Spring 2020 COVID-19 Undergraduate Grading Policy
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On the recommendation of the Academic Coordinating Council Executive Council and the Faculty Senate Executive Council and with the approval of the Provost, the University will move to a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) quarter for all students, with the student option of requesting letter grades at the quarter’s conclusion.
Requesting letter grades: Faculty will maintain rank grading (ABCDF) records during the quarter, but the default reporting of grades for students will be to receive either a P or a NP. Students will have until 6/5/2020, Friday of Finals Preparation Week, to request their letter grade be reported to their transcript, rather than their P/NP grade. Students may be advised to request their letter grade if required for accreditation or other purposes.
The handling of D grades and F grades: For this spring 2020 quarter, all grades of D+ and above will receive a P unless a student requests their letter grade. A grade of D or D- will be recorded as a NP, which will not earn credits or be reflected in the GPA. A student may elect to have a D or D- reported to their transcript, which will earn credits and be reflected in the GPA. A grade of F will be recorded as NP on the transcript, will not receive degree credit, and will not be reflected in the GPA. Departments requesting a different minimum grade for credit may petition their Dean and will announce the course grade rubric before the start of classes.
Credit: A grade of P during spring 2020 will count towards curricular, major, continuation, and graduation requirements.
Rationale: The coronavirus pandemic has led the university to shift to remote learning, a modality that is new for many faculty and students. These uncharted learning conditions, coupled with the current social and economic instability our students are currently experiencing, will create a challenging quarter. This policy offers a simple and consistent approach to assessment which should alleviate student anxiety and encourage a focus on learning.