Academic Accommodations for Students

May 4, 2020 (8:00 AM)

Academic Affairs is providing the following academic accommodations to students for the Spring 2020 semester:

  • Credit/No Credit Grades

Faculty will submit letter grades as they have in the past. Students will have the option to submit a request to have a letter grade for a Spring 2020 course changed to a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grade. Requests for a CR/NC are permitted through the end of the Fall 2020 semester. The request will be submitted to the course instructor, and the normal Grade Change process will apply. Instructor approval of the grade change may be dependent upon accreditation, prerequisite, and/or program standards. A CR/NC grade will not affect GPA.

A CR/NC grade is not always in the student’s best interest as graduate school admissions and academic content major admissions often require specific and comprehensive grades and GPAs.

Students submitting grade change requests will be responsible for consulting their academic advisor to determine if the change is allowed by external accreditation and academic program completion plans.

Students receiving financial aid are also responsible for consulting with a financial aid counselor before submitting their request. If you request a CR/NC grade and it is approved, you will not be able to change it back.

  • Revised Guidelines for an “Incomplete” Grade

The grade of “I” (incomplete) can be assigned, at the discretion of a faculty member, for students who have had extenuating circumstance(s), generally beyond their control, that have prevented the student from completing the course requirements within the term. To receive an incomplete, our policy requires that the student has successfully completed 75% or more of the course requirements.

Given the circumstances of this semester and the burdens that have been placed on both faculty and students to transition to remote delivery formats, faculty are encouraged to consider a flexible use of the “I” grade, if warranted. Faculty have the discretion and flexibility to lower the threshold of completed coursework to 50% if helpful to promote student successStudents who receive a grade of “I” this semester will have until the end of the Fall 2020 semester to complete the work.

For more information and to access the Incomplete Grade Form please visit: https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/administration/academicaffairs/Forms_Policies/Documents/Policy_Letters/AA-Requirements-for-Incomplete.pdf

  • Final Exam Week

Courses will continue/be extended through Friday, May 8, 2020 – which is final exam week. Faculty will determine how they use this week to provide the most appropriate educational activities engagements for students (i.e. extend class time through the week, provide asynchronous activities, work, and/or exams/assessment, etc.).

  • Spring 2020 Grades

The due date for submission of grades will be extended to 2 PM, Monday, May 18. Students will be able to view all submitted grades for Spring 2020 on Tuesday, May 19th.

  • No Academic Dismissals

Academic colleges will not be taking any new academic dismissals for Spring 2020 grades. Students who would have been academically dismissed may be required to participate in programs to support their academic recovery.

  • Summer Courses

To continue to safeguard the health and safety of our campus community, all courses that begin the summer in a remote delivery format, will be remote for the entire summer. Exceptions may be made after June 1, if current restrictions are lifted, for clinical placements, internships, studios, laboratory settings, clinics, clerkships, and other kinds of in-person field learning. Please look for information at a later date from your academic deans and academic programs for additional guidance on those credit-bearing experiences.

  • Summer Registration Date Extension

Summer is a great time to continue to make progress toward your degree. strong>Registration for summer began on January 20th and has been extended through May 22nd, which is the Friday of the first week of summer classes and the end of the add/drop period. Please work with your advisor to identify and register for summer classes.

  • As previously shared, the course and total Withdrawal Date has been extended to May 1.

If you are considering a course or total withdrawal and want to discuss the implications and process to do so, please contact [email protected] for assistance. The deadline to withdraw from classes still in progress and receive a "W" grade has been extended to May 1.

Withdrawing from some courses while remaining enrolled in others in the same term has different financial aid consequences than withdrawing from all spring courses. After emailing advising, if you are considering withdrawing from a course, multiple courses, or all your courses, and you are a financial aid recipient, please connect with a financial aid counselor by email at [email protected] or by phone at 231-598-8210, to discuss any potential impact on your current or future financial aid/eligibility.