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Resolution 13 - 2020

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 4/30/20 EH

Date: April 30, 2020 To: Board of Trustees From: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President Subject:Approval of Amendment to Academic Grading System Policy

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Hilowitz, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College previously amended the Academic Grading System Policy on July 15, 2010, which includes information on the College's current pass/fail option; and

WHEREAS, students may currently only apply this grading method toward a degree for a maximum of two (2) courses or eight (8) credits; and

WHEREAS, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College transitioned to a remote mode of instructional delivery in the middle of the spring semester, a mode that might not be ideal for some students; and

WHEREAS, to avoid negatively impacting students' grade point averages, the College recommends allowing students to have an opportunity to determine whether Pass/Fail is a good option for them; and

WHEREAS, It is the intention of the College to maintain, throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, no maximum to the number of courses or credits for which students may seek a pass/fail grade; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees does hereby amend the Academic Grading System Policy as follows:

Previous:

P/F: Pass/Fail

  • A student may elect to utilize the Pass/Fail option towards a degree for a maximum of two (2) courses or eight (8) credits, excluding Skills Studies and Physical Education. A student cannot request a Pass/Fail grade for a course that would be intended for use as a prerequisite to another course.

Current:

P/F: Pass/Fail

  • A student may elect to utilize the Pass/Fail option towards a degree. There is no maximum to the number of courses or credits for which students may seek a Pass/Fail grade. A student cannot, however, request a Pass/Fail grade for a course that would be intended for use as a prerequisite to another course.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Eckert, Hilowitz, and Leonard
Nays: none
Motion passed: 8 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
April 30, 2020