Last updated 12:08 PM, March 31, 2020
UM students, this is a difficult time for our nation, and for people across the world. We understand there have already been many disruptions to your life, and that completing your semester remotely is going to be a challenge. On these pages, we are putting together resources to help you.
1. Get Started
Helpful information to get up to speed, especially if you are new to online learning.
2. Remote Learning
Academic resources and tools to assist you in your work.
3. Get Support
Reach out when you need it. We are here to help you succeed!
Strategies for success in learning remotely
- If you can, set up a dedicated work/study area.
- Schedule regular times to complete your schoolwork.
- Check your email and the communication channel your instructors set up with you at least once a day.
- Have a question? Ask, don’t guess! Contact your instructor using the communication channel they established.
- Use a calendar to keep track of deadlines. Stay on schedule.
- Stay engaged with your classmates. You can still do tutoring sessions, study groups, and group work in an online environment.
Remember, you are not alone!
Emergency Z and P Grade Options
The COVID-19 pandemic has required fundamental shifts to our classroom procedures in order to keep our community safe. To ensure that our students do not lose the progress that they have made this semester, we have shifted our courses online and to alternative formats.
Note: If you have questions about the grading changes, please contact your advisor.
These changes also necessitate changes to our grading policy in order to allow students and faculty the maximum flexibility to carry on with teaching and learning in the face of unprecedented challenges. While it is impossible to predict the full impact of these changes on faculty and students, our current grading policies were written for fundamental assumptions that are likely to now be different.
Following our process for course approval and in keeping with our accreditation standards, the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils passed COVID-19 Emergency grade proposals that were drafted by members of our Keep Teaching group.
The Undergraduate Council and Council of Academic Administrators approved the proposals to make available to students an Emergency COVID-19 Z Grade and P Grade, that can be invoked by students during the week after grades are assigned in the course.
This was approved for all 100 – 499 level courses, and for undergraduate students who are enrolled in 500-level courses for undergraduate credit. The School of Pharmacy reserved the right to opt out of this new policy for courses within their school, after following the proper process for course approval and/or academic standards.
The procedure will be as follows:
- A faculty member will assign the grade in the course in accordance with the original grading scale approved when the course was approved.
- In the week after grades are submitted, the student will have the option to keep the grade assigned by the faculty member, or convert that grade according to the chart below:
|Faculty Assigned Grade||NEW OPTION:
Grade that can be chosen by student
Please note that Z and P options are available to students only after faculty post final course grades when the course is completed.
More information about COVID-19 Emergency Z Grades
- Z grades earn course credits;
- Z grades are not counted in the overall GPA calculation;
- A Z grade DOES satisfy the "C or better" prerequisite for another course;
- Z grades are NOT used in determining whether a student qualifies to graduate with academic honors.
More information about COVID-19 Emergency P grades
The P Grade criteria were also amended to include courses other than exercise and leisure activity courses and during the COVID-19 emergency may be used in all courses when invoked during the week after grades are submitted by students who earn a C- or D.
- P grades earn course credits;
- P grades are not counted in the overall GPA calculation;
- A P grade DOES NOT satisfy the "C or better" prerequisite for another course, major, or degree requirement;
- The P grade is not used in determining whether a student qualifies to graduate with academic honors.
As a reminder, F grades are unchanged: a grade of F does not earn course credits and is calculated as part of a student’s GPA.
Additionally the Council also passed a resolution requesting Deans’ offices to exercise greater flexibility in allowing late withdrawal requests in light of the COVID-19 emergency. Note that withdrawal from a course could affect financial aid.