Original Issuance Date: September 21, 2021 (effective date of September 1, 2021)

Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

1.     Interim Policy Purpose

The purpose of this policy action is to accommodate circumstances presented by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) while maintaining the intent of UW System Administrative Policy 170, Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant Program.

2.     Related System Administrative Policies

This interim policy action temporarily waives portions of SYS 170, Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant Program. This interim policy action specifically applies to portions 6.f and 6.g.

3.     Scope

This interim policy action applies to students at UW institutions who are initially eligible for the Lawton Undergraduate Minority Grant Program, or who are currently participating in the program and seeking to renew their participation during the fall 2021 semester.

Prior interim policy actions, (SYS 100-02, SYS 100-03, and SYS 100-04), covered the spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 semesters with respect to this issue.

4.     Definitions

None listed.

5.     Interim Policy Statement

The Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 has continued to cause significant challenges impacting the ability of individual students to meet the initial and renewal award requirements for academic credits within the academic year. Specific challenges range from personal pandemic-related circumstances to reduced course options in some topic areas, particularly for upper level courses. These challenges may lead to difficulty meeting Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention grant criteria for:

  1. initial eligibility (6. f.) requiring students to, “enroll for at least twenty-four credits per academic year”, and
  2. renewal awards (6.g.) requiring students to, “enroll in and complete at least twenty-four credits per academic year.”

To accommodate circumstances presented by Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) while maintaining the intent of SYS 170, Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant Program both aforementioned requirements regarding enrollment in and/or completion of twenty-four credits per academic year are waived. This waiver shall apply to student enrollment activity during the fall 2021 semester as it pertains to current or future eligibility for, or enrollment in, the Lawton program.