Academic changes in response to COVID-19

The polices below are only in effect for the Spring 2020 semester in response to COVID-19:

  • NEW - Incomplete Grades: If the course instructor and the student determine that a grade of Incomplete should be posted for the Spring Term, a plan for completing the course must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by Wednesday, April 29 for graduating seniors and Wednesday, May 6 for all other students.
  • NEW - Grade Options: For Spring 2020, students will have two weeks after grades are published to submit a petition to change a class from standard letter grade (A,B,C,D,F) to Pass/D/Fail.
    These changes will require approval of the faculty advisor, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Financial Aid. In addition, students are encouraged to consult the course instructor; student athletes are encouraged to consult the Department of Athletics. The Academic Regulations concerning grades are published in the Catalogue on pages 29-30.
  • NEW - Petition to Late Drop a Course: Students will also have two weeks after grades are published to submit a petition to drop a class. Importantly, students should know that each petition will be reviewed carefully and must include compelling rationale for a late drop.

    Course grades will be posted according the academic calendar: graduating senior grades will be posted on Wednesday, April 29 and all other grades will be posted on Wednesday, May 6.
  • Additional academic policy changes for Spring Term (Catalogue page 30):
    • Courses taken Pass/D/Fail in the Spring 2020 term will be excluded from the overall total allowed to be applied toward graduation.
    • Any course attempted in the Spring 2020 term may be taken Pass/D/Fail.
    • Any student may take a course Pass/D/Fail; sophomore standing is not required.
    • Students may take more than 4 credit hours Pass/D/Fail.
  • Changes regarding Academic Progress, Probation, and Suspension for the Spring Term (Catalogue, pages 30-31):
    • Students may return to good academic standing in Fall 2020, if the semester or cumulative GPA for Spring 2020 is 2.0 or above.
    • Students currently on probation will not be placed on academic suspension in Fall 2020, if the semester or cumulative GPA for Spring 2020 is 2.0 or below. Students and advisors will be notified if the current or cumulative GPA for Spring 2020 falls below a 2.0, and students will be required to meet with Dr. Edward Ragan, Coordinator for Student Success, to create an academic action plan for improvement.
    • Students will not be placed on academic probation in Fall 2020, if the semester or cumulative GPA for Spring 2020 is 2.0 or below. Students and advisors will be notified if the current or cumulative GPA for Spring 2020 falls below a 2.0, and students will be required to meet with Dr. Edward Ragan, Coordinator for Student Success, to create an academic action plan for improvement.
    • The 13-credit-hour limit for those on academic probation will not be enforced in Fall 2020, but students are encouraged to register for a manageable course load if their current or cumulative GPA for Spring 2020 is below 2.0.
  • Changes to Eligibility for Participation in Activities for Spring 2020 (Catalogue page 31):
    • Students may return to representing the College in any extracurricular activity in Fall 2020, if the Spring 2020 semester or cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.

Students whose semester or cumulative GPA for Spring 2020 is below 2.0 for a second or subsequent semester may petition the Academic Policy Council to represent the College in any extracurricular activity in Fall 2020.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@centenary.edu

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