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Undergraduate Affairs


Spring 2021 Academic Policy Modifications for Undergraduate Students in the College of Applied Health Sciences

New Drop Deadlines and Pass COVID/No Pass COVID Option

Drop Deadlines

  • The deadlines to drop a course without a grade of W and, for undergraduates, to use the campus Grade Replacement Policy, have been extended to the last day of instruction as follows:
    • 1st 8-week (POTA) courses – Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
    • 2nd 8-week (POTB) courses – Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
    • Full-semester (POT1) courses – Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
    • Nonstandard courses – Last date of instruction, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
  • Most course drops can be performed through Self-Service until 11:59 p.m. CST on the last day of instruction unless the drop puts the student below full-time enrollment status. If you need to drop below 12 credit hours, please fill out this Underload Form and email it to your academic advisor for approval. Once the underload has been granted, you may go into Self-Service and drop your course(s) as long as you do not have any holds on your account.
  • Extension of the drop deadline does not change the refund schedule.
  • Students who drop a course via Self-Service or who withdraw completely from the university on or before the drop deadline will not receive W (withdrawal) grades. Students who successfully petition their college for a drop of a course or who withdraw from the semester after the drop deadline will receive W grades.
  • To completely withdraw from all courses, contact your academic advisor.
  • Please note that dropping a course at this time may result in changes to your academic plans. It is best to consult with your academic advisor prior to dropping a course in order to determine how the change may affect future semester planning, including consideration of required course offerings and timeline to graduation.


  • Pass COVID/No Pass COVID (PZ/NZ) grade mode options will be available, replacing the Credit/No Credit grade mode for the Spring 2021 semester. The Credit/No Credit option is not available for the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Pass COVID (PZ) will apply to grades of D- or higher, will earn course credit and can be used to fulfill major, minor and general education requirements.
  • No Pass COVID (NZ) equates to a failing grade and does not earn course credit.
  • Pass COVID/No Pass COVID grades do not factor into a student’s GPA.
  • Undergraduates will be able to select Pass COVID/No Pass COVID after final grades are available in Self-Service. The selection period, May 22-27, gives a 6-day window for students to decide if they want to exchange their letter grade for the PZ/NZ grade mode. The option to elect the Pass COVID/No Pass COVID option will become available on May 22, 2021.
  • Graduate students will work with the Graduate College to submit requests for use of the PZ/NZ grade mode.
  • The deadline for undergraduate and graduate students to elect or rescind PZ/NZ grading is Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
  • A final grade of PZ or NZ is entered on the student's permanent academic record.
  • Grades of F that are the result of an academic integrity violation sanction are not eligible for this option.

In making decisions about dropping courses or these options, consultation with your academic advisor, college office and the Office of Financial Aid for students receiving aid is strongly encouraged. As is always the case, if you face exceptionally difficult or unexpected circumstances that may require other accommodations, please seek assistance through your academic advisor or the Undergraduate Affairs College Office (217-333-2130).

Be careful about using the Pass COVID/No Pass COVID option if...

  • You plan to apply to professional or graduate school. Students who accumulate 10 percent or more of their hours through the Credit/No Credit option or Pass COVID/No Pass COVID option may be forced to rely on achieving high scores on the nationally administered objective admission tests like the MCAT and LSAT. In addition, some graduate schools will not accept prerequisite coursework taken for Credit/No Credit and Pass COVID/No Pass COVID – a grade must be reported to satisfy the admission requirement. Students should confirm with the graduate programs they plan to apply to before electing these options.
  • James Scholar Students: If you are considering dropping or electing Pass COVID/No Pass COVID for a course that you are taking to meet your James Scholar honors requirement, contact Dr. Tonya Pulley at first before making this decision.

A more detailed document and FAQ is available on the Office of the Provost’s policies website.

Student resources related to COVID-19

The College of AHS continues to work closely with campus to work through the impact COVID-19 is having on our operations. In addition to the information we've collected for AHS students below, campus-wide information, resources, and an archive of communications are available on the campus COVID-19 page.

Helpful resources for learning online

As you engage in online learning, the following resources may be helpful to you.

Additional resources

  • COVID-19 mental health resources provided by the Department of Psychology
  • Feel free to reach out to our embedded clinical counselor, Kim Peters, and refer to the Counseling Center's website for the most up-to-date information regarding services for students.
  • Student Assistance Center
  • If you are a graduate student in AHS looking for assistance regarding academic policy modifications, please speak with your advisor or visit this page. You may also consult this GradLINKS page.
  • Campus Study Halls (to begin February 16)
    • The Wellness Ambassadors program hosts campus study halls. Wellness Ambassadors support the university’s COVID-19 educational compliance efforts by providing health resources to the university community. The study halls offer students the opportunity to study in select campus classrooms while the ambassadors ensure compliance with testing requirements, face coverings, and adherence to room capacity. Study halls will be offered as follows:
      • Tuesdays from 5:30-8pm—Everitt Lab 2310
      • Thursdays from 6-9pm—Bevier Hall 108
      • Sundays from 6-9pm—Gregory Hall 100
    • This information is posted here along with other information on classroom study space options.