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FAQs for Current Students Regarding Pass/Fail (PS/FL)

COVID-19 FAQS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING COURSE GRADES Pass/Fail (PS/FL)

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

Will Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades be optional, or will all classes be graded using Pass/Fail (PS/FL) this semester?

Effective Summer 2021 the university will return to the regular grading procedures. Pass/Fail will not be available beyond the normal parameters as outlined in the catalog.

SPRING 2021: All undergraduate and graduate students have the option to change their grading basis to Pass/Fail (PS/FL). Each student must determine whether they wish to receive Pass/Fail (PS/FL) or the standard letter grades for each class in which they are enrolled. Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not count in your GPA. You will receive course credit for Pass (PS) grades; you will not receive course credit for Fail (FL) grades. Students will be able to see their final grade prior to selecting the Pass/Fail option. The Pass/Fail option will become available at 12 PM (Noon) on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, and the deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 12 PM (Noon) on Friday, May 21, 2021. Instructors should enter the standard letter grade that the student has received by the final grade entry deadline of 12 PM (Noon) on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. If a student selects the Pass/Fail option, the Office of the Registrar will update the grade accordingly as part of the end-of-term process.

Undergraduate Students:
Pass (PS) = A, B or C
Fail (FL) = D or F

Graduate Students (Masters and Doctoral)
Pass (PS) = A or B
Fail (FL) = C or F

FALL 2020:All undergraduate and graduate students have the option to change their grading basis to Pass/Fail (PS/FL). Each student must determine whether they wish to receive Pass/Fail (PS/FL) or the standard letter grades for each class in which they are enrolled. Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not count in your GPA. You will receive course credit for Pass (PS) grades; you will not receive course credit for Fail (FL) grades. Students will be able to see their final grade prior to selecting the Pass/Fail option. The Pass/Fail option will become available at 12 PM on December 21, 2020, and the deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 12 PM on December 23, 2020. Instructors should enter the standard letter grade that the student has received by the final grade entry deadline of 12 PM on December 21, 2020. If a student selects the Pass/Fail option, the Office of the Registrar will update the grade accordingly as part of the end-of-term process.

Undergraduate Students:
Pass (PS) = A, B or C
Fail (FL) = D or F

Graduate Students (Masters and Doctoral)
Pass (PS) = A or B
Fail (FL) = C or F

SPRING 2020: All undergraduate and graduate students have the option to change your grading basis to Pass/Fail (PS/FL). Each student must determine whether they wish to receive Pass/Fail (PS/FL) or the standard letter grades for each class in which they are enrolled. Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not count in your GPA. You will receive course credit for Pass (PS) grades; you will not receive course credit for Fail (FL) grades. We advise that students continue with the current letter grading mode until they have had time to assess their comfort with the new online course delivery. The deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 5 PM on April 30, 2020. For students who request to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL), the final grade roster where the instructor enters grades will reflect PS/FL as the options. For students who do not request to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL), the final grade roster will reflect the standard letter grade options.

What is the difference between the F and FL grade?

While both are failing grades, the FL does not impact students' grade point average (GPA) either positively or negatively, while F does impact GPA negatively (0 quality points). If a student elects to be graded Pass/Fail (PS/FL) for this semester, and they earn a failing grade, they would receive the FL grade. If a student receives a letter grade, and they earn a failing grade, they would receive an F grade.

Will Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades count in my GPA and will I receive course credit for them?

Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not count in your GPA. You will receive course credit for Pass (PS) grades; you will not receive course credit for Fail (FL) grades.

Are all classes eligible for Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

Yes, it is expected that all classes will be eligible for Pass/Fail (PS/FL). This includes all undergraduate and graduate courses, including classes that were already fully online before the COVID-19 crisis, and classes that are currently set up as P/F courses. If there are specific reasons related to specialized accreditation or licensure requirements in specific programs that a particular class will not be eligible for Pass/Fail (PS/FL), the Dean of the appropriate School/College will ensure that students are notified in writing that the class cannot be taken Pass/Fail (PS/FL) prior to the deadline to withdraw from classes.

How do I request to use Pass/Fail (PS/FL) as opposed to a letter grade?

SPRING 2021: Students must complete a simple Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) form that will be housed on the Office of the Registrar's webpage. The Pass/Fail option will become available at 12 PM (Noon) on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, and the deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 12 PM (Noon) on May 21, 2021. Extensions will not be granted.

FALL 2020: Students must complete a simple Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) form that will be housed on the Office of the Registrar's webpage. The Pass/Fail option will become available at 12 PM on December 21, 2020, and the deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 12 PM on December 23, 2020. Extensions will not be granted.

SPRING 2020: Students must complete a simple Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) form that will be housed on the Office of the Registrar's webpage. The link to the form will be available beginning the week of April 6, 2020. The deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 5 PM on April 30, 2020. Extensions will not be granted.

Should I choose to move to Pass/Fail (PS/FL), or continue with the standard letter grade mode?

This is an individual decision each student must make for each of their classes. Your advisor or Retention Counselor may be able to assist you in thinking through the decision, but you must make the decision for yourself. We advise you to continue with your current grading basis until you have had time to assess your comfort with the new online course delivery. This may take a few weeks.

What are some of the things I should think about before deciding whether to move to Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

There are many things to consider as you make your decision. Things to consider include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

    • Weigh your options carefully based on where you are in the course. Review your midterm grade for each course and see if there have been any changes to the syllabus/course requirements which may impact your decision to change your grading method to Pass/Fail (PS/FL).
    • If you have a GPA requirement you need to meet, it may not be in your best interest to change some or all of your courses to Pass/Fail (PS/FL). If you need to raise your GPA for any reason, such as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), athletic eligibility, scholarship requirements, to meet the cumulative GPA required to graduate (2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 for graduate students), etc., it may not be in your best interest to take a Pass/Fail (PS/FL) for some or all of your courses. You are strongly encouraged to consult your academic advisor and/or financial aid counselor prior to changing any courses to Pass/Fail (PS/FL). 
    • If you are applying to graduate or professional school or if letter grades are needed for certification or licensure, it may not be in your best interest to take a Pass/Fail (PS/FL) for some or all of your courses. If you are unsure whether this may be an issue in your program, please consult your academic advisor or chairperson prior to opting for Pass/Fail (PS/FL). 
    • Be aware that a Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grade will not automatically qualify you as having met a prerequisite for a future course. This means you will likely need an override to register for some courses in future semesters.
    • Please remember that you must have a minimum of 12 credits of letter grades to be considered eligible for the Dean's list. Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not count towards the 12 credit eligibility for these honors.
    • We have not received guidance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on how they plan to treat Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades with regard to benefits. If you are receiving veteran's benefits and have questions, you may contact Veterans Engagement Services at veterans@morgan.edu.

What is the grading scale for Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

SPRING 2021 & FALL 2020: Pass (PS) or Fail (FL) grades will be recorded according to the following:

Undergraduate Students:
Pass (PS) = A, B, or C
Fail (FL) = D or F

Graduate Students (Masters and Doctoral)
Pass (PS) = A or B
Fail (FL = C or F

SPRING 2020: Please consult your instructor for more information regarding their grading scale. Generally speaking, if you opt to receive Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades, a grade of Pass should be assigned by the course instructor when the work is judged to be of low "C" quality or better.

Is it possible that some students in a class will receive Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades while others receive letter grades?

Yes. Each student will decide which class(es) if any, they wish to receive Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades for. It is likely that some students in a class will elect to receive Pass/Fail (PS/FL) while others will elect to receive letter grades. When an instructor goes to the final grade roster in Websis, the final grade options for each individual student will either be standard letter grades, or PS/FL, if the student requested PS/FL through the official Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) form.

Can a student change their mind about opting for Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

SPRING 2021: Students have until 12 PM (Noon) on May 21, 2021, to select the PS/FL option for the courses of their choosing. Once a student has completed the online Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) Form to receive a PS/FL grade for a course(s), it is irreversible. If the student does not elect Pass/Fail (PS/FL) by this date, they will receive standard letter grades. Extensions to select Pass/Fail will not be granted.

FALL 2020: Students have until 12 PM (Noon) on December 23, 2020, to inform the University that they want to use the PS/FL option. Once a student has completed the online Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) Form requesting to receive a PS/FL grade for a course, it is irreversible. If the student does not elect Pass/Fail (PS/FL) by this date, they will receive standard letter grades.

SPRING 2020: Students have until 5 PM on April 30, 2020, to inform the University that they want to use the PS/FL option. Once a student has completed the online Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) Form requesting to receive a PS/FL grade for a course, it is irreversible. If the student does not elect Pass/Fail (PS/FL) by this date, they will receive standard letter grades.

Repeating a Course - What happens if I am repeating a course?

The University policy indicates that the most recent grade earned is the grade that counts. In short, the grade from this semester will replace any grade in the same course from a previous semester. This includes standard grades (A, B, C, D, F) or Pass/Fail (PS/FL). So, let's say you failed a class last semester, repeated the class this semester, and opted for a Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grade. The F would still show on your transcript, but would no longer be calculated in your GPA. The PS or FL from this semester would show on your transcript as well but would have no impact on your GPA because PS/FL grades do not impact your GPA positively or negatively.

For reference, the university repeat policy is as follows:

Repeating Courses For Credit

Students should repeat only courses in which a grade of "D" or "F" has been earned. When students repeat courses, each grade will be recorded on the transcript and the computed cumulative grade point average will be based on the grade earned most recently (even if it is lower than the previous grade earned). There may be significant financial aid implications of repeating courses that have been previously passed. Students should consult the Financial Aid section of the catalog for more information.

Course Attendance - Do I have to continue attending class if I select Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

Yes, you must continue to attend class and complete assignments even if you select the Pass/Fail (PS/FL) option.

Degree Works - If I select Pass/Fail (PS/FL), will my course credits show up in Degree Works?

Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will show up in the degree audit for undergraduate students. Pass (PS) will show that a requirement is satisfied once the grade is posted. Fail (FL) will show up under insufficient at the bottom of the audit.

Financial Aid Impact - How will taking the Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grading option impact my financial aid?

Your GPA will not be impacted by the Pass/Fail option. However, if you opt for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) and receive an FL grade, it could negatively affect your "satisfactory academic progress" for financial aid purposes. The Pass/Fail option will impact students who need to improve their cumulative GPA because Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not count in your GPA. The Pass/Fail option will impact your passing rate which is required to be 67% or higher to receive federal financial aid.

How changing to the Pass/Fail option will impact a student will vary based on the situation of the individual student. As such, students are strongly encouraged to consult their academic advisor and/or financial aid counselor prior to changing any courses to Pass/Fail (PS/FL). Your financial aid advisor can help you with determining how your financial aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) might be impacted.

Billing Impact - I am on a payment plan and have a payment coming up. Am I supposed to pay for it even though I'm opting for the pass/fail option for all my classes?

Yes, you are still taking classes for credit, so you must still pay your tuition bill.

Switching to Pass/Fail - I don't want to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL). What do I need to do?

SPRING 2021: Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is optional; this means you do not have to change to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grading. If you decide to take the Pass/Fail (PS/FL) option, you will need to complete the form on the Registrar's website; it will be made available at 12 PM (Noon) on May 19, 2021, and it will close at 12 PM (Noon) on May 21, 2021. If you want to keep the current grading mode of A, B, C, D, or F, there is no further action you need to take. Extensions will not be granted.

FALL 2020: Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is optional; this means you do not have to change to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grading. If you decide to take the Pass/Fail (PS/FL) option, you will need to complete the form on the Registrar's website; it will be made available at 12 PM (Noon) on December 21, 2020, and it will close at 12 PM (Noon) on December 23, 2020. If you want to keep the current grading mode of A, B, C, D, or F, there is no further action you need to take.

SPRING 2020: Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is optional; this means you do not have to change to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grading. If you decide to take the Pass/Fail (PS/FL) option, you will need to complete the form on the Registrar's website; it will be made available April 6 - 30th. If you want to keep the current grading mode of A, B, C, D, or F, there is no further action you need to take.

Switching to Pass/Fail - How do I go about switching to Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

SPRING 2021: The Office of the Registrar will create a simple form that you will need to complete for each course that you wish to be graded Pass/Fail (PS/FL). The form will become available on the Registrar's Office website at 12 PM (Noon) on May 19, 2021. The deadline to complete the form to request Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grading is 12 PM (Noon), May 21, 2021. Please weigh your options carefully. Your chairperson, academic advisor, or Retention Counselor may be able to assist you in thinking through the decision, but you must make the decision for yourself. Once you have submitted a request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL), it cannot be reversed. Extensions will not be granted.

FALL 2020: The Office of the Registrar will create a simple form that you will need to complete for each course that you wish to be graded Pass/Fail (PS/FL). The form will become available on the Registrar's Office website at 12 PM (Noon) on December 21, 2020. The deadline to complete the form to request Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grading is 12 PM (Noon), December 23, 2020. Please weigh your options carefully. Your chairperson, academic advisor, or Retention Counselor may be able to assist you in thinking through the decision, but you must make the decision for yourself. Once you have submitted a request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL), it cannot be reversed.

SPRING 2020: The Office of the Registrar will create a simple form that you will need to complete for each course that you wish to be graded Pass/Fail (PS/FL). The form will be available on the Registrar's Office website by Monday, April 6. The deadline to complete the form to request Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grading is 5:00 pm, April 30, 2020. Please weigh your options carefully. Your chairperson, academic advisor or Retention Counselor may be able to assist you in thinking through the decision, but you must make the decision for yourself. Once you have submitted a request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL), it cannot be reversed.

Pros/Cons of switching to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) - I'm not sure if I should switch to pass/fail. Could you provide some examples of situations in which it would be beneficial for a student to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

The advantages or disadvantages of switching to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) will vary by student. Only you are in the unique position of knowing how you are being impacted by this which is why the decision to take this option is not one that should be taken lightly. Below is some general guidance that may be useful in a few specific situations, but we must strongly emphasize that each student should read ALL FAQs carefully and discuss the matter with their instructor, academic advisor, and financial aid counselor as needed. It is ultimately up to the student to make an informed decision based on their specific situation.

Situation*** Yes-you may want to consider switching to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) No-you may want to consider keeping the standard letter grade system
My cumulative GPA is below 2.0 I am doing well in my classes and believe that I can raise my GPA this semester. If you need to raise your GPA for any reason (such as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), athletic eligibility, scholarship requirements, or to meet the cumulative GPA required to graduate, it may not be in your best interest to take a Pass/Fail (PS/FL) for some or all of your courses.)
I plan to apply for graduate or professional school or am in a program where certification or licensure is required. Because the University cannot guarantee that other institutions or licensing bodies will accept Pass/Fail grades (PS/FL), it may not be in your best interest to take a Pass/Fail (PS/FL) for some or all of your courses.)
I am trying to make the Dean's List. You must have a minimum of 12 credits of letter grades to be considered eligible for the Dean's list. Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not count towards the 12 credit eligibility for these honors.
I receive VA benefits. We have not received guidance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on how they plan to treat Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades with regard to benefits. If you are receiving veteran's benefits and have questions, you may contact Veterans Engagement Services at veterans@morgan.edu.
I am worried that I might not do as well as I would like to in my classes this semester due to the covid-19 situation. You may want to consider switching to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) for classes that you are concerned about. Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades will not impact your GPA either positively or negatively.

***These are just a few sample scenarios. It is the responsibility of each student to make an informed decision based on their specific situation. Please read ALL FAQs carefully and discuss the matter with your instructor, academic advisor, and financial aid counselor as needed.

Do I have to select one grading option for all classes or can I choose Pass/Fail (PS/FL) for some classes and not others?

You can choose Pass/Fail for some classes and not others.

How do I request to use Pass/Fail (PS/FL) as opposed to a letter grade?

SPRING 2021: Students must complete a simple Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) form that will be housed on the Office of the Registrar's webpage. The link to the form will be made available at 12 PM (Noon) on May 19, 2021. The deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 12 PM (Noon) on May 21, 2021. Extensions will not be granted.

FALL 2020: Students must complete a simple Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) form that will be housed on the Office of the Registrar's webpage. The link to the form will be made available at 12 PM (Noon) on December 21, 2020. The deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 12 PM (Noon) on December 23, 2020.

SPRING 2020: Students must complete a simple Request for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) form that will be housed on the Office of the Registrar's webpage. The link to the form will be available beginning the week of April 6, 2020. The deadline to switch to Pass/Fail (PS/FL) is 5 PM on April 30, 2020.

If I opt for pass/fail, is it a possibility that I could turn a fail to a pass by the end of the semester, or is it based off what my grade is at that point in the class?

The grade for your class, whether you opt for letter grades or for Pass/Fail (PS/FL) grades, will be based on the instructor's assessment of your performance for the totality of the course, as usual.

FAQs for Current Students Regarding INCOMPLETES ("I" grade)

Summer/Fall 2021 COVID-19 FAQ FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING INCOMPLETES

Effective Summer 2021 and moving forward, the university will return to the standard policy for incomplete grades.

Spring 2021 COVID-19 FAQ FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING INCOMPLETES

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

I received an "I" grade for a class in a previous. Can I choose to receive the grade Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

No. Only classes taken in spring 2021 are eligible for Pass/Fail (PS/FL).

I received an "I" grade for a class in Fall 2020. Do I still have to complete the work by the end of Spring 2021, given the coronavirus situation?

Given the current extenuating circumstances, the deadline to record a letter grade for Fall 2020 Incompletes will be December 18, 2021.

I would like to receive an "I" grade for this semester, what do I do?

A student wishing to request an "I" grade should contact the instructor to discuss the matter prior to grades being input. If the instructor agrees, he/she will need to initiate the "I" grade through the Workflow process in Websis. The request is then routed electronically to the Chairperson and the Dean for approval and then to the Registrar's Office for processing. In most instances, the student should request the "I" grade, as it is the student who will be responsible for ensuring that they complete the required work in time for the instructor to submit the grade by the final grade due date for Spring 2022. All incompletes for Spring 2021 must be updated to a letter grade by the final grade due date of the Spring 2022 semester or they will automatically be converted to an F.

Fall 2020 COVID-19 FAQ FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING INCOMPLETES

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

I received an "I" grade for a class in fall 2019. Can I choose to receive the grade Pass/Fail (PS/FL)?

No. Only classes taken in spring 2020 are eligible for Pass/Fail (PS/FL).

I received an "I" grade for a class in fall 2019. Do I still have to complete the work by the end of spring 2020, given the coronavirus situation?

Given the current extenuating circumstances, the deadline to record a letter grade for Fall 2019 Incompletes will be December 22, 2020.

I would like to receive an "I" grade for this semester, what do I do?

A student wishing to request an "I" grade should contact the instructor to discuss the matter prior to grades being input. If the instructor agrees, he/she will need to initiate the "I" grade through the Workflow process in Websis. The request is then routed electronically to the Chairperson and the Dean for approval and then to the Registrar's Office for processing. In most instances, the student should request the "I" grade, as it is the student who will be responsible for ensuring that they complete the required work in time for the instructor to submit the grade by the final grade due date for Spring 2021. All incompletes for Spring 2020 must be updated to a letter grade by the final grade due date of the Spring 2021 semester or they will automatically be converted to an F.

FAQs for Current Students Regarding Grading Deadlines and Academic Dates

SPRING 2021 COVID-19 FAQS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING Grading Deadlines and Academic Dates

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

When is the final exam period?

Due to the truncation of the semester, there is no scheduled final exams week. Instructors should include any final exams within the allotted class time for the semester. Exams may not be scheduled outside of the normal meeting time as they may conflict with other courses the student may have.

When are final grades due?

Final grades are due at 12 PM (Noon) on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Please consult the academic calendar online for other academic dates and deadlines.

Is it too late to get my schedule reinstated for Spring 2021?

Reinstatement is on a case-by-case basis at this point and can only be approved through the office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMASS). Please contact Dr. Ernest Brevard, Jr. to discuss special circumstances for late reinstatement at late-reinstatement@morgan.edu.

FALL 2020 COVID-19 FAQS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING Grading Deadlines and Academic Dates

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

When is the final exam period?

Due to the truncation of the semester, there is no scheduled final exams week. Instructors should include any final exams within the allotted class time for the semester. Exams may not be scheduled outside of the normal meeting time as they may conflict with other courses the student may have.

What changes have been made to academic dates and deadlines?

The date to submit midterm grades has been extended to November 6, 2020.

The last day for students to withdraw from individual classes with a "W" through Websis has been extended until December 4, 2020.

Final grades are due at 12 PM on December 21, 2020. 

Please consult the academic calendar online for other academic dates and deadlines.

Is it too late to get my schedule reinstated for Fall 2020?

Reinstatement is on a case-by-case basis at this point and can only be approved through the office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMASS). Please contact Dr. Ernest Brevard, Jr. to discuss special circumstances for late reinstatement at late-reinstatement@morgan.edu.

SPRING 2020 COVID-19 FAQS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING Grading Deadlines and Academic Dates

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

The final exam period for graduation candidates is April 27-May 2, and May 8-14 for continuing students. If I wrap my class up early, am I able to enter grades before the final exam period?

Yes. Exams and final grade submission for graduation candidates will take place as originally scheduled. (Senior exams: April 27-May 2 and Senior grades due May 4)

What changes have been made to academic dates and deadlines?

The date to submit midterm grades has been extended to April 3. The last day for students to withdraw from individual classes with a "W" through Websis has been extended until May 6. All other dates remain the same. Please consult the academic calendar online for other academic dates and deadlines.

Is it too late to get my schedule reinstated for Spring 2020?

Reinstatement is on a case-by-case basis at this point and can only be approved through the office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMASS). Please contact Dr. Ernest Brevard, Jr. to discuss special circumstances for late reinstatement at late-reinstatement@morgan.edu.

FAQs for Current Students Regarding Financial Aid

Fall 2021 COVID-19 FAQs for Current Students Regarding Financial Aid

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email finaid@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

Are you still processing aid for the 2021 - 2022 school year?

Yes. We are currently still processing aid for the upcoming school year.

When will aid disburse for 2021 - 2022 school year?

Financial Aid disbursements begin the first day of classes each semester.

Are award letters and missing information letters still being sent out?

Yes, we will email award letters and missing requirement letters to your Morgan email account. Please activate your Morgan email account if you have not done so. 

How can I reach Financial Aid?

Morgan State University considers the health and welfare of our campus community and guests to be of the utmost importance. The Office of Financial Aid will not be offering face to face services until further notice. Please be assured that while working remotely, we will continue to provide all of our usual services, including processing and awarding aid for the upcoming 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school year.

One on One Meetings

Schedule a 15 minute virtual meeting with a financial aid representative. These meetings will allow you individual time to ask questions about your financial aid package and the process.
One on one meetings are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am until 11:00 am

If you have specific questions regarding your account please contact your Financial Aid Counselor. All individual staff email addresses can be found at https://www.morgan.edu/financialaid under the "Our Staff" tab.

How do I know who my financial aid Counselor is?

The financial counselors are assigned by a student's last name

Financial Aid Name Title Alpha Assigned (assigned by student's last name)
Wannetta Haynie Undergraduate Counselor A thru C, K
Tenecia Crawford Undergraduate Counselor D thru I, J
Del-Rico Leeper Undergraduate Counselor M, N thru R
Dominique Gladden Undergraduate Counselor L, S thru Z
Denise Spence Graduate Counselor All Alpha's A thru Z

How can I send documents to Financial Aid that are needed to complete my financial aid?

If you are submitting any documentation, please email or fax to our office.
Fax number is 443-885-8272
Email address is finaid@morgan.edu

What do I do now that I have received my award package?

  1. Once you have reviewed your award package, go to your MSU WEBSIS account and either accept or decline your financial aid.
  2. You do NOT need to return your Morgan Award Letter.
  3. Review and compare offered aid with actual cost
  4. Review payment plans and determine if needed.
  5. Apply for additional aid i.e. Institutional Aid and Federal Parent Plus Loan-parents of dependent students only
  6. If this is the first time you have borrowed a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you must complete a Direct Loan Entrance Interview and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note AND Title IV Authorization Form.
FAQs for Current Students Regarding Academic Advising

SPRING 2020 COVID-19 FAQS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING ACADEMIC ADVISING

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

I am a first-year student. How can I get advised before Fall Registration begins?

Students have several options available for them. Students can contact their advisor through Starfish. Additionally, students can talk to their advisor by utilizing Google Hangouts Meet. Please check your email for flyers and announcements to each of these ways to get advised. If you are unable to reach your advisor, you may contact the Advising Hotline.

How do I know who my academic advisor is?

Students' official assigned academic advisor is listed in Starfish under their Success Network, in Degree Works on their degree audit, and in WebSIS under the Student Information Menu.

Can my parents call-in for me regarding advisement for the semester or can my parent be in attendance during my advisement session?

Students must initiate communication with advisors and/or respond to advisors directly. Parents can only participate in discussions with students at the student's request, with their expressed verbal consent, and in the presence of the student. Parents are not authorized to speak with advisors directly due to the restrictions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

How can I get my first year advising hold lifted, and how can I receive my alternate pin number?

Students' assigned academic advisors have access to their alternate pins for Fall 2020 registration. All freshmen, students with less than 24 earned credits and/or cumulative GPAs less than 2.0 are advised by first-year advisors. First-year advisors will lift students' advising holds once they have provided adequate academic advisement for Fall 2020. Priority registration for freshmen begins on Friday, April 24, 2020 and continues through August 2020. Please email your academic advisor to request an appointment or visit Starfish to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

FAQs for Current Students Regarding Tutoring

SPRING 2020 COVID-19 FAQS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS TUTORING

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email emass@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

How can I receive tutoring?

All students have access to SmarThinking which offers online tutoring. This can be accessed by clicking on Canvas. For those students who have never used SmarThinking, there are several videos on Youtube which demonstrate how SmarThinking can be used. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpvWfPhstQM.

Students can also schedule virtual tutoring appointments with the CASA Peer Tutoring Center via www.casatutoring.appointy.com. These sessions are conducted using Google Hangouts Meet.

FAQs for Current Students Regarding Veterans

SPRING 2020 COVID-19 FAQS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS REGARDING Veterans

Please read ALL FAQs carefully. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email veterans@morgan.edu. Allow 3 business days for a response.

I am in the National Guard and am being called to active service. What do I need to do in terms of the rest of the semester?

Visit this site: Emergency Military Leave Policy - State of Emergency - COVID-19.

FAQs for Current Students Regarding MorganFlex Course Offerings

What is Morgan-Flex?
Morgan-Flex courses are face to face courses with real-time virtual course content streaming capabilities. The instructor will be in the classroom. Students may attend either face-to-face in the classroom or virtually through Zoom. Please be advised that if you are living on-campus or in university-managed housing, you are expected to select the in-person option.

How do I know what courses are Morgan-Flex courses?
Course sections designated as Morgan-Flex will have an "M" in the course section number in Websis/Student Self Service (example: HIST 101.M01). Please check the course schedule regularly in the weeks leading up to the start of classes, as additional adjustments may be made from time to time.

What do I do if I am currently in a face-to-face course section, but want to register for a Morgan-Flex section instead?
If the section that you want to add has seats available, simply drop the section you do not want to be in, and add the new section by the add/drop deadline (for spring 2022, the add/drop deadline is February 4, 2022, 5 p.m.). Please be advised that many students (including all freshmen) have advising holds or need alternate pins that will require you to contact your advisor prior to making changes to your schedule. Accounts receivable holds for past-due bills will also keep you from making adjustments to your schedule.

What if the class I need is not offered as a Morgan-Flex class?
The University has done its best to accommodate the needs of students who wish to attend class in a non-face-to-face manner. In addition to Morgan-Flex classes, a number of classes are being offered as Web classes (asynchronous online classes). Web courses are designated with a "W" in the course section number in Websis/Student Self Service (example: MATH 113.W01). If you need to take a class in a non-face-to-face manner and it is not offered as either a Morgan-Flex or Web course, please contact the academic department to see if they may be able to accommodate your need or check with your academic advisor about other possible courses you can take this semester.

I am registered for a Morgan-Flex class. How do I let my instructor know whether I will attend the class in-person or virtually?
Students in Morgan-Flex sections will inform their faculty of whether they will attend class virtually or in-person by taking a brief Canvas quiz that will be available on the home page of the course's Canvas page. If you do not see the Canvas quiz by the first day of class, please contact the instructor. Also, please be advised that if you are living on-campus or in university-managed housing, you are expected to select the in-person option.

I am registered for a Morgan-Flex class. Can I attend in-person sometimes and virtually other times?
For proper planning and optimal effectiveness of the Morgan-Flex model, students need to decide at the beginning of the semester whether they will attend the course in-person or virtually. The ability to switch modalities after that initial decision will be at the discretion of the instructor. Please consult the course instructor if you wish to change your decision about which way you originally stated that you would attend the course.

What's the difference between in-person/face-to-face, Morgan-Flex, and online/Web classes?

  • In-person/face-to-face classes are classes that meet on scheduled days at a scheduled time and in a scheduled classroom. The instructor and all students will be in-person.
  • With Morgan-Flex classes, the instructor will be in-person, and students have the option to attend class in-person or virtually. Either way the student will attend on the scheduled days at the scheduled times; but face-to-face students will attend in the scheduled classroom while virtual students will attend via zoom or other live-streaming platform. Please be advised that if you are living on-campus or in university-managed housing, you are expected to select the in-person option. The course section number for these courses will start with a M.
  • Online/web classes are asynchronous, meaning the class does not meet at a set time. Materials are posted online and students access and complete the materials in a more flexible time frame. These courses are reflected in the schedule as Online - Web-Based. The course section number will start with a W for web courses.

If I register for a Morgan-Flex class, do I have to take all of my classes as Morgan-Flex?
Students who do not submit vaccine verification or who are not approved for an exemption are limited to Morgan-Flex or Online/web classes. Students who are eligible to take face-to-face classes (have submitted your vaccine verification and/or been approved for an exemption), may select your courses for the semester from any of the modalities being offered. Please be advised that if you are living on-campus or in university-managed housing, you are expected to attend class in-person, even if you select Morgan-Flex classes.