Message from the Provost to undergraduate students - April 2

Academic standing processing, and pass/fail and course withdrawal deadlines

Dear VCU undergraduate students,

With just four weeks left in the spring semester, I urge you to quickly make an appointment with your advisor to ensure that you understand and meet important deadlines that can affect your academic standing.

You should schedule your appointment now and be ready to discuss your midterm grades, fall course registration (which opens April 26th), and the information below:

  • Academic standing will be processed for all undergraduate students at the end of Spring 2021. VCU temporarily adjusted the guidelines for academic standing for summer 2020 and fall 2020 only; therefore, students whose cumulative GPAs are below a 2.0 after the posting of spring grades will be placed on academic warning, probation or suspension. Read more in the VCU Bulletin.
  • The revised pass/fail regulation, which is more restrictive than the temporary regulation used early in the pandemic, may be an option for your non-major classes. The deadline for requesting pass/fail is May 5.
  • If you cannot take a course pass/fail, and expect to receive a failing grade, you can consider withdrawing from the class. The deadline for withdrawal via eServices is May 5. Withdrawal from a course does not cancel the registration or the associated tuition/fee charges and results in the assignment of the grade of W. Choosing withdrawal may have financial implications, so please make an appointment with your financial counselor if you have questions.
  • Summer courses are a good option for ensuring you stay on target for your degree completion. Registration for summer is open and seats are filling up quickly.
  • Join the Campus Learning Center on April 2-6 for a midterm boost workshop covering actions you can take right now to improve your grades and manage your classes.

VCU is proud to offer an abundance of resources to support our students in their education. I hope you will take advantage of those resources.


Gail Hackett, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

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