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April 16, 2020 Coronavirus Update

Dear Belmont Students,

Last week I emailed to make you aware that Belmont had made the decision to offer students enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester the opportunity to elect to move a portion of the classes in their Spring 2020 schedule to a pass/fail grading model.  I am writing today to provide you with more information about that process.

Students will be notified by an email, either from my office or from their Dean, that the grades for the Spring 2020 semester are posted and are ready to be viewed.  The schedule for those notifications is below:

    • For students graduating in May 2020 (except students in the College of Law) -Spring 2020 semester grades for all students graduating in May 2020 will be available on Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Students will have until 4 p.m. on Friday May 1, 2020 to submit a request, using a form that will be shared later.  Submissions after this date will not be honored.
    • For students NOT graduating from Belmont University in May 2020 (except students in the College of Law) - Spring 2020 semester grades for all students NOT graduating in May 2020 will be available on Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Students will have until 4 p.m. on Friday May 8, 2020 to submit a request, using a form that will be shared later.  Submissions after this date will not be honored.
    • For students in the Belmont University College of Law (both those graduating in May 2020 and those continuing)Students in the College of Law will be notified by their dean of the dates and process for this grading option.

The notification from my office, or from your dean, will include directions on how to submit a request to change a course from the course’s standard grading model to a “Pass/Fail” grading model.  That email will contain a link for students to use to submit their requests, if they wish to do so.  Please note that each student will be able to complete the request form one time only and that the submission of the form will be binding (i.e. the courses that the student is selecting to convert to “Pass/Fail” will not be able to be changed nor will the student be able to select other courses to be change to “Pass/Fail” after the form is submitted).

To help students better understand this change, and to help students work with their academic advisers to be informed about the impact of this option on their academic progress, we have created answers to anticipated questions which can be found here (http://www.belmont.edu/provost/pass-fail-faq/).  Please consult the FAQs first but, should you have questions that are not addressed there, you are welcome to respond to this email.

Good luck on your finals!

Thomas Burns
Provost