Deans’ Message to Students

Dear Students,

We hope you are doing well and your transition to remote learning is going smoothly. We want to provide you with some updates and revisit some messages you have already received. 

We understand that this is a time of transition for many of you as it is for us. Our goal is to keep communication channels open and to support you in every way that we possibly can. We ask you to be patient and kind to yourselves and to each other as we embark together on a teaching and learning journey that is new and uncharted for all of us.  If you have stories about your first week or any questions please contact me. You will also be hearing from your Career Coach and the Student Affairs team this week, we are all part of your support system and are ready to help.

Here are a few updates for you:

REGISTRATION & ADVISING: The registration and advising timeline has been adjusted, and here are the new dates. You will see this update reflected in Student Planning:

  • First day of registration: April 6 
  • Last day to withdraw from a course: April 10
  • Last day to withdraw from the College: April 24
  • Last day to request a medical withdraw from the College: April 24
  • Deadline to register: May 1

GRADING POLICY UPDATE: COVID-19 has unfortunately altered our intended college student experience as we pivot to a remote learning environment. We recognize that this has had profound impacts for our students, and as such we are offering flexibility in grading for the spring semester to minimize any adverse effects on your academic progress. For the spring 2020 semester, students will have the choice of receiving either letter grades (A-F) or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory/Fail (S/U/F) grades as final grades.  Important notes regarding this policy:

  • Students may elect to have all or some of their courses converted by the Registrar’s Office.  
  • Students will have until May 1, 2020 to request S/U/F grades from the Registrar (not your faculty member). 
  • Once requested, students may not revoke a request for S/U/F grades.
  • Faculty will submit letter grades (A-F) to the Registrar’s Office as usual at the end of the semester. The Registrar will convert the letter grade to S/U/F as requested. 

We hope that this new policy demonstrates our flexibility and empowerment of student choice to accommodate individual needs.  

Additionally, important details about the Spring 2020 grading policy and how to request alternative grading will be posted soon in the College Catalog by Monday, March 30. Be on the lookout for more details.


Stay in touch!