Ohio University

Coronavirus Response

The Executive Vice President and Provost and the Faculty Senate Chair have announced several policy changes effective Spring Semester 2020-21.

Details for these policy changes are listed below along with some other important information.

Undergraduate Alternative Grading Option for Spring Semester 2020-21*

  • Exempted courses are available here.
  • Students were sent a message from the University Registrar on Friday, March 12, with information about the grading option and a link to the exempted courses.
  • Friday, March 26, 2021, was the last day to withdraw from (drop) an individual class on your spring semester schedule, if the class meets the full semester. (For classes that do not meet the full semester the deadline is prorated.) Note: Course remains on student's academic record with a withdrawn grade and no fee adjustment.
  • Students are encouraged to consult with their college or regional campus Student Services Office or academic advisor in order to make an informed choice based on the potential positive and negative impact of grade conversion. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the consultation process prior to electing the Satisfactory grade.
  • This alternate grade policy is applicable to undergraduate classes offered online or by any campus during the Spring Semester 2020-21.
  • You may opt in (on a class-by-class basis) to have an earned A through C- convert automatically to the Satisfactory (S) grade, if the course is not on the exempted course list. You may opt in once your final grade is available in MyOHIO Student Center and after the exempted courses are published. You will receive an email from the University Registrar once the system is available to opt in.
  • Any D+, D, D- grade will automatically convert to the Satisfactory (S) grade, if the course is not on the exempted course list. (You do not need to opt in for this to happen.)
  • Satisfactory (S) grades will not affect your GPA and will meet all requisite, major, minor, certificate, and degree requirements.
  • Any earned F grade will automatically convert to No Credit (NC) grade, if the course is not on the exempted course list. (You do not need to opt in for this to happen.)
  • Any FN, FS grade will remain unchanged and continue to impact your GPA. FN is assigned if you never attended the class; FS is assigned if you stopped attending the class. Please continue to attend/participate in your classes.
  • Students may elect the Satisfactory grade in MyOHIO Student Center once a final grade has been assigned.
  • Friday, May 7, 2021, 5:00 PM Eastern is the deadline to opt into the alternative (S/NC) grading policy.
  • We do not plan to offer the alternative grading policy beyond Spring Semester 2020-21*.

Incomplete Grades

  • Incomplete grades assigned at the end of Spring Semester 2020-21 will be extended until the last day of class Fall Semester 2021-22. (Normally you would have only two weeks to complete the work for an incomplete grade.)

Final Exams

  • The final exam or culminating experience due date must occur during the university defined final exam week.
  • Unless otherwise required by program accreditation, all faculty are strongly encouraged to use an asynchronous exam. The exam window must not close prior to the end of the traditional scheduled exam time if available. 
  • Final exam information for Spring Semester 2020-21 can be found on the Final Exam Schedule.
  • Students will not have to complete more than three finals, exams, or other culminating experiences on the same day. If students have more than three on the same day, they may appeal to the instructor with the exam that is scheduled at the latest time on that day. If there are multiple exams scheduled at the same time, the student should contact the instructor with the highest alpha/numeric course (subject and catalog number). (For example, a student enrolled in MATH 1200, COMS 2050, ART 1141, and NUTR 1000 would contact the NUTR 1000 instructor regarding a new date/time.)

Spring Advising and Registration

  • Summer Course Offerings are available now.
  • Summer registration opened Monday, March 1 at 8:00 AM Eastern.
  • Fall 2021-22 Course Offerings were available beginning April 7, 2021.
  • Fall 2021-22 priority registration begins April 12 with enrollment appointments going through Friday, April 23. Students will be emailed with their enrollment appointment time and will be sent reminders.

Important Deadlines:

  • Friday, March 26, 2021, was the last day to withdraw from (drop) an individual class on your spring semester schedule. Note: Course remains on student’s academic record with a withdrawn grade and no fee adjustment.
  • Friday, May 7, 2021, 5:00 PM Eastern is the deadline to opt into the alternative (S/NC) grading policy.

*Similar to last summer, we will not offer the flexible grading policy during the upcoming summer sessions. While we realize that some COVID precautions could still be in place in the fall, with the return to a more typical learning environment, we do not plan to offer the alternative grading option in fall of the 2021-22 academic year.