Q. What temporary, modified academic policies are in place to support undergraduate student success?
A. At its meeting on Friday, March 13, the Executive
Committee of the Senate--acting on behalf of the University Academic
Senate--passed the following emergency measures, which were
recommended by the Academic Policies and Standards Committee. The
Provost has approved these academic policies for the Winter 2020 term,
which take effect immediately:
Please note that students are encouraged to check with their
advisor and Financial Aid before making any changes to their schedules.
1) The withdrawal
date is extended to April 6. Emails can be used
to expedite the approval process and retained as withdrawal documentation.
2) Faculty should provide students with feedback on their progress in
an online learning environment before March 29.
3) Modification of syllabi: Faculty may make necessary adjustments
to how they assess students’ performance, e.g. grading rubrics,
assignments, exams, attendance. Synchronous online courses should not
penalize the student based on inability to attend at the scheduled
time. Modifications to the syllabus are not subject to appeal.
4) Students' academic standing will not be lowered based on their
performance before the university returns to normal operations. For
example, students on probation will not be lowered to jeopardy of
dismissal status based on their performance in Winter 2020 classes.
For the remaining, decisions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
and subject to approval by the unit head based upon consideration,
- if it is appropriate for the course,
- if the instructor deems it appropriate,
- if it affects the student’s progress toward completion,
- if it imposes undue hardship upon the student.
5) Students may petition to switch one or more courses to CR/NC.
March 16-31 was a window for requests. There will be one more window
for requests, May 1-15, after grades are posted. Details are on this web page.
6) When essential course objectives cannot be completed in an online
environment under current circumstances and students’ progress toward
graduation is not hindered, students may be assigned an incomplete
until the objectives have been met. The University will provide
greater latitude on limitations for incomplete courses.
7) Where applicable and appropriate, the schedule and delivery (e.g.
make-up laboratory time/instruction) may be altered in a manner that
is respectful of the burden placed upon students.