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Instructions for Current Students

Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Current Students Resources

TO: All BRGS Students
FROM: Daniel Rynhold, Dean
DATE: January 05, 2021

Dear Student,

Daniel Rynhold
Daniel Rynhold, Dean

It is my great honor as Dean of the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies to welcome you to the Spring 2021 semester. While we remain online for this semester, it is now in the realistic hope that the situation will improve to the point that we will be able to return to campus in Fall 2021. Despite the restrictions, we continue to build. We have produced a Welcome Pack that all students should have received by now, and a new Faculty Brochure that you will be receiving in the coming weeks that highlights the outstanding scholarship of our school. We are also offering a number of new courses this semester, including Professor Grunhaus’ course on Post-Enlightenment Exegesis, Professor Koller’s Babylonian Aramaic, and Professor Olson’s timely new course on Blacks and Jews in America. We also welcome back a Revel alum, Professor Shlomo Zuckier, but now as an adjunct faculty member, who will be offering Introduction to the Midrashic Literature of the Tannaim.

As per usual, and if you have not done so already, please examine the list of courses and the academic calendar that are accessible on this website. This message has always contained the sentence: “The calendar contains information about critically important deadlines with both academic and financial implications. Please study it carefully.” This is always meant seriously, but is becoming ever more important given new constraints as noted below, so please do register as soon possible.

It is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that Revel students register in a timely manner. The university may not allow courses with too few students to run. Registration is open now, so please register immediately for your Spring courses. Failure to do so could jeopardize the course being taught. All courses can now be registered for online (though for Master’s Research and Guided Readings you will need to contact Ms. Washington first). Instructions for online registration appear at the end of this memo. There will, for obvious reasons, be no in-person registration this semester. If you have any questions or problems, please email Ms. Washington ( The deadline for registration is January 25, after which there will be a $50 late fee.

Students should be aware that they must have a continuous record at BRGSJS. MA students who have completed the course work but are making up assignments and/or studying for the comprehensive examinations, or students who wish to take a leave of absence, must register in the appropriate category during the regular registration period. Those who need to do this will need to contact Ms. Washington who will be able to arrange for you to register online for the course.

Please note the March 26th deadline for applying for the Comprehensive Examination for the May 2021 degree to be taken on May 12th. 

To take the examination a student must be an active student. This means that one must either be taking regular courses or be registered for Master’s Research. In addition, the student must have completed all the courses for the MA or be in the process of completing them during the Spring semester. Students taking 5000 level courses during the Spring that are required in their concentration must receive special permission from the office of the Dean to take the May examination; for the Bible concentration, such permission will generally not be granted. Students with an “Incomplete" from previous semesters must have the work turned in by the date of the exam. The final grade itself does not have to be filed by the date of the examination.

Registration for written comprehensive exam (Fillable PDF)

Students who expect to graduate in May 2021 must file an application for the degree by March 26th. Applications are filed with the Registrar's office. Students should make certain that their academic record is in order. They must also determine that the final transcript documenting their undergraduate degree is on file.

The work for a given semester should normally be completed by the end of that semester, and instructors may require that this procedure be followed. With the instructor's permission, students may take up to an additional semester and a summer to complete their work. In the case of a summer course, the deadline is at the beginning of the following spring semester. Give your work directly to the instructor, an electronic copy must be filed with the office by the appropriate deadline. Fellowships will not be renewed and scholarships will not be granted if work is not submitted within this time frame. In special circumstances, a modest extension may be granted with the permission of both the faculty member and the Dean.  Requests for such extensions must be made before the deadline. After the deadline, the course(s) in question may not be completed successfully and will not count toward the degree. Any additional courses that will consequently be needed to complete the degree will not be covered by financial aid.

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must file the appropriate form at the Revel office. If the form is submitted by February 2nd, the course will not appear on the student's record. If it is submitted after this date but no later than April 7th, it will appear on the student's record with a “W”. University policy requires students who drop a course after February 2nd to pay tuition for the course, according to a sliding scale which can be found on the Revel Calendar below. Those who were granted a tuition scholarship for the course will be billed. April 7th is the last day to drop a course. Students who do not file the appropriate form by that date must complete work in the course by the deadline(s) outlined in the section on Incompletes.

Returning students must reapply for scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. New applicants to the MA program wishing to receive an award for Fall 2021 must file a scholarship application with their admission application. Terms and conditions of scholarships and fellowships can be found here.

Students applying for parking through the Security Office at 2521 Amsterdam Avenue. See the Department of Safety and Security website for more information. Space is limited.

Links with instructions and information regarding student health insurance and fees
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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Proceed with Registration:  

  1. Using your default browser, go to 
  2. Log in with your username and password  
  3. On the top header, hover over/click on “Students”  
  4. Select “Graduate”  
  5. Navigate to Banner Self‐Service (lower right of the screen)  
  6. Click on “Student and Financial Aid” 
  7. Click on “Registration” 
  8. Click on “Add or Drop Classes” - see directions below
  9. Select Term Spring 2021 and click on “Submit” 

To ADD classes:

  1. Read the instructions.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and enter the CRNs for the classes you wish to ADD in the “ADD CLASSES” boxes.
    1. You must be registered for a Torah studies program before proceeding to add afternoon Jewish studies courses and general studies courses.
    2. For courses with corequisites, CRNs must be entered simultaneously.
  3. Click on “SUBMIT CHANGES” to submit your ADD requests. Errors, if any, will be displayed at the bottom of the page.

To DROP a class:

  1. Use the ACTION pull‐down boxes to WEB DROP a class in the “CURRENT SCHEDULE” area.
  2. Click on “SUBMIT CHANGES.”

To ADD a dropped class (subject to the last day to add a course):  

  1. If you webdropped a class, scroll to the bottom and enter the CRN for the class you wish to ADD in the “ADD CLASSES” boxes.
  2. Click on “SUBMIT CHANGES.”
  3. If the dropped class has the ‘Drop/Delete’, ‘Web Withdrawal’ or ‘Official Withdrawal – Z’ status then use the ACTION pull‐down box to WEB ADD the class in the “CURRENT SCHEDULE” area.
  4. Click on “SUBMIT CHANGES.” 

To SWITCH a class with a corequisite:

  1. Use the ACTION pull‐down box to WEB DROP the class in the “CURRENT SCHEDULE” area and then enter the CRN for the class you wish to ADD in the “ADD CLASSES” box.
  2. Click on “SUBMIT CHANGES.”

Have a GREAT semester!

Rights of Victims/Survivors 

The University is committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in University-wide and campus programs, activities and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus or while studying abroad:

All students have the right to:

  • Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  • Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  • Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  • Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an adviser of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice or judicial or conduct process of the institution.

For more information about preventing and addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking at the University, see the University’s "Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures" available on the University’s website at:;; and (among other places). This policy includes information about filing a report, seeking a response and options for confidential disclosure.

Appeal of Grade

The authority for assigning grades is vested in the instructor. A student who wishes to appeal a final grade must first meet with the instructor.  If the student is dissatisfied with the result of that meeting, he or she may appeal to the Dean, who may, at his discretion, refer the matter to an ad hoc committee of appropriate faculty.  The committee will report its recommendation to the Dean, who will make the final determination.  A change can be made only in cases where there is powerful evidence that the grade is improper.

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