Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 14 April 2020
14 April 2020
COVID-19 Advisory 18.0
A message from Frank Buscher, Vice President for Academic Affairs:
In her message last week, President Sherrick promised that AU students will have the opportunity to decide between traditional letter grades and alternative grades at the end of the spring 2020 semester. This process will be simple:
- Initially, AU faculty members will submit traditional letter grades. Soon after,
- undergraduate students with passing grades (‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D’) may choose to convert to a grade of “pass.” This grade does not impact your GPA and ensures that you receive the appropriate course credit. There is no limit on the number of courses you will be able to convert at the end of this semester.
- undergraduate students who earned a failing grade may choose to convert to “no pass.” This grade will not impact your GPA. You will not receive course credit.
- graduate students with passing grades (‘B,’ ‘C’) may opt to convert to a grade of “pass.” This conversion will not impact the GPA. You will receive the appropriate course credit. There is no limit on the number of courses you can convert at the end of the semester.
- graduate students who earned a failing grade may choose to convert to “no pass.” You will not receive course credit, but “no pass” will not affect your GPA.
- By 22 April a final grade conversion form will be available on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage. The deadlines for submission are:
- Noon on 15 May, 2020 – students graduating in May 2020
- Noon on 29 May, 2020 – all other students
- Please speak with us! The university strongly encourages students considering grade conversions to consult with their academic advisors, department chairs, and financial aid counselors. Decisions may affect financial aid eligibility, athletic eligibility, professional licensure, progression towards degree completion, and academic honors.
- Please read the FAQs! The university has created a FAQ page to answer many questions. Students should consult with their academic advisors and/or financial counselors if they have further questions.
- Caveats! Please note that some courses that are part of programs that must comply with other standards for accreditation or licensure, such as Teacher Education, Athletic Training and Nursing, may be exempt from the Pass/No Pass option to protect the students’ eligibility. For example, students in the School of Nursing may not opt to convert their final grades in 3000- and 4000-level nursing courses to “pass,” so as to support their preparation for licensure as Registered Nurses. Please consult with your advisor, department chair, or school dean.