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Academics

ACADEMIC COURSES

UPDATED MAY 1, 2020 

Independent Study, April 27—May 9, as well as the regular summer term, June 1—August 7, will be held via online and remote instruction.

Students need to check Canvas AND their email for guidance from their professors. For questions, contact Academic Affairs at (405) 574-1221. 

After carefully considering the current situation and available models for the coming months, we fully intend to return to our traditional academic and residential college life this fall. Our top priority will always remain safeguarding the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.  

Unlike many larger institutions, USAO is well-positioned to adapt to this ever-changing situation. By design, USAO’s close-knit nature means that we have an ability to maintain a safe learning environment without unduly affecting student success.

grading policy

In light of all classes being moved to online or remote instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, USAO intends to limit as many academic hardships as possible. For this reason, all students will be given the option of changing their final grade in a regularly-graded course (grades of A, B, C, D, F) to a P (Pass) or NP (No Pass).

Faculty will assign a regular letter grade as planned, but if your grade has a negative impact on your GPA due to the unforeseen changes in instruction methodology, you will have a 7-day period to request the grade be changed to a P or NP. Grades of P and NP are GPA neutral but do count toward hours attempted for retention. The P grade will also count as hours earned for graduation.

Final grades for spring 2020 will be available for you to view at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020. You will have until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020 to submit an official request to change to P/NP. This form will need to be done individually for each course for which you would like your grade changed.