March 25, 2020 Update
Winter 2020 Final Grade Evaluations
We've received many questions concerning final grades at the end of this 2020 winter semester. Like other universities, we've decided to give students a choice regarding how their final grade in each class is recorded.
At the end of this semester (winter 2020), instructors will submit a letter grade for each course as per the standard grade scheme. After the letter grades are submitted by faculty, students can then choose for each of their courses whether to keep the standard letter grade given OR switch it to a Pass/No Pass as follows:
Standard letter grade A to C = Pass
Standard letter grade C– to F = No Pass
Pass and No Pass grades will not affect GPA. A "Pass" will count as a passing grade and completed academic credit. "No Pass" will not adversely affect GPA, and no credit will be given for that course. Again, those students who wish to keep the original letter grade for any or all of their courses will be able to do so.
We understand that there will be many questions about this decision for winter 2020. Details about deadlines, where and how to submit your choices, implications for scholarships and progress through specific programs, etc. will be announced at a future time before the end of this semester. We ask you to wait with your questions until we can get these details worked out and announced. In the meantime, we hope this provides you with good options and that it helps reduce some of the stress you may be feeling.
March 24, 2020 Update
I have become aware that some of you have received messages causing you to worry that you were being evicted from campus housing, or that the campus was being closed, or that you had to leave immediately. The messages and the rumors they have spawned do not reflect what we have wanted to communicate as a President’s Council in substance or in tone. Let me remind you of what we have intended to communicate.
Yes, we are encouraging students to return home where and when possible. We recognize that this is not always possible. As I said in today’s devotional, circumstances differ greatly for individual students. There are so many individual variables, such as travel restrictions, marital status, health issues, etc. Hence, we encouraged you to discuss your individual circumstances with IWORK, ISS, or the Dean of Students. As a University, we think returning home is the right decision for most of you. We are providing support, including travel assistance, where needed. But in the end, each of you must decide if and when to return home.
I also want to reassure part-time student employees, including IWORK students, that we have committed to keep you whole through the semester. It will likely be harder to guarantee employment if the mandate to work from home continues. But we are particularly mindful of the needs of our neediest students and will do our best to help you manage.
Finally, I want to reassure you all that I love you. You are in my prayers day and night. I know that the Lord will help us get through this. I hope that many, if not most, of you can return to your families to be together in these uncertain times. But wherever you are, you are 'ohana! And we are in this together.
President John S. Tanner
March 23, 2020 Update
Stay At Home/Work From Home Order
Yesterday a Stay At Home/Work From Home Order was issued for the island of Oahu through April 30, 2020. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has ordered that “all individuals living on the island of Oahu are ordered to stay at home and work at home except for essential activities.”
The university will be making several changes in order to comply with this new order:
- Campus will be closed, effective immediately, to everyone except current students and employees. The campus will be closed to the public except for food service deliveries and other essential duties.
- Beginning at 4:30 pm today, employees should be working from home unless your department is performing an essential service to the university. Please check with your manager on the specifics for your area. Only essential employees will be allowed to work on campus.
- There will be a new campus curfew that will go into effect until further notice. During the hours of 9:00 pm to 5:00 am, campus will be closed to all individuals who are not residents of on-campus housing. Read more details on the curfew.
We again remind you to follow the social distancing measures that have been recommended by the CDC.
Students Should Return Home
All students who are able to return home should do so as soon as possible. In light of this new government order, we can no longer guarantee work for all student employees.
All students must let the university know what their plans are going forward. International students should contact International Student Services (ISS) at email@example.com. Domestic students can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Exceptions to remain on campus will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
The university will provide limited travel assistance to students who can demonstrate significant financial need. April 18 is the deadline for this travel assistance. Please fill out the emergency travel request form.
Closing of Certain On-Campus Facilities
The following facilities will be closed or discontinued in accordance with the City and County’s emergency order:
- Fitness Center
- McKay Pool
- The HUB Game Center
- Seasider Sports open gym activities
as of March 30 at 12pm