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In most cases, the default grading system for their courses will remain in effect, but WSE graduate students will be able to choose either to remain in the default grading method or switch to P/F.

Graduate Student P/F Choice

– Graduate students will have until 5 p.m. on May 4, 2020 to make the decision to switch to P/F.  Students who wish to opt for a P/F will need to send an email to their course instructor expressing their decision by this date and time.

*UPDATE: Effective Wednesday, April 29, 2020, WSE graduate students will be able to update their own grade system for each class from Letter Grade to Pass/Fail on the Add/Drop screen of SIS.

– The decision to switch to P/F or remain in the default grading method cannot be reversed after May 4, 2020.

– Students auditing a course cannot elect to change to P/F.

– Students may make this request for courses taken at other university divisions as well as WSE EP courses (be prepared that the faculty may not know how to implement—refer them to their registrar’s office or Asst Dean Christine Kavanagh). Students will not be able to select P/F for themselves in SIS for these courses.

– Spring 2020 partial-semester courses (really, any course) that have grades that have already posted are not eligible for a grading method change.

Faculty Course Grading Method Petition (extenuating circumstances)

If a faculty determines that the learning objectives of their course cannot be adequately achieved and/or assessed during remote instruction so as to provide a letter grade (A-F), then the faculty may petition to the Vice Dean of Graduate Education, Sri Sarma, for approval to change the grading method of their course to P/F.

– The evaluation of these requests must include an assessment of student impact

– Faculty requests must be submitted by April 10, 2020, and decisions will be finalized by April 13, 2020

 Important Notes for All:

– A grade of P denotes an equivalent letter grade of C- or above.

– Any courses taken in the Spring 2020 semester that were intended to count towards a student’s degree can still be counted if the grading method has been changed to P/F.  ‘F’ grades cannot count towards a degree requirement.

– Graduate students can retake courses under the provisions of the Graduate Student Course Retake Policy.

– Any undergraduate student taking a graduate course can only receive a grade of S/U. Please refer to the Spring 2020 COVID-19 undergraduate policy (S/U only).

This includes bachelor’s/master’s students who are taking graduate classes but are still in undergraduate status.

Any course taken by a bachelor’s/master’s student in the Spring 2020 semester as S/U that is meant to count towards their WSE master’s degree will be able to count towards the graduate degree if (a) the conditions of double-counting have been met or are not applicable per usual policy and (b) the course grade is an S. Undergraduate students should consult with undergraduate academic advising for guidance as well as with their master’s program for confirmation.

There is no official WSE divisional graduate student GPA; however individual programs reserve the right to continue the use of their internal GPA calculations to determine adequate academic progress. Note that a grade of ‘P” does not factor into any GPA calculations,  but a grade of ‘F’ under a P/F grading method carries the same weight as a letter grade ‘F’.

Yes. Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, WSE graduate students mayDrop (no note on transcript) a class up to 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 17, 2020. Approval from the course instructor and the student’s advisor/program must be secured before the drop can be processed. Students cannot process a drop request through SIS self-service; it must be done via a course change form and email to the registrar’s office.

Course Drop Financial and Enrollment Status Considerations

– The refund schedule remains intact; students who are in part-time status and drop a course by March 27 may be eligible for a partial refund.

– There is no refund beyond March 27, 2020.

– Students cannot drop below 9 credits and remain full-time. Special permission is required to drop below 9 credits.

Yes. After April 17, 2020, students may Withdraw (noted with a ‘W’ on transcript) from a class up to 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 4, 2020. Approval from the course instructor, the student’s adviser/program, and lastly, Assistant Dean Christine Kavanagh, must be secured before the withdrawal can be processed. Students cannot process a withdraw request through SIS self-service; it must be done via a course change form and email.

Course Withdrawal Financial and Enrollment Status Considerations

– The refund schedule remains intact; students who are in part-time status and drop a course by March 27 may be eligible for a partial refund.

– There is no refund beyond March 27, 2020.

– Students cannot drop below 9 credits and remain full-time. Special permission is required to drop below 9 credits.

Faculty are being encouraged to think outside the box and find creative alternative viable options they can develop to help students finish their degree requirements, if they are no longer able to do research in the lab. Programs and departments are working hard to help students graduate despite these new limitations to campus/lab access; and we will all work together to help students get through.

If there is a possibility that you may not finish your degree in the term in which you originally expected, please talk with your advisor/DGS (director of graduate study in your program) or make a virtual appointment with the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs (Assistant Dean Christine Kavanagh).