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Fall 2020 Alternative Grading FAQs

The official University guide for Fall 2020 alternative grading is available at https://registrar.gmu.edu/students/registration/fall-2020-academic-options/. Please read below for department-specific implications.

Grades of XN, XP, XS, and XW do not impact your CGPA.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
  • I don’t know if I should choose regular letter grading (A-F) or if I should opt-in for alternative grading. Please help!
    • Whether or not you choose to opt-in for alternative grading this fall 2020, is completely up to you. Students will need to be sure their CGPA is. 2.0 or higher to avoid academic sanctions such as warning, probation, and suspension.
      • A student who does not think they will be able to pass their course and wants to stop participating should consider selectively withdrawing. The course/requirement(s) would need to be satisfied in a future semester.
      • A student who does not think they will be able to pass their course but who still wants to participate and try in the course should consider opting in for alternative grading. If a grade of XP or XN is earned in a course prerequisite,  IT foundation, core, capstone, or concentration course, the requirement/course(s) would need to be satisfied in a future semester.
      • A student who thinks they will pass but is worried about earning a lower grade than they wanted and does not want the grade to impact their CGPA should consider opting in for alternative grading.
  • What alternative grade will I earn after my instructor enters the final letter grade, if I opt-in for alternative grading?
    • If a letter grade of C or higher is entered, it will be changed to XS, satisfying the degree requirements.
      • Students must earn a B or higher, or grade of XS, in the gateway course(s) associated with their desired concentration, in order to be eligible to declare that concentration. If a student wishes to take a concentration course that requires a B or higher in a course for which they’ve earned an XS, they will need to submit an override request form at ist.gmu.edu/go/override to register for the subsequent course.
    • If a letter grade of C- or D is entered, it will be changed to XP, which is insufficient for the major.
    • If a letter grade of F is entered, it will be changed to XN, which is insufficient for the major.
  • If I am repeating a course in Spring 2020 (that I took in a previous semester) and I select the alternative grade mode, how will my GPA be affected by the repeated course?
    • The repeat policy for undergraduates indicates that the latest attempt of the course will be the grade that counts, even if that grade is lower than a previous attempt. Because there are no quality points associated with the alternate grade mode, the previous attempt will no longer factor into the GPA, but there won’t be a grade included to replace it.
  • How will grades of XS, XP, XN impact my gateway course(s): IT 106 or IT 109 or CS 112 for ITE, IT 206 or IT 209 or CS 211 for DTP, IT 213 for WDM/WDEV/WADV, IT 214 for DTP/HIT, IT 223 for INFS/CYBR, IT 341 for NTEL/CCG?
    • A grade of XS is sufficient for gateway prerequisites.
    • Students who earn a grade of XS in a gateway course will need to submit an override request form at ist.gmu.edu/go/override, in order to register for courses which require a B or higher.
    • Students who earn a grade of XP or XN will not be eligible for an override and will be expected to retake the course to satisfy the minimum grade requirement.
  • How will grades of XS, XP, XN impact my ability to declare the BS AIT/INFT?
    • Students who earn a grade of XS will have satisfied the degree requirement; however, this course will not have a GPA to use to calculate the student’s eligibility for declaration. A student who earns a B or higher is encouraged to keep their letter-grade, as it will potentially help raise their ITGPA to the minimum 3.0 required to declare the programme.
    • Students who have exhausted their 100/200-IT foundation and core course options will have their eligibility reviewed on a case-by-case basis by an IST academic Advisor (bsit@gmu.edu or Mrs. Rhodes, Mrs. Howe, or Mrs. Sevilla).
    • To help students determine the grade(s) needed in their courses, we have provided an ITGPA calculator, available at https://ist.gmu.edu/students/current-students/change-of-major-to-inft/eligibility-calculator/.
  • How will grades of XS, XP, XN impact the VSE Termination Criteria?
    • Students who earn a grade of XS will have satisfied the degree requirement and will not be designated for warning or termination from the major for that course.
    • Students who earn a grade of XP or XN will have not satisfied the degree requirement with a minimum sufficient grade.
      • If a student is in a second attempt of a required course and they earn a grade of XP or XN, they will be designated with a note to be warned.
      • If a student is in a third attempt of a required course and they earn a grade of XP or XN, they will be designated for termination.
  • How will grades of XS, XP, XN impact my Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s course(s) that require a B or higher in order to transition to the MS programme?
    • For spring 2020, grades of A-C or XS & XP received in graduate courses will count toward the undergraduate degree and for advanced standing.
    • Grades of F or XN will not count.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

  • How will grades of XS, XP, XN impact my provisional admission requirements?
    • A grade of XS will satisfy the min B requirement in AIT 502, for students admitted provisionally to the MS AIT.
    • Please be aware that none of the alternative grading options will count towards a student’s GPA. Provisional Admission GPA requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • How will grades of XS, XP, XN impact the criteria for termination from the MS AIT?
    • All letter grades “C” or the equivalent alternative grades “XP” received in graduate courses will not count towards the number of unsatisfactory grades stated under AP.6.6.2 Academic Termination. Graduate students, who may receive letter grades “F” or the equivalent alternative grades “XN”, should consider the available withdrawal option as the effect of these non-passing grades on AP.6.6.2 Academic Termination will remain unaltered.
 
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