THE UNIVERSITY on Wednesday announced that it would continue online classes until the end of the second term as a precautionary measure against the outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

According to an advisory from the Office of the Secretary General, online classes for graduating students will be from April 20 to May 16. Online classes for undergraduate students meanwhile will be from April 20 until May 23.

Final exams for graduating students will start from May 18 and end on May 23 while final exams for undergraduate students will be from May 25 to 30.

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“Due to the uncertainty of the quarantine period and the health risks of resuming classes while still at the height of the pandemic, the University decided to undertake the most practical step to still facilitate student learning amidst all the challenges that may come our way,” the advisory read.

Undergraduate students will receive a final numerical grade ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 only, while the applicable passing grade range will be used for students in the graduate level.

A grade of INP or in progress will be given to students who are at risk of failing or unable to submit one or more of the requirements within the term. Graduating students with INP will not be eligible for graduation.

The memorandum also said the Office of the Vice Rector for Finance would soon release guidelines for a partial refund of laboratory fees, miscellaneous and other fees.

All non-curricular in-campus and off-campus activities are suspended until the end of the term while curricular off-campus activities will be replaced with alternative activities online.

Administrative and academic officials will continue to observe work-from-home arrangements.

Work in the University will resume only when quarantine regulations allow, the advisory said.

On April 7, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to extend the quarantine until April 30, to further contain the spread Covid-19.


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