Academic Policies & Practices — Fall 2020


  • For your Office Hours: Avoid 5:15-7:00pm (which replaces the 4-6pm block reserved for extracurricular activities on our traditional schedule)
  • Pass/Fail & Drop Options for Students in Fall 2020: Students may drop a course until the last day of classes, Tuesday November 24th. Students may also designate any course (also in major/minor) as pass-fail until Friday, December 18th, one week after viewing their grades on Friday, December 11th.
  • Graded assignment by the 6th week: By policy, all students should receive feedback on a significant, graded assignment within the first 6 weeks (by September 30th). This offers an opportunity to give timely feedback before the 6-week drop deadline.
  • October Break will be replaced with a one-day academic recess on October 7th, and classes will conclude on November 24th, before Thanksgiving.
  • Reading and Review Days scheduled for Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1. Final Exams will be Wednesday-Friday, December 2-4 and Monday, December 7. All of these days are remote.
  • Grades are due Friday, December 11 at noon.
  • Class of 2021 students can graduate with 31.0 courses (instead of 32.0). Students will still be expected to complete the College general education and major/minor requirements toward graduation. This policy will be in place for students who graduate in December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021.
  • Students may opt-in to take Senior Independent Study (452) pass-fail (S/NC). That is, any student who is taking 452 in the following terms: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 can opt-in to take 452 as pass-fail (S/NC). Students will have until one week after the IS deadline to decide on this grading method. (Note: normally 452 is graded as Honors/Good/Satisfactory/No Credit, H/G/S/NC).
  • The College is a diverse community whose members belong to many faiths and religious traditions.  While the College doesn’t have a formal policy on religious observance, some students may make a personal decision to observe the holidays of their faith.  In that instance, it will be the student’s responsibility to discuss with faculty members, well in advance, of any conflicts that may arise with the student’s academic commitments and responsibilities, including class attendance.  Faculty members who can make accommodation are encouraged to do so, if the accommodation doesn’t result in an unreasonable burden on the faculty member or in unfair treatment of other students.

For questions about Academic Policy, contact Dean for Curriculum & Academic Engagement Jennifer Bowen,  


Contact Dean for Faculty Christa Craven, and notify your Chair if:

  • You need to change the way your class is offered (i.e., hybrid to remote) so that we can make those changes clear to students in Scotweb
  • If you are unable to teach for a period of time beyond a week (especially if you require assistance finding alternate arrangements)

Campus Communication: Laws & Community Practice:

  • As a non-profit, tax-exempt institution of higher education, federal law prohibits The College of Wooster from participating in any partisan political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Staff and faculty are free to participate in the electoral process when they are not on campus and are clear that they are not speaking on behalf of the College. However, all employees are prohibited from using College facilities (including email) to support a political party, PAC, or candidate for public office, or for the purpose of political fundraising.
  • The zwdFaculty listserv goes to 300+ faculty, adjuncts, and administrators (generally avoid sending mass emails)
  • Avoid using student names in email subjects, especially if corresponding about a sensitive issue (in general, it’s better to provide less detail & follow up with a phone call to maintain everyone’s privacy)
This website is maintained by the Dean for Faculty Development at the College of Wooster. Contact me if you have questions or suggestions. Dr. Christa Craven: