Campus notification regarding COVID-19

This message is notification that a Marshall University employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The employee is currently hospitalized in stable condition.

Due to privacy regulations, the affected employee’s name and other identifying information will not be released. It is believed the individual was exposed to the virus through a family member—not a co-worker. University administrators are in contact with the employee and are providing assistance and support as needed.

The employee has been working at home since March 26. All the employee’s close contacts at the university prior to that date have been identified and instructed to follow appropriate protocols, including self-isolation, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Cabell Huntington Health Department. If you have not been contacted, your risk of exposure from this employee is low.

We have had no other confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our employees or the students who remain in our residence halls. Please review the university’s Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan for information regarding established protocols.

As of today, 11 cases have been reported in Cabell County out of 412 statewide.

It is essential members of the university community continue to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for safety and health. Keep social distancing, wash hands and stay home as directed by government authorities.

The health and safety of employees and students is Marshall University’s top priority. The university is optimistic its efforts to reduce the incidence of COVID-19, including moving all classes to remote delivery and having nearly 90% of its workforce telecommuting, will be effective.

For university updates regarding COVID-19, please visit Concerns and questions can be e-mailed to

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance during this ongoing situation.

Message from the provost: Addition of Credit/No Credit grading option for spring semester (April 1, 2020)

Dear Marshall University students,

Due to the emerging hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary transition to online course delivery, Marshall University is making changes to its grading system for the spring semester.

For this semester only, undergraduate students will be able to opt in to receive Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grades based on their final grades as of May 4. CR/NC is an alternative to the traditional A-F grading system.

You must opt in to CR/NC grading no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, and may do so on a course-by-course basis. Instructions for the opt in process are forthcoming.

Some important points to remember include:

  • Students who select CR/NC are required to participate in all course activities and assessments through the end of the semester.
  • To earn CR for a course, you must receive a final letter grade of A, B or C; students who receive a final grade of D or F will earn NC.
  • Only CR grades count as credit toward graduation.
  • CR/NC grades will not affect your term or cumulative grade point average either positively or negatively.

You should talk to your academic advisor before making a decision. Please note:

  • The CR/NC grading option may not be appropriate for all courses in accredited programs, for courses associated with professional licensure or for courses requiring clinical/practicum clock-hours. Each academic college will administer exceptions to this policy as necessary.
  • You may need letter grades in certain prerequisite courses to meet admission requirements for professional graduate programs.
  • A final letter grade of D counts as credit toward graduation. For students who opt in under this policy, however, a final grade of D will be converted to NC and will not count as credit toward graduation.
  • For undergraduate students who are repeating a course under the D/F repeat rule and who opt to receive CR/NC grading, the CR or NC will replace the D/F grade from the previous attempt. If the earlier grade to be replaced is a D, an NC would trigger a reduction in total credits earned.

We hope this change to our grading policy provides the flexibility you need to feel more comfortable proceeding with your education during this particularly challenging time.

Please remember to check your Marshall e-mail regularly for updates, and thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Jaime R. Taylor, Ph.D.
Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs