FAQ and details about the university announcement regarding Winter 2020 grades due to COVID-19.
Posted on March 30, 2020
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On March 23, 2020, Academic Vice President Shane Reese made an announcement about final grades for Winter 2020. You have a choice about how your final grade in each class is recorded for Winter 2020 semester only.
Faculty will submit grades for each course using the standard grade submission protocol. After grades are posted on April 29, 2020, you will receive an email with a link to all your Winter classes and grades. For classes graded using letter grades, you can choose to keep the grade given or move to a Pass/Withdraw option for each specific course.
- You may request to change grades A through C- to a P grade.
- A “P” grade indicates a passing grade. You earn credit, but it has no effect on your GPA.
- You may request to change grades D+ through E to a W.
- A “W” grade indicates a withdrawal from a class. You do not earn credit, and it has no effect on your GPA.
- This change may affect your program requirements, graduation requirements, federal financial aid, and scholarships. Please refer to the FAQ below for more details about how grade changes may affect your academic records, federal financial aid, and scholarships.
You will have until May 6 at 11:59 p.m. MDT to make your decision(s). If you do not take action, the original grade will remain.
- If you are an international student, any grade changes will be reviewed by the International Student and Scholar Services Office so that your visa status is not in jeopardy. In the meantime, you should continue to engage in your classes this semester and work with your instructors to address any challenges.
- If you are an athlete, any grade changes will be reviewed by Athletic Compliance due to NCAA regulations.
For questions about graduation or program requirements contact your department academic advisement center.
For questions about grade options in relation to federal financial aid and scholarships, contact Enrollment Services at 801-422-4104 or send a YMessage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read through these questions carefully to understand how the grade change protocol could affect you.
Academic Record Questions
What if I’m an international student?
What if I’m an NCAA athlete?
Will faculty members have to approve what I select?
Can I change my A through C- grade to a W?
Can I get back into my class that I had already withdrawn from before the March 12, 2020 announcement regarding the Pass/Withdraw option?
Will this be an option for spring term classes?
What happens if I have an NS grade?
If I get an Incomplete Contract for a class in Winter semester, do I have the Pass/Withdraw grade option?
What things should I consider before taking a P or W grade?
Between April 29 and May 6 can I change my decision after I have selected the Pass/Withdraw option?
What happens if I didn’t take action before the May 6 deadline?
Can I change my decision after May 6?
When will the changes show up on my record?
If I choose the W grade, will the class still show on my transcript?
Does a P or W count as graded credit?
Can I select a P or W grade for my lab but get a grade for my lecture and vice versa?
Will a P grade work if I have a minimum grade requirement for my major?
How will a P grade transfer to another institution?
How will I communicate my grade decisions to the university?
What if my instructor makes a grading error that adjusts my grade and changes my decision?
Is the P/W grade option available for first-term classes?
Is the P/W grade option available for challenge exams?
I’m a student taking concurrent enrollment classes, evening classes, or Salt Lake Center classes only. Can I still change my grades for Winter 2020?
What if I am a Law School student?
Financial Aid and Scholarships Questions
Federal Financial Aid
What will happen to my federal financial aid (Pell Grant and/or loans) if I decide to change one or more of my grades to a P?
What will happen to my federal Pell Grant for Winter 2020 if I change my letter grade to a W?
What will happen to my federal loans if I change my letter grade to a W?
If I change my grade to a P or a W, will my scholarship be affected?
How will my grades from Winter 2020 semester affect my eligibility for future university scholarships?
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
How do grades affect my federal financial aid eligibility?
How does a P grade affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for federal financial aid?
How does a W grade affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for federal financial aid?
If I receive a C- as a grade for a Winter 2020 course and I have the option to replace it with a P grade, how will either grade affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
If I receive a grade of D+, D, or D- for Winter 2020, with the option to replace it with a W grade, how will each option affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
How does an E versus a W affect my federal financial aid?
What should I do if my Winter 2020 grades drop me below Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for federal aid and I have extenuating circumstances related to the challenges brought about by COVID-19?