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Ohio State University trustees meet via teleconference

Board approves early awarding of medical degrees and temporary grading policy changes

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved two measures in response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on students and the healthcare community. The board held the meeting via teleconference out of respect for current recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ordered by the Governor of the State of Ohio, related to limiting in-person gatherings, and in accordance with guidance outlined by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and authorized by HB 197 related to holding virtual public meetings during this time of a COVID-19 declared emergency.

Medical students may graduate early
The board approved the early awarding of medical degrees for students who have completed all requirements to graduate and have elected to make the commitment to engage in the current health crisis as quickly as possible. The degrees will be awarded on April 12 instead of May 3. One hundred and seventy five of 184 MD students have met the graduation requirements and 54 have declared their intention to join the health care workforce upon graduation and requested the early date. (See related story.)

Grading policy changes approved
Trustees approved temporary changes to the Rules of the University Faculty for spring semester 2020. Because of the pandemic, the university has transitioned to virtual modes of teaching and learning for the remainder of the semester and closed campuses to any non-essential activity.
To provide students with additional flexibility in light of the extraordinary circumstances, they may take elective and general education courses pass/no pass instead of a letter grade, and will have additional time to resolve incomplete grades – from six to 10 weeks from the start of the next term. (See additional information.)

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