Spring Grading Scale Update


April 13, 2020 

Dear PVCC Students, 

We recognize that the COVID-19 situation has created some unusual and challenging circumstances for our students. PVCC faculty remain committed to continuing instruction so that as many of you as possible can complete the work you started. To ensure that your academic progress is not adversely impacted by the changes in instruction, the VCCS has instituted a default Pass/Withdraw/Incomplete grading scale for the spring 2020 semester (P+, P-, W, I). Students also have the option to receive a traditional letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) instead of the Pass/Withdraw/Incomplete default grading scale. 

You will need to choose which grading scale option for your instructor to use to record your grade by the last date of instruction for your course. The deadlines for each session are below:

  • 16-week classes May 4 
  • 12-week classes May 1 
  • 8-week classes May 10 
  • 4-week classes May 10 

A new module will be added to your Canvas course that will contain a “Grade Choice Survey.” You must complete this survey by the deadline above to choose either the new default Pass/Withdraw/Incomplete grading scale, or a traditional letter grade. Your response(s) will be recorded. 

If you do not complete the “Grade Choice Survey” by the deadline, the default Pass/Withdraw/Incomplete grading scale will be used by your instructor. You may submit only one choice per class, and you cannot change your choice once it is made. You can make different choices for each class if you are taking multiple classes. 

Below are some important details you should consider before making your choice:

  • A transcript notation for spring 2020 will document the grade definitions for P+ and P-. For college transfer courses, the P+ indicates that the student has completed the course with a grade of C or better.
  • All public four-year colleges and universities, and some private institutions have indicated that they will accept the P+ grade in admissions decisions and for transfer credit. Students planning to transfer to a specific college or university should check with that specific institution about if and how P+ grades will transfer. A grade of P- will not transfer.
  • P+, and P-, will count toward degree and certificate requirements and do not impact a student’s GPA.
  • Awarding a grade of W may impact some students who are receiving benefits (Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits, etc.). If you are receiving benefits, please consult with financial aid or an advisor to discuss the impact of each grading system on your benefits.
  • This grading policy applies to all spring 2020 courses including dual enrollment courses. 
  • Grades for developmental education courses will not change. 
  • Students who are interested in applying to competitive admission health care programs such as nursing, radiography, sonography, or surgical technology should consult each program’s PVCC webpage for how P grades will be considered in admissions decisions, and any recommendations on which grading scale should be chosen. 

I encourage you to discuss these grading scale options with your faculty member(s) to determine what might be in your best interest. 

Pass Fail Chart Spring Grading Scale 2020



Dr. John R. Donnelly
Vice President for Instruction and Student Services