Due to the COVID-19 situation, the college has
expanded its grading options for students for spring 2020. Please see below for
options and crucial information. This is not new guidance or information, but
it does seek to lay out all options in one place and answer common employee
Students who have transitioned to all-online offerings will complete their
courses, and faculty will assign a course grade as usual.
courses will allow students concerned about their GPA at LCC to opt into
pass/fail grading. However, students first must consult with an academic advisor to ensure this
decision would not inadvertently impede their educational goals. Advisors are
available by email, phone and live chat. Students enrolled in courses that
result in licensure or certifications must also consult with their program
advisor (lead faculty, director, associate dean, etc.) prior to making this
decision to understand the possible implications of pass/fail on the ability to
obtain such licenses or certifications.
To receive a “pass” grade, the student must have received a grade of at least
2.0 in the course. Pass/fail grades are not calculated into students’ GPAs at
LCC. However, the college cannot guarantee how other institutions will view a
“pass” grade, or whether they will accept it for transfer. Please note that
some courses at LCC are exempted from this pass/fail option specifically to
help avoid negative outcomes. Courses for which pass/fail is not an option are listed on the college’s COVID-19 webpage.
Forms to request a pass/fail option will open on May 14, after final grades are
available. All requests must be submitted by July 1, 2020.
non-paused spring 2020 courses: Students wishing an incomplete
in non-paused courses must get approval from faculty prior to end of spring
semester. When taking an incomplete, students do NOT need to register for the
course again. Instead, they complete the remaining assignments for the
course by themselves, without further instruction from their faculty.
Students then submit the remaining assignments to their faculty, who will grade
these assignments and give a final course grade. If these remaining assignments
are not completed, the student will receive a course grade based on assignments
submitted to date (i.e., missing the points of the lacking assignments).
Students considering an incomplete should discuss the feasibility with their
Due to the COVID-19 situation, faculty may provide students with the option for
an incomplete even if the course’s remaining work is greater than the usual
“only a small portion…(for example, only 20% of the work…)” described in the
college catalog. However, faculty should be aware that if the remaining
assignments may require students to receive faculty input rather than minor
consultation with the Learning Commons, an incomplete would not be conducive to
student success and hence should NOT be offered.
Normally, when incompletes are given, instructors can specify the date that
unfinished work must be completed by the student. However, due to the unusual
circumstances, the deadline for completion of a spring 2020 incomplete for students
not using VA benefits will be Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. For veteran students using
VA benefits, the deadline will be May 10, 2021. Instructors should issue a
grade change earlier if the work is completed before that date, but students
have until the date specified above to complete the work.
Incomplete for paused
spring 2020 courses: Many LCC courses with hands-on components
had to be “paused” prior to completion, and are listed as
“COVID19-Paused-Incomplete” on the college’s COVID-19 webpage. After much
consideration of various options, the decision has been made to NOT extend the
spring semester. Instead, faculty at the end of the semester will issue an
incomplete grade to all students in a suspended/paused course, and the course
will be restarted at a later time to be determined.
Once dates for restart and completion for paused courses are determined,
faculty will reach back out to their students with direction. In the meantime,
students can wait for this contact. For veteran students using VA benefits, the
final deadline for completion would be May 10, 2021.
Course withdrawal: The
deadline for students to withdraw from a course via Self-Service Banner has
been extended to May 9, 2020. Otherwise, the process for withdrawals has not
changed. Students will not receive credit for a course from which they
withdraw. The grade of W would appear on the transcript, and there would be no
It is important to note that withdrawing from a course could cause negative
financial aid implications, so students should consult with the Financial Aid department prior
to making this decision.
For students worried about a grade, switching to pass/fail grading when the
student has passed but with a grade lower than expected might allow a better
outcome than withdrawal, because a pass grade (minimum 2.0) still allows
students to receive credit for their course without impacting their GPA at LCC.
Students weighing the merits of withdrawal versus pass/fail grading should consult with an academic advisor before making a
decision. Students enrolled in courses that result in licensure or
certifications must also consult with their program advisor (lead faculty,
director, associate dean, etc.) prior to making this decision to understand the
possible implications of pass/fail on the ability to obtain such licenses or
certifications. Forms to request a pass/fail option will open on May 14, after
final grades are available. All requests must be submitted by July 1, 2020.
Students who believe the option for course repeat or a tuition refund would be
appropriate for a withdrawal due to the pandemic situation may submit a
COVID-19 administrative appeal. Decisions will be made on
a case-by-case basis, depending on the student’s applicable circumstances.
As always, please also refer to the fuller FAQs on LCC’s COVID-19 webpage.