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OCU's Academic Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Timeline

Spring 2020 - Entire campus went remote in March during Spring break. All classes were moved online. Students were given the option to change the grading for their classes from normal grades to credit/no credit if it did not interfere with accreditation requirements, academic advancement policies or standards, or did not jeopardize future academic plans or goals (see Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit Grading Option below). Students were given the option to withdraw until the last day of class and receive a WD instead of the usual WP/WF (withdraw pass, withdraw fail).

Summer 2020 - All classes were held online.

Fall 2020 - Classes began a week early and finals ended the week of Thanksgiving. There were no holidays, such as Labor day or Fall break. Students had the option to take traditional courses virtually. Requests for remote learning was approved through Academic Affairs. Social distancing was in place in the classrooms and masks were required.

Spring 2021 - Classes started a week later and there was no Spring break. Social distancing was continued in classrooms. Masks were still required. Students had the option to take traditional courses virtually. Requests for remote learning was approved through Academic Affairs.

Summer 2021 - Classes were back to normal. Students had the option to take traditional courses virtually. Requests for remote learning was approved through Academic Affairs.

Fall 2021 - Traditional calendar was followed. Masks were expected. Requests to take a traditional course virtually were processed through Student Accommodations.

Spring 2022 - With the rise of the new variant, in-person instruction was limited to clinical/practical activities that were difficult to conduct remotely through January. Classes resumed in-person on February 7.

Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit Grading Option

1. Students enrolled in courses offered through the following academic units will have the option of electing Credit/No-Credit grading during the Spring semester of 2020 when such grading does not conflict with accreditation requirements or academic advancement policies or standards or jeopardize future academic plans and goals (e.g., application to professional or graduate programs): Petree College of Arts and Sciences, Meinders School of Business

  • Petree College of Arts and Sciences
  • Meinders School of Business
  • Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment
  • Wanda L. Bass School of Music
  • Kramer School of Nursing
  • Physician Assistant program
  • School of Theatre

Students must work with their academic advisors and the leadership of their academic programs to make these important decisions.

2. To elect Credit/No-Credit grading in eligible courses, students must petition Credit/NoCredit grading through their academic advisors by May 20, 2020. After May 20, 2020, the student’s selection of Credit/No-Credit grading may only be reversed one time by petition with the approval of the academic advisor and academic dean for the program in which they earned their degree.

3. For undergraduate courses, all grades of C (2.00 GPA) or better will be posted as grades of CR (Credit). For graduate courses, all grades of B- (2.75) GPA or better will be posted as grades of CR (Credit).

4. All courses for which students earn CR (Credit) grades during the Spring semester of 2020 will count toward degree requirements.

5. Semester honors are based on a minimum of 12 Oklahoma City University graded credits earned. In most cases, students who elect Credit/No-Credit grading in eligible courses will not earn sufficient graded credits to be eligible for semester honors for the Spring semester of 2020.

6. The Credit/No-Credit option may impact graduation honors. Summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude require at least 40 Oklahoma City University graded credit hours. The Letzeiser medal requires at least 105 Oklahoma City University graded credit hours.

7. The academic transcripts of students enrolled during the Spring semester of 2020 will include a notation explaining that Credit/No-Credit grading was available to all students during the COVID-19 emergency.

As amended and adopted by Academic Council, March 27, 2020
As amended and adopted by Graduate Council, March 27, 2020