COVID-19 April 1 Update: Drop Deadline Extension; S/U Grade Flexibility

To: OSU Students

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

April 1, 2020

Dear OSU students,

We have now kicked off a term filled with rapid change, a focus on staying healthy individually and as a community, and the need for mutual support and resilience. These are challenging times for everyone, and Oregon State University is committed to ensuring your continued academic progress. To this end, I write to inform you of changes the university is making to provide you with more flexibility at this time. In addition to committing to the Oregon State University Pledge for graduate and undergraduate students graduating at the end of this term, we are taking the following actions.

  • The drop deadline for courses has been extended for all students through the end of the second week of spring term. The new deadline to drop a course and receive a full refund with no W on your transcript is Sunday, April 12. You may make those changes online using MyOSU.
  • Extension of the time allowed to select the S/U grading option for courses taught in spring term that use the normal grading mode (A-F). Students now have through week 10 to select S/U. Additionally, for undergraduate courses taken during spring term, we have lifted the restrictions on S/U for major requirements and the 36-credit hour limit. For graduate students, S/U grading may now be used for spring term courses within a student’s program of study.

There are some exceptions and considerations to spring term allowance for S/U grading. Unfortunately, due to program requirements, this option is not available to students within the colleges of Pharmacy or Veterinary Medicine. For graduate students, S/U grading only should be used in exceptional circumstances. Please talk with your major professor or program director prior to requesting the S/U grading option. More details about S/U grading will be shared in the near future on the Office of the Registrar website and from your advisor. Please look for that information in the next 10 days, as technical details are still being finalized. Additional policy accommodations for graduate students may be found at

I wish you and your families and friends continued good health during this time. Please utilize the OSU resources available to you, stay well, and know that we are here for you, proud of your achievements, and committed to doing all we can to ensure your academic success.


Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President