View Bill 20-21-33

Senate Bill 20-21-33

Bill ID: 20-21-33
Name: Emergency Pass/Fail Guidelines for the University of Maryland
Proposed: 01/12/2021
Sponsor: Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President & Provost
Proposal: The University instituted emergency pass/fail measures in the Spring 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the University has standard practices for courses to be taken pass/fail, guidelines should be developed for any future emergency situations in the future. Establishing standard emergency guidelines now will allow the President and the Senior Vice President & Provost to invoke these measures for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester because of the ongoing impact of the pandemic but also for any future emergency conditions.
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Status: Completed
Completed On: 01/22/2021


Presidential Approval: 01/22/2021
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 01/13/2021
Decision: The SEC voted to act on behalf of the Senate to approve the emergency pass/fail guidelines.
Actions: In January 2021, the Senate leadership and Provost Rankin asked the SEC to consider whether changes to University policy or practice are needed to better serve the University community, both in times of emergency and in normal circumstances. The SEC met with Provost Rankin on January 12, 2021 to consider and give feedback on the proposal to amend the “Pass” minimum grade equivalent to a C- (see related Senate Document #20-21-32) and develop emergency pass/fail guidelines.

The SEC voted to act on behalf of the Senate to approve the emergency pass/fail guidelines. The SEC's recommendation was forwarded to the President for his approval on an interim basis, pending formal Senate review so that the emergency guidelines could be approved in time to take effect by the Spring 2021 semester.

In addition, the SEC voted to charge the Academic, Planning & Standards (APAS) Committee with with a comprehensive review of the emergency pass/fail guidelines that includes campus community input through the formal Senate process before it is formally codified. The committee will be charged in fall 2021.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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