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Wade College Covid-19 Related Policies

Wade College strives to keep our employees and students safe during any epidemic, natural disaster or other emergency. Here you will find all policies related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Emergency Grading Policy

Temporary Grading Policy for Extended College Campus Closure During Emergency

This policy provides a grading option for students in consideration of the unplanned transition to distance education during an extended college closure. This policy applies to coursework attempted in such an academic term when a closure interrupts a trimester because of natural disaster or other emergency. The college President may, upon consultation with the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and the Faculty Senate, renew this policy for subsequent terms that are affected by such an ongoing disaster.

Pass/ Fail Course Grading Option

Students may declare this option any time during the affected trimester until the appropriate deadline. Graduating students must declare this option no later than midnight on the Friday of the last week of a trimester, in order to maintain the timely conferral of degrees and availability of final transcripts. Other students must declare this option no later than midnight on the Sunday immediately preceding the start of the following term.  Late applications will not be considered.

This policy provides students an option for grades of Pass (P) or Fail (F).

  • A student may choose to receive a grade of Pass. Pass (P) indicates passing work. Normally awarded in pass/fail courses only, P is not computed in the quantitative measures of trimester Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) as defined in the Wade College Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Faculty will report letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) as normal according to the grading system used for each course and described in their course syllabus.
  • A student may choose to keep the letter grade for each course. There are many reasons why an individual student may wish to keep a letter grade in order to earn a specific GPA or meet other requirements, and students should consult with an academic adviser if they have questions. If the student does not specifically choose the alternative grading scheme for a course by the deadline, the letter grade reported by the faculty member will stand.
  • A student may make this selection course-by-course after the letter grade is posted in Campus Cafe at the end of the term by emailing the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs or Executive Vice President and clearly stating that he or she is opting for a P grade over the assigned grade by the professor in the course.
  • There is no policy on maximum number of courses taken under a Pass/Fail grade policy during a term or terms interrupted by an emergency or natural disaster.

Repeated Courses for Grade Replacement

When a course subject to this Pass/Fail grading policy is a repeat for grade replacement, the grade of "P" will cause the original grade to be removed from the GPA, and the attempt is counted against the limit. The grades of "F" and "W" (withdrawal) are considered an incomplete second attempt, and the original grade remains in the GPA. Both the original and the repeated grade will appear on the student’s transcript.

Online Course Policy

SACSCOC Compliance

Through December 31, 2020, Wade College is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer up to 100% of the coursework required for a program online. After such date, Wade College is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer up to 49% of the coursework required for a program online.

Online Course Information

Wade College currently offers fully online courses as well as hybrid online courses which allow the student to complete some course components on-ground. Online courses follow the same 15-week trimester schedule as on-ground courses with February, June, and October starts.

Online Learning Platform

All fully online and hybrid online courses utilize Microsoft Teams classrooms. While the structure of the Teams classroom may vary from course to course, all courses are required to include the following components:

  • Files: all necessary course materials including syllabus, handouts, assignment sheets, etc.
  • Assignments: all assignment dates and submission instructions.
  • Calendar: live instructional component scheduled via calendar.
  • Recordings: recorded instructional components available.

Faculty may use additional technology (such as Zoom meetings) at their discretion but will still maintain a classroom on Microsoft Teams.

Technology Requirements

Online and Hybrid Online courses are conducted in the online learning management system, Microsoft Teams. To have a productive experience in the online environment, the following technology requirements are necessary:

  • Regular access to a personal computer (tablets and phones will allow students to access the Teams mobile application, but may limit certain functionality).
  • Reliable internet access (preferably high speed)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Some courses involve additional software downloads (i.e. AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Suite) that require certain computer specifications. It is the student’s responsibility to identify these technology needs and address any issues during the first week of the trimester.

Professors will clearly outline these requirements in their written syllabus and week one course introductions. Students who cannot meet individual course requirements should meet with an academic advisor to make necessary schedule changes during the add/drop period.

Attendance and Participation Requirements

Courses are designed for students to interact with their professors and classmates via forum discussions, chats, email, and live and recorded instructional components. It is the expectation in all courses that students are regularly engaging with their professors, peers, and course material throughout the week.

  • Asynchronous: In online/hybrid courses that do not require live attendance, professors may elect to grade participation via alternative deliverables such as lecture quizzes, work-in-progress checks, exit questions, discussion posts, reading responses, etc. The majority of asynchronous courses at the college offer an optional live instructional component to those students who wish to attend. In rare occurrences, a course may be offered completely asynchronously.
  • Synchronous: In online/hybrid courses that do require live attendance, professors can elect to grade based on synchronous attendance and/or via alternative deliverables. Courses with mandatory live attendance requirements are identified on student class schedules with the location ONLINE-LIVE.

Professors will clearly outline these requirements in their written syllabus and week one course introductions. Students who cannot meet individual course requirements should meet with an academic advisor to make necessary schedule changes during the add/drop period.

Identifying Course Delivery Method

The following information on individual class schedules allows students to clearly identify course delivery method:

  • On-Ground: 100% on ground courses are identified by a numerical section code and a room location (i.e. ENGL1301.1 | Lecture 1).
  • Fully Online: 100% online courses are identified by a section code beginning with "OL" and a location of ONLINE (i.e. ENGL1301.OL1 | ONLINE). Online courses with mandatory live attendance requirements are identified with the location ONLINE – LIVE.
  • Hybrid Online: Hybrid courses are identified by a section code beginning with HY and a location of HY and room (i.e. ENGL1301.HY1 | HY – Lecture 1).

Online Exams

Some online exams must be taken under the supervision of an approved proctor, an educational official who supervises a student during an exam.

Documents / Publications

Wade College Health Agreement and Affidavit download