Message to Students

September 29, 2020

Good morning Bulldogs!

Ferris State University remains focused on ensuring the academic success and degree completion of all students.  Many are adapting to new ways of learning and may feel uncertain or even nervous about the impact on their final grades. Below are several important updates from the University’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Bobby Fleischman.

Requesting a Grade of Credit or No Credit (CR/NC)

Students will have the option to submit a request to have a letter grade for a Fall 2020 or a Spring 2021 semester course changed to a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grade.  

  • The request must be submitted to the course instructor after final grades are posted, and the normal Grade Change process will apply, should the request be approved.  
  • Instructor approval of the grade change may be dependent upon accreditation, prerequisite, and/or program standards.  A CR/NC grade will not affect GPA. 
  • Please be aware that a CR/NC grade may not be in a 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 advisor before submitting the request. 

Extended Date to Withdraw from a Course and Receive a Grade of W (Withdrawal Date) 

  • The Course Withdrawal date for the Fall 2020 Semester has been extended through Friday, December 11, 2020 and the course withdrawal date for the Spring 2021 semester has been extended through Friday, April 23, 2021. 
  • Students are responsible for being aware of the consequences of the effects of a “W” on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by consulting with their academic advisor and a financial aid representative.  Financial Aid advisors can be contacted by email at [email protected]or by phone at 231-598-8210. 

Flexibility in Guidelines for a Grade of “Incomplete” (I)

The grade of incomplete (“I”) 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 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 success.  

For more information and to access the Incomplete Grade Form click here.  

No Academic Dismissals for Undergraduate Programs for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

Academic colleges will not be administering any new academic dismissals for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 grades. Students who would have been academically dismissed may be required to participate in programs to support their academic recovery.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards ensure students are successfully completing coursework and able to continue to receive financial aid. All students receiving financial aid are required to meet SAP standards. Federal regulations require the University to establish, publish, and apply standards to monitor progress toward completing a degree. In an instance where a student fails to meet the SAP standards, financial aid warning or suspension will occur. More information about SAP as well as the process to make an appeal is available here.

There is a lot of information here. It may be helpful to read it more than once. If you are considering any of the accommodations above, I encourage you to connect first with your advisor.  These temporary academic accommodations for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will be posted on the Academic Affairs Website

We appreciate your strong efforts to keep yourselves and our community safe.  Please stay tuned for more information and stay healthy.

Best regards, 

Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life