RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University will allow undergraduate and graduate students the option of choosing pass or no credit for their final grades in courses during the spring 2020 semester.


The recommendation for the procedure came forth through a collaborative process involving the ATU Faculty Senate, the ATU Graduate Council and the ATU-Ozark Campus Faculty Senate as well as Dr. Barbara J. Johnson, ATU vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Sheila Jacobs, chief academic officer at ATU-Ozark Campus.


The pass/no credit procedure they developed for spring 2020 applies to ATU’s Russellville and Ozark campuses. Johnson said that one of the most important aspects of the plan is that it allows ATU students the opportunity to either accept the grade they earned or adjust to the pass/no credit option on a course-by-course basis.


“I am appreciative of the leadership and deliberation that our faculty applied to this process,” said Johnson. “I believe we have arrived at a flexible solution that will best serve our students and provide them with the most beneficial path forward as they continue to pursue their academic goals.”


The temporary modification to the ATU grading policy applies to most spring 2020 courses. Spring 2020 courses that are not eligible for the pass/no credit option include the eight-week courses from earlier this spring that were completed before the transition to virtual instruction on March 18 and courses in programs with licensure or accreditation constraints that do not allow for the pass/no credit option.


Below is the entirety of the procedure ATU students may follow if they wish to pursue the pass/no credit option for any or all of their eligible spring 2020 courses.


A decision tree to aid students in their evaluation of the pass/no credit option is available at www.atu.edu/registrar/covid19gradepolicies.php.


Students with questions are encouraged to contact their academic advisor. Students unsure of the identity of their academic advisor may consult the registration tab at https://onetech.atu.edu to gain that information.