March 25, 2020
Dear Faculty and Students,
I am pleased to provide details on enhanced course grading options available to Villanova students for the Spring 2020 semester. I am grateful for the suggestions and feedback of many in our Villanova community—including faculty, students, staff, academic leadership and the University’s Academic Policy Committee—in helping to craft these options.
In summary, all Villanova undergraduate and graduate students—excluding at this time those in the Widger School of Law (see note below)—may choose to earn Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades rather than normal letter grades in any course in which they are enrolled this semester. Please see below for specific details and more information.
As a reminder, the University continues to offer learning support, tutoring and career services online. These areas all have comprehensive websites and are ready to offer their services online. We encourage students to use these resources, which include:
We remain committed to delivering a quality Villanova education, and thank you for your patience and understanding as we do our best to navigate the host of issues with which we continue to be faced. We hope that this option helps alleviate some of the stress and anxiety many of you may be experiencing during this difficult time.
Finally, please know we wish you and your family safety and good health during these unprecedented times.
Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD
Spring 2020 Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option Details (see also: FAQs for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading FAQs for Spring 2020)
Important note: These updated policies do not apply to Widger School of Law students. However, alternate grading options are currently being examined by the Law School. A follow-up communication to Law students will be forthcoming in the next week.