Spring 2021 Pass/Fail Grade Option – Extended thru Fall 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Valley Community College has adopted a temporary pass/fail grading policy option that applies to all courses through the Fall 2021 semester.  This temporary policy supersedes all other published policies & procedures listed in the IVCC Academic Catalog & Board of Trustee Policy Manual that may be in conflict.

A ‘pass’ grade (grade of P) will be the equivalent to a grade of A, B, C, or D. Likewise, a ‘fail’ grade (grade of F) will be the equivalent to a grade of F. Pass/fail grades will appear on academic transcripts and will be identified as P or F.

This option to select a pass/fail grade for Spring 2021 opens immediately and the last date to select the option is April 13, 2021 by 4:30pm.  Students can complete this request here: https://www.ivcc.edu/passfail/.

If no change is made, a standard letter grade will be issued.

The decision to convert a letter grade to a pass/fail grade is an important choice. It may impact academic standing, institutional honors, financial aid, course transferability to a four-year institution, and admission to professional programs at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Students should refer to the following in order to help determine whether selecting the pass/fail option is right for them.

Key Considerations

Pass/Fail MAY be a good option for…

Pass/Fail MAY NOT be a good option for…

Pass/fail grades may affect the semester or cumulative grade point average.

Students who believe a standard letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) might drop their GPA.

Students who believe a standard letter grade (A, B, C, or D) will help raise their GPA.

Pass/fail grades may or may not transfer to a four-year institution.

Students who are certain of transferring to a four-year institution that participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) agreement, or to any private four-year institution that accepts IAI general education courses. 

IAI participating institutions have agreed to accept pass/fail grades for general education IAI courses.

Students who are unsure of their transfer plans are strongly encouraged to contact potential transfer institutions to verify that pass/fail grading will be accepted, and are encouraged to have the institution’s response provided in writing.

Acceptance of IAI major courses taken as pass/fail varies by institution.

Pass/fail grades may impact financial aid.

 

Students are encouraged to contact an IVCC Financial Aid Advisor for any specific financial aid-related questions.

 

 

A student’s Financial Aid Academic Progress Standing is in good standing.

A student’s Financial Aid Academic Progress Standing is in warning, suspension, or appeal approved since it may be necessary to raise the GPA over 2.0.

Pass/fail grades may not meet future prerequisite course requirements.

Students not intending for the course to meet a future course prerequisite requirement.

Students intending the course to meet a future course prerequisite requirement. 

Most course prerequisite requirements require a grade of C or better. Students who choose the pass/fail option may need to contact a faculty member directly to request a prerequisite override to enroll in the subsequent course.

Pass/fail grades may impact a student’s ability to enroll in a limited admission program or

professional degree program

(e.g., health careers, engineering, and law).

 

Students planning to apply to

specific academic programs now or in the future are strongly encouraged to check with the department chair or coordinator for the college or university.

Students not planning to apply to competitive limited enrollment programs or professional degree

programs (e.g., health careers, engineering, and law).

Students planning to apply to

competitive limited enrollment programs or professional degree programs (e.g., health careers, engineering, and law).

Pass/Fail grades are not available for some courses

 

Courses that are required for programs linked to accreditation bodies/standards may not be allowed for a pass/fail option.

 

**The information listed above is intended to serve as general guidance.  Each student’s situation is unique and all aspects should be considered before choosing a pass/fail grade option.  Students should consult with an IVCC Counselor and/or four-year institution (for potential transfer ramifications), a financial aid advisor (for any potential financial aid related matters) and the IVCC Athletics Department (for potential athletic eligibility matters).