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Academic support and resources

​Yes! Many of the same academic support services DePaul has always offered will be available virtually. This includes:
Please visit the Student Services and Engagement FAQs for the most up-to-date information.​

​Yes, please contact your professors at least five business days before your exams to inform them of your accommodations and that you would like to use them for the upcoming exam.

​Please contact CSD at csd@depaul.edu, or call 312-362-8002 or 773-325-1677. A CSD staff member will reply to your concern as soon as possible.​

Our current interpretation of the regulations indicate that courses that were forced to change their modality from in-person or TBD to online because of COVID-19 will receive full benefits as though they are residential or in-person.  

Furthermore, fall classes that were always planned to be hosted online will continue to receive reduced benefits. If you need help determining if a course’s modality was changed as a result of the pandemic or was always planned to be hosted online, please email veteransaffairs@depaul.edu.

Summer and Fall learning

​In Campus Connect, you can filter under “Online" courses to see courses that were traditionally online. Classes that have been recently moved online because of the COVID-19 health crisis can be found by filtering under “Remote.” You can see the courses that will be offered in person by filtering by campus. As of March 20, fewer than 10 Spring Quarter courses will be offered in person.

For financial assistance with technology purchases, please contact Financial Aid at dpcl@depaul.edu or 312-362-8610.​ 

Many DePaul resources are available to support your learning experience. DePaul’s Student Success website is a valuable starting point. We highly encourage you to review this site’s crowd-sourced tips for succeeding as a remote student, as well as information on access to technology tools and services. You also should review instructions on Zoom​, the online video and audio communications service we expect you will be using frequently in your Spring and Summer courses. ​

Temporary Pass/D/Fail policy for Summer

​Students in all undergraduate classes, with the exception of those in CEO cohort programs, may opt to change the grading basis for any or all of their courses to Pass/D/Fail.

A grade of Pass (P) will indicate that the student's work met expectations for a grade of at least C-. Work that would merit a grade of D+ or D in the traditional grading basis would still earn a D+ or D. Work that does not merit a passing grade will earn an Fail (F).

For Summer 2020 courses only, the temporary Pass/D/Fail grading option may apply to any graduation requirement, including courses in the major, minor, Liberal Studies Program or open electives.

Colleges will determine whether or not any or all graduate or CEO programs will institute a Pass/D/Fail option for students in all courses, as described above for general undergraduate courses.

In response to the Student Government Association’s resolution​, Academic Council and the Provost approved an extension of the deadline for adopting the Pass/D/Fail grading basis to 11:59 p.m. on July 27, 2020 for Summer 1, and 11:59 p.m. on August 31 for Summer and Summer 2.

Grading basis 
Description 
Explanation 
Self-elected option 
Last date to elect 
ANC 
ABC/NC Grading
Default grading basis for undergraduate courses. Administered when course is created. Students may change to PDF grading basis if they choose.
Yes
Summer 1: 
11:59 p.m. on 7/27/20

Summer and Summer 2:
11:59 p.m. on
8/31/20
GRD
ABC/NC Grading
Default grading basis for graduate courses. Administered when course is created. Students may change to PDF grading basis if they choose.
Yes
Summer 1: 
11:59 p.m. on 7/27/20

Summer and Summer 2:
11:59 p.m.​ on
8/31/20
PDF
Pass/D/Fail
Students initially elected the grading basis. After viewing their grade, they will now have the option to leave it as is or elect to keep the grade.  
Yes
Summer 1: 
11:59 p.m. on 7/27/20

Summer and Summer 2:
11:59 p.m.​ on
8/31/20
RGD
Research Graduate
Default grading basis for graduate research courses. Administered when course is created. Students may change to PDF grading basis if they choose.
Yes
Summer 1: 
11:59 p.m. on 7/27/20

Summer and Summer 2:
11:59 p.m.​ on 
8/31/20​
PNP 
Pass/Not Pass
Traditional Pass/Fail option. Administered when course is created or when student notifies the college's office that they want this as an option on an eligible course.
Yes
Depends on the college


​After June 13, 2020, a form entitled “Elect or Unelect PA Grade" will be available on Campus Connect. Here is what you do:

  • Go to Campus Connect and click on the “Academic Records" tile.
  • Select “Elect or Unelect PA Grade." PA means pass.
  • Select the course you would like to to have a letter grade instead.
  • Follow further directions on the page.


After June 13, 2020, a form entitled “Elect or Unelect PA Grade" will be available on Campus Connect. Here is what you do:

  • Go to Campus Connect and click on the “Academic Records" tile.
  • Select “Elect or Unelect PA Grade." PA means pass.
  • Select the course you would like to to have a letter grade instead.
  • Follow further directions on the page.​

As always, you have two quarters to complete the work. Once your letter grade appears in Campus Connect, and as long as the letter grade is a C- or higher, you will have three days to notify the Office of the University Registrar that you would like to change the grade to Pass. Please contact the Office of the University Registrar at URSupport@depaul.edu.

Please click here​ for the Office of the Registrar instructions for how to declare your intention to opt for the Pass/D/Fail grading through Campus Connect. If you do nothing, you will stay with the standard grading basis with letter grades A through F.

Note that given the new deadline, you may want to wait until you review your grades and then follow the new instructions. The original instructions listed here remain in place until the last day of classes. ​

You can change your mind as many times as you would like prior to the July 27, 2020 deadline for Summer 1, and August 31 deadline for Summer and Summer 2. It may be easiest to wait until you know your final course grade before making a decision​.

Except for students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies program with Fraternal Order of Police, all undergraduate students may opt for Pass/D/Fail for any of their courses.  

However, any student whose tuition is reimbursed by their employer​ should check with them to determine what is reimbursable. In addition, students should check the COVID-19 website FAQs ​regarding other factors that may impact this decision. If you have further questions about your specific situation, make an appointment to talk to your academic advisor or a Financial Aid counselor.​​

Also please note that your Degree Progress Report will need to be adjusted to reflect this change of policy. Summer courses Degree Progress Reports will be updated by the end of Fall Quarter.​

​The table below shows how the Pass/D/Fail grades will impact your GPA and satisfy your graduation requirements.

​Grade
​Earns credit 
​Factors into your GPA 
​​Satisfies specific graduation requirement 
​Pass (P) 
​Yes 
​No 
​Yes 
D or D+ ​
​Yes 
​Yes 
​For some yes, but not all. ​Check catalogue for grade requirements attached to specific program's course(s).
Fail (F) 
​No 
​Yes 
​No 


Students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies ​ program for the Fraternal Order of Police cannot opt into the temporary Pass/D/Fail grading basis. Students in other Corporate Partnership programs should check with their employer to determine what is available for reimbursement.  

In addition, students should check the COVID-19 website FAQs ​regarding other factors that may impact this decision. If you have further questions about your specific situation, make an appointment to talk to your academic advisor or a Financial Aid counselor.​​​

Except for students in the School of Nursing, all graduate students can opt into the temporary Pass/D/Fail grading basis. However, any student whose tuition is reimbursed by their employer should check with their employer to determine what is available for reimbursement.

In addition, students should check the COVID-19 website FAQs ​regarding other factors that may impact this decision. If you have further questions about your specific situation, make an appointment to talk to your academic advisor or a Financial Aid counselor.​​​

Please consult with the College of Law, which has a separate policy.​

​There are several differences between DePaul's standard Pass/Fail policy​ and the temporary Pass/D/Fail policy enacted in response to our current health crisis.  

The standard policy was created to encourage students to use open electives to explore unfamiliar areas of learning without worrying about the grade. The policy stipulates that “grades A through D represent passing performance" but it applies only to open electives and includes many additional restrictions.  

The temporary Pass/D/Fail policy was enacted to address the universal move to remote learning and other stressors as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Students may opt for the Pass/D/Fail grading basis to apply to any of their courses including courses in their major, minor, Liberal Studies and/or open electives. There is no limit on the number of courses that can carry the Pass/D/Fail grading basis during the Summer 2020 term. At the same time, because this grading basis may apply so widely, only grades A through C- will be classified as Pass.

If you already opted to take one course using the standard Pass/Fail grading basis, you can leave it as is. You can also opt to take any of your other Spring Quarter courses using the Pass/D/Fail option. ​

​Every student will have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each grading system for themselves. Some of the factors to consider:
  • Does your degree lead to any sort of external licensure? Check to see if the license requires a letter grade.
  • Will you be applying to graduate school? If so, check to see if the program(s) where you plan to apply will accept grades of Pass.
  • Are you applying for a scholarship, whether at DePaul or elsewhere? Check to see if there are GPA requirements.
  • Are you trying to improve your GPA to get off probation? It may be to your advantage to stay with the traditional letter grades. Please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in your college for specific GPA calculations.
  • Do you receive financial aid? If you are not meeting minimum GPA requirements, as outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, for financial aid then you will need to earn favorable letter grades to improve your GPA. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions. 
  • Does your employer reimburse you for tuition? If so check to see if they require a letter grade.

If you are uncertain about your own situation please schedule a conversation with your academic advisor​ to determine the possible implications of your choice.  ​

On-campus resources

For the most current list of DePaul buildings that are closed or restricted, visit the Building Closures website.

Please give serious consideration to the necessity of visiting campus. If it is necessary for you to visit campus, DePaul’s buildings will operate in controlled access mode, requiring an ID card swipe or sign in for entry. Access will be available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.​

DePaul’s computer labs will be closed during the Summer I and II sessions. 

Submit a ​​question

If you can’t find an answer that you’re looking for, submit a question to our COVID-19 response team.