Four New Options for Supporting Your Academic Success During COVID-19
This information is in effect as of 4/29/20 and will be updated as new information becomes available.
The following guidance relates specifically to grading and withdrawal options for the Spring 2020 academic term. The College will be determining at a later date whether these or other options will be used in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Semesters.
If you are considering any of these options, please contact your advisor to help you decide what is best for you academically and financially.
INCOMPLETE (I) GRADE
What Is It?
An Incomplete (I) grade gives students a chance to complete coursework after the semester ends.
How Does It Work?
The instructor gives students an I grade at the end of the course, and then changes the grade to an A-F or P/NC grade when the work is later completed. There is a time limit for completing the work; if a student does not complete the work by the deadline (eight weeks into the next full semester, October 17, 2020), the I grade is automatically changed to an F on your transcript.
Normally, College policy only allows faculty to give students an Incomplete in limited circumstances. The College will be expanding options for faculty to use I grades in cases where a student or an entire class cannot finish the necessary coursework by the end of the semester as a result of COVID-19. We will be developing guidance for faculty on the use of this option and will update this document as soon as we have details.
- Personal circumstances related to COVID-19 could prevent an individual student from completing their work. In semesters impacted by COVID-19, the federal government has expanded options for students to take a leave of absence while maintaining their financial aid. The use of I grades could give an individual more time to complete the course.
- In some classes, there may be face-to-face activities necessary for students to achieve the course’s essential learning outcomes or contact hour requirements but COVID-19 is making such face-to-face activities impossible. The use of I grades could give an entire class more time to complete the course.
- Some courses – such as internships, field experiences, clinicals and practica – require students to learn at external sites that may no longer be open to or reliably safe for students. The College normally does not allow I grades for these types of courses, but we have lifted that restriction for terms impacted by COVID-19, to enable students to complete these courses at a later date, if necessary.
- Our research shows that historically, the vast majority of students who receive I’s end up never completing the late work, and they end up getting an F. Therefore, for most students, the best option will be to continue the course through the end of the semester with a P/NC grade method instead of opting for an Incomplete.
“COVID-19” NOTATION ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT
What Is It?
The Minnesota State system (like many other colleges and universities throughout the country) will be developing a mechanism for making it clear on your transcript which grades were in terms impacted by COVID-19.
How Does It Work?
We are still figuring out the details of how this will work at Minneapolis College. We will be working to make sure it is in step with and recognizable by other higher education institutions in Minnesota and across the country.
- It is expected that transfer institutions and others will make allowances for grades impacted by the unprecedented disruptions of COVID-19 on students and institutions.
- There are no known drawbacks to this approach at this time.