-5710

Office of International Services
+1 (667) 208-7022
+1 (202) 663-5708
Student Life
+1 (202) 663-5705
Johns Hopkins DC Security Command Center is available 24/7 to respond to any emergencies that faculty, staff or students may have during this time.
+1 (202) 663-5808

Physical and Mental Health Services

We know that the COVID-19 situation is causing significant change and potential anxiety and distress for our community. The Johns Hopkins Students Assistance Program (JHSAP) urges you to attend to your emotional and mental well-being, and to reach out to them for support during these challenging times.
JHSAP – mental health support for students is available 24/7
 +1 (443) 287-7000
+1 (866) 764-2317 (toll free)
Appointments will be offered via video and phone and when appropriate in person. Video, telehealth services (via Zoom or are available for students who are in Maryland ad DC and whose mental health needs can be served via this platform.
Students who are already connected to a JHSAP clinician, can call as noted above or send their clinician a secure message to for any non-urgent issues. In-person sessions are being rescheduled to phone and video sessions for all students at all Johns Hopkins locations. Additional online support resources available to JHU students include the Calm app and SilverCloud.

Physical Health

If you are not feeling well or develop symptoms related to COVID-19, please avoid contact with others until the best course of safe treatment can be determined. Full time and part-time students should contact university health providers at the Homewood Student Health and Wellness Center for an initial phone screening at +1 (410) 516-5709.

Library Update

The Mason Library is closed effective March 17, 2020.

However, librarians are available to provide remove support and help with your research via email, phone, or Zoom. Remote support is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In addition, the following resources are available online:

  • Electronic resources, such as journals and databases, will continue to be accessible with your JHED login.
  • Interlibrary Loan can help you access electronic articles from sources that are not available via the Find It Journal Linker.

Physical materials from JH Libraries Collections, Borrow Direct, and Interlibrary Loan are not be available at this time. (Note: Catalyst has an online only search option.)

Returning Materials

Book return via the book drop is not available at this time. If you receive a notice about overdue books, you may ignore it. We will be in touch about book returns in the future.

Course Readings

The Mason Library has scanned the final six weeks of required readings for courses via Blackboard.​


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SAIS Europe

The SAIS Europe building is closed until further notice, access to the building will be limited to essential personnel only. 
Student services will continue to operate on a remote basis; Zoom meetings can easily arranged upon request. Students needing assistance should contact the appropriate office:
SAIS Europe Director or
SAIS Europe Student Life or
SAIS Europe Registrar or
SAIS Europe Business Office
SAIS Europe Career Services or
Robert H. Evans Library or
International Student Services (Washington DC)
Noppadon Moapichai, Director of International Student Services

Health and Wellbeing

SAIS Europe students in Bologna in need of medical support should contact Dr. Stephen Williams via by phone, text, or Whatsapp at + 00 39 347 816 4535.
We understand that this is difficult and worrisome period for our community. The University of Bologna Counseling Center is available to all SAIS Europe students. To make an appointment, please email All sessions will be facilitated through phone or videoconferencing.

Virtual Course Delivery

The school is prepared to deliver all courses virtually for the duration of COVID-19 closure. We have created several guides to help orient you to the digital tools you may be asked to use during this period.

Virtual Class Sessions Using Zoom

Most of your courses will use the Zoom meeting system, which allows instructors and students to interact in real time.  It is an effective tool for delivering lecture content and for promoting class discussion. Note Zoom meetings will take place at the regularly scheduled course date and time.

System Requirements:

  • Stable, broadband internet connection with speed of at least 50 Mbps
  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Speakers and microphone:   built-in, USB, or Bluetooth
  • Webcam:   built-in or USB
  • Supported operating systems:   Windows 7/8/10   |   macOSX 10.7 or later
  • Supported web browsers:   Chrome   |   Firefox   |   Safari
  • You may join meetings via your mobile device, but it is not recommended

Additional Resources

Zoom Quick Start Guide

How to be Effective in a Virtual Class Session


Instructors will continue to use Blackboard to post announcements, distribute course materials, and collect assignments. You may be required to submit your assignments, including final exams, through the site. Instructions for doing so are below.

Additional Resources

Submitting Assignments

Office of Online and Distance Learning

We are here to help as you transition to online learning. You can reach us via email at, or call +1 (202) 663-5959 during regular business hours.

Modified Grading Spring 2020

The standard letter grading system (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C and D/fail) applies to all SAIS courses for credit and language courses. Students will now be able to choose a modified pass/fail option for these courses in the Spring 2020 semester (excluding first-half, 2-credit courses and any courses that ended prior to March 13).
Johns Hopkins SAIS is offering a modified pass/fail option of a High Pass, Pass, No Pass grading system:

  • High Pass (HP): A or A-
  • Pass (P): B+, B, B-, C+ or C
  • No Pass (NP): D

Faculty will continue to use the standard grading system throughout the course and will post those grades to the Student Information System (SIS). For students who choose the modified pass/fail option, those grades will be translated to HP, P or NP according to the modified grading system shown above. All modified grades will show on the transcript.
HP and P grades will count as the credit value of that course, but will not be computed in a student’s GPA calculation.
NP grades will not be counted toward the credit value of that course and will not be computed in a student’s GPA calculation. Students will need to replace NP credits in a future semester if they are needed to complete graduation requirements.
The default for all course grades will be the standard grading system. Students who select the modified HP, P, NP grading system may request this option for all courses or for each course individually. All requests must be made no later than May 4, 2020, except for MAGP students who have until May 18, 2020. Once a grade has been changed to the modified grading system, it cannot be reversed.
The request can be made by completing the following High Pass/Pass/No Pass Request Form.
If a student is on academic probation or not meeting the minimum GPA requirements for graduation or economics (MA), they may not be eligible for this option in all classes. They should consult Academic Advising at if they are interested in the modified grading system.
MA students must still complete the International Economics concentration with a GPA of 2.67 or above. HP/P courses can fulfill the International Economics concentration requirements, but do not factor into the International Economics concentration GPA. An MA student must have a minimum of two letter grade courses toward the International Economics concentration.
A maximum of two HP/P courses out of the four may count toward an International Economics specialization (MA).  Students must have a minimum average of a B+ (3.33) in the remaining courses to receive one of these specializations.