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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Message: March 19

Dear Jimmies,

Given the disruption that has accompanied the current semester, we want to give our undergraduate students the opportunity to take courses on a pass-fail basis without many of the normal restrictions on the practice. The policy for the pass-fail grading option can be found on page 37 of the 2019-2020 academic catalog. I will address the particulars of the policy below as they will apply to the Spring 2020 semester (the individual parts of the policy are italicized and preceded by black dots and how we will treat them this semester are the clear dots that follow):

Twelve elective credits may be taken on a pass-fail basis.
o Courses taken on a pass-fail basis this semester will not count toward the total of twelve credits allowed during a student’s UJ academic career.

Courses taken on a pass-fail basis cannot be courses that contribute to the major, minor, or general education requirements.

o Courses taken on a pass-fail basis this semester will be allowed to count toward a student’s minor or general education requirements.

o Courses taken within the major may be taken on a pass-fail basis with the permission of the department. Some departments have restrictions caused by accreditation or licensure requirements and, as such, may need to have you take a course for a letter grade. Be sure to check with your advisor and the table below before switching a course in your major to pass-fail.
o If you are considering going to graduate or professional school (DPT, dental, medical, PA, DNP, optometry, etc.), we strongly encourage you to discuss this issue with your advisor and check with the program(s) you plan to apply to in order to determine if a particular course must be taken for a letter grade. If you are in doubt, we encourage you to take the course for a letter grade.

No more than one class may be taken on this (pass-fail) basis during any given term.
o We will allow students to take any and/or all of their undergraduate courses on a pass-fail basis for the Spring 2020 semester. Students may choose to make any number of their courses this semester pass-fail.

No more than twelve semester credits of pass-fail work may be counted toward the satisfaction of graduation requirements (student teaching and internships are the exception).
o Courses taken during the spring semester of 2020 on a pass-fail basis will not count toward the total of twelve semester credits of pass-fail work that may be counted toward the satisfaction of graduation requirements.

Students taking a course on a pass-fail basis must attend all classes, take all examinations and possess all prerequisites required of students enrolling on a letter grade basis.
o We still expect students taking a course on a pass-fail basis to do all of the work required of students taking the course for a letter grade. You will not be allowed to accumulate enough points to guarantee a passing grade and then stop participating in class. You must participate all semester.

Performance of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- caliber will be awarded a grade of “Pass,” which does not affect the grade point average.
o This portion of the policy applies for the spring semester of 2020.

Grades of F are included in the computation of the grade point average.
o This portion of the policy applies for the spring semester of 2020.

Students may elect (or reverse) the pass-fail option until two weeks after the mid-term for semester-long courses, and until the fifth week of an eight-week course.
o Students may elect (or reverse) the pass-fail option until May 7, 2020, for all of their undergraduate courses for the Spring 2020 semester.

If you want to change some or all of your courses to pass-fail, you need to do the following:

1. Talk with your advisor about what courses in your major will be allowed to go pass-fail and get her or his advice.
2. Email the courses you would like to change to pass-fail to registrar@uj.edu.

We are providing you with this policy change as a way to help you handle the disruptions that have occurred this semester and to take some of the pressure off of you as we transition to online courses for the next few weeks. We hope it gives you the opportunity to concentrate most heavily on the courses in your major(s) while still meeting all of the learning objectives for your other courses. We also hope that by giving you the option of taking at least some of your courses pass-fail, you are able to make choices that help you to maintain or improve your GPA while keeping you on track for graduation and life after UJ.

Sincerely,

Dr. Olson



Major Courses for Pass-Fail Letter Grade

Department Can courses in the major be taken on a pass/fail basis for Spring 2020?
Art Yes and No. Students majoring in Art should take all courses in their major for a letter grade, please discuss any desire to switch to pass-fail with Professor Cox, particularly for Art 398.
Biology Yes and No. Majors can take Biol 180 and 216 pass-fail. Majors should take Biol 151 for a letter grade. Students should consult their advisor about upper-level courses as career goals will play an important role in the decision and pass-fail is discouraged for pre-professional students.
Business, Accounting, & Economics No. Students in this department must take courses required for their major for a letter grade.
Chemistry Yes. Students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry may take courses in their major as pass- fail. Students should consult their advisor before making the decision to switch to pass-fail, especially if they plan to go to graduate school.
Communication Yes. Students majoring in this department may take a course in their major as pass-fail.
Computer Science & Technology Yes. Students in any major in this department may take a course in their major as pass-fail.
Criminal Justice & Sociology Yes. CJ majors may take courses in the major as pass-fail for this semester.
Engineering No. Mechanical Engineering students must take courses required for their major for a letter grade.
English and Theatre Arts Yes. Students majoring in one of the programs in English and Theatre Arts may take courses in their major on a pass-fail basis.
Foreign Language Yes. Students majoring in any foreign language may take major courses pass-fail.
History and Political Science Yes. Students with a major in this department may take history and political science courses pass-fail.
Kinesiology Yes. Students in any major housed in the Kinesiology Department may take their major courses pass-fail. We strongly advise you to discuss this with your advisor depending on your career path.
Mathematics No. Students majoring in Math or Math Education must take courses in their major for a letter grade.
Music No. Music and Music Education majors should take MUS and MUSE courses for a letter grade.
Nursing No. Students majoring in Nursing must take all courses with a Nursing prefix for a letter grade; additionally, Microbiology, A&P II, Developmental Psych, Sociology of the Family, and Intro to Sociology should be taken for a letter grade.
Psychology Yes and No. Students majoring in Psychology should take PSYC 201, 360, 391, and 450 for a letter grade; other courses may be taken pass-fail.
Religion and Philosophy Yes. Students with a major in the Department of Religion and Philosophy may take courses in their major on a pass-fail basis this semester.
Teacher Education Yes. Majors may take Teacher Education courses pass-fail but are encouraged to take them for a letter grade; please consult your advisor.

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Posted:March 19, 2020


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