Grading for KU 2020 Spring Semester

Please see this video with important information pertaining to the grade change option. If you have addition questions, we are hosting three town halls about the grade-review process:

The grade-review form will open at 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 13. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

April 2, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Kutztown University is very aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in challenges and change. KU has transitioned to an online environment, that provides an environment for learning.   Our current ‘normal’ doesn’t seem normal.  Flexibility has been partnered with stress. In this context, the university is implementing a temporary policy regarding alternative grading.   This policy has been put together with input from University Senate, Academic Policies and Standards Committee, Graduate Council, APSCUF leadership, the Deans, and the faculty. 

Kutztown University will implement a flexible, new “opt-in” grading system for the spring 2020 semester. Undergraduate students will be able to determine which option best works for them after grades have been posted at the end of the semester. As a reminder, the W period has been extended to the last day of regular classes.

Details are provided below, entitled, SPRING 2020 COVID-19 Alternative Grading Policy.

An overview:

For undergraduate students: 

  • Faculty will post grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F, FN, I
  • On a course-by-course basis and for one week after grades have been posted, undergraduate students will have the option to choose to keep the posted letter grade which will impact a student’s GPA, change the grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C to a P (pass) which will not impact a student’s GPA, change the grades of D and F to NC (no credit) which will neither earn credit nor impact a student’s GPA.
  • FN grades cannot be changed due to federal reporting (Title IV).
  • Incomplete (I) grades will be given if the faculty determines that the student be given additional time to complete the course requirements.

For graduate students, there will be no change in the grading policy.  If students have difficulty completing a course, they should consult with their faculty and discuss the possibility of an incomplete grade (I).                             

We encourage all members of the campus community to review the attached policy for additional details. As classes continue by online modes of instruction there is an entire team of individuals supporting the faculty and students. Decisions have been made in the pursuit of ensuring student learning.  Thanks to everyone for their patience, cooperation, and understanding during this time. 

Thank you,

Ken Hawkinson, University President
Anne Zayaitz, Provost
Annmarie Cordner,
University Senate President
Tom Stewart KU-APSCUF President                 

SPRING 2020 COVID-19 Alternative Grading Policy (Undergraduate)

For undergraduate students: 

This alternative grading policy will apply to all courses offered in Spring 2020 with the exception of courses that began and were finished in the first seven weeks of the semester.

Following final exams, faculty will post grades for each course using A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F, FN, I. 

Students will be able to choose on a course-by-course basis, to keep the grade given, or to choose the alternative grading policy.  This option will be available for one week after grades have been posted.

After the window to change closes, there will not be an opportunity to change to another option.  Transcript requests will not be fulfilled until the window to choose the alternative grade option has closed. 

Students will have the following options:

  • On a course-by-course basis, students may choose to keep the posted letter grade which will be calculated into the student’s GPA.
  • On a course-by-course basis, students may choose to change the grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, or C to a P (pass) which will earn credit, but will not impact a student’s GPA.
  • On a course-by-course basis, students may choose to change the grades of D or F to NC (no credit) which will neither earn credit nor impact a student’s GPA.
  • FN grades cannot be changed due to federal reporting (Title IV).
  • Incomplete (I) grades will be given if the faculty member determines that the student be given additional time to complete the course requirements. Students will be able to choose an alternative grading option for one week following the change of grade by the faculty from an I to a letter grade A-F.  For students who do not complete the course, the F will remain.

Students who do not select any alternative grading option will be identified as having selected to keep the posted letter grade.

Students should consider the impact of the choices made.  It is strongly recommended that students on financial aid consult with the financial aid office regarding future aid.  It is recommended that students consider the impact of changing a grade to P on future graduate school plans or career goals.  It is also recommended that students who choose a NC grade realize that this may impact time to graduation as the student will not receive credit for the course.

SPRING 2020 COVID-19 Alternative Grading Policy (Graduate)

For graduate students: 

There will be no change in the grading policy.  If students have difficulty completing a course, they should consult with their faculty and discuss the possibility of an incomplete grade (I). 

Graduate assistants are reminded that good academic standing is required to retain their assistantship.