Return to Better 2021

We are committed to a return to classes on campus and in-person when the 2021-‘22 academic year gets underway.

Our students expect to engage with our outstanding faculty and with one another – both in and out of the classroom – and they expect to do that in-person, in one of the best college towns in America – Madison.  That's why we are committed to teaching and learning in classrooms, and in-person, this fall.

Our Return to Better Task Force is taking steps to make that happen - not to return to ‘normal,’ but to return to better, applying all the lessons we have learned and continue to learn through the experience of the pandemic.


Active cases
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
Last updated 5/14/2021

Total: Total number of cases (Active and Recovered) among Students, Faculty, and Staff, both on and off campus, since tracking began in summer 2020.
Active: Positive cases not yet recovered.
Recovered: Able to resume normal activities. 

(May 15, 2021 - On the final day of the Spring semester, our final active case was moved to 'recovered.' The College has suspended tracking of COVID-19 cases among Students, Faculty, and Staff, both on and off campus, effective with the close of the Spring semester. Be well!)

Spring 2021 Pass/Fail Option for Students

How will this process work?
You should continue to work hard in all of your classes, and do not make any decision to take a course Pass/Fail until you know the letter grade you earned in the class. 

Professors will submit the letter grade you earned for the course at the end of the semester as normal.

Once grades are submitted, students will have from 12:01AM on May 20 until 11:59PM on May 25 to request that their letter grade be converted to Pass/Fail.

When the Pass/Fail option opens, you will receive an email with a link.  This link will also be in Edgewood Express, on the very top of the Courses and Registration page.

The Registrar’s Office will receive the request and convert your letter grade to a Pass/Fail grade according to the following scale:
Letter grade of A, AB, B, BC, C will be converted to a High Pass (HP) grade
Letter grade of CD or D will be converted to a Low Pass (LP) grade
Letter grade of F will be converted to a Fail (F*) grade
(The ‘*’ denotes a failure in a P/F course as opposed to a letter grade course).

Do I have to move a course to a Pass/Fail grading method?
No.  You have the option to move one of your classes to P/F.  The default grading method will be the normal letter grade.

Is my decision to choose a Pass/Fail grade for a particular course reversible? No. Once you select the option of Pass/Fail grade for a particular course, that decision is not reversible.

When can I choose to opt out of the letter grade and select a Pass/Fail grading option?
You have from 12:01 AM on May 20 until 11:59 PM on May 25, 2021 to submit your request to change a letter grade to P/F. 

How do I select the Pass/Fail grading option?
The details of the process are still being developed.  More information will be coming.  

I am a student athlete. Does that influence my decision regarding the Pass/Fail option?
Changing a course to Pass/Fail will have no impact on your athletic eligibility unless you were ineligible for the Spring 2021 semester.  If you were ineligible for the Spring 2021 semester, you will need to reestablish your credits and GPA to be eligible in the Fall of 2021.  Please contact the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance, Justin Meyer ( if you have any questions on this topic.

I am a veteran.  Does that influence my decision regarding the Pass/Fail option?
Yes, that should influence your decision.  If you are receiving state or federal veterans benefits you may contact Matthew Schroeder, Director of Military and Veteran Services at or Karene Cary, School Certifying Official at to determine whether changing a course to Pass/Fail would be a wise option for you.

Will opting for a Pass/Fail grade have a negative impact on my Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid?
In most cases, there would not be a negative impact. Students still earn credits for each course with a “Pass” grade.  However, Pass/Fail grades do not affect your cumulative GPA.   If your cumulative GPA is below the required 2.0 for undergraduate students or 3.0 for graduate students, you will violate the SAP requirements.  If you fall into this scenario, you may go through the appeal process to have your financial aid eligibility reviewed.  The unusual circumstances of the semester will be taken into consideration. Please contact Edgewood Central,, 608-663-4300 with any questions. 

What constitutes a Pass grade?
Letter grade of A, AB, B, BC, or C is equivalent to a High Pass (HP) grade.
Letter grade of CD, or D is equivalent to a Low Pass (LP) grade.
Letter grade of F is equivalent to a Fail (F*) grade.
(The ‘*’ denotes a failure in a P/F course as opposed to a letter grade course).

Are there any courses for which I can’t select a Pass/Fail grading method?

Courses that are already considered Pass/Fail courses prior to the implementation of this policy will remain Pass/Fail courses (i.e. you will earn either a P for Pass or an F* for Fail rather than a HP, LP or F*)

Will courses taken Pass/Fail count toward my graduation/major requirements?

Generally speaking, yes, in Spring 2021 any course taken Pass/Fail in which a HP or LP is earned will satisfy major/graduation requirements. The exceptions would be majors and minors requiring a specific GPA to graduate, so you should be sure to meet with your faculty advisor and/or professional advisor if you are in one of those majors and there is concern about being near that GPA threshold.

Will courses taken Pass/Fail count towards my major or minor?
In most cases, yes, in Spring 2021 a course taken Pass/Fail in which a HP or LP is earned will count towards your major or minor.  An exception would be courses in majors or minors that require a C or better; these would need a grade of HP in order to fulfill the requirement.

What effect would opting for a Pass/Fail grade have on my getting into professional and graduate school?
Most professional programs and graduate schools would rather see a letter grade rather than a Pass/Fail grade.  However, this is a decision that you should discuss with your faculty advisor and/or professional advisor.

Do Pass/Fail grades have an impact on my GPA? 
Pass/Fail grades, because they do not have grade points, do not affect the GPA of a student. 

Will courses taken Pass/Fail affect my ability to graduate this semester?
In order to meet the requirements for the baccalaureate degree you must have a GPA of 2.0 or better.  In order to meet the requirements for a degree from the graduate programs, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.  So, if you need a letter grade to improve your GPA in order to graduate, you may need to take one or more courses for letter grades.  Please talk with your advisor.

Individual majors and minors may have minimum GPA requirements that are different than the institutional GPA requirements listed above to graduate.  You should check with your faculty advisor and/or professional advisor if you are in one of these programs.      

Will I be able to repeat a course in which I earn a letter grade or P/F grade of “F*”?Yes, you can repeat a course regardless of its grading method.  You will not receive credit twice, however, and the most recent grade will always be the one calculated into the GPA.

If I take an incomplete for any course this semester, and thus miss the deadline to request the Pass/Fail option, is it possible to choose the Pass/Fail grading option for that course later, when I finish it?
No.  A letter grade (other than ‘I’) must be earned in the course prior to the deadline to request that the course be graded Pass/Fail.   

Can I opt for Pass/Fail grading for just part of a class, but a regular letter grading for the other part?  For example, if I took the first part of a two semester course in Fall 2021 and took the second part of the course in Spring 2021, do I have to choose a letter grade for the spring course?
No.  You will keep the letter grade you earned in the fall semester but you may choose to take the spring semester course for Pass/Fail.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Pledge 2020-21

Preventing the spread

In order to do everything we can to keep all of our community as safe as possible, the Edgewood College community will adhere to a number of safety protocols during the 2020-2021 Academic Year as a way of minimizing risk of the spread of COVID-19. These protocols are based on guidelines provided by Public Health Madison Dane County.

As a member of this Community, I will…

  • Wash my hands properly and regularly.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes.
  • Comply with posted Public Health Madison Dane County requirements.  
  • Wear a mask covering my nose and mouth while in indoor spaces.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Assist in the use of disinfectant wipes to clean shared public workspaces prior to use.
  • Take reasonable precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19 both on- and off-campus.
  • Avoid public places and minimize interpersonal contacts if I have been exposed or have any symptoms of any illness.
  • Report any potential exposure or symptoms to the College and follow any instructions to seek medical care or to quarantine.
  • Agree to be tested for COVID-19, as prescribed by health care professionals. Agree to be cooperative and flexible as we work together to support one another and give our community the best balance of learning and safety.

Task Force Fall 2020

A work group charged with shaping the return to campus this fall. We remain committed to on-campus, in-person living and learning at Edgewood College, beginning with welcoming our newest students on Sunday, August 16, 2020.


Andrew Manion
President, Co-Chair

Margaret Noreuil
Interim V.P. of Academic Affairs, Co-Chair

Al Brisack
Athletics Director & Head Baseball Coach

Frank Byrne

Dawn Crim

Patrick Gumieny
Director of Information Technology

Michael Guns
V.P. Business & Finance/CFO

Heather Harbach
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students

Cristie Jacobs
Executive Assistant to the President

Lucy Keane

Michelle F. Kelley

Mary Klink
Associate V.P. for Dominican Life and Mission

Scott Lanphear
Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Manager

Willie Larkin
Diversity Officer

Claire Mand
Director of Residence Life

Michael Metcalf
Director of Security & Transportation

Suann Saltzberry
Associate Director of Athletics/SWA

Amber Schultz
V.P. for Enrollment Management

Ed Taylor
Director of Strategic Communications

Katie Vesperman
Interim V.P. for Institutional Advancement

Dave Wittwer

Fall 2020 COVID Dashboard



Covid-19 Updates

These pages are a resource for students, parents, and our entire community.


Fall 2020 Update - Thanksgiving

Dear Students and Colleagues – 

Congratulations, you’ve just about made it. As of this morning, we have only three days remaining of in-person classes, and it seems our “Halloween Spike” in COVID-19 cases has peaked and is beginning to taper off.  Given the scheduling of this semester, some of you have already had your last in-person class. We’ve made it this far because of you – your commitment to this community and to each other. The news of the pandemic is simultaneously gravely serious and encouragingly promising. The progress on the development of multiple vaccines gives us reason to realistically hope that we could see the end of the pandemic before summer, yet we know many more will suffer and die before we get there. Realizing that a vaccine being available to us is still months away, let’s continue to focus on what we can control: wear your mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distance, and tighten your social circles. These steps are crucial, and will remain so over our well-earned break next week. Let’s keep it up. 

Earlier this year I referred to the two viruses we face: COVID-19, and systemic racism. Neither are going away soon enough, and while the pandemic captures a lot of attention this fall, our work to become a community of equity and inclusion remains at the top of our shared goals. The Board of Trustees completed an exercise this fall of a shared reading of Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad. Yesterday’s meeting of the Board was at times a gut-punch as the lived experiences of several of our Trustees were shared. The work of our Dismantling Racism Task Force continues, as does our Board’s, as we learn the steps we will take together to walk the talk, and become the Edgewood College that our mission and values demand. 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love getting together with extended family to enjoy a meal and conversation, and I love the idea that our nation has collectively set aside a day to give thanks. This year will be different, of course, with a lot of those extended family conversations happening via Zoom or Face Time. I will try to not be disappointed by these pandemic adjustments, but instead to be all the more appreciative of the people we miss and wish we could be with. There’s a good deal of research that suggests being thankful and expressing gratitude makes us happier, healthier, and more productive. I try to be mindful of things for which I am grateful every day. One of our professors personifies that very approach this week. This faculty member was in-person, and on campus for their classes for the entire semester. Their message? Gratitude. Gratitude for our students, for our faculty and staff, and for this community. You have all worked hard to get this community to this break. I will miss the physical presence of this community during Advent, which begins for Christians on Sunday, November 29 and goes through Christmas Eve. But I will be Thankful knowing that we remain connected, fulfilling our mission and looking forward to being together again in 2021.  

Be well, and be safe. Drive carefully and wear your mask.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D.