For the spring 2021 semester, Penn State has implemented the optional alternative grading system for undergraduate students, in continued response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A description of the University Faculty Senate alternative grading system policy appears below. Information specific to Spring 2021, including key dates and deadlines, details about the grade reporting process, frequently asked questions, and more, can be found in Spring 2021 Grades.
The University Faculty Senate may temporarily enable Senate Policy 49-70: Supplemental Satisfactory Grade/Passing Grade/No Grade Grading System - Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates under a situation of special Senate concern. This policy acts as a supplement to Senate Policy 49-60: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory - Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates when implemented during a semester. When enacted:
The option of alternative grading is only available during the situation of special Senate concern (G-11: Alternative Grading).
The University Faculty Senate has enacted the alternative grading system for the semesters listed below. Select a semester link for information specific to each semester, including key dates and deadlines, details about the grade reporting process, and answers to frequently asked questions. Information on each page only pertains to and is/was effective for the listed semester.