A letter from the dean:
Dear CFPCA Students,
This year has certainly been unique, surprising and challenging. CFPCA students, faculty, and staff have used innovative approaches and resilience to move forward. Our communities are committed, connected and creative!
We are looking forward to a fall semester that is largely "normal." Although some of our courses will continue to be delivered in remote or hybrid formats, most will be face to face on campus. We are also planning on holding our regular music, theatre and dance performances again and we look forward to seeing the inspiring work of our creative warriors.
We are starting a phased reopening and Departmental and college offices will soon be open and available to assist you. If you have other questions about program requirements or your degree progress, please contact your advisor. Please also feel free to contact your professors with specific questions about your classes. Departmental web sites may also provide useful information.
I know that this is a very stressful and uncertain time but through it we have remained Creative Warrior Strong and we look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.
Professor and Dean
What services and/or resources are available?
Advisors will offer remote and virtual advising through email, phone and MS Teams. Your advisors will respond to emails and phone calls from you. It may take a bit of time but they will be with you. Scheduling for face-to-face appointments is being developed and will be announced once set.
What services and/or resources are temporarily suspended?
For the time being, face-to-face advising appointments are temporarily suspended. Drop-in advising services are temporarily suspended. Workshops and advising events are postponed. We will notify all students when in-person activities are re-established.
Whom do I contact with questions or issues?
Please contact your advisor directly.
- James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History - Avanti Herczeg and Michele Porter
- Department of Communication - Mary Grenfell, Jessica Greenwald, Vicki Dallas, Cleo Moody
- Department of Music - Dan Hanrath
- Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance - James Fortune
- CFPCA Advising - Erin Wiseman (academic challenges, choosing a major); Maya Calloway (scholarship, degree certification)
- Loraleigh Keashly, CFPCA Associate Dean, Curricular & Student Affairs, email@example.com or 313-577-5342
Where can I get more information about COVID-19 and its impact on WSU?
How can I get technical assistance?
- Computing & Information Technology's (C&IT)
- Contact the C&IT Helpdesk at 313-577-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students can also contact their professor and inform them of the technical issue
Who do I contact about Canvas issues?
- Utilize the Student Training Course within Canvas
- Contact the C&IT Helpdesk at 313-577-4357 or email@example.com
Grades (Academic Year 2020-2021)
To help alleviate concern over the transition to online classes and other possible complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic, Wayne State University is adding a pass/no pass grading option for undergraduate students and a grade/no pass option for graduate students for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.
The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts will implement the policies as articulated for majors in each of our departments - James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of Communication and the Department of Music.
Regarding the process, faculty will record letter grades for each student. Once those are posted, each student will now have the option to convert the final grade.
Undergraduate students: For majors and minors in the Departments of Art and Art History, Music, and Theatre and Dance, and the Public Relations, Journalism, and Communication Studies programs in the Department of Communication, P grades elected during Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 will be accepted for credit for major and minor courses. If a student receives a C- as a final grade in their major or minor course in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021, they can choose to keep that grade rather than convert to a P and it will be accepted as having met the course requirement.
For the Film major and minor and the Media Arts and Studies (MAS) major and minor in the Department of Communication, the minimum of a C to be considered for passing the course is required for the following courses: COM 1600, COM 3380 and COM 5400. Thus if a student receives a C- as a final grade in any of the aforementioned courses in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021, even should a student chose a P, the course will not be counted toward the degree and must be retaken and achieve a C grade.
Students should consult with their academic advisor on the impact of P/N grading on their academic plan, before making their decision. Check out the PN grading FAQs to help in your discussions with your advisor.
Graduate students: The Graduate School has implemented a grading policy change to allow students receiving an unsatisfactory or failing grade this term (B- or lower) to request a grade change to "N", for "No pass resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic." There is no option to change a final grade of B or higher to a P (pass).
Students should consult with their graduate director and graduate advisor on the impact of the grade/N policy on their academic plan, before making their decision.
Process for filing request to change final grade to P or N
For graduating seniors only: after consultation with your advisor, if you decide to change a course grade to a P or N, use this form for each course for which you want to do a grade change. If you decide to stay with the final grade assigned, you do not need to do anything else. Your decision is due no later than December 23, 2020. Please note once your transcript is certified, the grades cannot be changed.
For continuing students only: after consultation with your advisor, if you decide to change a course grade to a P or N, you will use a form currently being developed by the Registrar. It will be available January 5, 2021. Check the Registrar's page for updates wayne.edu/registrar/records/grades/pandemic-pn-grading Please note: you can have until the time your transcript is certified post graduation to make or change your decision. Please note: you can have until the time your transcript is certified post graduation to make or change your decision.
Note: This page was updated as of June 21, 2021. Please check back for further updates