COVID- 19 Addendum

Montana State University made several changes to standard procedures during the spring of 2020.  These changes were necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Much of the information relevant to these changes are contained within the COVID-19 communications.  You can view these messages on the COVID-19 Communications Archive. 

Of particular interest is the Pass/Fail grade option adopted on March 22nd.  To view this announcement please see the message from the Provost. 

Drop for Extraordinary Reasons

During the pandemic, Montana State University considers the following reasons, specific to COVID-19, that might influence a student’s post-deadline decision to drop a course.:

  • The student was diagnosed with COVID-19 and, due to the diagnosis, was severely ill and unable to engage academically
  • An immediate family member was diagnosed with COVID-19 and suffered an untimely death or whose illness placed an undue burden upon the student (ex: a primary caretaker for siblings).
  • The student had to be a primary caregiver of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • The student had an economic hardship resulting from COVID-19 directly impacting the ability to meet academic requirements.
  • The student had to become a first responder due to COVID-19.
  • The student had increased hours of employment to address financial hardship related to COVID19.
  • The student lost a babysitter/childcare due to COVID-19.
  • The student was unable to complete online education/distance education due to COVID-19.
  • The student had no WIFI access during COVID-19 due to facility closures.
  • Other – must be specific and not general “stress due to COVID-19.”