2020 Temporary Changes
We know this is a challenging time for our entire campus community and everyone at the University of Oregon is working daily to support all students as they continue their education. To that end, we’ve made temporary changes that allow more flexibility and offer additional options to students while we all navigate a quickly shifting situation. Students are encouraged to seek advising support for questions about these changes and for help making decisions.
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Grading Option Changes
These are unprecedented times for many UO students and faculty. Because of the issues involving COVID-19 (coronavirus), coupled with the current social and economic instability students might be experiencing, we have created a new grading policy that offers a simple and consistent approach. We hope this alleviates any anxiety you might be feeling about grades and encourages you to focus on learning.
This is a difficult time for all of us, but your continued education remains an extremely high priority for the University of Oregon community. These grading changes go into effect immediately, and we have communicated the new policy to our faculty and instructors.
Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 Terms
Here are the new grading options for spring, summer, and fall term 2020 courses. These adjustments are in effect for undergraduate and graduate courses except for graduate courses offered in the JD and LLM programs in the Law School, which are under a different policy passed by the Law School.
- The deadline to change grade-optional courses from graded to P/NP (pass/no-pass) or from P/NP to grade will be extended 30 days after the date that final grades are posted for that term. That means all students will have time to decide whether to change to P/NP or graded once they see their final grades.
Deadlines to change grade-optional courses from graded to pass/no-pass Term Extended Deadline Spring July 16, 2020 Summer October 16, 2020 Fall January 16, 2021
- The option to change from graded to P/NP or from P/NP to graded will be available for all courses that are designated as graded only and for grade optional courses.
- Courses that are designated as P/NP only will remain as they are. There will be no additional options for these courses.
- Any course grade of P will be counted as a P* grade for the purposes of the policies below. This means that courses taken as P/NP can count toward graduation requirements. Credits earned in courses offered only as P/NP will use the P* designation.
- Undergraduate: “Students must earn 168 transfer or University of Oregon credits with grades of A, B, C, D, or P*.”
- Graduate Master’s degrees: “A minimum of 24 credits must be University of Oregon graded (not pass/no pass) credits.”
- Instructors of record shall maintain letter grades throughout the term and record final course grades for students in all courses (and only assign P/NP grades for courses that are designated as P/NP only).
- If a student chooses P/N by the deadline, grades will be recorded as follows:
- Undergraduate: a P grade for a C- or above, and an N grade for a D+ or below.
- Graduate: a P grade for a B- or above, and an N grade for a C+ or below.
- Law: a P grade for a D- or above, and an N grade for an F.
- Departments are asked to waive any requirements that (a) limit how P/N courses count toward the major; that (b) require specific grades for courses that count toward the major; or that (c) serve as prerequisites for other courses. This is especially important for cases where the lack of such a waiver will require students to enroll in an additional term or delay graduation for students.
Winter 2020 Term Grading Option Deadline
The extended deadline to change from Graded to Pass/No Pass for Winter 2020 expired April 24, 2020. To request an SRC petition to change grade mode for a Winter 2020 course, contact the Office of Academic Advising, https://advising.uoregon.edu.
Grading Option Rules
All of the rules about grading option changes are still in effect; review the rules below. If you have questions, speak to an advisor about your options before making a final decision.
- The course will need to permit the P/NP grade mode. Graded-only courses cannot be changed to P/NP.
- D-range grades (D+, D, D-) earn credit towards a UO degree and impact your UO GPA. If you decide to change a D-range grade to the “No Pass” option, you will not earn credit towards your degree; however, a “No Pass” has no impact on your GPA. Not earning course credit (No Pass) or earning credit with a lower grade (D or D-) could have Financial Aid implications. Students should speak to an advisor or Financial Aid Counselor.
- D-range grades can fulfill some of your Core Education requirements (Multicultural/Cultural Literacy, Groups/Areas of Inquiry). If you change a D+, D or D- to a “No Pass” for one of these courses, you will not earn credit for the course and these Core Education requirements will not be fulfilled.
- Students must still earn 168 transfer or University of Oregon credits with grades of A, B, C, D, or P*. If you elect to change your grading option to “Pass or No Pass,” those credits will not go toward this requirement.
- If a major or minor requires a course to be graded, students might want to maintain a graded option. Courses changed to Pass/No Pass may not meet major requirements unless approved by the major department.
Differences between D-range grades (D +/-) and No Pass:
|D+, D, D-||No Pass|
|Core Ed Requirement|||
|Areas of Inquiry / Groups||Yes|
|168 graded credits||Yes|
|Required to be graded for the Major||Maybe||*only with department approval|
|Required to be graded for the Minor||Maybe||*only with department approval|
|Financial Aid Implication||Maybe||Maybe|
Spring 2020: Graduation Extension
The deadline for spring graduation applicants to complete degree requirements has been extended through September 11, 2020. An October 30, 2020 extension is available by request to email@example.com. Students who require registration for their degree in terms after Spring 2020 are not eligible for this extension.
Visit our Graduation Application Information if you have questions about applying for graduation.
Fall 2020 Changes
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding Fall 2020 please visit the Return to Campus page.
The $25 per credit online fee will be charged and refunded for Fall 2020 term courses.
As we plan a return to campus for fall 2020, students will have the option to select from online, remote, or in-person formats. Over the summer, several of UO’s high-enrollment undergraduate courses are being redesigned for online delivery. These courses are undergoing a rigorous design process to ensure rich interaction and a robust student learning experience. The University of Oregon attaches a $25-per-credit fee to all online courses to pay for instructional design, supporting technology, and the infrastructure of the system. For the fall 2020 term only, as we purposefully move targeted high-enrollment courses online to comply with guidelines for physical distancing, we will refund the online fee. This will help ease the transition and minimize the impact for students who need to take a high-enrollment course being offered exclusively online without a remote or face-to-face alternative. The fee will appear on your bill as a charge, but it will be automatically credited back to your account so there is no need to pay the online fee.
First-Day Mandatory Attendance
For courses identified as requiring mandatory attendance the first day, students must attend the first class or notify the instructor by the end of the first class meeting that they will not be able to attend.
Remote After Week 9
The university anticipates ending in-person classes after Week 9, just before Thanksgiving. Week 10 will be fully remote as will final examinations.
Additional Helpful Information
Definitions of Delivery for Courses
- On Campus: On-campus meeting times and locations as scheduled
- Remote: Classes will include live engagement during scheduled class periods
- Online: No on-campus meetings
Fall In-Person Precautions
Here are a few ways we are preparing for resumption in Fall 2020 to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus:
- All in-person classes will be limited to 50 people, in rooms that allow for 6 feet of distance between each person.
- We will provide single-use cleaning products in classrooms so individuals can clean their own spaces before and after class.
- We will have enhanced cleaning of high touch points in buildings.
The UO is requiring faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors to wear face coverings in indoor campus settings, as part of its resumption plans. The university is also recommending the use of face coverings when outdoors on campus when physical distancing isn’t possible.
The UO’s policy includes an exemption for individuals who have a physical or mental condition or disability that prevents them from putting on, taking off or wearing any face covering, among others. The university will develop procedures to distribute reusable face coverings to members of the campus community and disposable coverings will be made available at the EMU. The current face-covering policy may evolve based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority.
Spring Term 2020: First-Day Mandatory Attendance
We are suspending enforcement of the Mandatory Attendance requirement for Spring 2020. Students who do not “attend” the first class period will not be removed from courses flagged with this requirement during Spring 2020. Faculty will still have expectations for students to engage with the course through Canvas during the first week, so it is crucial that students read emails and follow faculty instructions for each course.
Winter Term 2020: Disqualifications
We are suspending academic disqualifications. Instead, students who would have been disqualified after winter term 2020 can remain at the UO on probation, and will be required to meet with an advisor during Spring term 2020 to support their future academic success.
Please note that academic standing policies are independent of financial aid policies. Students who would have otherwise been disqualified at the end of Winter term 2020 should check in with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if they have any concerns about their eligibility for financial aid in Spring term 2020.
If you or your family have any questions, please email us.
Office of the Registrar
Office of Academic Advising
Office of the Provost
We hope these adjustments will support your academic success here at the University of Oregon.