MONROE, La. (Press Release) – The novel coronavirus has changed operations at universities around the world.
In transitioning all courses and services for students to online formats, the University of Louisiana recognizes that this significant disruption is challenging for students. To help maintain academic success, the university has new grading options for students in the ULM COVID-19 Academic Guidelines Spring 2020.
Since these circumstances are beyond students’ control, ULM has instituted new withdrawal “W” dates (May 1 for full spring 2020 semester and May 4 for second eight-week term), a new incomplete “I” date (course completion by Dec. 10), and a new temporary pass/fail grading option for courses, allowing students the flexibility to handle their unique circumstances.
“At ULM, decisions are made with the best interests of students in mind. We listened to student feedback and concerns about remote learning. Based on their needs, we made some changes to course completion requirements for the spring 2020 semester. Students have these new options to help maintain their academic success,” said President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D.
The pass/fail option allows students to decide on an individual course basis if they want to receive a grade of P or F instead of a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F.
Students have until May 14, 2020, to decide on the pass/fail grading option after receiving their final grades.
“This allows them to make a better-informed decision on the impact this grading policy will have on their college transcript,” Bruno said.
The last day for students to drop a course is extended to May 1, 2020.
“Unfortunately, not every student is in an environment that is conducive to learning after this transition,” said Alberto Ruiz, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs. “ULM and Academic Affairs will do everything possible to provide students with resources and options to help them during this unprecedented time.”
For more information on ULM and the response to COVID-19, visit ulm.edu/coronavirus.