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Archived FAQs

SPRING 2020: Will we hold Commencement?

Yes, but unfortunately we have to postpone the event. On March 16th,the CDC asked that no gatherings of 50 or more people occur for the next eight weeks, which extends beyond our May 1 Baccalaureate Service and May 2 Commencement Ceremony. We have made the decision to postpone until a later date (to be determined).  We will continue to monitor the health and safety considerations in the coming weeks.

SPRING 2020: How will an ‘incomplete’ grade affect when I receive my degree?

Degree Conferrals

Degrees are typically conferred for graduating seniors at the end of each term in May, August, and December. This year, WPU will provide additional degree conferral dates in Summer and Fall 2020 to accommodate students who complete their requirements at different times due to Incomplete grades and other factors. This will assist graduates who need official transcripts noting that the degree has been conferred  for employment and graduate school applications.

SPRING 2020: Are incomplete grades an option?

Incomplete Grades

Incomplete grades may be given according to usual policy. A student may request that the faculty member consider granting an Incomplete grade. The deadline for completion of work for Incomplete grades will be extended to September 30, 2020.

SPRING 2020: How will an ‘incomplete’ grade affect when I receive my degree?

Degree Conferrals

Degrees are typically conferred for graduating seniors at the end of each term in May, August, and December. This year, WPU will provide additional degree conferral dates in Summer and Fall 2020 to accommodate students who complete their requirements at different times due to Incomplete grades and other factors. This will assist graduates who need official transcripts noting that the degree has been conferred  for employment and graduate school applications.

SPRING 2020: How does Pass/Fail affect Dean’s List?

Dean’s List Recognitions

Recognitions will still be awarded in Spring 2020 with the following additional guidance. A student will be eligible for Dean’s List recognition (Dean’s Scholar, Dean’s List with Distinction, Dean’s List) if he/she meets the GPA requirements and earns a minimum of 12 credits on a letter grade scale, even if additional credits are elected as Pass/Fail. Dean’s List GPA requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog.

SPRING 2020: How does Pass/Fail work?

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Students may elect to take one or more courses on a Pass/Fail basis. 

  • Passing (P) grades will be final grades of A, B, C, or D.
  • The instructor will enter a final letter grade and will not be informed if a student elects the Pass/Fail grading option. The student may choose to inform the instructor.
  • For courses elected on a Pass/Fail basis, the final grade on the transcript will be changed to P or F.
  • Grades of P will count as attempted and earned credits and will not affect the GPA. Grades of F will count as attempted credits, and will be calculated in the GPA.
  • If a course taken on a Pass/Fail basis is a prerequisite for another course, the reported final  letter grade will be used to determine if the student may progress into the next course.

How will the University create safety in classrooms? (updated 6.18.2020)

Plans are being made to adjust classroom instruction to meet the WPU Health Standards, as well as local, state, and CDC guidelines. This will include face coverings, appropriate social distancing, reconfiguration of classroom spaces, and adjustment of classroom capacities. Additional details will be available closer to the start of Fall 2020 classes.

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