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COVID-19 Grading Policy Guidance
Grading Policy Modification for Spring Semester 2020 in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic April 2, 2020
- Provide flexibility for students to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 on their learning experience in Spring Semester 2020
- Sustain integrity of the learning process by encouraging students to complete their attempted courses
- Guide students to make informed choices that protect their interests, including scholarships, graduation, GPA, progress toward degree, ability to gain professional certification, and ability to be accepted into graduate degree programs
- Apply only to graded courses attempted in Spring Semester 2020
GRADING SCALE SPECIFICS
Students can choose their options from options I-V below for each individual course.
- Letter grades: Undergraduate students (A, B, C, D, F)
- Convert letter grade to Pass (SCP): Undergraduate (available for grades A, B, C)
- Results in course credit but has no impact on the GPA
- Normally accepted for transfer credit by other institutions
- Convert letter grade to Special Pass (SCD): Undergraduate (available for grade of D)
- Academic Forgiveness cannot be used for this course moving forward.
- Course credit earned, no impact on GPA.
- Normally not accepted for transfer credit by other institutions.
- Convert letter grade to No Grade (SCN): Undergraduate (available for grades D, F)
- Results in no course credit, no impact on the GPA
- Not eligible for undergraduate academic forgiveness moving forward.
- Basically, treated as if a student withdrew from the course in terms of no credit/no impact on GPA.
- If a course was being retaken and had already been academically forgiven (student previously filed paperwork for academic forgiveness and are retaking the course this term):
- If SCN is chosen, this gives student no credit for a course and must retake course again.
- If SCD is chosen, this gives student credit for course but not GPA.
How this grading policy relates to exempted finals
- For students offered an exemption from a final exam or project and the student accepts this offer, the official final grade will be the one given to the student on April 24; The above grading policy will apply thereafter.
- For students who take a final exam, the final grade that includes the final exam score will be the official final grade; The above policy will apply thereafter.
TIMELINE FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
- For All Students:
- April 17: Last day to withdraw without a final grade
- April 24: Instructors deliver grade to date for students, if opting to use the special COVID-19 final exam exemption policy; students confirm acceptance of final exam exemption with standing grade in writing (by email or Canvas) before the final exam period begins; instructors grant exemptions in writing (by email or in Canvas)
- April 27 – May 1: Final exams
- For Candidates for Graduation:
- May 4: Deadline for instructors to submit grades for all candidates for graduation
- May 4 – 8: Candidates confer with academic and financial aid advisors to determine their choice of grading, based on the above policy
- May 8 by Noon: Deadline for candidates to submit their choice of grading to student workflow
- May 11 – 14: Registrar’s Office implements candidate grade choices to transcripts
- May 15: Degrees conferred (may need a later date here)
- For Non-Candidates for Graduation:
- May 6: Deadline for instructors to submit grades for all non-candidates for graduation
- May 11 – 15: Non-candidates confer with academic and financial aid advisors
- May 15 by Noon: Deadline for Non-candidates to submit their choice of grading to student workflow
- May 15 – 22: Registrar’s Office implements non-candidate grade choices to transcripts
- A grade of SCP in lieu of a letter grade will not be the best option for some students, depending on their academic program requirements, scholarships and financial aid.
- For any requirements, including prerequisites, academic programs are required to accept a grade of SCP) grades earned in Spring 2020 courses
- A Special Pass (SCD) earned in Spring 2020 may be accepted for meeting program requirements, including prerequisites at the department/program’s discretion
- A grade of Incomplete (I) may be used by some instructors for situations in which the student needs to complete only a small amount of work for the course to complete it. The grade of I is outlined in the current academic regulations.
REQUIRED ADVISING PROCEDURES
- Students are encouraged to consult with an academic and financial advisor to review the student’s final grade entered by the instructor of record within the timeline outlined above.
- Students will be provided advice on potential impacts of chosen grade on:
- Financial aid and costs
- Progress toward degree
- Academic eligibility
- Professional Certification
- Impact on post-graduate studies
- Student initiates an online workflow to record the final grade and should begin that process only after reviewing all information provided on the COVID 19 student page as well as consultation with an advisor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For All Students
For Candidates for Graduation
NOTE: College/departmental restrictions and considerations may also apply. Connect with your academic advisor for these specific questions/concerns.