Undergraduate Appeal for Extension of Time to Satisfy the GWAR Requirement

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The current suspension of in-person classes across our system due to COVID-19, as well as Executive Order N-25-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom requiring adherence to social distancing guidelines, leads us to issue a temporary, limited suspension of the California State University Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) through Summer 2022. The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) is one of two ways CSUN students can meet the GWAR requirement. All test dates for the UDWPE are cancelled through Fall 2021.

All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. At CSUN, all students who have met the lower division writing requirement, completed 56 units or more, and intend to graduate with a baccalaureate or master’s degree are required to demonstrate their writing proficiency in one of two ways.

  1. Students may pass an essay examination as a demonstration of their proficiency in writing. The UDWPE will be offered throughout the academic year. See the Testing Center website for test dates, test fee and registration.
  2. Students may meet the GWAR requirement by receiving a grade of “C” or better in a minimum of 6 units of coursework in the upper division portion of the General Education curriculum.

Undergraduate students are required to meet the Graduation Writing Requirement no later than the semester in which they complete 90 units. Students who have not met this requirement by the completion of 90 units may have a registration hold placed on their subsequent registration.