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Updated May 1, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
Classes canceled/Offices Closed on Tuesday
Classes have been canceled and offices will be closed Tuesday, May 2, at Missouri State University-West Plains. This includes the West Plains and Mountain Grove campuses. Essential personnel will report for work Tuesday.
University officials said they are evaluating how to proceed with classes for the remainder of the week and will make an announcement concerning their decision by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Counseling services are available to students through a contract with Comprehensive Consulting & Counseling, LLC, located at 3407 Division Dr. in West Plains. Missouri State-West Plains students affected by the flooding and needing access to counseling services can make arrangements by calling or texting 417-293-3907 or 417-293-8151.
Information for Grizzly Lofts Students
We have received updated information from the American Red Cross. Red Cross officials at the shelter location at First Baptist Church have said that Grizzly Lofts students do NOT have to spend the night at the shelter to be considered for Red Cross benefits. They prefer students to physically check in at the church location to sign up for benefits, but if they are unable to do so, they can call 417-256-3128, identify to the Red Cross and leave their contact information, and the evaluators will make contact with them when they arrive at the shelter location in two or three days.
Updated April 30, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
Due to extensive flooding and road conditions in the area, classes will be cancelled and offices closed Monday, May 1, at Missouri State University-West Plains. We hope to resume classes on Tuesday, but we will make the announcement no later than Monday afternoon.
We are working with faculty to make sure that students have the opportunity to complete their coursework. We encourage students to make every effort to finish out the semester. If that is not possible, there is a process in place for students to seek an incomplete grade in a class or classes. That process is detailed at the end of this message. If you experience difficulties in completing assignments, tests or other coursework due to the flooding, we recommend that you contact your instructors to discuss your options. If you have problems contacting your instructors or with the process, contact the dean of academic affairs at 417-255-7272 beginning Tuesday morning.
In addition, we are working to make counseling options available to students, we will post that information as soon as it is available.
Grizzly Lofts Information:
We do not anticipate the damage sustained by the Grizzly Lofts will be repaired before the end of the semester. We are working with students to give them temporary access to the facility to gather essential belongings only. At a later date, students will be given access to remove all of their belongings. We are making several options available to students for temporary housing. Contact Coordinator of Student Life Jared Cates at 417-293-5036 to gain access to Grizzly Lofts and to discuss housing options. Students will be reimbursed or their account will be credited for the cost of the Grizzly Lofts housing contract from April 29 to the end of the semester.
Process of Requesting an Incomplete Grade
- Speak first with your instructor. Each of them will have been notified that you are among the Grizzly Loft residents displaced by the flooding.
- You and your instructor should discuss all that remains for you to complete the course. The two of you should determine what assignments/exams remain between now and the end of the semester.
- If after that discussion you decide to request an incomplete, there’s a form that the instructor must complete. On this form, the instructor will detail all that remains for you to complete the course. A copy of the form will be sent to you, so you’ll have that for your reference.
- Once processed through registration and records, you will have until December 1, 2017, to complete the course. Obviously, it’s best if you can complete the course(s) as soon as possible.
- If you plan to graduate THIS semester, then you can still receive an incomplete and participate in graduation. However, you will not be able to receive your diploma until you have completed all required courses.
- Note: You do NOT have to take an incomplete; however, given these circumstances, the faculty, staff and administration of the University want you to have this chance to succeed to the best of your unhindered abilities.
Incomplete Grades Policy
Assignment and Removal of Incomplete Grades
In each instance where an ‘I’ grade is assigned, the course instructor shall, at the end of the semester in which the ‘I’ grade is given, indicate on an Assignment of Incomplete Grade form what the student must do to complete the course and how the completed work would affect the final grade. The original copy must be filed with the office of registration and records, which will then distribute copies to the student. If a student needs to repeat a course or a significant portion of a course, a grade should be assigned according to regulations governing the assignments of such grades. A ‘W’ grade may be assigned if the student has officially dropped the course within the semester deadlines.
An ‘I’ grade must be removed by the end of the following semester (excluding summer) or earlier as specified by the instructor; otherwise, the ‘I’ automatically becomes an ‘F’ grade. An extension of the time limit or other necessary arrangements to remove an ‘I’ grade will be made only if a written request for such extension is approved by the instructor and the academic dean. An approved request for extension of time for removal of an ‘I’ grade must be placed on file in the office of registration and records. The student should make arrangements with the instructor for the completion of the work. When the work is completed, the instructor will complete a Grade Change Authorization form in the office of registration and records. The student will be sent a copy of the form with a grade report indicating the adjusted grade point average.
For Graduates Only
An ‘I’ grade assigned during the semester or summer session of graduation should be removed prior to mid semester or July 15th for summer session. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the official date of graduation, being delayed to a later semester.