COVID-19

UMTC PSEO Impact

This webpage houses U of M Twin Cities (UMTC) PSEO specific information on COVID-19's impact on our program. New information will be added as it becomes available.


Last updated: 12/9/20 @ 11:49 a.m.

CONTACT US

    • PSEO staff are working remotely.

    • To contact our office, please email us at pseo@umn.edu.

    • Alternatively, students, parents, and high school staff can leave a voice message on our office phone line, 612-626-1666, and one of our staff will return your call within 2 business days.

RESOURCES & COMMUNICATIONS

CURRENT PSEO STUDENTS

Information for currently enrolled PSEO students at the U of M Twin Cities campus

U OF M POLICY CHANGES - Spring 2020

PASS/FAIL GRADING (S/N)

PRIOR TO GRADES BEING POSTED - April 30, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. deadline

      • In support of students in these unprecedented times, all University of Minnesota Twin Cities undergraduate students have the option to change the grade basis for courses from A/F to S/N (satisfactory/not satisfactory) for any number of spring 2020 and/or B-term (second half of term) courses. Grading basis changes must be submitted by April 30, 2020. NOTE: UMTYMP courses will remain A/F.

          • Two policies are being temporarily suspended to accommodate this change:

              • S/N course grading basis will be accepted for major (and minor) requirements.

              • Limits to S/N policies will be expanded as necessary for students who change course grading basis. APAS will be updated as needed in May 2020.

      • PSEO students need to receive confirmation from their high school counselor that their high school will accept the pass/fail grade.

      • Please be thoughtful as you decide whether or not to change grade basis for any or all of your spring 2020 courses. As a reminder of the difference between S/N and A/F grading:

            • In order to earn an S in a course, you need to earn a letter grade of at least C- or higher. If you earn an equivalent letter grade of D or lower, you will not receive credit for the course and a grade of N will be posted to your transcript.

            • The S/N grade does not carry grade points and is not part of the GPA calculation. The N grade does not count toward any academic degree program.

            • In A/F grading, a letter grade of D or higher is acceptable for receiving elective credit and liberal education credit. A letter grade of D is not acceptable for major coursework.

        • Consult with your PSEO advisor first about the pros/cons and please consider the following:

            • You do not need to make this decision right away! You have some time to see how these next couple of weeks go with a new method of instruction.

            • Changing your grade basis should be a last resort. Be sure to discuss your future academic plans with your PSEO advisor.

            • Are you likely to earn a strong grade in the course? Many faculty have been asked to be flexible and if this is your experience, your grade may not be negatively impacted.

            • Consider your licensure, graduate, or professional program goals as some programs may not accept S/N grading basis in prerequisite courses.

            • The decision to change one’s grading basis cannot be reversed. If you choose to change the grading basis from A/F to S/N it will not be possible to reverse your decision at a later date, even if your performance is very strong.

      • To Change your Grade Basis:

        1. First, be sure to check in with your PSEO advisor about the pros/cons of making this change.

        2. Email your high school counselor to confirm they will accept a pass/fail grade for your course or courses. Be sure to discuss the impact this pass/fail grade may have on your graduation requirements.

        3. Forward that email to your PSEO advisor asking them to change your grade basis to S/N and list the course or courses you’d like changed. This must be completed by April 30.

AFTER GRADES ARE POSTED - May 22, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M. deadline

        • Email sent by the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education on April 29, 2020:

            • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we permitted students to choose the S/N grading option in any Twin Cities undergraduate course. A student petition and the Minnesota Student Association have now requested that we delay the date by which students must decide on this option until after grades are posted.

            • The Vice Provost and Dean agreed to this additional delay. With this decision, the U of M recognizes the significant stress that this pandemic and the necessary transition to alternative instruction have caused in many of your lives.

            • This extension permits students to change an A/F grading basis to S/N after grades are submitted. It does not allow students who have chosen S/N to earn a letter grade after grades are submitted.

        • PSEO STUDENT PROCESS:

Once your final grade has been posted on MyU, follow this process. The deadline to make this change is Friday, May 22 at 11:59 p.m. (CDT).

            1. Read through the considerations above.

            2. Check-in with your PSEO advisor about the pros/cons of making this change.

            3. Email your high school counselor to confirm they will accept a pass/fail grade for your course(s) and to discuss the impact it may have on your graduation requirements.

            4. Email One Stop Student Services (onestop@umn.edu) from your University of Minnesota email address. (You may include requests for multiple courses in this single email.) Please include the following information:

              • A statement that you wish to change the grading basis from A-F to S/N

              • Course subject and number (for example: Chemistry 1015)

              • 5 digit class number. Find this by going to Schedule Builder, setting the term to Spring 2020, and finding the sections for the classes you want to change.

Note: once you have made a request to One Stop, the S/N grade cannot be switched back. For more information, review the Twin Cities S/N grading basis FAQ.

WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE

      • The last day to cancel classes without college approval is moved to May 1, 2020 for full semester and B Term courses. A W will appear on your transcript.

      • To drop a course, email your PSEO advisor to initiate the process.

U OF M POLICY CHANGES - Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

PASS/FAIL GRADING (S/N) - 10/13/20

Due to the two week delay of in-person classes this semester, the UMTC campus is extending the deadline for undergraduates to select an S/N grade. This extension applies to Twin Cities undergraduate students taking fall term, undergraduate-level courses on the Twin Cities campus. With this extension, students must make their selections for S/N grading by 11:59 p.m. on October 20 for A term classes and by 11:59 p.m. on October 30 for regular session classes. Read the full communication here.


This message went out to PSEO students on Tuesday, October 13 in response to this fall 2020 policy change:

Greetings PSEO students,

The message below [the original message was forwarded to students with this email] was sent out to all undergraduates today. Please note that PSEO students should almost always take their courses A-F, not S/N (unless this is the only way the course is offered), per our grading policy. Consult with your PSEO advisor if you have questions about the grading basis for your course or courses. Do not submit an academic petition form to change your grading basis unless you've confirmed this option with your PSEO advisor.

Ashley Cruz, hicke068@umn.edu

Anja Hovde, soyri003@umn.edu

Andrew Kopelman, kopel017@umn.edu

Thank you.

PSEO staff


UPDATED PASS/FAIL GRADING (S/N) & WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE - 10/30/20

Read the Executive Vice President and Provost's email about the changes.


This message went out to PSEO students on Monday, November 2 in response to this fall 2020 policy change:

Greetings PSEO students,

This message went out to all undergraduates a few days ago regarding Pass/Fail (S/N) grading and the last day to drop with a "W." Please note that PSEO students should almost always take their courses A-F, not Pass/Fail (S/N) (unless this is the only way the course is offered), per our grading policy. Consult with your PSEO advisor if you have questions about the grading basis for your course or courses, and/or think you might want to take a course Pass/Fail (S/N). Do not submit an academic petition form, per instructions listed in the email, to change your grading basis unless you've confirmed this option with your PSEO advisor and high school counselor.

  • Ashley Cruz, hicke068@umn.edu

  • Anja Hovde, soyri003@umn.edu

  • Andrew Kopelman, kopel017@umn.edu

Be thoughtful as you decide whether or not to change the grade basis for any or all of your fall 2020 courses. As a reminder of the difference between S/N and A/F grading:

  • In order to earn an S in a course, you need to earn a letter grade of at least C- or higher. If you earn an equivalent letter grade of D or lower, you will not receive credit for the course and a grade of N will be posted to your transcript.

  • The S/N grade does not carry grade points and is not part of the GPA calculation. The N grade does not count toward any academic degree program.

  • In A/F grading, a letter grade of D or higher is acceptable for receiving elective credit and liberal education credit. A letter grade of D is not acceptable for major or minor coursework at the U of M.

Consult with your PSEO advisor first about the pros/cons and please consider the following:

  • You do not need to make this decision right away! You have some time to see how these next couple of weeks go.

  • If you decide to attend the U of M, and the course(s) you're taking is part of a major or minor, a course with a Pass/Fail (S/N) grade will not count towards these requirements.

  • Changing your grade basis should be a last resort. Be sure to discuss your future academic plans with your PSEO advisor.

  • Are you likely to earn a strong grade in the course? If you're not sure, check with your instructor first to get an accurate sense of your grade.

  • Consider your licensure, graduate, or professional program goals as some programs may not accept S/N grading basis in prerequisite courses.

The decision to change one’s grading basis cannot be reversed. If you choose to change the grading basis from A/F to S/N it will not be possible to reverse your decision at a later date, even if your performance is very strong.


UPDATED PASS/FAIL GRADING (S/N) FALL 2020 & SPRING 2021 - 12/9/20

Read the Executive Vice President and Provost's email about the changes.


This message went out to PSEO students on Wednesday, December 9 in response to this fall 2020 and spring 2021 policy change:

Greetings PSEO students,

This message went out to all undergraduates this morning regarding Pass/Fail (S/N) grading for both fall 2020 and spring 2021. Based on this email, the major changes include:

  • Students enrolled in Twin Cities undergraduate courses may choose between S/N grading and A-F grading for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 courses. Students who wish to switch from A-F grading to S/N grading (or the opposite) for Fall 2020 should email One Stop Student Services (onestop@umn.edu) from January 4, 2021, to January 6, 2021. This will allow students to see their fall grade first, then decide if you'd like to change your grading.

  • S grades (Pass) will count for major and minor requirements (Fall 20 and Spring 21) if you decide to attend the U of M for your undergrad.

Please note that PSEO students should almost always take their courses A-F if possible, not Pass/Fail (S/N) (unless this is the only way the course is offered), per our grading policy. Consult with your PSEO advisor if you have questions about the grading for your course or courses, and/or think you might want to take a course Pass/Fail (S/N). Do not email One Stop, per instructions listed in the email, to change your grading basis unless you've confirmed this option with your PSEO advisor and high school counselor.

  • Ashley Cruz, hicke068@umn.edu

  • Anja Hovde, soyri003@umn.edu

  • Andrew Kopelman, kopel017@umn.edu

Be thoughtful as you decide whether or not to change the grade basis for any or all of your fall 2020 or spring 2021 courses. As a reminder of the difference between S/N and A/F grading:

  • In order to earn an S in a course, you need to earn a letter grade of at least C- or higher. If you earn an equivalent letter grade of D or lower, you will not receive credit for the course and a grade of N will be posted to your transcript.

  • The S/N grade does not carry grade points and is not part of the GPA calculation. The N grade does not count toward any academic degree program.

  • In A/F grading, a letter grade of D or higher is acceptable for receiving elective credit and liberal education credit. A letter grade of D is not acceptable for major or minor coursework at the U of M.

Consult with your PSEO advisor first about the pros/cons and please consider the following:

  • The PSEO office still recommends students keep their A/F grade if it's between an A and C-. We know many of you might want to change B or C grades to S grades, but recommend keeping the A/F grade. The letter grade (A to C-) will likely be more useful in the long run.

  • In some cases, dropping a course now with a "W" might be a better option than making a change to the grading. Review our course cancellation after week 10 options in the PSEO Handbook, and discuss these with your PSEO advisor.

  • If you decide to attend the U of M, and the course(s) you're taking is part of a major or minor, a course with a Pass/Fail (S/N) grade WILL NOW count towards these requirements. However, other universities might not accept these S/N grades for major requirements.

  • Changing your grade basis should be a last resort. Be sure to discuss your future academic plans with your PSEO advisor. Consider your licensure, graduate, or professional program goals as some programs may not accept an S/N grading basis in prerequisite courses (e.g., if you're taking Chem 1061/1065 and plan to attend medical school, that school might not allow an S/N grade in this prerequisite course).