Spring 2020 Policy Changes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

A number of policy changes have been enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For ease of reference we have compiled the list below, which will be updated regularly. 

NOTE: All academic messages are also listed on the Provost’s Office website.

  • Final Exams and Culminating Experiences for Spring 2020
    Review Faculty FAQ (pdf)

  • Academic Disqualifications suspended for Spring 2020. Students will be placed on continued probation. 
    Read Provost’s message to campus.

  • Extension of Incomplete grades from Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 to end of Fall 2020 semester (December 7, 2020).
    Read Provost’s message to campus.

  • Grading Option Change to Credit/No Credit.
    Review Policy and Student FAQ on Registrar’s website.
    Review Faculty FAQ (pdf).
    Read Provost’s message to campus.

  • Late drop petition (withdrawal from a course, or all courses) available until May 11, 2020
    Use DocuSign to submit Undergraduate Petition for Course Drop
    Download Undergraduate Petition for Withdrawal (from all courses)

  • Temporary Suspension of Writing Skills Test (WST)
    Review Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP) information.

  • Temporary Modifications to Withdrawals and Course Repeats
  1. Withdrawals: Undergraduate students may normally withdraw from no more than 18 semester units.
    Change: Student course withdrawals earned during the Spring 2020 semester shall not count against the 18 unit maximum.
  2. Repetition of Courses: Undergraduate students may normally repeat courses only if they earned grades lower than a C.
    Change: Students may subsequently repeat a course with a CR grade earned in Spring 2020 for a letter grade.
  3. Repetition of Courses: Course repeats with "Grade Forgiveness" (Grade Forgiveness is the circumstance in which the new grade replaces the former grade in terms of the calculation of GPA, etc.). Undergraduate students may normally repeat up to 16 semester units with grade forgiveness.
    Change: Units earned for a repeated course in Spring 2020 shall be excluded from the 16-semester unit maximum for grade forgiveness.

See Chancellor’s Office Memo April 15, 2020 “Temporary Suspension of Sections of Executive Order 1037” for documentation.