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COVID-19 Response

A letter to students from Jamie Bufalino, GSS Program Director:

April 3, 2020

Dear GSS students,

I hope that you are all safe and healthy and will remain so throughout this troubling time. As the first week of remote instruction draws to a close, I am reaching out to offer encouragement and support as you adjust to a new way of living and learning as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Firstly, please know that if you are struggling, I am here to help. The university has a variety of resources available to you (see below for details) including technical support, remote advising, financial assistance, and emotional/mental health advice. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of these resources. I am happy to help you to obtain any assistance you may need to be secure and successful throughout the spring term.

To ensure that students are not negatively impacted by the shift to remote learning this term, I have waived temporarily the GSS departmental requirement that major coursework be taken for a letter grade. For spring term 2020, all GSS students may choose the Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option for any of their major courses. Under this grading option, a “P” grade will be recorded for a C- or above, and an NP grade will be recorded for a D+ or below. As per the Provost’s recent announcement, students have until July 16, 2020 to declare this grading option. Please note that this change will not immediately be reflected on student degree guides but the registrar’s office is working diligently with GSS and many other departments on campus to make this change.

I know that this is a very difficult time for many of you and I am dedicated to ensuring your academic success at this difficult time. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at

Take Care!

Jamie Mayhew Bufalino
Director, General Social Sciences Program

Student Resources

Campus Resources for academic advising, please contact PPSI flight path advisors at or at 541-346-9200. General advising info is available at:

If you are experiencing a financial crisis that could negatively impact your academics, please call 541-346-3216 or visit There is a Students in Crisis Fund available to assist students in need.

For assistance with remote instruction, find quick links at

For counseling and medical advice, the University Health Center continues to offer services to students even if they are not in Eugene. This includes the counseling center and a nurse advice hotline at (541) 346-2770.

For resources specific to international students, go to

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