2020-21 Supplemental COVID-19 Bulletin

The following is a list of temporary changes to academic regulations made by the University in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These and any additional changes can be found online at catalog.uconn.edu/covid-19-bulletin/

Undergraduate Students

Pass/Fail Grading

Original University Senate Motion (March 17, 2020)

For the Spring semester 2020 only, the usual limitations on students for electing to take courses on a Pass-Fail basis will be suspended. Individual schools and colleges will determine which courses may count toward major and minor requirements if taken Pass-Fail. General Education courses which are taken Pass-Fail will count toward the general education requirements. The 26-credit and scholastic probation restrictions are suspended. Pass-Fail courses from the Spring 2020 Semester will not count toward the three-course limit. Students may elect Pass-Fail grading at any time through the last day of classes of Spring 2020. In the event that students select Pass-Fail grading, the course is graded in the usual way by the instructor; and the instructor submits a letter grade. This letter grade is translated into a P (D- or above) or remains an F. In neither event will a course taken under the Pass-Fail option be included in the computation of the semester or cumulative grade point average, but a grade below C makes the student ineligible for Dean’s List. Students should consult with their advisors before electing to complete courses on a Pass-Fail basis.

Amendment (April 27, 2020)

Summary of changes:

  • Extends deadline from last day of classes until May 15, 2020: “Students may elect Pass-Fail grading at any time through the last day of classes of Spring 2020 up until May 15, 2020.”
  • Allows students to change back to a letter grade: “Students who chose the Pass-Fail option prior to the adoption of these changes will have the option of reverting to a letter grade by notifying the Registrar by May 15, 2020.”

Dean’s List

University Senate Motion (May 4, 2020)

Language added to existing by-law: “For Spring semester 2020 only, the calculable credits required to qualify for Dean’s List are reduced to six and for Dean’s List (Part-time) are reduced to nine.”

Withdrawal Deadline

UConn extended the last day to withdraw from a course and/or to finalize pass/fail enrollment for Spring 2020 classes to May 1, 2020.

Additional Reading Days for Fall 2020

University Senate Motion (June 24, 2020)

Because the University of Connecticut determined that the two weeks of class following the Thanksgiving break would be online, four days of those two weeks were designated as reading days.

The following language was added to the existing by-laws governing the University Calendar (Section II.H):

“The fall 2020 semester will include 13 weeks of classes, seven reading days, and six days of final assessments.”

“Fall 2020 only, no regularly scheduled final assessments may be held during the reading periods from December 8-13 and December 17 or the class days from November 30 – December 7, 2020.”

Graduate Students

P/WAU Grading

Graduate Faculty Council Motion (April 13, 2020)

The Graduate Faculty Council voted on April 13, 2020, to “temporarily waive the GFC by-laws to allow any graduate student to convert a course taken in spring 2020 from ‘graded’ to either ‘pass/fail’ or ‘audit,’ with approval of the student’s major advisor (and/or program director).”

Non-Degree Students

Maximum Credits for Non-Degree Students

University Senate Motion (June 24, 2020)

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, admitted students may choose to take a gap year and yet earn credits. Similarly, there may be some increased demand for online courses by non-UConn students. Raising the limit on number of credits that non-degree students may take to 12 from 8 will provided greater educational opportunities during a time of uncertainty and may yield additional tuition revenue.

The following language was added to University By-Law II.A.5.b.: “For the academic year 2020-2021 only, non-degree students may enroll in up to 12 credits.”