BGSU providing flexible grading options

Dear Students,

We continue to work through the first week of our online teaching and learning period together. We want to thank you for your effort to transition your course delivery to adapt to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

These are unprecedented times. In the more than 110-year history of Bowling Green State University, we have never faced this type of situation. While this global pandemic has greatly impacted our community in ways we would have not envisioned just two weeks ago, you have stepped up to support our students so they can continue to make progress in completing their degrees. We are especially appreciative of your flexibility and understanding throughout this process.

Over the past two weeks, our students, faculty and staff have expressed concerns about how they will be evaluated during this online format.

We recognize that these concerns have caused anxiety during a time when we need students, faculty and staff focused on adapting to online teaching and learning, and remote working.

With strong support of Faculty Senate's Executive Committee and the leadership of the BGSU Faculty Association, we will announce to students tomorrow that we will provide more flexibility during this extraordinary period. These grading changes are aligned with the direction most universities are taking across the nation. As faculty, who are the heart of our academic mission, we want you to be the first to know about the changes to several policies specific to spring semester:

  • 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.
  • 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 term 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 Spring Semester 2020. We are diligently working on finalizing the operational process for the flexible grade change. Details will be shared in the coming weeks.

We are also committed to be accommodating in how we approach faculty and staff performance evaluations this year. We will be working with the leadership of the BGSU Faculty Association and Faculty Senate as well as leadership of Administrative Staff and Classified Staff Councils on those processes. Details will be shared in the coming weeks.

Your health and safety remain the University's top priority, and we will continue to update you on our decisions in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.


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Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D.


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Joe B. Whitehead, Jr., Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs