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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.
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Keep Learning

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.

Strategies for success in learning remotely

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:

  1. A faculty member will assign the grade in the course in accordance with the original grading scale approved when the course was approved.
  2. 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:
(Optional Grade Conversion Table)
Faculty Assigned Grade NEW OPTION:
COVID-19 Emergency
Grade that can be chosen by student
A- Z
B+ Z
B- Z
C+ Z

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.