University changes Pass/No Pass policy for undergraduates

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University changes Pass/No Pass policy for undergraduates

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In response to the unexpected and difficult circumstances students are experiencing because of COVID-19, the university has expanded Pass/No Pass policies for spring 2020 undergraduate courses.

  • Undergraduate students will have until May 29 to switch any spring 2020 undergraduate course from a letter grade to pass/no pass.
  • This policy applies to all spring 2020 undergraduate courses, including those normally ineligible for P/N grading. All courses taken on a pass/no pass basis that are completed with a pass will meet requirements for majors and will count toward all degree and prerequisite requirements.
  • In keeping with established university policy, courses taken on a pass/no pass basis in the spring 2020 semester will not be factored into a student’s grade point average.
  • To make this switch, students are required to consult with an academic adviser.

If students have already chosen to switch to pass/no pass or if they do so in the near future, they will have until May 29 to switch back to a letter grade. For this reason, it is important that instructors continue to grade work as usual for all students.

This expansion of the current pass/no pass policy reflects a recommendation from the Academic Planning Subgroup of the COVID-19 Task Force. Elizabeth Spiller, executive vice chancellor, approved the expanded policy after review and consultation with deans, student leaders and academic administrators. The proposed changes, which involve modifications to the curriculum and degree requirements, were unanimously approved by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee on behalf of the full Faculty Senate.

This change aligns the university more fully with its Big 10 and national peers, recognizes the disruption and stresses that this unprecedented situation has placed on both students and instructors and ensures academic integrity while being attentive to student success.

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