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Classes and Academics for Students

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.​

​Moving in-person classes to online does not impact tuition benefits for veterans. Housing allowances were at risk however, President Trump signed into law on March 21 Senate Bill 3503, which will protect student GI Bill benefits for the Spring Term. We are waiting for guidance from the VA on how they will require our certifying officials to report this to them.
 
DePaul had been in touch with elected officials in Washington D.C. to explain the importance for the VA to address its requirement for in-person instruction for GI Bill benefits under the current COVID-19 circumstances. Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth were co-sponsors of the bill that was signed by the President.
 
For additional information, please email DePaul’s Office of Veterans Affairs at veteransaffairs@depaul.edu.

​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.​

Remote 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.

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. ​

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

​The advising staff and the faculty in all school and colleges will work with students to ensure that their path to graduation is not altered as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

Temporary Pass/D/Fail policy for Spring and 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 Spring and 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 June 22, 2020. Since the deadline for faculty to post grades is June 19, 2020, you will now be able to review your grades before deciding whether or not to switch to the Pass/D/Fail grading basis.​

​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 Registrar that you would like to change the grade to Pass.​

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 June 22, 2020 deadline. At this point in the quarter, 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. Degree Progress Reports for Spring Quarter will be updated by the start of Fall Quarter. 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 reqiurement 
​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 Spring and Summer 2020 terms. 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.  ​

Tuition and on-campus resources

Tuition for Spring Quarter remains the same. DePaul is committed to providing its students an excellent education. The remote delivery of courses offers students the same value as in-person courses, and many academic and other university support services will be available to you throughout the Spring Quarter. These are very difficult times for everyone at DePaul. Please know we are working hard to do our best for you.   

With few exceptions, such as the computer labs and Student Center, student access to DePaul buildings will be restricted. Please check the University operations FAQs​ for the most up-to-date information.​

Students who have an essential need to use DePaul computers, whether you need access to a specialized computer program or do not have home access to a computer or the Internet, will have very limited on-campus access to computer labs. Please check the University operations FAQs​ for the most up-to-date information.

Submit a ​​question

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