This message, and others like it, was sent to School of Business students on March 21, 2020.
Dear MSBA Students,
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.
In days to come, 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 Business School 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.
More details will follow soon on how you can request the pass-fail option. 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 friends and family remain safe and healthy. You may have seen an announcement to the Wake Forest community this afternoon 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 we all hold that student in our thoughts and hope for a speedy and strong recovery. Take care of yourself, and enjoy the weekend.
Associate Dean of Business Analytics
Inmar Presidential Chair in Analytics
School of Business