March 26, 2020
Dear CPH Students, Faculty and Staff:
As you learned from Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron this afternoon, the university is offering pass/no pass grading for most courses offered this semester. The university’s action applies to general education and elective courses.
The College of Public Health is extending that option to all required undergraduate and graduate courses.
We, along with the university, are offering this flexibility because coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced such massive adjustments in all of our lives. For some of us – including those working on the front lines of the pandemic, those caring for children and other family members at home and those directly affected by COVID-19 illness – times are exceptionally challenging.
The University Senate resolution approved today allows students to declare by April 17 whether they want a letter grade or pass/no pass. I join Dr. McPheron in urging all students to discuss these options with their academic advisors, because letter grades can be important in advancing to graduate school, in maintaining certain types of financial aid and in other circumstances that may be unique to individual students.
With kind regards,
Dean Amy Fairchild
Amy Lauren Fairchild, PhD, MPH
Dean, College of Public Health
Professor, Health Services Management & Policy