Flexible grade option for Spring 2020

The rapid evolution of the COVID 19 pandemic requires Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to accelerate its response to this unprecedented situation. In order to maintain our commitment to student success, we are considering a variety of options to assist students as they move from on-campus instruction to distance education (mostly remote, online) in all of the courses for the Spring 2020 semester. One, of several, options being implemented is to expand the Pass/Fail grade option for students. This option only applies for the Spring 2020 semester.

Flexible grade option key takeaways

  • Undergraduate students will have the option to choose between receiving standard letter grades (A-F) or the Pass/Fail grade option for each of their courses this semester.
  • Graduate students will have the option to choose between receiving standard letter grades (A-F) or the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory/Fail grade option for each of their courses this semester.
  • Students will have until May 15, 2020, to decide which courses, if any, they would like to use the Flexible grade option. This means students will be able to see their final grades for each course before making a decision.
  • VCU Records and Registration has created an online Change in Grade Mode Authorization form (found below) to allow students to select the Flexible grade option for their courses.
  • Undergraduate students should consult with their academic advisors, and graduate students should consult with their faculty advisor and/or program director, before making a decision on these grading options.

Grading scale

Undergraduate students

All undergraduate courses provide students the option for the P/F grade option under these new definitions:

P: Grade of pass (P) is awarded for certain courses to denote satisfactory completion of requirements equivalent to letter grades A-C. The grade of P is not included in the calculation of the GPA. The grade of P will satisfy course requirements of a minimum grade of C or higher to advance to another course.

PS: Grade of pass-satisfactory (PS) is awarded for certain courses to denote satisfactory completion of requirements equivalent to the letter grade D. The grade of PS is not included in the calculation of the GPA. 

F: The grade of fail (F) is considered not passing and is included in the calculation of the GPA.

 

Graduate students

All graduate courses provide students the option for the S/U/F grade option under these new definitions:

S: Grade of satisfactory (S) is awarded for certain courses to denote satisfactory completion of requirements equivalent to letter grades A-B. The grade of S is not included in the calculation of the GPA. The grade of S will satisfy course requirements of a minimum grade of B or higher to advance to another course.

U: Grade of unsatisfactory (U) is awarded for certain courses to denote satisfactory completion of requirements equivalent to the letter grade C. The grade of U is not included in the calculation of the GPA.

F: The grade of fail (F) is awarded for certain courses to denote not passing (earning a letter grade equivalent of a D or F) and is included in the calculation of the GPA.

 

Change in Grade Mode Authorization forms

Undergraduate Change in Grade Mode Authorization form- to be used by all students taking undergraduate courses. Submit this form with all courses that you are requesting to have the grade mode changed to P/F grades. Access your eServices Student Schedule to provide all required information.

Graduate Change in Grade Mode Authorization form- to be used by all students taking graduate courses. Submit this form with all courses that you are requesting to have the grade mode changed to S/U/F grades. Access your eServices Student Schedule to provide all required information.