If I am repeating a course in Spring 2020 (that I took in a previous semester and did poorly) and I select the alternative grade mode, how will my GPA be affected by the repeated course?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 4:27 pm

The repeat policy for undergraduates indicates that the latest attempt of the course will be the grade that counts, even if that grade is lower than a previous attempt. Because there are no quality points associated with the alternate grade mode, the previous attempt will no longer factor into the GPA, but there won’t be […]

If I am receiving benefits from the Veteran’s Administration, how might the alternative grading mode affect me?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm

For undergraduate students who decide to use alternate grading mode and receive grades of XS or XP, there will be no change or effect on your Education Benefits. For graduate students who decide to use alternate grading mode and receive grades of XS, there will be no effect on your Education Benefits. For undergraduate students […]

If I am on a merit scholarship, how might the alternative grading mode affect me?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm

For students receiving merit scholarships, they will need to determine what the GPA is for keeping those scholarships. For many of the Admissions scholarships, that cut off is a 2.75 GPA. If the student had less than 2.75 in the previous term and select all alternate grades, they cannot bring up that GPA and that […]

How will academic standing be calculated for Spring 2020?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: April 1, 2020 at 11:54 am

In spring 2020, students will have the option to select a grade scheme that carries no quality points, therefore special considerations must be taken into account when calculating academic standing. There will be three groups of students in spring 2020, each requiring a different type of assessment for academic standing: Students who have retained the […]

If a student used a selective withdrawal recently and in direct response to the online format, could we allow a “free” return to that course given the new grading options?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am

Unfortunately, no. Students must be currently registered in the class in order to select the alternative grading mode.

How will cross-registration grades (Study Elsewhere, Consortium) grades be affected?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 11:56 am

Study Elsewhere grades are subject to the grading policies in place at the visited institution and are subject to Mason’s transfer eligibility rules. Consortium courses are also subject to the grading policies in place at the visited institution, but the grade received there will appear on the Mason transcript. 

How will Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) be calculated by the Office of Financial Aid for Spring 2020?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm, Last Updated: April 1, 2020 at 1:55 pm

The U.S. Department of Education is still requiring that we calculate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of spring semester, as of now. If students elect the standard grading system, SAP calculates as normal. Students who matriculated at Mason in spring 2020 will have issues with the SAP GPA rule if they elect all […]

If I choose the alternative grading mode, how will my GPA be calculated?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:23 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Students who select the alternative grade mode for all of their classes will not have a GPA for the term, and their cumulative GPA will be unaffected. Students who select the alternative grading mode for some classes will have their GPA calculated by the remaining A-F graded courses. If the student does not select the […]

Will there be a comment on my transcript associated with Spring 2020 indicating that there was a special grading scheme in place?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:22 pm, Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 11:30 am

Yes. The academic transcript will have a notation associated with Spring 2020 that briefly highlights the Covid-19 response. Additional information about the grades themselves will be included in the transcript key.

Do I have to change all of my classes to the alternative grading mode?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:21 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm

No, students can pick and choose among their classes to select the alternative grading mode on an individual class-by-class basis. Students may select the alternative grading mode for all of their classes, none of their classes, or some of their classes, at the student’s discretion.