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Grading, withdrawal and suspension policies adjusted amid COVID-19 pandemic

With the unexpected WVU campus closure and rapid shift of all face-to-face instruction to distance learning format, the Office of the Provost is working diligently to address areas of concern among our faculty and students and weighing myriad options to determine the best solutions for our campus community. We know students are concerned about some of the current academic policies and how they will apply during this unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. A global pandemic certainly isn’t something any of us anticipated, but we are moving quickly to make the necessary adjustments to help our students be successful this semester and into the future.

Along those lines, WVU is implementing changes to some of our academic policies. Below are the highlights:

  • The deadline to withdraw from a course with a “W” is now April 24.
  • Beginning the week of March 30 through April 24, undergraduate students will be able to apply for HP/P/F grading. High Pass (A, B, or C) and Pass (D) grades do not affect the student’s grade point average (GPA). Students are strongly encouraged to read the complete details on HP/P/F grading before selecting this option. This revised policy applies to undergraduate students only.
  • Rather than being suspended, undergraduate students who have below a 2.0 GPA at the end of the Spring 2020 semester will be placed on probation.
  • Instructors and students may request relaxed criteria for issuing Incomplete grades.
  • For PROMISE scholarship recipients, GPA will not be evaluated as criterion for Fall 2020 scholarship renewal, but 30 credit hours will still be required for renewal.
  • For West Virginia Higher Education Grant recipients, GPA will not be evaluated as criterion for Fall 2020 scholarship renewal, but 24 credit hours will still be required for renewal.
  • For WV Invests Grant recipients, GPA will not be evaluated as criterion for Fall 2020 scholarship renewal, and community service requirements will be waived for the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Undergraduate students under the Academic Common Market or Ohio Reciprocity Agreements will be automatically renewed for Fall 2020.

Students are strongly encouraged to read the complete details about each of these policies online. They should direct their questions to their academic advisor.