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University of Cincinnati offering ‘pass’ option to students, moves internships and co-ops online

University of Cincinnati
Posted at 10:07 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 23:28:15-04

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati is making changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including offering a pass/fail option for students and moving internships and co-ops online.

“Over the past month our entire UC community has dealt with many challenges including the transition to remote learning and work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have adjusted to new routines and adapted to new technologies, while juggling the demands of families. It has taken tremendous effort on the part of our entire Bearcat family, and I thank each and every one of you for the way you stepped up to the plate to make this transition,” wrote Kristi Nelson, executive vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost, in an email to staff.

UC’s college faculties will provide most students a “P” (Pass) grade option for spring 2020 classes, open through May 13.

“Students in eligible programs with eligible grades will be provided an opt-in selection feature in Catalyst once final grades have been posted for the semester,” Nelson wrote. A special note will appear on 2020 student transcripts to recognize the special circumstances.

The university will also suspend face-to-face co-op, internships, undergraduate student research and service learning experiences this summer.

“Students will either participate in remote work or alternative options including remote project-based work, creative competitions, earning industry credentials, and digital skills training,” Nelson wrote.

UC moved all in-person classes online on March 10.

The university and the AAUP-UC Chapter will also allow eligible faculty bargaining unit members to opt-in to "a one-year extension of the tenure clock/probationary period and current appointment term" for tenure-track faculty," or "a one-year extension of the current appointment term" for non-tenure track faculty.

To receive the extension, qualifying faculty must opt in no later than June 30 by emailing Academic Personnel and the AAUP.