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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs address the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters. Our shared goal is to continue to provide students with as much opportunity as possible to complete their coursework. If you have additional questions or concerns that are not addressed in this FAQ, please contact the 580-772-6611.

SWOSU plans to return to normal operations for Fall 2021. SWOSU’s main concern is the safety and well-being of the SWOSU community and will continue to abide by federal and state COVID-19 regulations as it plans upcoming semesters.

SWOSU does not anticipate changes to neither the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester dates.

SWOSU will require facial coverings for students, faculty, visitors, and staff in hallways and classrooms through the end of the Spring 2021 semester. Details of specific types of coverings will be forthcoming. Many courses will feature online sections for those students who do not wish to wear facial coverings.

We have adjusted classrooms to maintain at least four feet between students for the Spring 2021 semester. In some classrooms, we have placed clear plastic at the front of rooms and in front of podiums. SWOSU provides hand sanitizer in hallways and classrooms and asks that students use it frequently throughout the day. 

Commencement is scheduled for April 30, May 1 and 2. For more details about graduation ceremonies, go to our Commencement page.

Prepare now by using a wifi locator such as WiFi Map to identify free wifi near your home.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has developed the resource Canvas course Succeeding in an Online Course for students taking online learning that students will find very helpful if they are new to remote learning and advanced Canvas features. CETL’s Resources for Student Success also provide online resources on topics such as Canvas and online testing.



Undergraduate students: A “U” grade indicates the student’s performance in the class would have resulted in a failing grade.  An “S” grade indicates the student would have passed with a D or better.

Graduate students: A “U” grade indicates the student’s performance in the class would have resulted in a failing grade.  An “S” grade indicates the student would have passed with a C or better.

No, an S or a U will not impact your GPA.

A U grade WILL impact SAP in the same manner as an F would.

You most likely should not switch to S/U grading for that class. Please contact you advisor for guidance.

Check with your athletic advisor prior to making a decision about choosing S/U grades.

Yes, as long as it is by the deadline of seven days after final grades are posted. 

Yes, earning an S will mean those credits in that class will count toward graduation.  A grade of U means you will not earn those credits. Keep in mind that if your major requires a certain grade in a class for graduation, the S may not sufficient. Check with your advisor.

You will have to retake the class for credit.

It may. Please check with the college and your advisor as to how they will count S grades in courses needed for admission to a major.

Other schools may not count S grades when determining admissions to graduate, law, or medical school. If you are completing any courses that are required by post-baccalaureate programs, you should probably not change those courses to S/U.

Students on academic probation may choose the S/U option in their classes. Check with your academic advisor because the letter grade you may earn in the class may help your GPA. An S will not improve your GPA.


No. The work for courses in the first 8 weeks of spring semester was completed before we made the switch to remote learning. They are not available to change to S/U.

No.  Only a new letter grade will replace your previous course grade and only a new letter grade will change your GPA. For graduates, there is no option