Update from MSU Texas Provost James Johnston

Dear MSU Texas Community,

We hope that you and your families are well and staying safe as we all continue to navigate the challenges of our current situation. One certainty that remains evident is your resiliency over the past three weeks. It stands as a testament to the true spirit of our Mustangs community –a bond that cannot be broken when separated.

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we are working diligently to maintain and enhance the delivery of education and services. As such, we want to provide a summary of decisions regarding academic affairs.

  • The last date to drop a class is April 15, as previously announced.
  • Any drops during this time will not be counted as part of the six-drop limit.
  • After closely evaluating and considering a pass/fail grading system, university leadership has determined it is in the best interest of MSU to remain with our current grading model. We will not transition to a pass/fail.
  • Students are encouraged to continue conversations with their faculty and advisors to determine what is in their individual best interest for degree progression.

We remain committed to support you through the spring semester and beyond. As was mentioned in last week’s video, you are not alone. Continue to communicate with each other and reach out when you need help. We are here to serve and see each of you through this challenging time.


James Johnston, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(CV), FASRT
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs