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Spring 2020 Alternative Grading FAQs

The official University guides for Spring 2020 alternative grading are available at https://registrar.gmu.edu/students/registration/spring-2020-grading-options/ and https://provost.gmu.edu/academics-and-research/graduate-education/spring-2020-alternative-grading-options. Please read below for department-specific implications.

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:

  • 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, IT 214 for DTP/HIT, IT 223 for INFS/CYBR, IT 341 for NTEL?
    • 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.
    • An ITGPA calculator is 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.
    • 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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