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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs address the Spring 2021 semester. 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.

Spring semester classes start January 11, and students return to on-campus classes.

There will be no traditional spring break but the semester will end one week earlier than normal and the last day of the semester is April 30.

SWOSU will require facial coverings for students, faculty, visitors, and staff in hallways and classrooms for the fall 2020 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. 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 May 1. More details will be announced soon on the website.

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.

Yes. Students who officially move out of their on-campus residence hall assignment will receive a prorated refund for housing and meal plans, including flex funds, for the April 1 - May 9 time period. Student refunds will be processed after the dorm check-out process is complete with SWOSU Residence Life. The refund will be credited to the student bursar account; please allow up to four weeks for processing. Students who remain in on-campus housing will not be eligible for a refund. Students who have received university funded housing and/or food scholarships, waivers or other type of non-cash aid will not be eligible for a refund.

When moving from the residence halls to a new address off campus, you will need to inform any person or entity that you do business with or receive mail/packages from your new address. DO NOT put in a “CHANGE OF ADDRESS” at the Post Office when moving from the dorms. This will not help you since the Post Office does not deliver mail directly to you.

Please contact your advisor through phone or email to discuss enrollment for the summer and fall semesters. To find your advisor’s contact information, go to the People Search link on SWOSU’s web page and type in the last name of your advisor. If you need to find the name of your advisor, log in to Self Service and the advisor’s name will be listed.

Yes. SWOSU has temporarily removed these holds so that students with a remaining balance may enroll for summer and fall courses.

SWOSU students will be given an option to choose pass/no-pass grading for spring 2020 courses. In our system, these will show as S or U on the transcript and do not impact the GPA. At the end of the semester, faculty will submit A-F letter grades to the Registrar’s office. Students will have 7 days after the date final grades are posted to request a change to a pass/no-pass grade. For undergraduate courses, a grade of A-D would become an S, and an F would become a U. For graduate courses, A-C would become an S, D-F would become a U. 

We highly recommend that you talk to an adviser before you choose an S/U grade over a letter grade, as the decision may have implications for financial aid and admission into professional or graduate programs.



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