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Students given ‘pass/fail’ grade option

Students given ‘pass/fail’ grade option
  • On April 10, 2020

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

As COVID-19 sweeps across the world in the worst pandemic since 1918, people are cooped up working and learning in their homes. Because of this, every college class that is able to be taught online, is.

LCC switched to all online shortly after spring break, following Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders. As expected, there have been a few bumps on the road to all-online classes. A major problem has been that it’s too difficult of a learning platform for many people. Because of this, grades are dropping for some.

LCC officials are aware of this.

“In recognition of the challenges the transition to online learning has created, LCC will allow students in most courses to opt into a pass/fail grading system for their spring 2020 classes,” an official LCC statement said.

Requests for the pass or fail option will be available starting May 14 until July 1. Before then, students should take time in considering their options, and are required to speak with an academic advisor before submitting their request.

According to the LCC website, “If you have earned a 2.0 or greater, and you choose pass/fail, you will earn a “P” on your transcript and will be awarded credit. If you have earned below a 2.0, and you choose pass/fail, you will earn a “Z” on your transcript and will not be awarded credit.”

When choosing pass/fail, a student’s GPA will not be affected. However, not every institution will accept a “pass” grade for transfer students and if they do, it might automatically be considered a 2.0 and consequently drop one’s GPA.

LCC student Emma Hancock spoke about the issue.

“I guess (the pass or fail option) is good for the students who need that option, but not really effective because sometimes they don’t transfer to universities,” Hancock said.

With that said, given the COVID-19 situation, a lot of universities have already switched to pass/fail grading and therefore are more likely to be lenient with transfer students who take advantage of this option. However, there is no guarantee.

Ella Fisher, an LCC freshman who has had all of her classes switched to online, is more than happy about the switch in grading.

“My opinion would be that it’s a nice option that schools are offering due to the circumstances,” Fisher said. “I think it’s great that they are being understanding, even if it’s not something that is for everyone.

For more information on LCC’s pass/fail option, visit and read through “Student FAQs about grading options.”