Satisfactory/Fail grading option for Spring 2020
Due to the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic, for Spring 2020, the campus has changed the S/F grading policy. The Dean of the O’Neill School has authorized faculty teaching courses in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs to have the option of assigning S/F grades, rather than A-F grades.
- Students who need the accommodation of an S instead of a letter grade must contact their faculty members directly to request an S/F grade no later than May 1, the last day classes are taught for Spring 2020.
- Students should email the course instructor and request an S/F grade indicating the course # in the email.
- Students should retain a copy of the email they send to their instructor and should retain a copy of the instructor’s response.
- Students must complete all assigned work to earn an S. It is up to the instructor to determine what completing all work means in the context of their course.
- Students should clarify with the instructor the performance expected to receive a grade of S in the course.
- Some students will require a letter grade for other purposes. If a faculty member indicates that they intend to assign S/F grades across the entire course, a student can request an A-F grade. In some instances, an instructor may determine that in the online format the only grading that will be possible is S/F. In these instances, the instructor should provide students with documentation indicating that due to the impacts of COVID 19, the only grading offered in the course in spring 2020 was S/F.
- If an instructor would like to utilize S/F for their entire course please email Maggie Pearson with your course number and a justification.
- As of April 8, the O’Neill School does not have any entire courses approved for S/F grading.
- For Spring 2020, S grades will count toward all requirements—including general education, major, minor, certificate, school/college and prerequisite requirements.
- Students who are passing a course but are concerned about their grade should be advised to consider requesting S/F rather than dropping the course.
- Students should check with their academic advisor if they have concerns.
Many of our students will not have access to a webcam or high-speed internet. Design the course with class activities that are asynchronous, where class activities don’t take place in real time. Examples of these include:
- Assigned multiple readings, other short online presentations, TED Talks, etc
- Instructor recorded videos that last 3-5 minutes
- Canvas discussion boards
- Short quizzes or reflections papers to confirm material comprehension
Participation grades are easily assigned to discussion board posts. These would not require you to change your syllabus AND will not penalize students who do not have access to high speed internet.
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The Career Hub has temporarily moved all services online and is “open” during normal operating hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) via phone or Zoom. Visit oneillcareerhub.indiana.edu to make a virtual appointment with one of our team members. Contact email@example.com or (812) 855-9639 if you have any questions!
O’Neill Building Support Services does scanning and can help instructors with those needs. Instructors may want to utilize the technology preparing their online classes. If you have any questions, contact Chad Sweatman at (812) 855-9643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.