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.

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 2020: How to change grade mode (graded or pass/no-pass) in DuckWeb

  1. Log into DuckWeb
  2. Select Student Menu > Registration Menu > Change Variable Credit/Grading Option

For classes with lectures and discussions or labs, make the change to lecture only.

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.

  1. The deadline to change grade-optional courses from graded to P/NP (pass/no-pass) 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 once they see their final grades.
    Term Extended Deadline
    Spring July 16, 2020
    Summer October 16, 2020
    Fall January 16, 2021
  2. The option to change from graded to P/NP will be available for all courses that are designated as graded only and for grade optional courses.
  3. Courses that are designated as P/NP only will remain as they are. There will be no additional options for these courses.
  4. 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.
    1. Undergraduate: “Students must earn 168 transfer or University of Oregon credits with grades of A, B, C, D, or P*.”
    2. Graduate Master’s degrees: “A minimum of 24 credits must be University of Oregon graded (not pass/no pass) credits.”
  5. 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).
  6. If a student chooses P/N by the deadline, grades will be recorded as follows:
    1. Undergraduate: a P grade for a C- or above, and an N grade for a D+ or below.
    2. Graduate: a P grade for a B- or above, and an N grade for a C+ or below.
    3. Law: a P grade for a D- or above, and an N grade for an F.
  7. 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.

  1. The course will need to permit the P/NP grade mode. Graded-only courses cannot be changed to P/NP.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
Impact GPA Yes  
Core Ed Requirement
  Multicultural/Cultural Literacy Yes  
  Areas of Inquiry / Groups Yes  
Graduation Requirements
  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.

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 send an email to the Office of the Registrar at registrar@uoregon.edu; the Office of Academic Advising at uoadvising@uoregon.edu; or the Office of the Provost at execviceprovost@uoregon.edu.

We hope these adjustments will support your academic success here at the University of Oregon.