Welcome to Spring Quarter 2020

A Statement from Sabah

This is one time where we are crossing the river by feeling for the stones. And, you know, sometimes faith and intuition are most needed to get across the river. Perhaps this is one of those occasions.

Sabah Randhawa
WWU President

What is the difference between this site and the coronavirus information site?

This site is meant to ease the transition to the spring quarter’s all-online teaching and learning environment and is meant to serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff working remotely. Whereas the coronavirus site is more about disbursing new health- and policy-related information as it becomes available, this site is less about news and more about support for the campus community as it engages in this new modality. Do you have questions or ideas for content on this site that would be helpful to students, faculty and staff at Western? Email us at news@wwu.edu.

Spring and Summer Grading Policies

Pass/No Pass (EP/NP) Grading

The coronavirus pandemic has led the university to shift to remote learning, a modality that is new for many faculty and students. In response to this shift, and the likelihood of disruptions as the pandemic continues, the University has moved to a Pass/No (EP/NP) grading policy. A grade of EP (Pass – Exceptional Circumstance) during spring and summer 2020 will count towards curricular, major, continuation, and degree requirements for all students.

Your class performance may be recorded in Canvas or provided to you in another format by your instructor. Students who get an A — D+, upon course completion, will receive a EP (pass). If D — F, a NP (no pass). If a student requests their letter grade by June 5 (Spring) or July 24 (Summer), it will be entered in place of the P/NP grade.

Some departments may raise the minimum passing grade. If this is the case, you will be notified before classes start.

Student Requests for Letter Grades

Students have the option of requesting that letter grades be added to their transcript, rather than the EP/NP grade - and have until June 5, 2020, Friday of Finals Preparation Week, to do so for Spring Quarter, and July 24 for Summer. Instructions for making this request will be provided by your instructor.

Pass Standards and D Grades

All grades of D+ and above will receive an EP unless a student requests their letter grade or if the department has approved a different standard. A grade below the pass standard (typically, F, D or D-) will be recorded as a NP, which will not earn credits or be reflected in the GPA. A student may elect to have the letter grade of D or D- reported to their transcript, which will earn credits and be reflected in the GPA. A grade of F will be recorded as NP on the transcript, will not receive degree credit, and will not be reflected in the GPA.

Special Situations

Some students may be advised to request a letter grade if grades are required by an external accreditor or other purpose relevant to their program. Your professor or Chair will inform you if letter grades are required or recommended by your program.

Some degree programs require a grade higher than a D+ for a course to count toward a major. Students in this situation will be informed of the higher pass standard by their faculty.

Pass/No Pass (EP/NP) Grading
The coronavirus pandemic has led the University to shift to remote learning, a modality that is new for many faculty and students. In response to this shift, and the likelihood of disruptions as the pandemic continues, the University has moved to a Pass/No Pass (EP/NP) grading policy. A grade of EP (Pass – Exceptional Circumstance) during spring and summer 2020 will count towards degree requirements for all graduate students.
Your class performance may be recorded in Canvas or provided to you in another format by your instructor. Graduate level courses will be letter graded unless a student requests the EP/NP option. A letter grade equivalent of C- or higher is required to receive the EP grade; D+ and below will be graded NP. If a student requests a EP/NP grade by May 22 for spring quarter, it will be entered in place of the letter grade.

Some departments may raise the minimum passing grade. If this is the case, you will be notified before classes start.

Graduate School Spring Grading Policy

Need Help?

The Western Foundation has established a Student Emergency Fund to provide relief for students who are experiencing food and housing insecurity, those whose families are confronting job loss or illness, and for those who are hungry and unable to afford even basic necessities. This reserve is a financial lifeline for our students in crisis and will help to ensure that their needs are met and that they are able to remain at Western. We appreciate any support you can provide.

 

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