George Mason Family Programs

George Mason Family Programs George Mason Family Programs supports families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. Housed within New Student and Family Programs.
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George Mason Family Programs is housed within the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services (OFPS). We are dedicated to supporting Mason families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. The George Mason Family Association is dues-free and a great way to stay connected with the most up-to-date news about programs, events and activities! Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., we distribute the Mason Family Flash e-newsletter packed with important dates and deadlines, tips and resources. To sign up, visit masonfamily.gmu.edu.

Mission: Supporting Mason families in their desire to stay informed and involved in their student's lives by providing valuable events, programs and services.

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Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all in our #MasonFamily who celebrate! We wish you happiness, prosperity and joy.
11/14/2020

Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all in our #MasonFamily who celebrate! We wish you happiness, prosperity and joy.

“No matter what, this family is my number one. They give me the time I need to study and take classes. They come to my c...
11/13/2020

“No matter what, this family is my number one. They give me the time I need to study and take classes. They come to my club football games. We are a simple family with a simple goal to show our children that no matter how old you get, you can still follow your dreams. I am still following mine, at 36 years young, with this gorgeous family by my side.” - Raymond Neiderhausen

Neiderhausen and his family were the recipients of the 2014 Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award. Neiderhausen’s essay excerpt embodies the meaning of the Family of the Year Award: “families are an essential part of the support network for our students.” If you have a family that has supported you throughout your collegiate journey and is deserving of this accolade, nominate them to be the 2020 recipients before tonight’s 11:59 p.m. deadline. For contest rules and entry guidelines, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

Public trust is a huge topic right now. The LEAD Office at George Mason University and Mason International have an impor...
11/13/2020

Public trust is a huge topic right now. The LEAD Office at George Mason University and Mason International have an important and exciting “Right, Wrong or Different?” program on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. with #Mason Professor and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Steven Pearlstein. Encourage your student to RSVP
➡️ https://lead.gmu.edu/rightwrongordifferent/

Rose Pascarell, Vice President of George Mason University Life, sent the following message about post-election activitie...
11/13/2020
Moving forward after last week's election | George Mason

Rose Pascarell, Vice President of George Mason University Life, sent the following message about post-election activities and resources to #Mason students earlier today.

"I hope you all had the chance to read President Washington’s post-election message to the community this week. If not, do take a moment to read his words (https://www2.gmu.edu/news/592576).

Mason’s commitment to the inclusive well-being of all students exists alongside our commitment to freedom of expression. As a community, we may not always agree with our peers’ thoughts or expressive acts, but the university remains a space that presents opportunities for constructive dialogue. Any acts of bias or violence directed toward any one or any group will not be tolerated. To report an incident or get more information, visit the Mason Campus Climate webpage (http://campusclimate.gmu.edu/). We urge anyone who has experienced bias or a hate crime to report the incident. I also encourage you to support those who are hesitant to do so. Only when we act in unity to combat such incidents do we send the strongest message that there is no room for intolerance or bigotry at Mason.

Please remember that post-election programs continue virtually. At masonvotes.gmu.edu, you will find a full list of upcoming programs and opportunities to connect with others. You can also access a full set of resources (https://caps.gmu.edu/election-stress-resources/), particularly if you are feeling stressed or concerned about the election, the results, or the aftermath.

Finally, as we approach the weekend, we know that post-election protests are scheduled to occur in D.C. and the surrounding area. It is possible that these events will continue in the days and weeks ahead. Please – be safe and be smart if you plan on watching or participating. COVID cases are trending up in our area so be sure to wear a mask and stay physically distant. The Campus Climate website also contains helpful resource information related to external protests and demonstrations as well."

News at Mason Moving forward after last week's election November 9, 2020   /   by Gregory Washington, President See All News Latest News All RSS Behind the scenes at #DoYourPartMason November 12, 2020 Mason political scientists recap the Nov. 3 elections November 12, 2020 Anti-Racism Task Force pr...

#MasonFamilies, in addition to a $100 gift card to the George Mason University Bookstore and being featured on the 2021-...
11/12/2020

#MasonFamilies, in addition to a $100 gift card to the George Mason University Bookstore and being featured on the 2021-2022 Family Calendar, as the 2020 Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award recipient, you and your family’s story will be featured in the Mason Family Flash, the weekly family e-newsletter, and on the official George Mason University website. Be sure to apply before tomorrow’s 11:59 p.m. deadline for an opportunity to celebrate your family and win all of these great prizes! For details and instructions on how to apply, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

George Mason University President Dr. Gregory Washington will host the year's first Freedom and Learning Forum on 📅Monda...
11/12/2020

George Mason University President Dr. Gregory Washington will host the year's first Freedom and Learning Forum on 📅Monday, Nov. 16, from 4-5 p.m. The session on Racial Justice, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion will provide the campus community the opportunity to participate in a dialogue with #Mason leaders on such issues as campus climate, racial justice, equity and inclusion.

To RSVP and/or to submit a question, visit: http://ow.ly/bZjr50CfzGG

Link to live stream the Freedom and Learning Forum: http://ow.ly/zAwX50CfzGF

“There were many times where I lost my way, but my mother was always there to pick me up and get me back on track. Where...
11/11/2020

“There were many times where I lost my way, but my mother was always there to pick me up and get me back on track. Where she found herself lacking financially, she made up with faith and an astounding dedication to excellence, for herself and her daughter. She has pushed me to be all I can be and then some. I attribute my successes simply to my mother and I could never give back to her all that she has given to me. I could never express my gratitude in a way that fully displayed how grateful I am that she was chosen to be my mother.” - Maya Brandon

Brandon and her family were the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award. Through nominating her mother and son, Brandon is the perfect example that the family experience is unique and this award is for everybody. We accept nominations based on what “family” means to you!
Apply to be this year’s award winner at https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

The Mason Housing student staff application is currently open and accepting applications for Community Assistants, Resid...
11/11/2020

The Mason Housing student staff application is currently open and accepting applications for Community Assistants, Resident Assistants, and Learning Community Resident Assistants! Encourage your #Mason student to apply on Handshake before the application closes next Friday, Nov. 20. Questions? Email [email protected].

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11/11/2020

Mason OffCampus

🏡 Bring some Mason Pride to your lawn! 🏡 Stop by our On-Campus Lounge for Off-Campus students on Tuesday, November 17, for snacks, study space, social space, and a We Are Mason lawn sign! Register at: http://cglink.me/r803597

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As a part of Mason Chooses Kindness, the #Mason community would like to extend their appreciation to all our Veterans fo...
11/11/2020

As a part of Mason Chooses Kindness, the #Mason community would like to extend their appreciation to all our Veterans for their service to our country. Express your gratitude to all who serve via our virtual cork board ➡️ kindness.gmu.edu/veteransday

Share this graphic with your #Mason student! These are the end-of-semester events from Patriot Activities Council - PAC....
11/10/2020

Share this graphic with your #Mason student! These are the end-of-semester events from Patriot Activities Council - PAC. Registration is on Mason 360.

Did you know that your #MasonFamily could be on the 2021-22 Family Calendar? Every year, the award recipients of the Dr....
11/10/2020

Did you know that your #MasonFamily could be on the 2021-22 Family Calendar? Every year, the award recipients of the Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award are given a professional photoshoot on #Mason’s campus, and their photo is featured on the cover of the year’s Family Calendar, which is available to #MasonFamilies globally! Apply to the Family of the Year Award by this Friday, Nov. 13 for an opportunity to see your family pictured on the next calendar. Apply ➡️ https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/

Have you ever wondered how Infectious Diseases emerge and evolve? This Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm Join Dr. Amira Ro...
11/10/2020

Have you ever wondered how Infectious Diseases emerge and evolve? This Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm Join Dr. Amira Roess, professor of Global Health and Epidemiology in the College of Health and Human Services, as she discusses the history of emerging infectious diseases, how she studies them, and the challenges to this field of study! Register for the event at the link below - Don’t miss it!
https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/fw-schedule/

📢‼️REMINDER: The live workshops with Mason OffCampus (commuter, transfer, adult, and parenting students) and the Mason C...
11/10/2020
» Live Workshops

📢‼️REMINDER: The live workshops with Mason OffCampus (commuter, transfer, adult, and parenting students) and the Mason Care Network (success coaches, finding a coach, focus areas) are TODAY at 4 and 5 p.m. respectively. Register now and join us!

Live Workshops As a part of our Virtual Family Initiatives, we have organized live workshops with key offices to help you support your Mason student. Content-area experts will provide tips, advice, and available resources, and you will have an opportunity to interact and ask questions in real time.....

Did you know that George Mason University Student Involvement gives out free University Mall Theatre movie tickets to #M...
11/09/2020

Did you know that George Mason University Student Involvement gives out free University Mall Theatre movie tickets to #Mason students? 🎥🍿 Your student can claim their ticket by going to the Student Involvement office in the Hub during business hours and and showing their #MasonID.

Good News! The application deadline for the Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award is being extended until F...
11/09/2020

Good News! The application deadline for the Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award is being extended until Friday, November 13 at 11:59 p.m.! The Family of the Year Award was created to celebrate families’ crucial role in supporting their student’s academic journey at George Mason University. Written essays or creative works that exhibit an enthusiasm for Mason and evidence of familial support are accepted. Apply now for your chance to win a $100 gift card from the George Mason Bookstore. For more details and the application form, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

President Washington sent a message to the George Mason University community on moving forward after last week's electio...
11/09/2020
President Washington on moving forward after last week’s election

President Washington sent a message to the George Mason University community on moving forward after last week's election.

Fellow Patriots: We have just come through an historic election, which has taught us a great deal about ourselves and our society that we will spend time processing. As happens from time to time, America appears to have made history again: More Americans than ever voted, nearly 150 million in all, d...

Did you know we have 2️⃣ live workshops for you this week, #MasonFamilies? Both are this Tuesday, Nov. 10! The first one...
11/09/2020
» Live Workshops

Did you know we have 2️⃣ live workshops for you this week, #MasonFamilies? Both are this Tuesday, Nov. 10! The first one is at 4 p.m. with Mason OffCampus/Contemporary Student Services and the second immediately follows at 5 p.m. with the Mason Care Network/Student Success Coaching. Click on the link below to register. ✅

Live Workshops As a part of our Virtual Family Initiatives, we have organized live workshops with key offices to help you support your Mason student. Content-area experts will provide tips, advice, and available resources, and you will have an opportunity to interact and ask questions in real time.....

The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment's Student Access and Equity team is excited to announce First Gen Week –...
11/06/2020

The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment's Student Access and Equity team is excited to announce First Gen Week – celebrating, centering, and empowering first-generation Patriots! 💛📚 Kicking off this Sunday, Nov. 8, #Mason students are invited to these community building and meaningful engagement events. Registration is on Mason360!

George Mason University students received an email regarding Fall 2020 grading options from the University Registrar. Cl...
11/06/2020
Fall 2020 Grading Options

George Mason University students received an email regarding Fall 2020 grading options from the University Registrar. Click the link below to read the message.

Dear Patriot, The university announced on Thursday, November 5, that students will have access to an emergency grading accommodation for Fall 2020 classes. You will have the option either to receive a regular grade for each class or select the alternative grading mode (credit-only option) for each o...

The Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award is still accepting applications. Apply to show off your #MasonFam...
11/06/2020

The Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award is still accepting applications. Apply to show off your #MasonFamily! Apply ➡️ https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/ #VFW20 #MasonFamilies

In support of George Mason University students, a series of accommodations will be implemented to grading practices for ...
11/05/2020
Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 Semester

In support of George Mason University students, a series of accommodations will be implemented to grading practices for the Fall 2020 semester. Click on the link below to read the full message from Provost Ginsberg.

Dear Patriot: The entire Mason community has needed to adjust and adapt to many personal and professional challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our university wants to ensure that all students have the opportunity for success this semester. In support of our students, a series of accommod...

#MasonFamilies, you are invited to Pencil in the Provost: Lunch with Dr. Mark Ginsberg this Monday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.! Le...
11/05/2020

#MasonFamilies, you are invited to Pencil in the Provost: Lunch with Dr. Mark Ginsberg this Monday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.! Learn more about Provost Mark Ginsberg and his role as the university’s chief academic officer, overseeing all Colleges, Schools, and the academic experience at #Mason. There are still spots avaialble! Register now ➡️ https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/fw-schedule/

📢‼️TODAY at 4 p.m. is the live workshop with Student Accounts and Student Financial Aid, and there's still time to regis...
11/05/2020
» Live Workshops

📢‼️TODAY at 4 p.m. is the live workshop with Student Accounts and Student Financial Aid, and there's still time to register! Join us to ask and get your Mason-specific financial questions answered.

Live Workshops As a part of our Virtual Family Initiatives, we have organized live workshops with key offices to help you support your Mason student. Content-area experts will provide tips, advice, and available resources, and you will have an opportunity to interact and ask questions in real time.....

Join University Libraries for a fun, family-friendly workshop on identifying fake news. This interactive session address...
11/04/2020

Join University Libraries for a fun, family-friendly workshop on identifying fake news. This interactive session addresses the many faces of news today from the slightly misleading to the biased to the truly outrageous. Register for the Workshop at https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/fw-schedule/

Applications are still open for the 2020 Family of the Year Award! Recognize your family and their contributions to your...
11/04/2020

Applications are still open for the 2020 Family of the Year Award! Recognize your family and their contributions to your education. Apply before the November 6th deadline at https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/

Happy Election Day! Did you and your student vote yet? If so, post a picture with your “I Voted” sticker. If you haven’t...
11/03/2020

Happy Election Day! Did you and your student vote yet? If so, post a picture with your “I Voted” sticker. If you haven’t, while you wait in line, be sure to apply for the 2020 Family of the Year award. Applications close this Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm!

Did you know that Mason has the largest on-campus telescope on the East Coast? On Nov. 5 at 8 p.m., the Mason Observator...
11/03/2020

Did you know that Mason has the largest on-campus telescope on the East Coast? On Nov. 5 at 8 p.m., the Mason Observatory will host Dr. Luisa Rebull from Caltech to present her research on young stars. After her presentation, participants will see live views of our night sky (weather permitting) by remotely controlling our main campus telescope, with a 32-inch diameter primary mirror. No registration required. Find the Link to Join at https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/fw-schedule/

There is a plethora of election-related events for your #Mason student to take advantage of! Share this graphic and enco...
11/02/2020

There is a plethora of election-related events for your #Mason student to take advantage of! Share this graphic and encourage them to engage in our post-election programming. Mason Votes

Applications for the 2020 Family of the Year are now open! If you feel like your family deserves to be awarded, make sur...
11/02/2020

Applications for the 2020 Family of the Year are now open! If you feel like your family deserves to be awarded, make sure you apply before the November 6th deadline! Visit: https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) understands that this time is stressful for many regarding the upcoming 202...
11/01/2020

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) understands that this time is stressful for many regarding the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. Encourage your #Mason student to visit caps.gmu.edu/election-stress-resources for helpful information on processing stress, incorporating daily self-care activities, and finding support.

Happy Halloween! Let’s see your silly, festive, creepy costumes! Spooky Season may be over but there’s still time to app...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Let’s see your silly, festive, creepy costumes! Spooky Season may be over but there’s still time to apply for the 2020 Family of the Year award at MasonFamilyEvents.gmu.edu/2020/10/13/FOTY #VFW20 #MasonFamilies

Has your #Mason student seen the Disney movie Onward? Patriot Activities Council - PAC is hosting another drive-in movie...
10/31/2020

Has your #Mason student seen the Disney movie Onward? Patriot Activities Council - PAC is hosting another drive-in movie next Saturday, Nov. 7 in Lot K. Encourage your student to register on Mason360 while spots are still available!

#MasonFamilies, does your #Mason student need assistance with their outstanding balance? Your student can submit a case ...
10/30/2020
Student Services Center

#MasonFamilies, does your #Mason student need assistance with their outstanding balance? Your student can submit a case with the Mason Student Services Center (MSSC), but we ask that you please not submit an additional case on their behalf because that causes more of a backlog and creates more cases for the same issue. If your student is on campus or local, encourage them to make an in-person appointment with MSSC for immediate assistance.

NEW:On August 10th, the Mason Student Services Center will resume limited, in-person hours on an APPOINTMENT-ONLY basis. Appointments will be offered Monday – Thursday, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm. In-person document collection will also be offered during these hours, with no appointment required...

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George Mason Family Programs is housed within New Student and Family Programs (NSFP). We are dedicated to supporting Mason families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. The George Mason Family Association is dues-free and a great way to stay connected with the most up-to-date news about programs, events and activities! Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., we distribute the Mason Family Flash e-newsletter packed with important dates and deadlines, tips and resources. To sign up, visit masonfamily.gmu.edu.George Mason Family Programs is housed within New Student and Family Programs (NSFP). We are dedicated to supporting Mason families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. The George Mason Family Association is dues-free and a great way to stay connected with the most up-to-date news about programs, events and activities! Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., we distribute the Mason Family Flash e-newsletter packed with important dates and deadlines, tips and resources. To sign up, visit masonfamily.gmu.edu.

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Why no mention of the PASS/FAIL GMU rules. D's are not passing. Only A-C's are considered passing. Mark Ginsberg Fourth Estate George Mason University Student Involvement George Mason University Any student who gets a D, does not meet the criteria for their Major and has to take the class again. Get Outlook for iOS From: All currently enrolled domestic students on behalf of Office of the Provost Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:49:20 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 Semester Dear Patriot: The entire Mason community has needed to adjust and adapt to many personal and professional challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our university wants to ensure that all students have the opportunity for success this semester. In support of our students, a series of accommodations will be implemented to grading practices for the Fall 2020 semester. These accommodations are in response to a resolution unanimously adopted by Mason’s Student Government, and follow extensive dialog, careful deliberation and a recommendation by the university’s Faculty Senate and parallel consideration by the university’s Graduate Council. The specific accommodations are: Credit/Non-Credit Opt-In Mirroring the model for alternative grades implemented for the spring 2020 semester, each undergraduate and graduate student registered in A-F graded Fall 2020 courses will be able to decide individually, on a course-by-course basis, whether they choose to receive a letter grade for the class or if they opt to receive an alternative grade that would indicate either receiving or not receiving credit for the class. With the exception of the Scalia Law School, this alternative grading practice will apply to all Fall 2020 courses, including courses that may already have been completed. Students will need to make their choice no later than the start of classes for the Spring 2021 semester. The default selection, if no action is taken by the student, will be A-F grading. For students who opt for alternative grading for a specific course, the submitted grade for that course will be converted by the University Registrar to an alternative grade. Faculty members will not have knowledge of the grading model selected by students. Students who were grade sanctioned because of a decision by the Honor Committee, irrespective of the date of such a decision, may not choose the alternative grade mode for the affected course. Neither academic departments academic units, nor their administrators, may use the alternative grading model to change a course grade that was assigned to a student as a result of a decision by the Honor Committee. Incomplete Grades Incomplete grades (I) may be given to students who are passing a course but who may be unable to complete scheduled coursework by the end of the semester due to extenuating circumstances. Instructors should be flexible in awarding Incompletes if the student requires additional time to finish coursework. For incomplete grades awarded for the Spring 2020 semester, the deadline for completing work for the spring semester was originally October 23, 2020, but has now been extended until the end of the Fall 2020 semester. The Office of the University Registrar will communicate with eligible students, through their official Mason-issued e-mail address, instructions with information on how to select an alternative grade for a class. Information on the model for alternative grades, and the specific grading categories, will also be provided in the same communication that will be distributed by the University Registrar. Students are encouraged to make careful and informed decisions regarding the grading categories that will be used to evaluate their coursework during this unique fall semester and to help reduce some of the stress associated with the COVID crisis. It is important that students consider the potential impact of opting for the alternative grading system on financial aid, admission to graduate and/or professional programs, professional licensure and other possible implications of your choice. If you have questions about opting for an alternative grade in any of your courses, undergraduate students should consult with your Academic Advisor and graduate students should consult with your Program Coordinator and/or Mentor. I hope that you are healthy, remain well and wish you success for the remainder of the fall semester. All the best. Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D. Provost and Executive Vice President
This was sent yesterday to students. No mention of the Pass/Fail rules. Pall/Fail at GMU is A-C. D's are not considered passing From: All currently enrolled domestic students on behalf of Office of the Provost Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:49:20 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 Semester Dear Patriot: The entire Mason community has needed to adjust and adapt to many personal and professional challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our university wants to ensure that all students have the opportunity for success this semester. In support of our students, a series of accommodations will be implemented to grading practices for the Fall 2020 semester. These accommodations are in response to a resolution unanimously adopted by Mason’s Student Government, and follow extensive dialog, careful deliberation and a recommendation by the university’s Faculty Senate and parallel consideration by the university’s Graduate Council. The specific accommodations are: Credit/Non-Credit Opt-In Mirroring the model for alternative grades implemented for the spring 2020 semester, each undergraduate and graduate student registered in A-F graded Fall 2020 courses will be able to decide individually, on a course-by-course basis, whether they choose to receive a letter grade for the class or if they opt to receive an alternative grade that would indicate either receiving or not receiving credit for the class. With the exception of the Scalia Law School, this alternative grading practice will apply to all Fall 2020 courses, including courses that may already have been completed. Students will need to make their choice no later than the start of classes for the Spring 2021 semester. The default selection, if no action is taken by the student, will be A-F grading. For students who opt for alternative grading for a specific course, the submitted grade for that course will be converted by the University Registrar to an alternative grade. Faculty members will not have knowledge of the grading model selected by students. Students who were grade sanctioned because of a decision by the Honor Committee, irrespective of the date of such a decision, may not choose the alternative grade mode for the affected course. Neither academic departments academic units, nor their administrators, may use the alternative grading model to change a course grade that was assigned to a student as a result of a decision by the Honor Committee. Incomplete Grades Incomplete grades (I) may be given to students who are passing a course but who may be unable to complete scheduled coursework by the end of the semester due to extenuating circumstances. Instructors should be flexible in awarding Incompletes if the student requires additional time to finish coursework. For incomplete grades awarded for the Spring 2020 semester, the deadline for completing work for the spring semester was originally October 23, 2020, but has now been extended until the end of the Fall 2020 semester. The Office of the University Registrar will communicate with eligible students, through their official Mason-issued e-mail address, instructions with information on how to select an alternative grade for a class. Information on the model for alternative grades, and the specific grading categories, will also be provided in the same communication that will be distributed by the University Registrar. Students are encouraged to make careful and informed decisions regarding the grading categories that will be used to evaluate their coursework during this unique fall semester and to help reduce some of the stress associated with the COVID crisis. It is important that students consider the potential impact of opting for the alternative grading system on financial aid, admission to graduate and/or professional programs, professional licensure and other possible implications of your choice. If you have questions about opting for an alternative grade in any of your courses, undergraduate students should consult with your Academic Advisor and graduate students should consult with your Program Coordinator and/or Mentor. I hope that you are healthy, remain well and wish you success for the remainder of the fall semester. All the best. Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D. Provost and Executive Vice President ...
This was sent to students today. This does not mention the A-C criteria needed for Pass/Fail It does not make it clear that a D is not considered passing. Mark Ginsberg Mark -- how are students to decide without the benefit of all of the information needed to make an educated decision? From: All currently enrolled domestic students on behalf of Office of the Provost Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:49:20 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 Semester Dear Patriot: The entire Mason community has needed to adjust and adapt to many personal and professional challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our university wants to ensure that all students have the opportunity for success this semester. In support of our students, a series of accommodations will be implemented to grading practices for the Fall 2020 semester. These accommodations are in response to a resolution unanimously adopted by Mason’s Student Government, and follow extensive dialog, careful deliberation and a recommendation by the university’s Faculty Senate and parallel consideration by the university’s Graduate Council. The specific accommodations are: Credit/Non-Credit Opt-In Mirroring the model for alternative grades implemented for the spring 2020 semester, each undergraduate and graduate student registered in A-F graded Fall 2020 courses will be able to decide individually, on a course-by-course basis, whether they choose to receive a letter grade for the class or if they opt to receive an alternative grade that would indicate either receiving or not receiving credit for the class. With the exception of the Scalia Law School, this alternative grading practice will apply to all Fall 2020 courses, including courses that may already have been completed. Students will need to make their choice no later than the start of classes for the Spring 2021 semester. The default selection, if no action is taken by the student, will be A-F grading. For students who opt for alternative grading for a specific course, the submitted grade for that course will be converted by the University Registrar to an alternative grade. Faculty members will not have knowledge of the grading model selected by students. Students who were grade sanctioned because of a decision by the Honor Committee, irrespective of the date of such a decision, may not choose the alternative grade mode for the affected course. Neither academic departments academic units, nor their administrators, may use the alternative grading model to change a course grade that was assigned to a student as a result of a decision by the Honor Committee. Incomplete Grades Incomplete grades (I) may be given to students who are passing a course but who may be unable to complete scheduled coursework by the end of the semester due to extenuating circumstances. Instructors should be flexible in awarding Incompletes if the student requires additional time to finish coursework. For incomplete grades awarded for the Spring 2020 semester, the deadline for completing work for the spring semester was originally October 23, 2020, but has now been extended until the end of the Fall 2020 semester. The Office of the University Registrar will communicate with eligible students, through their official Mason-issued e-mail address, instructions with information on how to select an alternative grade for a class. Information on the model for alternative grades, and the specific grading categories, will also be provided in the same communication that will be distributed by the University Registrar. Students are encouraged to make careful and informed decisions regarding the grading categories that will be used to evaluate their coursework during this unique fall semester and to help reduce some of the stress associated with the COVID crisis. It is important that students consider the potential impact of opting for the alternative grading system on financial aid, admission to graduate and/or professional programs, professional licensure and other possible implications of your choice. If you have questions about opting for an alternative grade in any of your courses, undergraduate students should consult with your Academic Advisor and graduate students should consult with your Program Coordinator and/or Mentor. I hope that you are healthy, remain well and wish you success for the remainder of the fall semester. All the best. Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D. Provost and Executive Vice President ...