COVID-19 Spring 2020 Adjustments to Satisfactory Academic Progress

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the university has made the following changes below to the calculations of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the Spring 2020 semester. It is important that students read this information carefully, as there may be both academic continuation and financial aid eligibility implications.

Undergraduate Academic Progress Adjustments

The following will NOT be included as “attempted hours” in the calculation of the 2/3 rule, in which students are required to complete at least 2/3 of all attempted hours, for undergraduate academic progress:

  1. Hours for term withdrawals that students self-select as being due to COVID-19
  2. Hours for course withdrawals/drops that occurred on or after March 13, 2020
  3. Hours for Incomplete (IN) grades for Spring 2020
The following WILL still be included in the calculation of satisfactory academic progress as per usual for the Spring 2020 term:
  1. Hours for term withdrawals that are not due to COVID-19
  2. Hours for course withdrawals/drops that took effect prior to March 13, 2020
  3. Hours for Failing (F) and Unsatisfactory (U) grades
  4. Hours for Grade exclusions
  5. Hours for courses that were changed to Audit after the Census Date

Financial Aid Eligibility Adjustments

The following will NOT be included as “attempted hours” in the calculation of the 2/3 rule (in which students are required to complete at least 2/3 of all attempted hours) OR  maximum time frame rule (which requires students to graduate or be able to graduate before attempting more than 150% of the hours required for degree) for financial aid eligibility:

  1. Hours for term withdrawals that are due to COVID-19
  2. Hours for course withdrawals/drops that occurred on or after March 13, 2020
  3. Hours for Incomplete (IN) grades for Spring 2020
The following WILL still be included in the calculation of satisfactory academic progress as per usual for the Spring 2020 term:
  1. Hours for term withdrawals that are not COVID-19-related
  2. Hours for course withdrawals/drops that took effect prior to March 13, 2020
  3. Hours for Failing (F) and Unsatisfactory (U) grades
  4. Hours for Grade exclusions
  5. Hours for courses that were changed to Audit after the Census Date

Questions?

  • Are these changes to the SAP policies permanent?
    No. At this time, these adjustments are only effective for the SAP calculations for the Spring 2020 term due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • If I still fail to meet SAP standards after these adjustments, what do I do?
    You will be notified after SAP calculations are made on May 8 of your options. More information about academic and financial aid appeals is available throughout these SAP web pages.
  • If I switch a course to S/U using the Enhanced S/U Grading Option or request a Late Drop after SAP is calculated, will this change my status?
    SAP will be recalculated with any grade change or drop. We strongly encourage you to reach out to your academic advisor regarding either the Enhanced S/U Grading Option or the Late Drop Options that are available for students this semester and if/how using these options may impact your SAP status.

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