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COVID-19 - Grading for Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Alternative Grading Policy for Undergraduate Students

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and in order to maintain equity among students to progress towards degree completion, the college is instituting an alternative grading policy which will change current departmental and college grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester.

View details of the alternative grading policy.

Spring 2020 Grades - FAQs for Undergraduate Students

Initially, all grades for spring 2020 will be: “P” (passing), “NP” (not passing) or in some cases, “I” (incomplete). You do not need to contact your professors to ask for your letter grades. You will see two sets of grades in MyRIC: the P and NP and a corresponding letter grade.

Any passing letter grade (A through D-) is considered a "P" grade. A grade of "NP" (not passing) equals an F.

Classes end Monday, May 4, 2020. The Records Office begins posting grades as faculty submit them.

Deadlines for posting grades are:

  • For seniors – Wednesday, May 13.
  • For all other students – Friday, May 15.

In almost all cases, yes.

“P” grades count towards:

  • Graduation.
  • General Education requirements, including the second language requirement.
  • Most major requirements (exceptions listed below) and prerequisites

Letter grades are required for:

  • FYW 100, 100P or 100H – To meet the college writing requirement, you will need a minimum of a C (minimum of B is required for the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development). Records Office will replace your P with a letter grade if you met the competency. However, if you met the FYW writing competency, but prefer to keep the P grade (no impact on GPA), use the Form to Request Spring Letter Grades
  • Programs with secondary admission –
    • Nursing-intended majors must request letter grades for BIOL 231, CHEM 106 and PSYC 230.
    • Education students must request letter grades for the course list sent to them by the Feinstein School of Education & Human Development. This is a requirement of the RI Department of Education (RIDE).
    • Medical Imaging majors must request letter grades for the course list sent to them by the program director.

A “P” grade in a pre-requisite will not block you from registering for the next course. However, your best chance for success is earning the minimum grade required in the pre-requisite. If your letter grade does not meet that minimum, you may want to reconsider taking the next course in the fall. We recommend discussing this with your academic advisor.

Once all of your grades are posted, use this link to the online fillable form to request any letter grades you want: Form to request letter grades

If you want to keep all P and NP grades, do not submit this form. All requests must be on one form only. There is an option to check if you want all letter grades, otherwise, you can list any individual courses for which you want grades. Incomplete forms will not be processed. Any letter grades will create a semester GPA and an updated cumulative GPA. 

The form goes directly to the Records Office and will be processed in the order in which it is received.  Graduating seniors will be given processing preference.

In most cases, it is your choice.

  • For Dean’s List recognition (3.25 or higher), a minimum of 12 credits must be letter grades.
  • Selecting one or more high grades can improve your GPA.
  • If you repeated a course and the letter grade is higher than your first attempt, request the letter grade.
  • Latin Honors (cum laude, etc.) for graduating seniors (minimum 3.25) will be based on your cumulative GPA from fall 2019. Students who are close to earning Latin Honors should request letter grades for courses with a B+ or higher.
  • Any undergraduate student taking a graduate course will automatically receive a letter grade

No, not unless you want to request any to count towards your GPA.

For a limited number of studio, performance, clinical or field experience courses that ended abruptly, faculty may not be able to determine an exact letter grade and will enter an X. This means students will need to keep their “P” grade.

You will not have a semester GPA listed for spring 2020 in your transcript. Only your cumulative GPA will appear, and it will be the same as it was in fall 2019 if you keep all of your “P” grades.

An “NP” (not passing) grade will have NO EFFECT on your cumulative GPA or academic standing.

You will not have a GPA posted for you this semester on your transcript, which is OK. However, if you decide to have one or more of your “P” grades converted to a letter grade, a GPA will be updated for you.

Yes. You may choose which grades, if any, you wish to record as letter grades for spring 2020. If you choose any letter grades, your semester and cumulative GPAs will be updated accordingly.

This is a semester for academic amnesty, so you carry over the same status you held last semester . If you were placed on academic probation in fall 2020 , you will NOT be dismissed, even if you receive some “NP” grades this semester.

However, your spring GPA will go up if

  1. You repeated a course from last semester in which you earned a letter grade of “F” and now have a grade of “P” – your prior “F” letter grade will no longer count if you request the letter grade for the “P".
  2. You did well in one or more classes this semester and request letter grades.

If either of these options raise your cumulative GPA to a 2.0, you will be placed in good academic standing.

Yes. Full-time students (12 or more credits) who earn a GPA of 3.25 or higher will have their names placed on the Dean’s List.

You can make yourself eligible to be on the Dean’s List by:

  • Changing at least 12 credits of “P” grades to letter grades.
  • Earning a semester GPA of 3.25 or higher.

You are not required to change all of your “P” grades to letter grades to become eligible for the Dean’s List. You may keep one or more “P” grades, provided you have at least 12 credits with letter grades.

No, the VA will allow the NP because the college will indicate Covid semester on your enrollment verification. The NP will not be calculated in your GPA.

All summer courses will be online and will have traditional letter grades. Registration for summer classes is still open.

Page last updated: May 21, 2020