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ACADEMIC COURSES

UPDATED AUGUST 7, 2020

Mode of delivery for the majority of courses should be made available by July 31, 2020. Students should check MyUSAO.edu for any changes to their class schedule. USAO is providing a variety of opportunities for students to take their courses through a combination of offering hybrid, full in person with social distancing, and online courses.

Students should contact the Dean of Students and their instructor if they become ill and need to explore contingency plans. Faculty will be maintaining regular office hours either in person or virtually. This will be outlined in your syllabus. Seating for in-person classes will be arranged so that adequate social distancing can be maintained.

Unlike many larger institutions, USAO is well-positioned to adapt to this ever-changing situation. By design, USAO’s close-knit nature means that we have an ability to maintain a safe learning environment without unduly affecting student success.

For more information, read our fall 2020 reopening plan.

grading policy

All students will be given the option of changing their final grade in a regularly graded course (grades of A, B, C, D, F) to a P (Pass) or NP (No Pass) for summer 2020. Faculty will assign a regular letter grade as planned but if your grade has a negative impact on your GPA, you will have a 7-day period to request the grade be changed to a P or NP. Grades of P and NP are GPA neutral. The P grade will count as hours earned for graduation. Final grades for summer 2020 will be available for you to view at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2020. You will have until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20th to submit the form for an official request to change to P/NP. The form will be available on this page at 8:00 a.m. on August 13. This form will need to be done individually for each course for which you would like your grade changed. Grades of A, B, C, and D will be converted to P and a grade of F will be converted to NP.

As a note from the faculty executive committee, students need to be very clear that there may be future issues that arise with taking the P and NP options with regards to transfer either as an undergraduate or an applying graduate student and that some employers may also not look favorably to a transcript where the applicant has elected to do NP/P. It is obvious that students electing P/NP are taking the option as a replacement of underperforming grades and this will be obvious to all evaluating those transcripts. Please check with your advisor about the implications.