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Academics-related Questions

Where is the Undergraduate Grade Appeal Form for the Pass/Fail option?

Expedited Grade Appeal Form

(Download, complete and submit – per the contained instructions.)

SAT/ACT testing in my area has been cancelled, can I still be admitted for Fall 2020?

Due to testing unavailability because of COVID-19 related closures, The University of Texas at Tyler is waiving SAT/ACT requirements for admission for first-time-in-college students with a minimum high school GPA of 2.75 for students entering in the Fall 2020 term.

How do I determine if my grade is passing or not?

The big issue is for you to determine whether the grade you earned in a course qualifies as a pass or fail. Specifically, you need to determine if a grade of D is eligible for a “pass” or a “fail” grade option for your course.

Finding the Answer:

Is the course part of your undergraduate core curriculum?

A grade of “C” or better must be earned for your core curriculum courses in order for this to count on your degree plan. You need to earn a grade of A, B, or C to meet the “pass” requirements. Otherwise, you would use the “fail” option.

SELECT YOUR COLLEGE AND MAJOR

This is the list of course/degree programs that require a grade of A, B, or C to be considered passing. Grades of D or F would be considered failing. This information is taken from the UT Tyler 2019-2020 Catalog.

College of Arts and Sciences

Major (with link to catalog)

Requirements for Courses in Degree Program

Art BFA

A minimum grade of “C” in each art course

Art BFA with Art History Concentration

A minimum grade of “C” in each art course

Biology B.S.

A grade of “C” or above in all required upper-division Biology courses attempted

Life Science of Science Teacher Certification

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used for certification

Chemistry B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Chemistry courses

Biochemistry B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Chemistry courses

Chemistry B.S. Fermentation Emphasis

A minimum grade of “C” in all Chemistry courses

Chemistry B.S. Biochemistry Emphasis

A minimum grade of “C” in all Chemistry courses

Chemistry B.S. Teacher Certification Option

A minimum grade of “C” in all Chemistry courses

Chemistry Minor

A minimum grade of “C” in all Chemistry courses

Biochemistry Minor

A minimum grade of “C” in all Chemistry courses

Physics Minor

A minimum grade of “C” in all Physics courses

Mass Communications B.A./B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Mass Communication courses

Speech Communication B.A./B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all speech communication courses

English B.A.

A minimum grade of “C” in all English courses

Language and Technology Minor

Four required courses in English and two electives with grade of “C” or above

Spanish B.A.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in Spanish courses, including a 2.0 average at UT Tyler

Mathematics B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Mathematics courses

Music

A minimum grade of “C” for all course work

Political Science B.A./B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Political Science courses

History B.A./B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all History courses

Criminal Justice B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Criminal Justice courses

Economics B.A./B.S.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in upper-division Economics courses, including a 2.0 average in a minimum of upper division hours of Economics taken at UT Tyler. A minimum grade of “C” in all Economics courses

Social Science B.A./B.S.

A minimum GPA average of 2.0 in upper division courses in Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography.

B.A.A.S. in General Studies

A minimum grade of “C” in all Professional Core Courses.

 

College of Education and Psychology

Major (with link to catalog)

Requirements for Courses in Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (all tracks listed below)

Complete all courses on BSIS degree plan with a grade of “C” or better and a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

BSIS: EC-6/ESL/Special Education

Complete all courses on BSIS degree plan with a grade of “C” or better and a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

BSIS: 4-8 Certification (Math, Science)

Complete all courses on BSIS degree plan with a grade of “C” or better and a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Education Minor: EC-12 Certification and Grades 7-12 Certification

Completion of all professional education courses with a grade of “C” or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5

Psychology B.A.

A minimum of 2.25 GPA in Psychology requirements. Only grades of “C” or better earned at UT Tyler will fulfill Psychology requirements.

Psychology B.S.

A minimum of 2.25 GPA in Psychology requirements. Only grades of “C” or better earned at UT Tyler will fulfill Psychology requirements.

Psychology Minor

Only courses in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned may be counted toward minor degree requirements.

B.A.A.S. in Human Behavior Concentration

A minimum grade of “C” in all Professional Core Courses.

 

College of Engineering

Major (with link to catalog)

Requirements for Courses in Degree Program

Chemical Engineering B.S.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements

Civil Engineering B.S.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements

Construction Management B.S.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements

Electrical Engineering B.S.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses to meet degree requirements; Earn a grade of “C” or better in any course that is a prerequisite for a subsequent course in the curriculum prior to taking the course that requires the prerequisite

Mechanical Engineering B.S.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements

 

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Major (with link to catalog)

Requirements for Courses in Degree Program

Communication Sciences and Disorders B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Communication Sciences and Disorders courses

Health Sciences B.S.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements.

Kinesiology B.S.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements.

Wellness B.A.

A grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements.

B.A.A.S. in Healthcare Management Concentration

A grade of “C” or better in all Professional Core courses.

B.A.A.S. in Health Studies Concentration

A grade of “C” or better in all Professional Core courses.

Nursing B.S.N.

A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each required course on the degree plan.

RN to B.S.N. track

A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each required course on the degree plan.

 

Soules College of Business

Major (with link to catalog)

Requirements for Courses in Degree Program

Business Administration B.B.A.

Maintain an cumulative GPA average of2.0 and receive a grade of “C” or higher in each of the required courses except the upper-level division courses; Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all upper-division coursework taken and a minimum grade of “C” in each course in the major; and a minimum grade of “C” in the Common Business Core courses

Human Resources Development B.S.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in upper-division courses in HRD and Technology. A minimum grade of “C” for courses in the major.

Computer Information Systems B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.

Computer Science B.S.

A 2.0 GPA in all upper-division Computer Science courses attempted and a grade of “C” or better listed in Graduation Requirements section

Information Technology B.S.

A minimum grade of “C” in all Information Technology courses.

B.A.A.S. Business Occupations

A grade of “C” or better in all Professional Core courses.

 

What is the process for selecting the Pass/Fail option?

  1. Review your grades on May 6, 2020 to determine if you want to opt in the Pass/Fail Grade Option.

  2. Check the Pros and Cons chart and the Pass/Fail Specific Course Requirements chart information. Both of these charts are available on this website. Make sure you understand the consequences of your decision and you selected the appropriate pass/fail option for the grade you earned in selected courses.

  3. Complete the Expedited Grade Appeal Form. The form will be posted to this website on May 6, 2020, and will also be available from your academic advisors. Make an appointment with your advisor if you are not sure of the correct decision for your course or circumstance.

  4. Submit the Expedited Grade Appeal Form to the appropriate person as determined by your college major. This information is found on the Expedited Grade Appeal Form.

What is the timeline for the Pass/Fail option?

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Grades are entered into the system by UT Tyler faculty.

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020: Grades are posted and available to UT Tyler students.

  • May 6 – May 19, 2020: Complete the Pass/Fail Grade Option Process. All forms must be submitted to the designated individual in your college by May 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CST. You will receive a notification from the Registrar’s Office when your paperwork is process.

  • Starting May 20, 2020, students will go through a traditional grade appeal process as noted in the 2019-2020 UT Tyler Catalog to appeal a grade decision.

Is the spring semester going to be extended?

No, the semester will end as originally scheduled. For the 15-week session, final exams will be held April 28 – 30 and May 1 – 2.

How will final exams happen?

You’ll take your final exam on the same day as it was originally scheduled. You’ll do this in an online format. Please consult your faculty member for more details.

If I’m not comfortable with my grades, what should I do?

Undergraduate Students

  • Incomplete: Contact your faculty member to request a grade of incomplete. Together, you and your faculty member should craft a plan and timeline to finish your coursework. (This option saves you money and time.)

  • Withdrawal: The date to withdraw from courses has been extended to April 16. Students who withdraw from a course during the period of March 17, 2020, to April 16, 2020, will receive a Q instead of a W. This will not count against the number of allowed withdrawals from your undergraduate career. (This option will only withdraw you from your courses. The time frame for getting any tuition refunded has past; hence, it will cost you time and money.)

  • “Pass”: Once grades are posted, you may request a grade of “Pass” if you earned a passing grade. This option has both positive and negative consequences. Consult the website to help you carefully consider whether this option is in your best interest. The website also will include information on the process and timeline to follow.

Positive and Negative Consequences of the Options

Pros

Cons

Reduces the stress related to course grade.

Students experience “normal” course grade stress.

Pass/Fail is neutral to your GPA.

Does not help students in nursing, education and other disciplines that require a specific grade in each course in order to meet certification/licensure requirements.

Often strengthens your willingness to continue in a challenging course.

Does not help your GPA. You must have a 2.0 to graduate.

Shows your knowledge of subject met minimal standards.

For students on probation, your GPA stays the same. You do not improve your GPA and are not able to get off probation.

Does not help students in majors that require a specific grade to be earned before advancing to the next course (e.g. engineering).

For students seeking to get into law school, medical school and many graduate programs, this will not help your case. (For some professional programs, e.g. law school, a grade of pass is given the equivalent grade of C.)

You must earn a grade of C or better in core curriculum courses.

Does not accurately show how well you mastered the content.

Conversion to a letter-based grade at a later date is not possible.

 

Process for Pass/Fail Option

You will have 10 business days after grades are posted on Tuesday, May 5, to determine whether you want to use the Pass/Fail option. You would follow the instructions on the Expediated Grade Appeal Using Pass/Fail form, which will be available soon.

Note: You will be required to sign that you understand the positive and negative consequences of your decision. All forms should be submitted to the person designated for your college by May 19 (10 business days after the posting of grades).

Graduate Students

Contact your advisor to make sure that the option to earn a grade of incomplete is available to you. Also, work with your advisor to develop a plan and timeline to finish your coursework.

I don’t have reliable/any Internet access. What can I do?

Please notify your faculty member that you are experiencing unreliable internet or no internet access. If the University is able to help, we will get you resources.

You are allowed to come to campus and use the computer lab in the library. Make sure to bring your student ID to gain entry into the building.

UT Tyler currently has three parking lot areas with WiFi coverage that will provide students internet access while safely practicing social distancing:

  • Lot 2 - Herrington Patriot Center

  • Lot 5 - Riter Bell Tower

  • Ornelas Activity Center – South end

Many nationwide internet providers are making free or low-cost internet available for students impacted by COVID-19. Each of these opportunities requires the student to take action. We'll add to this list as we learn of additional providers. Students may have success with local providers who are not listed here, as well.

What academic resources are available to me?

  1. Your faculty members are available and ready to help.

  2. PASS Tutoring Center is available via Zoom. Here is the schedule for the 2020 spring semester.

  3. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is available through the use of Zoom. Here is the schedule for the Zoom SI sessions.

  4. Upswing is a 24/7 tutoring service that offers supports for hundreds of courses.

  5. The Writing Center is available and online. Visit the website and/or email writingcenter@uttyler.edu for a virtual appointment for assistance.

  6. Digital Support Toolkits are available for many lower-division courses. If you have a course that has a Digital Support Toolkit associated with it, you are automatically enrolled in it. Look in your Canvas dashboard for these courses.

  7. Robert R. Muntz Library has many LibGuides to help you find just the right information.

  8. JSTOR is expanding its student access to many items in its database for subscribed universities until June 30, 2020. See the UT Tyler library.

  9. OpenStax provides peer-reviewed textbooks at no cost to students.

Can I still go to the UT Tyler library and testing center?

Yes, these areas are still available to you. Bring your student ID with you to gain entry into the buildings.

What about labs and clinicals?

Students should contact their professors or program directors to find out the latest about labs and clinicals.

What about the Houston Engineering Center, Longview and Palestine campuses?

Like the Tyler campus, all classes will be online through the end of the semester.

 

General Questions

What does self-isolate, quarantine and social distance mean?

Self-isolation is when someone who is sick with a communicable disease (like COVID-19) voluntarily separates themselves from others to prevent transmission. This is usually done by staying home and minimizing contact with other humans.

Quarantine is when someone who is not symptomatic but has been exposed to a communicable disease (e.g. shook hands with someone who had a communicable disease) is separated to see if they become sick.

Social distancing is when an individual or an organization takes steps to limit the sort of human contact that would be conducive to the spread of a communicable disease. UT Tyler’s moving classes online is an example of social distancing, because it limits interactions that could spread COVID-19.

More Information

Should I self-isolate or quarantine myself?

If you are symptomatic or have traveled to or through anywhere with a Level 3 CDC travel notice, you should self-isolate or self-quarantine. Employees who are self-isolating or in quarantine should contact UT Tyler human resources. Students should contact Dean of Students Andrew Pettee at APettee@uttyler.edu.

More information from the CDC

I am not self-isolating or in quarantine, why should I go to my permanent home?

Scientist and health officials are recommending, to minimize the reach of the COVID-19 pandemic, that we minimize travel and excessive human contact. By asking students to stay away from campus and at home after Spring Break, we believe we can slow the spread of COVID-19. This is a form of social distancing. With the sheer number of UT Tyler students traveling, the chances of multiple students bringing the virus back to campus with them is high.

Most pandemics, like SARS and H1NI (Swine flu), have a similar life cycle. The hope is this social distancing, asking students to stay at home and not come to campus, will shorten the lifecycle of the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting the transmission of the virus.

What should employees or students do if they are exposed to the virus or test positive for the virus?

In the event that you come in contact with the virus (or feel that you may have) or learn that you have contracted the virus, notify Chief Mike Medders immediately to assist you with the next steps. Chief Medders leads the University's incident response team, which is coordinating the University's response to COVID-19. mmedders@uttyler.edu or 903.566.7393

What should employees and students do if they have knowledge of someone in the campus community who has been exposed to the virus or tests positive?

Immediately contact Chief Mike Medders with information about a student or employee who may have been exposed to the coronavirus or who has tested positive. Chief Medders leads the University's incident response team, which is coordinating the University's response to COVID-19. mmedders@uttyler.edu or 903.566.7393

Who can live on campus?

In an effort to minimize the amount of face-to-face interaction, all students have been strongly encouraged to return home. For the more than 300 students who remain in our residence halls, we are making sure the dining hall remains open to meet their needs.

What about student workers?

We realize that many of our student workers rely on their campus jobs for life necessities. We are working to minimize the negative impacts of social distancing on your employment. If you wish to continue as a student worker this semester, please work with your supervisor to devise a plan to continue working remotely.

If you have a student worker job that cannot be performed remotely, please call Human Resources. They will help you identify a potential alternative opportunity.

Graduate Assistants and Graduate Workers: Our graduate student workers are paid from a variety of funding sources with differing rules guiding those payments. For students who wish to continue working during this period of social distancing, I am instructing supervisors to identify telecommuting work options for those students, where possible. The supervisor must make sure that the work being done is consistent with the rules of the sponsor/funding source, particularly for those projects funded by student fees and outside grants.

With the schedule changes, should UT employees show up to work?

Staff have been given the option to telecommute when at all possible. While this is not an option for every staff member, due to the nature of their work, it does lessen the amount of campus interactions. Please contact your immediate supervisor for more information.

Will the Cowan Center events go on?

The remainder of this 2019-20 Season of the Cowan Center has been postponed. The Cowan Center is currently working to re-book all postponed events, but no new dates have been set at this time.

What events are being canceled?

What about Commencement?

The UT Tyler Commencement Committee is working on finding a fall date for the postponed commencement ceremony. The committee expects to announce the date in the next few weeks. The Cowan Center will be the location of the rescheduled ceremony. The committee expects to announce new times for hooding and pinning ceremonies soon, as well.

How is UT Tyler sanitizing public spaces on its campuses?

The University of Texas at Tyler facilities management team is working to ensure that our campuses are disinfected and cleaned appropriately. We are paying special attention to touch points such as handrails, door handles, water fountains, elevator buttons, arm rests, tabletops, and restroom fixtures. The specific disinfectant we are using is a hospital grade product (Virex) that we spray on and allow to dry or wipe clean. These efforts are in addition to our standard cleaning practices based on APPA (Association of Physical Plant Administrators), level 2 requirements.

More information from our janitorial services provider.

What about the University Academy?

As a precaution, UT Tyler University Academy has decided to extend Spring Break and have a Community Mitigation Period the week of March 16-20, 2020. Schools will remain closed during this time as we assess the situation in our community as students and staff return from their travels.

More Information

Will Patriot athletic events continue?

Similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournaments, the Lone Star Conference athletic season has been cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

Are campus tours still happening?

At this time, campus tours are suspended. Those interested in visiting our campus should reach out to the admissions team at 903.566.7203 for the latest information.

What campus services are closed?

At this time, all regular campus services are open during normal business hours.

What about student events and student orientation?

Student Engagement is is encouraging all Student Organization events and meetings to reschedule for a later date, cancel, or contact the Department of Student Engagement at getconnected@uttyler.edu for additional assistance. All official student events have been canceled until March 31. Traditions such as Crawfish Boil, Midnight Breakfast, Mr. & Miss UT Tyler, etc. will be rescheduled for a later time.

There are currently no changes to New Student Orientation at this time. Any changes will be communicated from orientation@uttyler.edu and posted on the Orientation home page.

 

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