Academic Policy Changes for Grading and Academic Standing for Spring 2020
The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that the most basic precondition for the learning that we do together is the health and safety of our community. With that fundamental truth in mind, Florida Southern worked methodically toward the decision to transition to remote delivery of learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. This transition helps to protect the well-being of our community while still giving us an opportunity to continue to learn and grow.
We realize that the change to remote learning is a challenge and that it will be more difficult than ever for students to focus on their courses for the rest of this semester. As such, we have made a number of changes to academic policies to provide students with more options in progressing towards their degrees. Student success remains our priority, and these academic policy changes are designed to help students focus on their learning right now, while providing maximum flexibility in deciding what is best for them as they prepare for life after graduation.
The changes include grading and academic standing policies for the spring 2020 semester. These policy changes are enumerated below, and they are in effect only for the spring 2020 semester. They apply to all courses in all programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Students in the DPT program should consult with the Dean of the School of Physical Therapy regarding arrangements and policies in that area. All other students are strongly encouraged to discuss these policies with their advisors before making any decisions.
All other academic policies described in the 2019 – 2020 Academic Catalog remain in effect unless they conflict with the special spring 2020 policies as detailed. It bears repeating that these policies are in effect for the spring 2020 semester only and that students should discuss these policies with their advisors before making any decisions.
We hope that these policy changes will relieve some of the stress of the current situation, and in doing so, allow students and faculty to focus on learning and achieving key outcomes in this new remote learning environment.
Brad E. Hollingshead, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs