Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option added for spring classes
DMACC today announced several important updates for its
students, faculty and staff members as part of its ongoing response to
The College will move to online delivery of its web-blended
and face-to-face courses for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, with
hands-on, lab-based classes currently scheduled to resume the week of April 13.
A temporary pass/fail (P/F) grading option has also been implemented.
The spring 2020 term will conclude the week of May 4, as
“Our first priority continues to be protecting the health
and safety of our students, faculty and staff members,” said MD Isley, DMACC
Vice President of Academic Affairs. “While we greatly miss seeing everyone on
campus, we believe continuing online instruction for the final weeks of the
spring semester is the right decision.”
The new Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option is temporary and will
apply only to spring 2020 courses at DMACC.
“We know the impact of COVID-19 has created some challenges
for our students this semester,” Isley said. “In recognition of those
challenges, the DMACC Leadership Council wanted to relieve some of the pressure
students might feel to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA).”
DMACC will include a designation on all student transcripts
indicating the extraordinary circumstances encountered during the spring 2020
term, and students will have the option to accept an assigned letter grade for
their courses OR to submit a request for pass/fail (P/F) grading for all
spring classes in session after March 13. Students will need to make and submit
their decision to the DMACC Registrar between May 14 and May 20.
Of note, DMACC has also extended the drop-date deadline to
Wed., April 15, for all standard, 16-week courses scheduled to meet from
Students are encouraged to consult with their academic
advisor, navigator or program chair about these grading choices, as well the
extended course drop-date deadline, to consider whether they are good options
for their coursework this semester.
For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu/coronavirus/Pages/2020-spring-grading.aspx.
Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies
As previously announced on March 20, DMACC has made the
difficult decision to cancel its College-wide Spring Semester Commencement
Ceremonies to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, and the
thousands of family and guests who attend. DMACC President Rob Denson pledged
to use the funds that would have paid for the graduation ceremonies to provide
direct service to students impacted by COVID-19.
All graduating students who meet the requirements will
receive their diploma or degree in the mail in the weeks following the end of
“We are hoping we can eventually reschedule these events so
our students and their families can celebrate this significant accomplishment,”
Denson said. “We are also exploring options for a virtual or livestreamed
Denson also said, regardless of what is ultimately
determined in the coming weeks, any student who cannot attend a rescheduled or
virtual graduation ceremony will be able to participate in an upcoming ceremony
within a year of their official graduation date.
Summer 2020 Classes
DMACC is currently working to determine next steps for
summer 2020 classes. Of note, many DMACC summer courses are already delivered
online, but there are also a number of on-campus summer courses typically
offered. DMACC plans to announce more direction regarding the summer term in
For ongoing updates and all of the latest information
related to DMACC’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.dmacc.edu/coronavirus.
For More Information, Contact: MD Isley, firstname.lastname@example.org