Academic Guidelines for the 3rd Trimester 2019-2020
Chancellor/SVP for Academic Affairs Memo #01 – SY 2019-2020
April 23, 2020
COVID-19 caught the entire global community by surprise and as a result,
the Philippine Government declared the Enhanced Community Quarantine
last March 15, 2020. As a University that is bound and faithful to its
educational commitment, Philippine Women’s University adopted
flexible alternative learning approaches to scale to the challenge.
Online classes coupled with the use of other creative social networking
platforms are being optimized in this critical time. However, everyone
knows that the learning approach is not perfect due to reasons like
poor WIFI connection, no Internet access, no laptops, and no capacity
to buy load. In light of these challenges, the University has decided
on the following:
The 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020 will end as scheduled on June 20, 2020.
However, no additional assignments or requirements shall be posted after
11:59 pm of May 30, 2020. The remaining weeks from June 1 to 20, 2020
may be used for consultations and submissions of all course requirements.
- In giving the course workload, the faculty are expected to give
reasonable course requirements without sacrificing the course content.
Requirements must be doable offline (i.e. low bandwidth, downloadable
assignments) considering that some students have slow to no internet
connection, and may be submitted towards the end of the ECQ or the trimester.
- Synchronous, online sessions, live quizzes and tests may be conducted
provided that these will not be a basis of attendance, the materials
are made accessible to those unable to participate, and that offline
students shall not be penalized;
- Pre-requisite subject requirements will be waived; meaning, students
taking prerequisites right now will be allowed to take the next course
regardless of their grade for the prerequisite;
- In addition, PWU supports CHED’s policy on LENIENCY, requesting
all our faculty to exercise utmost leniency and consideration with respect
to academic requirements;
- The grading system for this 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020 shall either
be a PASS (P), or an Incomplete (INC).
- If a student passesthe minimum course requirements, he/she will get a PASS (P) Grade.
- If a student fails to comply with the course requirements, he/she
will get an INCOMPLETE Grade (INC). The student will be allowed to comply
with the course requirements until the end of the 1st Trimester SY 2020-2021.
After which, he/she will be given a PASS grade. Students unable to
comply with the course requirements will get a WITHDRAW/FAIL (W/F) Grade,
and will have to retake the course;
- Students with an INCOMPLETE grade may sit in classes of the same
course in the first trimester of SY 2020-2021, regardless of faculty,
without having to pay any additional fees, provided that slots are available.
- The computation of the General Weighted Average (GWA) willnot be
computed for this 3rd Trimester; and will not be included in the
requirements for scholarships, nor in the computation of honors
- The Graduate Studies Programs will maintain its numerical grading system.
- For practicum/internship classes, students will not be allowed to
return to their practicum/internship sites, and
- For the uncompleted required number of hours, the student can work
on flexible alternative learning activities like portfolios, case studies,
and assignments that are related to the course.
For thesis/dissertation defense, the University will come up with
separate guidelines depending on CHED’s Advisory after the end of
the Enhanced Community Quarantine on April 30, 2020.
Due to the fluid nature of this crisis and the inherent risks of holding
large public gatherings, Graduation Rites will sadly not be held as
scheduled on July 18, 2020. The University is looking at possible scenarios which includes:
- Holding Graduation Rites sometime between October to December 2020,
- Holding Graduation Rites in July 2021 together with Batch 2020-2021, or
- Cancelling Graduation Rites altogether as a last option.
Note that regardless of which option will materialize, transcripts
of records and diplomas will be released on time as students will need
these to apply for jobs or further studies. The Registrar’s Office
shall issue a separate memo on the release of these records.
Dr. Felina C. Young
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