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Online Courses


With more than 100 online courses offered for Summer 2015, you have the opportunity to attend a class at your own convenience — anytime and anywhere. Most online courses offered at New Paltz run on Blackboard.

Hardware / Software Requirements

Your Computer:

Find details about browsers, operating systems and other technical issues:

Course Sites:

Summer 2015 courses reside on the New Paltz Blackboard servers. Blackboard course sites will be available to students one week prior to the beginning of your class.

New Paltz Computer User ID (NPCUID) and Password:
Your New Paltz ComputerID, NPCUID, is up to the first seven characters of your last name, the first character of your first name, and a digit provided when you register. First-time registrants should be sent an email (to the personal email address we have on file) to activate your account. Clicking the link in that message will allow you to set a password. NOTE: If you are a returning student your BannerID might be used as your NPCUID.

If you have a problem with your username, contact the Student Help desk ( or Linda Smith ( If you have trouble with your password, go to and click on "Trouble logging In?" Or go to for further information.

DO NOT SEND YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. You MUST provide your first and last name and include a course and section number in which you are enrolled.

Practice Using Blackboard:
After logging in to Blackboard, click on Student Orientation, a link in the left frame of your MyBlackboard starting page. Examples of different types of material will be found behind the links. Please explore them.

Your email:
Students are provided with a campus email account,, which uses the same username and password as you use with Blackboard. This is the email address known to Blackboard. Your instructor may send email to your hawkmail account. Be sure to check it frequently.

See for general information, or

For details on how to forward email:

For the direct link to hawkmail:

We cannot guarantee that redirection will work with all commercial accounts.

Students who experience any issues with Blackboard should call, or submit a ticket to the Open SUNY  Help Desk.  For complete information about when and how to contact the Open SUNY Help Desk, please see the Resources for Blackboard Help page. Be sure to have your NPCUID, course / section number available when you submit a ticket to the Open SUNY HelpDesk. Alternately, email

General Information:
The Office of Extended Learning will assist you with add/drop, withdrawals, and general registration problems. Please call 845-257-2904.

To register for online summer courses, DOWNLOAD THE SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM.  Complete, sign and email the form to, or you may fax it to (845)257-2899.

Online courses run for 5-10 weeks as noted in the Online Schedule of Classes.

See Academic Calendar for the drop/add periods, percent of liability, and withdrawal deadlines for online courses. Please note that all summer classes will be billed online starting April 13, 2015. Payment is due by May 11, 2015, regardless of the first day of class. Students who do not pay in full by May 11, 2015 will be de-registered from their classes on May 12, 2015. Paper invoices are no longer mailed, so students will be alerted via email that their charges are available for viewing on their accounts. Please visit for log-in instructions.

See the schedule of classes for course descriptions.

If you have trouble registering for an online course, contact Cathy Coppinger at (845) 257-2904 or email

** Grades for classes ending before the end of a session will not be available until the normal grade posting period at the end of the session.

To withdraw from an online course on or after May 27, please contact Cathy Coppinger at the Office of Extended Learning at (845) 257-2904 to obtain a course withdrawal form. A $20 fee is required.

Email or fax the completed withdrawal form to or (845)257-2899.

In addition, the course instructor must send an acknowledgment email to Cathy Coppinger at including the following:
Student name; student ID number; course name, number and semester; and the last date the student participated in the class.