Update for Students from the provost

Update for Students from the provost

Withdrawal date extension and modified grade policy changes

Dear Auburn Students,

On behalf of our faculty, I want to express my appreciation for your patience and diligence as our campus transitioned to remote learning. While I know this first week has been an adjustment for students and faculty, we remain focused on fulfilling Auburn’s instructional mission and supporting your continued academic progress. I ask for your ongoing patience as we adapt to these new approaches to teaching and learning together.

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, our campus has anticipated the need for temporary modifications to two of our academic policies:

  1. Withdrawal Deadline: The deadline for dropping a course with a “W” assigned has been extended from April 3 to the last day of class, April 24, at 11:59 pm. Before withdrawing from any courses, you are encouraged to consult with your academic advisors to learn how withdrawing may impact your academic progression. If you are unable to withdraw from a course due to a hold on your record, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@auburn.edu.

  2. Option for “S/U” Grading: At the end of the Spring 2020 semester, faculty will assign grades as usual. However, after grades are assigned, you will have the opportunity to work with your academic advisor to convert any passing course grade to an S and any failing course grade to a U on a course-by-course basis. Details of the conversion process will be made available before the end of the semester. Standards and requirements for academic progression will continue, and you will be given guidance on how any grade conversions will affect your progress.

The Auburn Family has undoubtedly stepped up this week, and we will continue to lean on our shared values and one another in the coming weeks. As you finish the semester, remember your advisors, faculty members, and your college/school are here to assist and support you. Please take care of yourself.


Bill Hardgrave

Last updated: 03/20/2020