Michigan Tech has implemented a Pass/Fail grade option for students enrolled in fall 2020 full-semester and Track-B courses.
At the completion of the fall semester, faculty will assign letter grades for coursework. At that time, students will be given the opportunity to convert those letter grades to a Pass (C or higher), Low Pass (CD or D), or Fail (F).
The decision to convert a letter grade to a Pass/Fail grade should not be made lightly, as it could impact factors such as academic standing, financial aid, acceptance to graduate or professional school, and enrollment in accelerated master's programs.
The University has also implemented an extension of the deadline for withdrawing from a course with a grade of W. The deadline for W-grade withdrawal is Friday, December 11, 2020, the last day of classes in the fall 2020 semester.
For those who receive an incomplete (or I grade) in a fall 2020 course, the deadline to finish the associated coursework has been extended to the end of the fall 2021 semester.
How will these Pass/Fail grades be different from Pass/Fail grades awarded prior to COVID-19?
The normal grades for Pass/Fail are S (Satisfactory) and E (Effort unsatisfactory). The Pass/Fail grades for Fall 2020 will be SCV (Satisfactory COVID, assigned for grades C and higher), LCV (Low Pass COVID, assigned for grades CD and D), and ECV (Effort Unsatisfactory COVID).
Which letter grades convert to SCV, LCV, and ECV?
A, AB, B, BC, and C grades will convert to an SCV. CD and D grades will convert to an LCV. F grades will convert to an ECV.
If I have a failing grade in a course during the last week of classes, do I have to take a W?
No. If a student believes that they could earn a passing grade in the course by doing well on the final exam, they can choose to stay in the course instead of withdrawing with a W grade by the last day of classes.
What do I need to do to change my letter grade to an SCV, LCV, or ECV?
Students should log in to their Banweb account, select the Student tab, and then click on Student Records. Once there, select the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Grade link and follow the instructions provided on the page. This option will be available on Banweb from 8 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 29.
Can I choose to get some letter grades and some Pass/Fail grades?
Yes. Students may choose to receive an SCV, LCV, or ECV for as many courses as they wish, on a course-by-course basis.
Can Pass/Fail grades be used in my degree?
Classes with a grade of SCV and LCV may be used to satisfy any portion of your degree requirements, including major, minor, and general education requirements. Classes with ECV grades will not count toward your degree.
Can Pass/Fail grades be used to satisfy a prerequisite?
An SCV grade can be used to satisfy a prerequisite requiring a grade of C or higher. An LCV grade can be used to satisfy a prerequisite requiring a grade of D or higher.
Will courses with SCV or LCV grades transfer to another school?
Colleges and universities set their own rules when it comes to accepting transfer credit. If you know you are going to transfer, it is best to contact that school and ask them what their policy is.
What happens if I take a Pass/Fail, but then change my mind? Can I change back to a letter grade?
Yes. If you take an SCV, LCV, or ECV grade, you can decide to change it back to a letter grade within seven days after final grades are posted. In order to do so, you will need to contact the Registrar's Office by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The opportunity to change grades will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.
If I take an Incomplete in a course for Fall 2020, can I switch to a P/F after I earn my letter grade?
The Pass/Fail option is only available through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29. Final letter grades submitted after this time are not eligible to be changed to SCV, LCV, or ECV.
If I take a Pass/Fail in a course, can I retake that course later and earn a letter grade?
Yes. Students who receive an SCV, LCV, or ECV grade in a course may retake that course at a later date for a letter grade. When a student repeats a course with a SCV, LCV, or ECV grade, the SCV, LCV, or ECV is not removed from the transcripts.
I am retaking a course. If I choose a Pass/Fail grade, will it replace my previous grade?
If you are repeating a course and choose to replace the grade you previously received
with an SCV or LCV, the original grade will be excluded from the GPA calculation and
you will receive credit for the course.
If you are repeating a course and receive a grade of F, changing to an ECV will exclude the original grade from your GPA calculation. However, because of the failing grade, no credit will be earned, and the course will need to be repeated again to earn credit.
Will changing to a Pass/Fail grade impact my financial aid?
Students with questions about how their decision might impact their financial aid should contact the Student Financial Services Center at email@example.com.
If I take a Pass/Fail grade, will my full-time enrollment status for financial aid be affected?
No. Choosing an SCV, LCV, or ECV grade for a course will not change your full-time enrollment status.
Will a Pass/Fail grade impact my athletic eligibility?
Student athletes should contact Rhys Edwards, director of NCAA compliance and student-athlete services, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will taking a Pass/Fail grade affect my VA benefits?
Students receiving education benefits from the Veterans Administration should contact Kathy Pintar, VA certifying official, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 906-487-1633.
When is the last day to change to a Pass/Fail?
Students will have one week after final grades are posted to elect an SCV, LCV, or ECV grade for any of their courses. The opportunity to change grades will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23, and close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29.
When is the last day to withdraw from a course for fall semester 2020?
The deadline to withdraw from a course and receive a W is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11 (the Friday before final exams).
What do I need to do for students who want to take a Pass/Fail grade?
Faculty should submit final grades as if all students will earn letter grades. Students will have one week to elect the Pass/Fail grade option after final grades have been posted.
I'm using the Senior Rule to earn credits toward a graduate degree as an undergraduate. How would taking a Pass/Fail grade impact my graduate courses?
The Graduate School will allow a limited number of satisfactory grades (SCV) in courses to be used to satisfy degree requirements at the discretion of the graduate program. Each graduate program may allow up to six credits of BC, C, or SCV grades to count toward a graduate degree. At the discretion of the graduate program, an additional three (3) credits of SCV may be allowed to count toward degree requirements. You should consult with your graduate program director to determine what options will best support your success in graduate school.
How does Pass/Fail impact accelerated master's programs or other graduate programs at Michigan Tech?
The Graduate School will allow a limited number of satisfactory grades (SCV) in courses to be used to satisfy degree requirements at the discretion of the graduate program, whether you are currently accepted to an accelerated master's program or are planning to apply. The accelerated master’s program allows you to double-count up to six credits of undergraduate courses toward your graduate degree, with permission of your graduate program director. At the discretion of the graduate program, an additional three (3) credits of SCV may be allowed to count toward degree requirements. You should consult with your graduate program director to determine what options will best support your success in graduate school.
Will a Pass/Fail grade impact my ability to be accepted to graduate or professional school?
Some graduate and professional schools do not accept Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite courses. If you are planning to apply (or have already applied) to a graduate or professional school, you are encouraged to consult with that school prior to making a decision about changing to an SCV, LCV, or ECV grade. If you plan to pursue further education in the health professions, please contact Nicole Seigneurie, health professions coordinator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 906-487-2850. Pre-health students may also wish to review the COVID-19 Information for Pre-Health Students page for additional information on the application process for several programs.
Can I change the grading mode of research credits?
No. Only classes that are assigned letter grades (A, B, etc.) are eligible to have their grading mode changed. Research credits are assigned grades of "P" (progress) or "Q" (inadequate progress). These grades are not factored into the cumulative GPA, but will impact a student's academic standing,
How will a Pass/Fail grade affect my GPA?
SCV, LCV, and ECV grades are not included in the GPA calculation and have no impact on semester or cumulative GPA. If SCV, LCV, or ECV is elected, the original letter grade (A-F) that was earned this semester is also excluded from GPA calculations. Your GPA may go up or down, depending on the letter grade that is excluded.
Do Pass/Fail grades count toward the Dean's List?
SCV and LCV grades are not counted toward the Dean's List and University Honors. Students must earn a minimum of 12 credits with letter grades in order to be considered for any honors opportunities.