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Columbus State University

Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

The USG has issued the following statement addressing grading practices during the use of remote instruction:

The University System of Georgia is aware some institutions around the nation have decided to shift to pass/fail grading after transitioning to remote education. We are confident our students will rise to the challenge, and the USG will do everything in its power to help them do so. We trust our faculty to teach and grade students effectively.

In times of adversity, we should reach higher, not lower. Maintaining high academic standards is critical to the success of USG students now and in the future. Continuing letter grading for the final few weeks of the semester will allow faculty to assess the performance of students in the same manner as they always have. The USG is confident that faculty and students will rely on the resilience they have shown thus far and continue to meet our high standards.

While online instruction will be new to many, thousands of USG students and faculty have already experienced it through nearly 11,000 online course sections offered prior to USG’s temporary shift to all-online instruction. In addition, the USG has offered resources to assist faculty (https://www.usg.edu/keep_teaching_usg) and students (https://www.usg.edu/keep_learning_usg) make the transition.

COVID19 has had an impact on the research of many faculty members. The USG does not support a blanket pausing of the tenure and promotion clock; however, the USG policies do support the approval of extending the time on a case by case basis. If a faculty member is interested in pausing the tenure and promotion clock, the faculty member will need to submit a formal request to the chair and dean. The dean will forward the request to the Provost for review and it will then be forwarded to President Markwood for approval.