End of Semester Memo: College Policies

April 2020

Please bookmark the College's website and the College directory, if you have not done so already. These two sites are the best places to initiate any inquiry about College rules and policies.

Please also note the telephone number 924-3351, now forwarded to all staff in Monroe Hall. You can also contact specific Association Deans, whose numbers are listed online.

As we approach the end of this very unusual semester, I take this occasion to call your attention to some guidelines from the Faculty that exist to make the end of the semester more equitable for students and more orderly for faculty, staff, and students. By way of general reminder, all College students have an Association Dean. You can find the name of any College student's Association Dean using the eAdvising system, by contacting the staff in your home department or by emailing the College. Refer any student in need of assistance, or about the points below, to the Monroe Hall staff (434-924-3351; they can schedule appointments for them with their Dean.

Thank you for all you have done to "make things work" this semester and for the care and understanding you have provided to our students.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1. Final exams may not be given early, for any reason.
2. Faculty may NOT ask or pressure students to select their grading option before the April 28 deadline.
3. Faculty may not add extra class sessions or lectures; classes can only be held at the times listed in SIS.
4. Declaration of Major Forms may be sent to the College Registrar; all other forms may be sent to collegeforms@virginia.edu.

FINAL EXAMS

Final exams are to be given only at the time announced on the UREG web site. Under no circumstances may class time be used for the administration of final examinations, nor may examinations be given early (even to accommodate student choice in a grading option). An instructor may, however, give the examination on a "take home" basis during the examination period. The deadline for requesting a postponement of an examination under certain circumstances (such as a congested examination schedule) can be found on the College's online calendar.

Exception: This year’s exam schedule again conflicts with Ramadan, which begins this year at sunset on April 23, 2020, and ends at sunset on May 23, 2020. Faculty with Muslim students should anticipate receiving requests for religious accommodations. Pursuant to University policy and protocol, reasonable religious accommodation requests must be granted. For more information, please visit the following link: Frequently Asked Questions - Accommodations for Religious Observance, or email the University’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) or call (434) 924-3200.

WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE is no longer an option as the deadline passed. Students now must finish their courses on time or pursue with the instructor the possibility of a Request for an Incomplete Grade.

INCOMPLETES

Students are expected to finish their classes on time. When this does not happen, a student (using the Request for an Incomplete Grade Form) may request an incomplete grade from the instructor. Having received the endorsement of the instructor, the student returns the form to Monroe Hall. All course requirements must be completed by the deadline listed on the College calendar. Once the student completes the work, the grade may be changed online through SIS. Faculty should log in to their SIS Faculty Center, navigate to the grade roster for the class in which the student was enrolled, and click on "Change Grade". All incomplete grades automatically convert to an "F"; this semester that deadline has been extended to roughly 45 days after the end of the semester.

ANY OTHER ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN A STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR IS UNAUTHORIZED.
When instructors make individual and unauthorized arrangements with students, the Association Deans are unable both to maintain equity for all students AND conduct the end-of-semester assessment of satisfactory academic progress.

GRADES (THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE GRADING DEADLINE FOR THE SPRING 2020 TERM)

Please note that once a final grade has posted, students may NEVER do extra work to raise a grade. See the Grade Change Policy for more information.

Entering Grades

Grades are submitted electronically through SIS or entered into COLLAB and uploaded to SIS. Entering grades into Collab alone will not result in the posting of grades.

Faculty may check grade rosters after April 28 to confirm that they accurately reflect the class's enrollment. If you notice a discrepancy, you will need to contact the College Registrar. Students needing to add a class will do so through the Dean's Office in Monroe Hall using a Late Schedule Correction Form.

Timely Submission of Grades

Grades are needed to process students for graduation and because the Association Deans must assess and notify students of unsatisfactory academic progress and potentially blocked registrations, WE NEED ALL GRADES REPORTED PROMPTLY IN SIS. Every time there is a class with missing grades, it holds up the review of grades ("academic audit") for every student in the class and leads to extra and unnecessary effort on everyone’s part. Please report the grades as soon as possible and no later than 48 hours after the final examination.

Final grades must be submitted within 48 hours of the final exam. ALL final grades are due in SIS by May 12 at 5:00 PM. Faculty with questions about moving grades from Collab to SIS should contact collab-support@virginia.edu for assistance.

Changing Grades

The only grade changes permitted are those that result from errors in computation or transcription. These grade changes can be made using SIS. For directions click here.

No grade may be changed without the approval of the Association Dean. The Dean is not authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to the University Registrar except when an instructor certifies that, because of errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted.

Extra work to raise a grade, once submitted, is never permitted.
 
The College limits the time in which a grade change is approved to the fall or spring semester following the one in which the grade was posted, except when there is indication that the student violated the integrity of the course. Once the degree is conferred, no grade may be changed.

See Grade Changes for more information.

DEAN'S LIST FOR SPRING 2020

In light of the multiple disruptions to our normal operations, including changes to the University’s default grading scheme, Dean’s List will be suspended for the spring 2020 semester in each school. The Provost's undergraduate policy committee, which includes representatives for the undergraduate schools, examined this matter and endorsed a recommendation to suspend the dean’s list for this semester.

Thank you very much for your co-operation in these matters.
Rachel Most, Associate Dean