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Grading Policy for Spring 2020 Semester

March 20, 2020

Dear Students,

I hope this email finds you well.  As you know, Bentley’s goal is to maintain the emotional and physical health of our entire community while still providing you with a meaningful educational experience. After careful consideration, we have decided to amend the grading policy for this semester. 

By Tuesday, May 12 at 11:59 pm EDT, students must submit a decision regarding their course grades for the Spring 2020 semester. Students will be able to choose from the following two options: 

  • Option A: Students can choose to keep their letter grades for all of their courses this semester. 
  • Option B: Students can choose to have all of their letter grades converted to Pass/Fail this semester (i.e., you will not be able to choose individual courses to be converted to Pass/Fail). 
  • If you choose to have your letter grades converted to Pass/Fail, letter grades of A through D- will be converted to “Pass” by the Registrar’s Office.  
  • All letter grades of F will remain F. 

If you do not select one of these options by May 12 at 11:59 pm EDT, you will receive the letter grades submitted by your professors for all of your courses. 

There are many factors to consider as you weigh this decision. Please be in touch with your academic advisor with any questions. 

You will receive an online form to submit this decision later in the semester. Faculty will grade all of your assignments and report grades in typical fashion. The conversion to “Pass/Fail” will occur by the Registrar’s Office for those students who choose Option B listed above. 

If you choose letter grades, you will still be considered for Dean’s and President’s List. If you choose to have your grades converted to Pass/Fail, you will not be eligible for Dean’s and President’s Lists. 

Students who currently have an Academic Warning or have been placed on Academic Probation for Spring 2020 and choose the Pass/Fail grading option will have their current academic standing continued for their next semester. For example, if a student is currently on Academic Probation, their status for Fall 2020 will remain the same if they choose to convert their grades to Pass/Fail. Students who choose their letter grades for Spring 2020 will have their academic status reevaluated at the end of the semester by the Academic Performance Committee. 

Additionally, we have extended the deadline to withdraw from a class from April 3 to April 10. 

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility. Remember that you are part of the Bentley family, and we are all thinking about you at this time. 

Donna Maria Blancero, PhD