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COVID-19 Grading Schedule, Academic and Enrollment Policies

NOTE:  The deadline to submit requests for the Pass (P) grade option or course withdrawals for the Spring 2020 semester was June 10, 2020. Requests are no longer being accepted.

Spring 2020 Grading Schedule

Faculty can begin submitting final course grades on May 13, 2020. Spring 2020 final course grades are due to the Registrar’s Office by May 27, 2020. Students will have access to view their final course grade online the day after it has been submitted.

Spring 2020 Academic Polices

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Student – Pass Grading Option

DEADLINE JUNE 10, 2020

After reviewing final course grades, students currently enrolled in a course under the regular grading method (A, B, C, D, or F) may request to have their final grade changed from an A, B, C, or D to a Pass (P) grade by submitting a request to the Registrar’s Office

Students are strongly encouraged to wait until after spring 2020 final course grades are posted before submitting a request. Students are also strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor before submitting a request to the Registrar’s Office to discuss the possible implications of (P) grading to determine if it is truly the best option. In particular, students should discuss the following implications with an academic advisor:

  • Pre-requisites Implications
    • In cases where an academic department will allow Pass (P) grades to satisfy pre-requisite requirements, students will be required to contact the academic department to obtain a pre-requisite override in order to enroll in the subsequent course.
  • Major/Minor/Certificate Eligibility
    • In cases where departments are allowing (P) grades to satisfy major, minor or certificate requirements, degree audits will automatically be updated to show that the requirement has been satisfied.
  • General Education and Writing Intensive Requirements
    • In cases where a General Education course or Writing Intensive course also satisfies a major, minor, or certificate requirement, students must confer with their academic advisor in the academic department to discuss this option. It is the discretion of the academic department to determine if a (P) grade in a General Education course or Writing Intensive course will also be accepted for purposes of the major, minor, or certificate requirements.

For additional information regarding the applicability of Pass (P) grades for purposes of major, minor and certificate requirements as well as for pre-requisite requirements, please review the following college level decisions:

  • College of Engineering and Information Technology
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • Erickson School of Aging Studies – Pass (P) grades will be accepted for major and minor requirements as well as prerequisites
  • School of Social Work – The Social Work Program is not accepting Pass (P) grades for any core/required courses, with the exception of the field placement which is always graded using the Pass/Fail grading method. The Pass (P) grade can be used to fulfill prerequisites.
  • Individualized Study – Pass (P) grades will be accepted for major requirements and prerequisites
  • Honors College – Consistent with UMBC’s Undergraduate Grading Method Options for Spring 2020, students enrolled in HONR 200 or HONR 300 seminars may choose to receive a P/F grade instead of a letter grade; and, if they do so, a P grade will satisfy the requirement that an Honors Seminar must be passed with a B grade or better to count towards the Certificate of General Honors.
Note: Requests to change the grading method for a Spring 2020 course will not be processed until after a final course grade has been received for the course.
Spring 2020 Graduate Student – Pass Grading Option

DEADLINE JUNE 10, 2020

Graduate students will be required to obtain approval from the Graduate School in order to request a grading method change. The online request form available on or before May 12th will facilitate the graduate school approval request process, but graduate students must reach out to their Graduate Program Director to discuss their options prior to submitting a request.

Note: Requests to change the grading method for a Spring 2020 course will not be processed until after a final course grade has been received for the course.

Spring 2020 Enrollment Polices

Spring 2020 Course and Semester Withdrawal Options

DEADLINE JUNE 10, 2020

Students may withdraw from an individual course(s) or take a semester withdrawal via myUMBC self-service through May 12. After this date and through June 10, students may submit an RT Help Ticket to the Registrar’s Office and the withdrawal will be processed administratively.

Students are strongly encouraged to confer with their academic advisor before withdrawing from an individual course(s) or from the entire semester to ensure they have exhausted all other options to successfully complete the semester. Students who are receiving financial aid or scholarships should also contact their financial aid counselor to determine any impact a “W” grade may have on their future financial aid.

For additional information, undergraduates should visit the Spring 2020 Academic Enrollment Policies FAQ. Graduate students should contact their graduate program advisor or director.

Students who have questions about the request submission process should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2020 Incomplete Grading Options
Outstanding Incomplete (I) Grades From Previous Semesters

To ensure timely progress toward a degree, students are encouraged to complete any remaining coursework associated with an incomplete (I) grade. Likewise, course instructors are encouraged to provide flexibility where possible so that remaining coursework can be satisfied. When it is possible to do so, grade changes for outstanding incomplete grades should be submitted by course instructors by the May 27th submission deadline.

Once a final course grade is posted to replace the (I) grade, students will have until June 10th to change the grading method to the Pass (P) option or withdraw from the course.

Undergraduate students may request to have their final course grade changed to the (P) option by submitting a request to Student Records. Undergraduate students may submit a request to withdraw from a course by submitting a request to Registration.

When submitting a request to the Registrar’s Office, students must include the course number (i.e. PSYC 100) and the term in which they enrolled in the course and received an (I) grade (i.e. Fall 2019).

Graduate students may request to have their final course grade changed to the (P) option by submitting a request to the appropriate Graduate Program Director.  Graduate students may submit a request to withdraw from a course by submitting a request to Registration.

If a final course grade is not submitted by the May 27th grade submission deadline, an automatic one semester extension of the Incomplete will be granted to the end of Fall 2020. Students will have until the end of the Fall 2020 semester to resolve any remaining coursework.  Once a final course grade is submitted by the course instructor, students will have until January 11th 2021 to change the grading method to the Pass (P) option or withdraw from the course.

Spring 2020 Incomplete (I) Grades

In accordance with the Incomplete grading policy, students will have the option to request an (I) grade for a Spring 2020 course if they have completed a majority of the work at a satisfactory level. Students approved for an incomplete grade will be given until the end of the Fall 2020 semester to resolve any remaining coursework.  Once a final course grade is submitted, students will have until January 11th 2021 to change the grading method to the Pass (P) option or withdraw from the course.