COVID-19: Flexible Evaluation/Grading Options Available

Spring Semester 2020

These are unprecedented times. In our more than 110-year history, we have never faced this type of situation. We have come together to support each member of our learning community to achieve their potential in a situation that has been greatly disrupted in ways that no one would have envisioned just two weeks ago.

Our guiding principles include supporting and educating our students to ensure they continue to make progress toward degree completion, which requires us to be flexible, adaptable and focused on understanding of how each of us are affected by the current crisis.  

Over the past two weeks, students have expressed concerns about how they will be evaluated and what grades will be assigned in courses that weren't expected to be delivered in an online format for half of the semester.

We realize that these concerns may be causing some anxiety during a time when we need our students focused on adapting to this new delivery and learning method.

BGSU is providing more flexibility to our students during this extraordinary period.

  • All undergraduate and graduate students will be allowed to convert any or all courses, not yet completed, to the S/U/NC (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory/No Credit) grading option for Spring Semester 2020. Please note that there are situations where the student may prefer to receive a traditional grade for specific courses. For example, some specialized accreditation bodies may require a traditional letter grade or some universities may require letter grades for admission to their graduate programs. Students are strongly encourage to work with their faculty and advisors on flexible grade options for these case-by-case situations.
  • Faculty will continue with their current grading policies for individual courses and submit grades to the Office of Registration and Records at the end of the semester using the current grading scheme (A, B, C, D and F). Once grades are posted, students will have until May 29, 2020 to convert a grade earned in any of their courses to an S/U/NC grading option. Students who have already selected the S/U option for their courses will continue to receive an S/U grade.
  • Any course that the student receives a C or higher in may be converted to an “S” and will count toward their degree, regardless of current department, college or University requirements.
  • Courses converted to the S/U/NC grading option may not be utilized for GPA recalculation of a prior grade earned.
  • Students will be required to meet with their advisor before deciding to convert from a letter grade to an S/U/NC grade to ensure it is in their best interest. Students will file this change with the Office of Registration and Records.
  • The deadline for choosing to withdraw from a course has been extended to May 8, 2020. In addition, the deadline for completing the coursework for a course in which the student receives an incomplete in Spring Semester 2020 will be extended to December 18, 2020.

These policy changes only apply to the Spring Semester 2020. Details regarding the flexible grade change process will be communicated in the coming weeks.