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Dear Colleagues,

On the third day into the new world of fully online education, I hope you are well. Thank you for all you are doing to support our students through this challenging time. I have heard many stories of creativity, compassion, and dedication over the past few days, and I am proud of the excellent work being done in our college.

Yesterday, the Provost announced a set of policy revisions designed to help students and course instructors navigate the weeks ahead. These policy changes will give students some control over their academic records and you some relief from the stress of completely retooling your classes in mid-semester. As the Provost outlined them, here are the policy updates:

  • The deadline to drop a full-semester course is now April 30.
  • Students may select to take any course as credit/no-credit (CR/NC). In addition to our existing policy, courses graded CR/NC may be used in fulfillment of major, minor, or General Education requirements.
  • For courses where the assessment makes it difficult or impossible to fairly grade students in the course, course instructors may request to designate a course as pass/no-pass.

The Provost’s Office stated that the pass/no-pass option should be applied sparingly. We anticipate receiving information about when and how faculty members can request pass/no-pass for a course. We also expect to receive guidance on how such requests should be evaluated. We will share that information with unit executive officers.

Again, thank you for your work to make this situation more tenable for our students and for each other. I appreciate your commitment to our students and to our shared goals and aspirations.

Best wishes,

Feng Sheng Hu
Harry E. Preble Dean
Ralph E. Grim Professor