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.


Spring Semester Update - Days Feel Brighter

Dear Students and Colleagues –

If you are reading this email, know this:

As of Monday, April 5, 2021, all Wisconsin residents above the age of 16 (that’s YOU!) are now eligible to receive the vaccine for COVID-19. Many faculty and staff have already done so, and now students have the opportunity as well. There is great information, which includes instructions for getting on a list to receive your vaccine, at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Getting the vaccine before you head into the summer will make travel easier, will benefit your friends and family, and will go a long way toward making this coming fall truly a Return to Better, as we resume in-person classes, and renew the life and energy of our beautiful campus in the heart of Madison. Students – if you have questions about eligibility, or anything else related to getting a vaccine, please reach out to and we will assist.

Days feel brighter (today’s much-needed rain notwithstanding) but the pandemic is not “over.” Even as some restrictions are lifting, our protocols remain in place, and will for the foreseeable future. We won’t let our guard down now, even as the vaccination rate in our community increases. We will get there, and we will do it together – all of us.

We are preparing for a significant day on campus. Commencement is set for Saturday, May 15, 2021. We will have three ceremonies, preceded by Commencement Liturgy. We are segmenting what is routinely a single ceremony to ensure maximum physical distancing, and to put our community in the position of celebrating our graduates – and to enable our graduates to celebrate with the special people in their lives. So many pieces of our shared lives have felt beyond our control. The decision to hold Commencement on campus, and in this format, represents a happy return to at least the feeling of control. Yes, there are and will be protocols in place, and yes, our plan for the day requires approval by our public health authorities, and by our public safety authorities. But it will be in-person, on campus, and it will be a celebration for all – including some May 2020 grads who had to go without a ceremony last year. Faculty and Staff – watch for a brief survey regarding how you can serve on this important day for our graduates and their families.

Four more weeks of classes for the spring semester, then finals week. Wear your mask, keep your circles tight, and get a vaccine when and if you can, and let’s finish the semester strong.

Cor ad cor loquitur.