Academic Concessions – Undergraduate Students

Colleagues,

Please find the note that went out to all Faculty of Forestry Undergraduate Students earlier today. In it, two options for academic concessions that students may pursue this term are discussed: Credit/D/Fail and Withdrawal. I would encourage you to take a minute to read through the note, so that you have a complete understanding of how student grades might be reported (in case you get any questions from them).

This has been an incredibly stressful time for many of our undergraduate students. These options are an attempt to be as flexible and understanding as possible and to provide a level of comfort for students in these uncertain times. This policy was crafted and agreed to by all Associate Deans, Academic, which is to say that there is alignment across campus. The key takeaway is this – students are encouraged to try to complete their coursework, but if they are unable to perform well as a result of the transition to online learning and/or COVID-19 anxiety, they can opt out of one or more classes penalty-free.

Note that students have been given until May 6, 2020 (after they have seen their grades) to make a decision on their course(s). This should not be an added burden to your already heavy workloads. In fact, Instructors (in theory) should not even know if a student is taking a course on a Credit/D/Fail basis or will be Withdrawing. Please just assess the students and assign grades as you regularly would. Student Services will take care of the academic concessions on the back end.

Once again, I thank you for your patience and cooperation in these extraordinary times. Stay safe and well, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,

Rob

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