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University Resources, Operations and Policies

Spring 2020 Grading Policy


Policy Statement

In light of the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus, eligible students have the option of converting letter grades in Spring 2020 classes to Pass/No Credit within seven days after their grades have been posted.


Reason for Policy

This policy helps to alleviate unforeseen challenges posed to students by the unexpected transition to remote delivery of instruction due to the COVID-19 virus.


Who is Governed by this Policy

Students, faculty, staff, and administration.


Policy

This policy is applies to the Spring 2020 semester only.

This policy is applicable to undergraduate students, with exceptions/restrictions based on course/program as described in college/school procedures.  College/school procedures may also make this policy applicable to graduate students, with possible exceptions/restrictions.

Students in eligible programs/courses have seven days after grades have been posted to request a conversion of the assigned grade to a P (Pass) or NC (No Credit). 

Before submitting requests, students consult with advisors regarding potential impact on program and other requirements. 

Grades of P earned during the Spring 2020 semester may be applied to General Education, Foreign Language, and major/minor/program degree requirements, with possible exceptions in Nursing, Accounting, Scholar Teacher Education Program (STEP), Physical Education, Art Education, Music Education, and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Restrictions on Pass/Fail classes related to academic probation and independent studies will not apply to students opting for Pass/No Credit for Spring 2020. 


Definitions

Pass
For Spring 2020, this reflects a grade of C- or higher, with exceptions as outlined in college/school procedures. This grade is recorded on the academic transcript with the designation of P.  Applicable semester credit hours count as earned credit.  The grade of P is not included in GPA calculations.

No Credit
This reflects a grade lower than C-, with exceptions as outlined in college/school procedures.  This grade is recorded on the academic transcript with the designation of NC.  No semester credit hours are earned.   The grade of NC is not included in GPA calculations.


Procedures

College of Arts and Sciences:  Graduate students in Math, Computer Science, and Biology programs may convert grades of B- or higher to grades of P; grades below B- may be converted to grades of NC.  Graduate students in the MFA program are not eligible to convert grades to P or NC.

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology:  All graduate students have the option to convert to P/NC.   For the PhD and the School Psych Programs, a grade of C+ or below may be converted to a grade of NC.  For the Infant Mental Health, MA, and MHC programs, a grade of B- and below may be converted to a grade of NC.

College of Education and Health Sciences:  In Communication Science Disorders, undergraduates are not eligible for the P grade in LIN 103 or any SPE course; graduate students in the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology programs are not eligible to convert grades to P or NC.  In Education, undergraduate and graduate students are ineligible for P grades, but may convert grades below C- to an NC.  In Health and Sport Sciences, graduate students are ineligible to convert grades to P/NC.

Robert B. Willumstad School of Business:  Graduate students have the option to convert grades to P/NC.  In the MS Professional Accounting program and the accounting concentration of the MBA program, grades of B or higher may be converted to P; grades below B may be converted to NC.  In all other graduate programs in this school, grades of B- or higher may be converted to P; grades below may be converted to NC.

College of Nursing and Public Health:  For undergraduate students, C+ is the lowest grade that can be converted to a grade of P for all NUR courses, as well as CHE 109 AND BIO 203, 204, 208, 209, AND 210; C is the lowest grade that can be converted to a grade of P for MTH 113 and PIA 114; grades below can be converted to NC.  Graduate students have the option to convert grades of B- or higher to a grade of P; grades below may be converted to NC.

School of Social Work:  In the MSW program, grades of C- or better may be converted to a grade of P; in the PhD program, grades of B- or better may be converted to a grade of P; grades below may be converted to NC.

College of Professional and Continuing Studies: BIO 204 and CHE 109 are ineligible for grade conversions for students in the AA Liberal Arts program.

In addition, each school/college has specific guidelines regarding the application of P grades toward degree requirements.  Students will consult with advisors regarding these and other eligibility concerns.


Forms

Students request grade conversions through an online process located on the “Request Pass/No Credit Grade” tab in CLASS.


Related Information

Grade policy, including details regarding eligibility concerns as announced on the Health Services Center website

Catalog statement as an addendum to the Spring 2020 Update of the University Bulletin


Policy Owner

Offic of the Provost
e – provost@adelphi.edu


Secondary Contacts

University Registrar
p – 516.877.3300
e – registrar@adelphi.edu

Academic Services and Retention
p – 516.877.3150
e – oasr@adelphi.edu


Document History

  • Last Reviewed Date:  May 2020
  • Last Revised Date:  March 2020
  • Policy Origination Date:  March 2020

Who Approved This Policy

Steve Everett, Provost and Executive Vice President

 
 
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