Grading Policy Update

Wednesday, April 8, 2020; 1:00 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The email below went out to students today. The way this will work is that all course instructors will submit their usual +/- letter grades for every student (except for those sections that were already slated to be P/F or some other option). Students will go to a web portal and will select the P/NC option if they so desire. The conversion to P/NC for the students that selected it will then occur on the back end. Additional guidance to help them understand the implications for selecting the P/NC option is in development and will be distributed to them shortly.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruption for LSU students, faculty and staff. We are writing to inform you of grading options that will be adopted only for the spring 2020 semester based on recommendations from the Faculty Senate and Student Government. For the spring 2020 semester only, on a class-by-class basis, you will have the opportunity to elect to have your final grades reported on your transcript as the conventional +/- letter grade you earn in the course or as a Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grade.

If you select to have one or more of your classes moved to a P/NC grading framework, those who earn between an A+ and a C- will receive a “P” on their official transcript (between an A+ and B- for graduate students), and those who earn between a D+ and an F will receive an “NC” on their transcript (between a C+ and F for graduate students). “P” indicates the student passed the course and will receive the established number of credit hours, while “NC” indicates the student was enrolled and completed the course, but will not receive credit for it. Neither the “P” nor the “NC” will affect the student’s GPA. 

In the coming days, you will receive additional information on how you can select which courses, if any, you want to designate as P/NC. Many students will prefer to keep the +/- letter grades they have earned, and so, will not require any action. Those who want to change one or more courses to P/NC will need to certify that they understand the implications of doing so. There are potentially significant implications, including: negative effects on academic standing, probationary status, financial aid and scholarships and even graduation. Each student will make their own informed decisions, and we encourage you to seek guidance from your academic advisor if there are questions or concerns.

It is important to note that this option is not available to LSU Online Program students, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine students and LSU Law Center students. Those enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine and LSU Law Center will have a different set of rules/grading options and that information will be communicated to those students. The LSU Online Program is a distinct set of programs that run separately from the regular semester cycle.

Again, we appreciate that this has been an unusual semester for each of you, and we are inspired by your tenacity and commitment to your studies. We wish you all the best as we enter the last several weeks of the semester, and encourage you to remain focused on your coursework. Additional information on the P/NC grading option will be forthcoming very soon.