Ohio University Students Get Options for Grading Amid Coronavirus Disruption

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is introducing an alternative grading option for students dealing with the coronavirus-based interruption of their school year.

Robin Muhammad, president of Ohio University’s Faculty Senate, sent an email outlining key changes on Monday, writing, “We want to do all we can to equitably respond to the diverse impacts the pandemic is having on all of us as we adjust to new ways of teaching and learning during these extraordinary circumstances.”

Representatives from Faculty Senate, Student Senate,  and the Provost’s Office worked together to bring about the adjustments that will give undergraduates the opportunity to change their grades after they are released,  allowing, among other changes,:

  • Students earning a letter grade of A to C- in any course that is not exempt may choose either to opt in to receive an S (Satisfactory) grade for that course, or, by default, to keep their letter grade. Students will have until May 13, 2020 to choose the S option for any of their courses that are not exempt and in which they earned an A to C-.
  • S and NC grades to not impact on a student’s GPA.
  • The S grade to meet all requisite, major, and degree requirements.
  • The new date to drop a class to move to April 24, the day before the last day of class.
  • No student to be placed on academic probation if their GPA drops below a 2.0 during spring semester.

According to the email, the policies and system updates are for undergraduate students; alternatives for graduate students will be announced at a later date. You can read the full email here: Important Updates for Faculty.

On Friday, March 13, Ohio University suspended on-campus instruction through the end of the semester. Spring break was extended a week while the campus communities reorganized to prepare of online-only courses. The last day of classes is April 25, with graduation, now post-poned, previously scheduled for May 2.