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March 25: Provost Announcement Regarding Spring 2020 Grading

March 25: Provost Announcement Regarding Spring 2020 Grading

Dear Colleagues:

As a university, we recognize that the past several weeks have been extraordinary and we have had to dramatically change the way we think and proceed to adapt to this new set of circumstances. We have been inspired by the collaborative spirit and innovative thinking so many of our faculty and staff have exhibited. We are incredibly grateful for this dedication to UM and our students.

We are especially aware that this has been a time of increased difficulty, uncertainty and stress for our students. Now more than ever, our entire university community needs to continue to show great compassion for our students. With this in mind, the university will provide the following opportunities to students for the spring 2020 term.

Implement a Pass/Fail (P/F) option policy for all undergraduate students. Graduate programs will make this decision for their individual programs.

  • Faculty will enter student letter grades for courses in the typical manner.
  • Once grades are posted, students will work carefully with advisors, Chairs and other key staff on campus like those in Student Aid and the Falcon Success Center to make the best decisions about converting any or all courses passed (with a D or higher) to a P by a date that will be determined and shared with all.
  • Grades of “D” or above can be converted to P/Pass.
  • A grade of “P will not count toward a student’s GPA but will count toward earned semester hours.
  • Grades of “P” will be allowed to fulfill degree and program requirements. In the case where a grade of “C” or better is required for prerequisite fulfillment or degree requirements, a grade of “D” will not fulfill this requirement unless approval is granted by the Department Chair.
  • We are committed to a flexible, understanding approach to Academic Standards Appeals, Standard Academic Progress appeals and scholarship renewals.
  • Inclusion on Dean’s and President’s Lists will be based on the recorded grades before the P/F conversion.

Stay well and all the best,

Mary Beth Armstrong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP