This message was sent on March 22.

Dear Undergraduate Students in the School of Business,

I look forward to welcoming you back on Monday from our brief hiatus. During this past week, your professors and our wonderful support staff have been working tirelessly to ensure that your courses will continue and that you can maintain momentum toward graduation.

Soon, you will receive several updates from me and from others, which will acquaint you with the operation of your courses in distance learning mode, as well as some of the resources that we are putting in place to help support your success. Along those lines, I am pleased to share with you that the School of Business, in partnership with the College, will be offering a pass-fail option on all courses that will carry through to the end of the spring semester. We hope that this option will provide you with a welcome degree of flexibility as you navigate the uncertainties that you may feel about a first foray into distance learning, as well as family, financial, and other stressors that may have entered your life in this unprecedented situation. The Program Directors for each of our majors in the School of Business will communicate with you if there are any changes to class prerequisite requirements that will apply during the remainder of this term.

More details will follow soon on how you can exercise the pass-fail option if you wish. After classes resume, you will have several weeks to reach a decision, with a likely deadline of April 17 for requests. Before drawing any conclusions, I recommend that you carefully consider such issues as how pass-fail status could impact financial aid stipulations, academic standing, guidelines for job applications or later schooling, and visa requirements.

In closing, I sincerely hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy. You may have seen an announcement to the Wake Forest community that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. This student is currently in isolation off campus and, thankfully, appears to be recovering well. I know that we all hold that student in our thoughts, and that we hope for a speedy and strong recovery.

Take care of yourself, and enjoy the weekend.

Take care,

Kenny Herbst
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Business Program