Provost Update — April 23, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost

As this distinctive spring term draws to a close, I hope you are doing well. For the next few weeks, I will be sharing important information, updates and reminders on a weekly basis. I write this week to once again extend my thanks for all that you have done to support our students, and to share a reminder and a recommendation:

Final Grades Due on April 27

Final grades are due on Monday, April 27, 2020, at 9 a.m. Please make every effort to ensure your final grades are submitted by this time; missing grades interfere with students’ summer registration and with our graduates’ ability to transfer.

Although we introduced new grade options for this term, these will not change the way faculty submit final grades. Students who elected the retake option have already been accounted for, including last date of attendance. They have been removed from Canvas rosters and will appear in Atlas Grade Entry as “Not Gradable.” Students who elected the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option will have their S+, S-, or U grades configured automatically from the traditional final letter grades that you submit.

If you assign a grade of F or I to a student, please remember that you must also enter a Last Date of Attendance (LDA). Given the unique conditions of the spring 2020 term, the Last Date of Attendance should reflect the date of the student’s last activity in your course.

W grades are not available in the final grade options this semester. If you have a student who violated your course attendance policy prior to spring break to whom you wish to assign a grade of W, please email with the CRN, the student’s VID, and the student’s last date of attendance.

If you’re not sure how to submit final grades, our Centers for Teaching/Learning Innovation have created short video tutorials to help you:

Encouraging Students’ Summer Registration

We know that many students wait to find out how they did in their spring term courses before registering for the summer. If your final grades are visible to students in your Canvas gradebook prior to Monday morning, please consider posting an announcement or emailing your students to let them know that they can see their grades and encourage them to register for summer courses in Atlas.

If students have questions about their summer courses or how to register, please encourage them to visit our Virtual Answer Center at Our Virtual Answer Center is open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday – Sunday.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

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