2020–21 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
As of Winter 2021, we will return to the standard deadline for changing grade option as well as the standard limitations for Pass/No Pass grading on courses and degree requirements.
These have been unprecedented times for many UO students and faculty. Because of the issues involving COVID-19 (coronavirus), coupled with the social and economic instability students might have experienced, we created a temporary grading policy that offers a simple and consistent approach during the terms listed below. We hope this alleviates any anxiety you might be feeling about grades and encourages you to focus on learning.
Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 Terms
Here are the temporary grading options for spring 2020, summer 2020, 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. Deadlines for students graduating in a term is earlier—see table below. 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 Deadline for Graduating Students Spring July 16, 2020 Summer October 16, 2020 September 21, 2020 Fall January 16, 2021 December 21, 2020
- 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*.”
- Undergraduate: "A minimum of 45 credits graded A, B, C, or D must be earned at the University of Oregon. Courses required in the major and designated in the class schedule as pass/no pass (P/N) only may be counted toward the 45-credit requirement only if the 168-credit requirement has been satisfied."
- 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). Note: This change is permanent and will continue past Fall 2020.
- 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.
Dates and Deadlines
- December 2, 2020
- Last day to change a grade option in Duckweb.
- If possible, you’re encouraged to make any grade options changes in Duckweb before this date.
- Find directions to do this at https://registrar.uoregon.edu/current-students/grading-system under “Pass/No Pass”.
- December 16, 2020
- Grades available on Duckweb.
- December 17, 2020
- Grade option form becomes available at https://registrar.uoregon.edu/.
- December 21, 2020, 11:59 pm PST
- Deadline for students graduating in Fall to submit grade option form .
- December 29, 2020, 11:59 pm PST
- Deadline to submit grade option change form to have the changes included in academic standing adjustments (Probation to Good Standing only).
- Some exceptions apply for students under the First-Term Forgiveness Policy, referenced below.
- January 16, 2021, 11:59 pm PST
- Deadline for students not graduating in Fall to submit grade option form.
- January 19, 2021
- Dean's List finalized (the initial Dean’s List will be run prior to this date, grade changes recorded prior to this date can affect the Dean's List notation (removal or addition).
Students are encouraged to seek advising support for questions about these changes and for help making decisions, https://advising.uoregon.edu/.
Grade Option Change Forms submitted by Dec 29, 2020, 11:59 pm PST will be processed by Jan 11, 2021. Forms received between December 30, 2020 and January 16, 2021 will be processed within 10 business days.
Academic Standing will be initially run December 16, 2020. Grade option changes received by December 29, 2020, 11:59 pm PST that result in students moving to Good Standing from Probation will have their Academic Standing adjusted on a weekly basis.
The standards and criteria for Dean's List still apply: students must complete at least 15 credits, 12 of which must be graded. Please review the criteria for Dean's List in the catalog for more information. Dean's list will be run at the end of the term, but then will be re-run January 19, 2021 and grade changes recorded prior to this date can affect the Dean's List notation (removal or addition).
First-term Grade Forgiveness Policy (New for Fall 2020)
Eligible first-term undergraduate students who earn F grades in Fall 2020 will have their F grades automatically converted to N grades at the end of the term in courses that permit the P/NP option. Students who are covered by this policy can also change their D grades earned in Fall 2020 to N grades in courses that allow the option through the Winter 2021 Term and are eligible for Academic Standing updates for grade changes that occur under this policy. For Fall 2020, all courses have been set to permit the P/NP option, future terms will return to standard course grading requirements. Please review the First-term Grade Forgiveness Policy in the catalog for details. Please note, this policy was approved for Fall 2020 and forward, it does not apply to previous terms.
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 Coronavirus Information page.
The $25 per credit online fee will be charged and refunded for Fall 2020 term courses.
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.
Winter 2021 Changes
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding Winter 2021 please visit the Coronavirus Information page.
The $25 per credit online fee will be charged and refunded for Winter 2021 term courses.
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.