On-Campus Graduate Student Course Update

March 22, 2020

Dear SEAS Graduate Student,

I hope you are doing well despite the challenges and disruptions related to COVID-19. We will get through this difficult period together – our SEAS community, even when physically separated, is strong. Please continue to check the university’s COVID-19 page to stay healthy and informed: http://go.gwu.edu/covid19.
For the Spring 2020 semester, SEAS has adjusted the option for most on-campus graduate courses to be taken as credit/no credit. This means that SEAS on-campus graduate students will have the option to take each of their graduate courses as credit/no credit for this semester only. The credit/no credit grade does not impact your GPA.

For SEAS on-campus graduate students considering the credit/no credit option, please visit: graduate.seas.gwu.edu/creditno-credit-request-form, which has more information and general guidelines, including the process and form for changing your grade mode. However, students who still wish to complete these courses for a letter grade may continue to do so and need not take any further action. 

For many students, receiving a grade is important for future plans including graduate school, Ph.D. programs, veteran or visa status, or other career opportunities. Additionally, students are encouraged to finish courses in a timely fashion, in order to stay on schedule to graduate.

We encourage you to consult with your faculty advisor or graduate professional advisor if you wish to use the credit/no credit option in any of your classes. This decision should be made after consultation and consideration of your options. Please note that this decision does not need to be made immediately. All SEAS students may request a switch in their pass/no pass status in a course up until the last day of classes (Monday, April 27 at 5:00 pm EST).

The SEAS professional advisors and faculty advisors will be available throughout the semester to meet with students virtually by scheduled appointments. You can schedule appointments online at: graduate.seas.gwu.edu/graduate-advising. We will be utilizing tools such as Zoom, Google Hangouts or WebEx to meet with students for the rest of the semester, and students can connect with us by using either their computers or phones.

We wish you the best with your academic studies over the course of the next few weeks and the rest of the semester. Please let us know if you have any questions or support you may need by emailing us at [email protected].

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding in these challenging and rapidly changing times. And thank you again for being a part of our SEAS community.

Best regards,

John Lach – Dean
Rumana Riffat – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Can Korman – Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
School of Engineering and Applied Science