POSTED: April 1, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Southern Indiana moved all instruction to online or alternative delivery effective March 23, the first regularly scheduled day of classes following an extended spring break. Given this new mode of course delivery, the disruptions imposed on members of our University, and the mental and emotional impact of these disruptions, the University, in consultation with faculty, has adopted several temporary policies related to grading and other areas for the Spring 2020 Semester. These changes are meant to give students every opportunity to succeed, especially during these times of uncertainty.
In devising the Pass/No Pass and other policies, we evaluated faculty perspectives about educational outcomes; considerations unique to the range of academic programs offered; applicable professional licensing concerns; and academic considerations relevant to students at different stages of their education. We also sought policies that allow us to take into account the unique circumstances that a particular student may have as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the period these policies are in effect, they will govern and control to the extent of any conflict with existing policies, procedures or provisions published in the USI Undergraduate or Graduate Bulletins. For the Spring 2020 semester, the following academic policies will apply:
Incoming Transfer Students:
• The University will accept grades of P for courses taken during Spring 2020.
• Courses with grades of P will not be used for scholarship decisions.
Students are urged to work with their academic advisors prior to making any grade modality or drop decisions to make sure the full implications of these decisions are understood. Students receiving financial aid are encouraged to speak with a counselor in Student Financial Assistance to fully understand the impact of these decisions on their financial aid.
Questions about these changes should be directed to the Provost Office.
The purpose of the Spring 2020 Pass/No-Pass Administrative Appeal is to determine if there is an administrative policy that was misapplied for the modified spring 2020 Pass/No Pass (P/NP) policy. Administrative policy issues include, but are not limited to, calendar deadlines, instructor/advisor approval, and other relevant student-administrative issues. Spring 2020 Pass/No-Pass Appeals must be submitted by May 29, 2020.
The student must write a detailed narrative describing the administrative policy that was misapplied and explain specifically what they are asking for and why they believe their situation should be considered by the committee. To file an appeal, a student must fill out the Spring 2020 Pass/No-Pass Administrative Appeal Request form; the form should be typed to ensure legibility. All appeals must be signed by the student (student’s digital signature is temporarily being accepted, but it must be submitted from your USI student email account to be accepted). Appeals written by anyone other than the student will NOT be accepted.
Please send any questions regarding the Spring 2020 Pass/No-Pass Administrative Appeal process to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Mohammed Khayum
Dr. James Beeby
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Cathy Carey
Dean, Romain College of Business
Dr. Zane Mitchell
Dean, Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
Dr. Ann White
Dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Shelly Blunt
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Associate Provost for International Programs
Dean of Students