What you need to know

The Academic Policy and Regulations Team (APART) has determined that a letter grading system with extra flexibility is in effect for Fall 2020.

Passing grades (A, B, C, and P) will be applied to a student’s record as outlined in Faculty Rules & Regulations, while grades of D and F will be converted to D/NE and F/NE. Most students will have an option of selecting one subject that is graded on a PE/NE scale. Students’ PE/NE decisions will not be displayed to instructors on class lists or grade sheets.

In the event that the conditions of the pandemic worsen significantly during the fall, APART notes that a system of alternate grades could be mandated for all subjects.

For more information, review the announcement and download the full policy from APART.

Some key points to remember:

  • D or F grades will be converted to D/NE and F/NE.
  • Students who receive a grade of D/NE have the option of changing to a standard D by Add Date of the Spring 2021 semester.
  • NE grades will appear on internal grade reports, but not on the external transcript and no academic credit will be received.
  • Instructors will see the same dropdown options that are normally available (i.e., A, B, C, P, D, F, IE, O) on grade sheets with the exception of Incomplete (I) being replaced with IE.

Grading policies and options by year

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

  • You will be graded on the normal first-year, first-term P/NR basis.

Sophomores

  • You may elect to have one subject – including those used to fulfill General Institute Requirements, minor requirements, and departmental requirements, as well as cross-registered subjects – to be graded PE/NE.
  • You may also designate one subject as Exploratory. An Exploratory subject is not eligible for PE/NE grading.
  • The Class of 2023 Science GIR P/NR options remain available this fall.

Juniors and Seniors

  • You may elect to have one subject – including those used to fulfill General Institute Requirements, minor requirements, and departmental requirements, as well as cross-registered subjects – to be graded PE/NE.
  • The Jr/Sr P/D/F Option will not be available this fall.
  • This fall’s PE/NE Option will not affect students’ ability to opt-in for up to two classes under the normal Jr/Sr P/D/F Option in past or future semesters.
  • The Class of 2022 Science GIR P/NR options remain available this fall.

Graduate Students

  • You may elect to have one subject – including those used to fulfill departmental requirements or a final term Master’s Thesis and cross-registered subjects – to be graded PE/NE.
  • PE/NE grading is not applicable to Doctoral thesis units.
  • The normal Graduate P/D/F Option will not be available this fall.
  • This fall’s PE/NE Option will not affect students’ ability to opt-in for up to two classes under the normal Graduate P/D/F Option in past or future semesters.

Incompletes

  • If a minor part of the requirements for a subject is not fulfilled, the instructor can assign a grade of IE, which provides a longer range for work to be completed.
  • IE grades given during fall 2020 must be resolved by the last day of final exams in spring 2021. When completed, they will reflect the relevant final grade (IE/letter grade, IE/PE, or PE/NE).
  • Outstanding work from a prior semester that is completed this semester should be assigned a grade that was available in the prior semester.
  • Undergraduates who receive an IE will be eligible to graduate.
  • Graduate students can graduate with unresolved I or IE grades.

Key dates & deadlines

  • November 18, 2020 (Drop Date): Deadline to choose the PE/NE option for a subject
  • March 19, 2021 (Add Date): Deadline to change a DE grade to D
  • May 27, 2021 (last day of spring final exams): Deadline to resolve Fall 2020 IE grades

Questions?