Grading Accommodations for Spring 2020

April 10, 2020

Hello Lions!

We’ve been at this “new normal” for a month now, and there have certainly been many changes during a short period of time. The entire community continues to amaze me at how adaptable you can be. You’ve seen two big campus updates over the last week -- grading accommodations and the move to online/distance learning for most of the summer semester. I want to address some of the most frequently asked questions that are on your mind.  

Grading Accommodations for Spring 2020 
The policies were developed to give you options. Please read over this document carefully and note the new deadline to withdraw from classes or resign has been extended to May 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. 

On May 18, your instructors will post your grades and you will have a choice of these options:

  • Keep the letter grade as posted
  • Change the grade to a W (withdraw from the class)
  • Change a grade of C or higher to a P (undergraduates)
  • Change a grade of B or higher to a P (graduate students)

Quick need to knows:

  • Taking a “P” will not affect your GPA (it will not raise or lower your GPA like keeping your earned letter grade will)
  • You will earn credit hours for classes in which you earn a “P”
  • If you are happy with the grade you have earned at the end of the semester, you can keep it 
  • If you are unsatisfied with the grade you have earned, you can choose to withdraw (by May 26)

You are in charge of your academic progress and know your individual goals. You have a choice to take your earned letter grade or take a pass/no credit option. 

How does this new grading policy affect your TOPS scholarship? Governor Edwards recently issued a Proclamation to provide relief for TOPS eligible students. You can read all the information here

TOPS main takeaways:

  • Continuous enrollment, academic year earned hours, and GPA requirements are suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Students will earn credit hours to count toward TOPS requirements if you decide to take a “P” grade.
  • A “P” grade counts as a completed course and does not affect the student’s cumulative GPA.
  • An “F” grade does affect the student’s cumulative GPA.

There are other considerations: A P grade may affect some graduate program applications or requirements for majors. Reach out to your advisors or ask a trusted source in your career field if you have questions. However, we need to remember we are in unprecedented times and not only that - every other college student in the country is going through this as well. This article explains how students nationwide are approaching this decision. If you have further questions about how the grading policy will affect Scholarships and Financial Aid, email

If you have concerns not covered in email communications or our COVID-19 section of the website, contact me using the Ask Your Dean of Students form. 

You’ll keep hearing from me on a regular basis, and we will figure things out together. 


Your Dean of Students,
Dr. Gabe Willis