Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
March 30, 2020
Winter 2020 Grading and Withdrawal Changes for BYU-Idaho Online-degree Students
Additional details are now available on the process, parameters, and deadline.
Given the many impacts from COVID-19 and with a great desire to help students succeed, BYU-Pathway Worldwide and BYU-Idaho have decided to make the following two changes for online-degree seeking students enrolled in the current semester — Winter Semester 2020 (Jan.–Apr.).
All online students are encouraged to explore their options before acting. To determine the best option for you, please counsel with your instructors, a trusted faculty mentor, or an academic advisor.
1. For each Winter Semester 2020 course, students may choose to receive either the letter grade they earned, or a pass grade.
- You can request the best option for each individual course (e.g., you may receive the letter grade earned in one course and request a pass in another).
- Pass grades are not calculated into your BYU-Idaho GPA but will satisfy degree course requirements.
- Pass grades may impact things such as graduate school applications.
- Students who earn a letter grade of D+, D, D-, F, or UW can request a W (withdrawal), but they are not eligible to request a “pass” grade. (See information in the next section below for withdrawing from a course.)
- Next week, you will receive specific information on the process, parameters, and deadline to request changing a letter grade to a pass grade.
2. The individual withdrawal and discontinuance deadlines have been extended to Monday, April 6, at midnight (MDT/UTC-6).
- You may choose to withdraw from a course and receive a W grade.
- W grades are not calculated into your GPA.
- W grades will remain on your transcript even if you retake the course at a later date.
- For U.S. students only: W grades lower your SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) percentage. A low cumulative SAP percentage may impact your ability to receive federal financial aid. Contact +1-208-496-1411 with financial aid questions.
March 25, 2020
PathwayConnect Spring Semester Gatherings
Regarding next semester, which begins April 20, all weekly gatherings will continue to be facilitated virtually.
For those groups that originally gathered in person, it is possible that we will return to in-person gatherings at some point during the next semester. This decision will only happen if there is significant change in local governmental guidelines and upon the resumption of weekly services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU-Pathway will communicate in a timely manner should anything change.
March 23, 2020
Online-degree Students: Spring 2020 Registration Temporary Closure
In order to make necessary updates due to COVID-19, Spring 2020 Semester (April–July) registration will be temporarily closed for online students beginning March 23 at 4:00 p.m. (MDT/UTC-6). The registration system will reopen Thursday, March 26.
For Winter 2020 Semester, the registration system will remain open for drops and withdrawals in accordance with established BYU-Idaho academic deadlines. We look forward to resuming full Spring 2020 Semester registration services on March 26.
March 13, 2020
Temporary Change to PathwayConnect Gatherings
Beginning the week of March 16, PathwayConnect gatherings that occur in person will be switched to virtual gatherings* for the remaining four weeks of the semester. This change follows direction from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to temporarily suspend all public gatherings of Church members.
What does this mean?
This means that students who meet locally at a Church meetinghouse or institute for their weekly PathwayConnect gatherings will now gather online via Zoom videoconferencing software. Students will be notified by their missionaries with a link to their Zoom gathering. Students who already gather virtually will experience no change. Additionally, online courses will continue uninterrupted for all students.
The good news is that BYU-Pathway has considerable experience operating virtual gatherings. Virtual gatherings are already a standard practice in PathwayConnect for nearly one-third of our students throughout the world, and students who gather virtually experience similar positive outcomes as those who gather in person.
What about next semester?
BYU-Pathway Worldwide will remain fully operational. Regarding Spring 2020 Semester (late April–July), we will provide more information about gatherings closer to that time. As a reminder, if you have not yet registered for next semester, please do so by logging in to your student portal at byupathway.org.
As the First Presidency stated recently, “We bear our witness of the Lord’s love during this time of uncertainty. He will bless you to find joy as you do your best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in every circumstance.”
We appreciate your flexibility. May we all move forward with faith and confidence together.
*In a few areas of the world where there are internet limitations that prevent students from attending gatherings virtually, students will be allowed to complete the semester without participating in gatherings for the next four weeks. Students who live in those areas will be notified directly.
March 12, 2020
(Updated 8:00 p.m. (MDT))
In-Person PathwayConnect Gatherings Cancelled
Given the announcement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the cancellation of all Church meetings — all remaining in-person PathwayConnect gatherings scheduled for March 12 or 13 are cancelled. More information will be provided in the coming days regarding gatherings for the rest of this semester. Students should continue to complete their course work online.
Groups that meet virtually through Zoom should continue to hold gatherings as usual for the remainder of the semester.
March 11, 2020
BYU-Pathway Worldwide is aware of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on many of our students, missionaries, and employees around the world. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsand the Church Educational System (CES) recently released information regarding large in-person gatherings. Additionally, the notice from CES also referenced BYU-Pathway Worldwide: “Gatherings will follow the guidelines provided by the Area Presidency and employ virtual gathering where necessary.” Following this direction, PathwayConnect in-person gatherings will generally continue at locations where sacrament meetings continue to be held, unless otherwise directed by Church leadership. Missionaries will notify students if in-person gatherings need to be cancelled. Virtual gatherings will continue as usual.In the meantime, please note the following:
- Do not attend a weekly gathering in person if you are sick. Instructors should excuse students if they cannot attend for health reasons.
- If you have an underlying health risk, you may request to be moved to a virtual gathering by contacting BYU-Pathway Support.
- Please follow prudent health guidelines as outlined by health experts in your area.
In an effort to maintain the safety of our students, BYU-Pathway will continue to evaluate the situation and send updates via email and on this web page as needed. Any student questions or concerns can be directed to their missionaries or BYU-Pathway Support.