Spring 2020 Exigency Policy for Students - Coastal Carolina University
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Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Grading

Given the extraordinary circumstances leading to campus closure and the shift to online learning for the Spring 2020 semester, the Provost has temporarily suspended two sections of the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog: “Changes of Enrollment” and “Pass-Fail Grading.” These changes are in effect for the Spring 2020 semester only. Updated policies appear below.

Changes in Enrollment

Adding a course, changing from credit to audit or audit to credit, changing from one section to another, and changing the number of credits in any variable credit course must be completed by the last day of classes as published in the University Academic Calendar.

Electing or revoking the Pass-Fail option must be completed between May 9 and June 10, 2020. This change must be recorded with the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate link on WebAdvisor.

Pass-Fail Grading

The Pass-Fail option is designed to encourage students to investigate fields outside their major curricula in which they have a specific personal interest without affecting their grade point average. The only grades assigned for courses taken on the Pass-Fail option are S and U; a grade of S indicates satisfactory performance and a U indicates unsatisfactory performance. A student will be given credit for courses in which a grade of S is earned, but these courses will not affect the computation of the GPA.

Specific provisions of the Pass-Fail option are as follows:

  • The Pass-Fail option is in effect for an indefinite period of time, subject to periodic review.
  • The Pass-Fail option is available to all students.  
  • Students are permitted to exercise the Pass-Fail option on all courses.
  • Students are permitted to take no more than eight courses on a Pass-Fail basis during their undergraduate career.
  • The option may be elected or revoked by the student between May 9 and June 10, 2020.
  • Normal prerequisites may be waived for students taking a course on a Pass-Fail basis.
  • No course carried on a Pass-Fail basis will be counted toward the hours required for either the President’s or the Dean’s Honor List.
  • Courses taken on a Pass-Fail basis do not receive grade points or grade hours, do not contribute to the grade point average, and cannot be used for consideration of Graduation with Honors.
Letter Grade

S/U Grade

Letter Grade

S/U Grade

A S C S
B+ S D+ S
B S  D S
C+ S  F U

Repeat Forgiveness Option

S/U grades will not result in a change to a student's GPA. Grades of “S” cannot be used to replace grades for repeat forgiveness. If your GPA is 2.6 after the Fall term and you receive all “S” grades in Spring term, your GPA will remain 2.6.

Honor Lists

The names of students who achieve high GPAs are entered on the Honor Lists each fall and spring semester.

Students who have earned, during Spring 2020 semester, a GPA of 4.0 on any number of traditionally graded credit hours (i.e., grades of A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D, F) at the time of official grade production are listed on the President’s Honor List. Students who have achieved, during Spring 2020 semester, a GPA of 3.5 or higher (3.25 for freshmen) on any number of traditionally graded credit hours (i.e., grades of A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D, F) at the time of official grade production are listed on the Dean’s Honor List.

No course carried on a Pass-Fail or audit basis, taken through correspondence, or passed by examination or exemption will be counted toward the 12 credit hours required for either the President’s or Dean’s Honor List.

Grades of I (incomplete) changed to letter grades beyond the semester’s official grade production date will not qualify a student for honors.

Academic Integrity

Students who are found to have violated the academic integrity code will not have the option to select grades of “S” or “U” for the Spring 2020 semester for the course(s) in question. If a student participates in the academic integrity hearing process and is found not to be in violation, the student’s grade may be changed via the standard “Grade Change” form.

Pass/Fail Grading Policies

1. Undergraduate Pass-Fail Grading Exigency Policy

Given the extraordinary circumstances leading to campus closure and the shift to online learning for the Spring 2020 semester, the Provost has temporarily suspended two sections of the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog: “Changes of Enrollment” and “Pass-Fail Grading.” These changes are in effect for the Spring 2020 semester only. Updated policies appear below.

Changes of Enrollment

Adding a course, changing from credit to audit or audit to credit, changing from one section to another, and changing the number of credits in any variable credit course must be completed by the last day to late register as published in the Academic Calendar.

Electing or revoking the Pass-Fail option must be completed between May 9 and June 10, 2020. This change must be recorded with the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate form on WebAdvisor.

Pass-Fail Grading

The Pass-Fail option is designed to encourage students to investigate fields outside their major curricula in which they have a specific personal interest without affecting their grade point averages. The only grades assigned on courses taken on the Pass-Fail option are S and U; a grade of S indicates a satisfactory performance and a U indicates unsatisfactory performance. A student will be given credit for courses in which the grade of S is earned, but these courses will not affect the computation of the GPA.

Specific provisions of the Pass-Fail option are as follows:

  1. The Pass-Fail option is in effect for an indefinite period of time, subject to periodic review.
  2. The Pass-Fail option is available to all undergraduate students.
  3. Students are permitted to exercise the Pass-Fail option on all courses.
  4. Students are permitted to take no more than eight courses on a Pass-Fail basis during their undergraduate career.
  5. The option may be elected or revoked by the student between May 9 and June 10, 2020.
  6. Normal prerequisites may be waived for students taking a course on a Pass-Fail basis.
  7. No course carried on a Pass-Fail basis will be counted toward the hours required for either the President’s or the Dean’s Honor List.
  8. Courses taken on a Pass-Fail basis do not receive grade points or grade hours, do not contribute to the grade point average, and cannot be used for consideration of Graduation with Honors.
  9. Grades of A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, or D are the equivalent of a grade of “S” for Spring 2020. Grades of F are the equivalent of a grade of “U” for Spring 2020.
Repeat Forgiveness Option

S/U grades will not result in a change to GPA. Grades of “S” cannot be used to replace grades for repeat forgiveness.

2. Graduate Pass-Fail Grading Exigency Policy

Given the extraordinary circumstances leading to campus closure and the shift to online learning for the Spring 2020 semester, the Provost has temporarily suspended two sections of the 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog: “Pass-Fail Option,” “Changes in Enrollment,” and “Academic Probation/Suspension Status.” These changes are in effect for the Spring 2020 semester only.
Updated policies appear below.

Pass-Fail Option

For the Spring 2020 semester, a student may elect pass-fail grading in any graduate course. This option permits enrichment of the student’s experience without affecting the average grade. A grade of either satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) will be awarded, and those courses completed with a satisfactory grade may be counted toward total credit hours earned. .

Changes in Enrollment

Students must consult with their advisers concerning any change of enrollment.
Adding a course, changing from credit to audit or audit to credit, changing from one section to another, and changing the number of credits in any variable credit course must be completed by the last day to late register as published in the University Academic Calendar, located on the University’s official website.

Electing or revoking the Pass-Fail option must be completed between May 9 and June 10, 2020. This change must be recorded with the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate form on WebAdvisor.

Academic Probation/Suspension Status

Graduate students may earn degree credit completed at a grade level of C or above or with a grade of S. However, the student’s average on all courses attempted for graduate credit which are to be applied to degree completion must be at least a B (3.0 on a 4-point system). Additionally, the student’s grade point average on all courses numbered 700 or above, that are to be applied to degree completion, must be no less than 3.1. Students are advised that some academic programs may have more stringent standards and to contact the graduate Coordinator/Director in their degree program regarding applicable academic standards. Grades earned on credits transferred from other universities do not count in the grade point average. Grades earned below the grade of C do not transfer to Coastal Carolina University.

Students who receive grades below B on 12 credits of degree-required graduate coursework at the University within a 6 year period are suspended from degree candidacy status and are not permitted to enroll for further courses even as non-degree students, without the specific written approval by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. After a grade below B is 6 years old, it will cease to be a disqualifying factor.

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