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Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Thursday morning.
As we near the end of the quarter, I’d like to remind you about the interim academic policy we put in place focused on helping our students with academic deadlines and grading for Spring 2020. I hope that you don’t need to use this policy, but I understand the unusual challenges this quarter presented to everyone and the need for some to have some flexibility in grades. Our goal is for you to be successful and to continue your academic progress.
At the end of March, our deans and other academic leaders determined that we should allow students more freedom so that they can continue their academic journeys successfully. They proposed a later Withdrawal date of May 15 (this Friday), and the option of requesting an Incomplete in a class with a final course completion date of Oct. 2.
Each of these options can have a ripple impact on your academic progress, so I encourage you to talk to your academic advisors about these options if you are considering requesting them.
Our academic leadership also responded to student requests to allow a Pass option for courses that are graded with traditional letter grades (A-F). When final grades are posted, students will have the option of requesting approval of a grade change to a Pass option or keeping the letter grade earned in the course.
The optional Pass designation will be annotated on transcripts that this option was offered for Spring Quarter 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Undergraduate students will fill out a pass option request form and submit the form after Spring 2020 final grades are posted. That means you must submit the form between May 27 and June 3, 2020.
Graduating seniors will submit the request after their final grades are posted. Their open window is May 20-22, 2020.
Requests must be submitted after grades are posted and will be accepted only during the posted timeframes.
Each of these requests can have impacts on your academic journey. If you decide to make a request for the pass option, I encourage you to visit your academic advisor first so that you can find out about possible consequences for seeking this option. There could be further challenges with your GPA calculations, financial aid and scholarships, meeting grade requirements in your academic program, probation/suspension status, and challenges in applying for graduate or professional programs. Please be informed before requesting the option, because this decision is irreversible.
Early next week, before the pass option form must be filed, we will release an FAQ video focused on the impacts that your request may have. I’ll be sure to let you know when the video is out, and I encourage both our students and advisors to review it for more information on the option.
Thank you for your attention to this important topic. Please stay safe – and stay home!