Effective April 6, 2020, Southwestern Community College implemented a Pass/No Pass Policy that may be applied to most face-to-face courses that transitioned to online delivery, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the spring 2020 semester.

At the conclusion of the spring semester, students who complete eligible pass/no pass courses will have the option to receive the letter grade recorded by the instructor or choose a pass/no pass designation. This decision must be made between May 11 and May 15, 2020, by submitting an online form through the SWCC registrar’s office. More information regarding the online form will be provided via SWCC email to all students at a later date.

It is important to note that all students are strongly advised to review the policy and consult with their academic advisors at Southwestern, as well as their transfer institutions, about whether the pass/no pass grade option is the best option for their coursework. As you consider this alternative grading policy, below are some key points:

  • Pass/No Pass grades do not count in the calculation of GPA.
  • Courses recorded as “pass” do count towards the total number of credits earned while enrolled at Southwestern Community College.
  • This policy does not apply to the nursing program. Students enrolled in the nursing program will continue to follow the nursing program’s grading scale.
  • Students should not select Pass/No Pass in cases when a course is needed to meet a course prerequisite requiring a grade of a C or higher.
  • There is no limit on the number of spring 2020 courses a student may convert to Pass/No Pass and students have the flexibility to decide on a course-by-course basis.
  • For standard 16-week courses scheduled to meet January through May 2020, the drop deadline of Friday, May 1, 2020, remains the same.