Will choosing the alternate grade mode affect my ability to switch my major?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: November 6, 2020 at 10:38 am

That depends. You should reach out to your academic advisor to discuss your options. You may potentially reach out to an advisor in the school that houses the major you want to change into for their guidance, as well.

Will choosing the alternate grade mode affect my I-20 (F1 and J1 students)?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: November 5, 2020 at 10:46 pm

F-1 and J-1 students do not need permission to choose an alternative grading option as long as they maintain full-time enrollment. If you are an international student in F-1 or J-1 status, please be aware that withdrawing from a course will reduce your credit load.  F-1 and J-1 students must enroll full-time in the fall […]

If a grant pays for part of my education, should I stay with the traditional grade scale option?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: November 5, 2020 at 10:45 pm

Each student needs to review their current GPA and make decisions based on that, based on the answer to the questions above, and review the standards of good SAP on the Financial Aid Office website – https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy.

If I prefer to continue with the A-F grading mode, do I have to do anything?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: November 5, 2020 at 10:45 pm

No, your classes will default to their current grading mode (A-F grading).

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

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: November 5, 2020 at 10:45 pm

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. 

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 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: November 6, 2020 at 10:18 am

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: November 5, 2020 at 10:47 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.