Updates on COVID-19 policies

April 8, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we enter our break I wanted to update you on the university policies that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to answer some questions that have been raised over the last two weeks.

Many students have praised these new options, as they accommodate those who want to keep grades on their transcripts for employers or graduate school applications, while also empowering those who have experienced major disruptions to their academic studies that have taken a toll on their ability to learn and perform in their courses. More and more graduate schools, including almost 30 medical schools*, have issued statements indicating that they will accept CR or P grades that have been granted under policies such as ours at Brandeis for graduate admission requirements.

Without a doubt the past weeks have presented significant challenges to students, faculty and staff as we pivoted to emergency remote instruction, closed down on-campus research and creative work, and lost the day to day in-person interactions that are such a strong component of our Brandeis community. In the coming weeks as the devastating impact of COVID-19 is felt more locally I urge us all to check in with one another and focus on what unites us at this time of hardship and loss.

With gratitude and best wishes,


Lisa M. Lynch, Provost

*As of April 7 these medical schools include Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Creighton University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Stanford University, Tulane University, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of California San Diego, University of California San Francisco, University of Colorado, University of Louisville, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech), Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis