Mar. 22, 2020 - A message on grading from Executive VP and Provost Cyril Clarke; Ways to navigate online classes

March 22, 2020

A message on grading from Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke

As Virginia Tech moves to online course instruction and students prepare to complete the spring 2020 semester away from the physical campus, the university has developed additional options for course grading and assessment of the academic performance of undergraduate students. Developed with input from the Provost’s Office, Faculty Senate Cabinet, University Registrar, and college associate deans, we are offering the following approach to academic and grading policy:

  1. Virginia Tech will extend last day to drop a course without penalty to April 15, 2020 for undergraduate and graduate students.
  2. Undergraduate students may choose from the following grade options for each course they are enrolled in until the last day of class for spring 2020.

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Six ways students can navigate online classes

Starting Monday, all Virginia Tech courses will be offered online as the Hokie Nation, alongside other universities throughout the country, helps slow the spread of COVID-19.

As students prepare for this transition, Virginia Tech’s Center for Teaching and Learning and the Division of Information Technology offered tips to ensure that Hokies can navigate their online classes successfully.

  1. Prepare to be connected
  2. Be sure the internet connection is unburdened
  3. Stay focused
  4. Manage time
  5. Determine the best way to communicate with professors
  6. Use Virginia Tech’s virtual academic resources when needed

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Additional updates and notices

Employee Assistance Plan website resources available to all employees. Anthem will be providing Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) website resources to all employees including those not receiving EAP benefits through the state employee health plan. Employees can access these resources by going to  and entering EAP Can Help as the company code. Resources include recorded webinars, legal forms, financial tools, articles, and skill builders.

COVID-19 Update: Guidance for Virginia Tech faculty and staff. The increasing impact of COVID-19 is resulting in an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation for our campus and we understand that employees have many questions about these changes. Virginia Tech is committed to you and your safety just as you are committed to keeping our university operating during this difficult time. Find out how work will be done, what to do if you are sick, leave options for employees, and who to contact for questions.

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