Temporary Changes, Winter/Spring 2020
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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.
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.
Winter term 2020: Grade Option Change Deadline
We are extending the deadline to change courses from Graded to Pass/No Pass (P/NP) for Winter term 2020. This extended option will be available after grades post on March 24, 2020 until April 24, 2020 so that students can make an informed choice about grade options for specific courses.
Submit this form to have the grade mode on a course changed to P/NP. No petition form nor documentation will be needed for this request.
All of the rules about grade 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 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.
Spring Term 2020: 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 for spring term 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.
Here are the new grading options for spring term 2020 undergraduate courses:
- The deadline to change grade-optional courses from graded to P/NP (pass/no pass) will be extended 30 days after the date that spring 2020 final grades are posted. That means all students will have until July 16, 2020, to decide whether to change to P/NP once they see their final grades.
- The option to change from graded to P/NP will also be available for all courses that are currently designated as graded only.
- Courses that are designated as P/NP only will remain as they are. There will be no additional options for these courses.
- Any spring 2020 course grade of P will be counted as a P* grade for the purposes of the policy that states: “Students must earn 168 transfer or University of Oregon credits with grades of A, B, C, D, or P*.” This means that spring 2020 classes taken as P/NP can count toward graduation requirements. Credits earned in courses offered only as P/NP will use the P* designation.
- Instructors of record shall maintain letter grades throughout the term and record final course grades for students in all spring 2020 courses (and only assign P/NP grades for courses that are designated as P/NP only).
- If a student chooses P/NP by the new deadline of July 16, 2020, a P grade will be recorded for a C- or above, and an NP grade will be recorded for a D+ or below.
- Departments are asked to waive any requirements that (a) limit how P/NP 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.
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.
If you or your family have any questions, please send an email to the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com; the Office of Academic Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Office of the Provost at email@example.com.
We hope these adjustments will support your academic success here at the University of Oregon.