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Academic FAQs

During this challenging time, many of you have questions about your academics. Here are some answers.

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There currently are no plans to extend the spring semester or change the start date of any of the summer sessions.

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A virtual commencement will be held on Sunday, April 26, and you’ll receive information about that soon. In-person commencement exercises will be held at a date to be determined.

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There will be no in-person Honors Convocation in April. However, all honors students will be recognized during the on-campus commencement ceremony. Additionally, honors students will be recognized in a press release, which will be sent to students’ hometown media and posted on the university’s website.

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Yes. All summer classes will be conducted remotely.

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You can get technology assistance from CTM, Computing, Telecommunications and Media Services, by emailing upbhelpdesk@pitt.edu or calling 814-362-7660. Faculty, staff and students may contact Pitt IT's 24/7 IT Help Desk anytime day or night for remote support. Additionally, The Study Lab On Demand, offered by Pitt’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, provides online free modules to all Pitt students. You can get insight from peer tutors and build study skills with the Study Lab’s video tutorials and online skill-building modules.

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First contact your course professor. If you cannot reach the professor, contact the Division Chair.

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After the end of the term when grades have been posted, you may choose to convert the grade of any of your courses from a letter grade to satisfactory (S) or no credit (NC) using the online form. We strongly encourage you to discuss this decision with your academic advisor and mentors before your grades are posted. For details, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

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You have until May 11, 2020, to change from a letter grade to an S or NC.

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The registrar will make those updates by May 14, 2020.

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No. An S corresponds to a grade of C or better. If you earned a D, you need to choose an NC, which corresponds to a grade of C- or lower.

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The Office of Academic Affairs will review requests during the spring 2020 semester in an extenuating circumstance and on a case-by-case basis.

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Yes. Any degree requirement or prerequisites will be satisfied by a Spring 2020 S grade.

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It won’t. GPAs are calculated solely based on those credits that have a letter grade.

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Courses with NC grades will not count toward graduation or degree requirements and will not fulfill course prerequisites. Courses with NC grades will need to be repeated if the course is required for graduation or if a minimum grade of C is required.

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Yes.

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S grades will not negatively affect these decisions.

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No. However, it may affect external or federal aid.  Questions should be referred to the offices of Admissions or Financial Aid.

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No. Pitt's grading policy will revert to normal for the summer 2020 semester.

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Yes. Teaching surveys are accessible now and will be open until April 19. You will receive emails with the survey link and can access links through My Pitt and CourseWeb. See our Student page for more information.

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Information is forthcoming and will be posted on our website and elsewhere.

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If you need help, you can apply online.

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Send an email to Katie Nussbaum, the library’s circulation supervisor, and she’ll renew the books for you.

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You can sell your books back through The Panther Shop. Just fill out of your textbook information online.

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Sign in to your account and print a free return shipping label back to the Panther Shop. On the rental pages, begin by clicking on “Return all by Mail.” To avoid any late fees, return all rented books to the bookstore by the return date on your receipt or packing slip.

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All of the information you need can be found here.