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Academic Action Information

We wanted to write to you in advance of the academic actions process beginning tomorrow. We know that you will have experienced most courses at this point, and we hope you will be in a place to make an informed decision regarding the options available to you. For the most part, we hope that this week has shown you that you don’t need to take advantage of these options and that you will be able to continue with this semester.

The options below are being provided to you because of the impact that COVID-19 is having on your academic studies and we do encourage you to maintain your current academic schedule/grading as much as is possible.

We have provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will answer the most common questions we have received from students. Please refer to this document for further information. Additional questions can be directed to your academic advisor. Click here to find your academic advisor.

Please note: If you are considering using any of these options on a study abroad course for this semester, you must contact your Study Abroad Advisor to discuss.

S/U Grading Basis

Beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) you will be able to change the grading basis of your courses directly in OPUS. To make this change you should click on “Course Planning and Enrollment” tile. You should then click on the “Drop/Swap/Update Class” option and choose “Update Class.”

Courses taken on an S/U basis this semester will count towards GERs and major/minor requirements.

Students who plan to graduate this semester but have a low senior, cumulative or major GPA are advised to contact their OUE Advisor to discuss this decision.

The S/U option will be available until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Single Course Withdrawal Petition

Beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) you will be able to request a course withdrawal by using the form below. Please note that course withdrawals will only be approved in cases where students can demonstrate that COVID-19 has had an impact on their ability to perform in the course. Academic Advising will review these petitions and reach out to students with decision or requests for more information as necessary.

Access the Form

You will be able to file a withdrawal petition until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Extended Partial Withdrawal Process

The regular extended, one-time, partial withdrawal process is still available to students in one of their first two semesters at Emory College (first year students, transfer students, and Oxford Continuees to the College). You can find more information on the OUE Website Resources A to Z, Under “W” – Withdrawal-Extended.

The deadline for request of an extended partial withdrawal is April 3, 2020.


In consultation with your academic advisor and instructor(s) you may be eligible to request an incomplete in courses if you are not able to complete all assigned work within the Spring semester. This option is available until the final day of class in the semester, and the incomplete work must be completed by September 11, 2020. We do not expect you to be requesting this option at present, but as the semester continues please bear this in mind and reach out to your OUE Academic Advisor with questions on concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your OUE Advisor or email us at before you take any action. The window for action is open for two weeks and you do not need to make immediate changes.

Best wishes,

Shari Obrentz, Associate Dean, Office for Undergraduate Education
Dan Dillard, Assistant Dean, Office for Undergraduate Education
Steve Savage, Associate Director of Communications, Office for Undergraduate Education