From Office of Academic Affairs | April 6, 2020

Dear Students,

I want to thank you for the extraordinary efforts being made to finish this semester and your courses in the best way possible. This disruption is not easy, and we appreciate your hard work during this extremely challenging time. Many of you have voiced your questions and concerns, some of which we will address here.  I know that I speak for the entire WPU community when I say we are committed to you and your success.

To that end, we have made some adjustments to academic policies and processes for the Spring 2020 semester.  Please see descriptions below, and read this Spring 2020 Academic Policy document for important details on these items. As you evaluate these changes, I strongly encourage you to talk with your academic advisor, faculty, and others to determine the best options for your current circumstances.

  • Pass/Fail Grading Option for Spring 2020 graded courses: Students may elect to take one or more course(s) on a Pass/Fail grading scale. Be sure to talk with your advisor and note that there may be a few courses that cannot be taken Pass/Fail. The request must be made by April 22, 2020.
  • Extension of Incomplete Due Date: If an Incomplete grade is given, students will have until September 30, 2020 to complete the work.
  • Update to Dean’s List Recognitions: Dean’s List recognitions will be given to students who earn the required GPA and have earned a minimum of 12 credits with a letter grade (not Pass/Fail grading option).
  • Timelines for Degree Conferrals: Seniors who complete all degree requirements will have their degrees conferred. Typically this is done at the conclusion of every term (May, August, December). WPU will add additional conferral dates to accommodate students as they finish work for courses with Incomplete grades.
  • Transcript Notation: A notation will be placed on all official transcripts for Spring 2020 noting the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is our sincere desire to continue to support you and your success. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions at  This communication as well as Q & As to help you navigate important information can be found on the COVID-19 Information Center.


Charles Duncan, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs