Letter to students from Cherie Fister, Vice President for Academic Affairs

April 1, 2020

Dear Maryville Students,

We’re writing with an important update to our academic policies related to grades and withdrawals for the spring semester: Maryville University will provide students the option to receive their spring semester course grades as either Pass/No Pass or as letter grades. This includes 16-week courses for the Spring semester and 8-week courses for the Spring 2 term. In addition, the University is extending the final withdrawal deadline to May 3, 2020, the last day of class. These policy exceptions are only for those Spring 2020 courses currently in session.

The University’s decision to adopt these interim academic policies was made in consideration of the great complexity in your lives since the coronavirus outbreak. From differences in technological resources at home to work-life changes to caring for ill family members to homeschooling kids – many of you are facing inequities and stress in your lives that are no doubt impacting your ability to perform at your best academic level. While we are committed to delivering your academic courses in a revised format, we believe providing this flexibility in grading, and allowing you to choose the grading system that is best for your situation, will enable you to progress in your degree program to the best of your ability

Similarly, extending the withdrawal deadline until the last day of classes will allow you to continue making progress in your courses and make your decision at the end of the semester.

We know you will have many questions about the implications these changes will have on your particular academic situation. You can find a set of frequently asked questions at Maryville.edu/coronavirus/academic-exceptions/ to learn more about the details of the interim policy changes. Because each student’s circumstance is unique, however, we strongly  encourage you to contact your team of advisors (faculty advisor, instructors, life coach and/or the Solution Squad in Operational Excellence, (ssc@maryville.edu and 314-529-9360) to talk through and give thorough consideration to your options.

We are so proud of the way our entire Maryville community has rallied together to ensure your academic progress continues during these unprecedented times. Along with our dedicated faculty and staff, no one has worked harder, nor been more resilient than each of you as you navigate the various shifts in your life because of the coronavirus pandemic. We believe in you and your ability to move forward even through these challenges. We’re here with you every step of the way and are doing everything we can to help you achieve your academic goals.

Take good care of yourself and your family.


Cherie Fister, MFA
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tammy Gocial, PhD
Interim Dean, John E. Simon School of Business
Associate Academic Vice President 

Katherine Louthan, MAEd
Dean, School of Adult & Online Education

Maschael Schappe, EdD
Dean, School of Education

Michelle Unterberg, DHS
Dean, Myrtle E. and Earl E. Walker College of Health Professions                         

Jennifer Yukna, PhD
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences