COVID-19 Grading Update

Published Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 4:28pm

Dear Colleagues:

Like colleges and universities across the country, including most in Arizona, MCCCD is temporarily adjusting our grading policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

With the exception of courses or programs with accreditation or other externally-imposed grading standards that require letter grades, all Spring courses continuing after April 9, 2020 will be converted to “P/Z” (credit/no credit). Unless students choose to receive a letter grade according to their course syllabus grading scale, students in good standing (“C” or better) will receive a “P” (credit); students not in good standing (“D” or “F”) will receive a “Z” (no credit). Whether “P/Z” or letter grade, students must complete the semester in their classes to receive a grade and credit for the course.

Important notes:

  • “P/Z” Grades will not be calculated in the student’s Maricopa GPA.
  • AZTransfer has revised transfer policies for courses taken during pandemic response. For these courses, credits earned with a grade of "P" may be counted toward graduation, toward the AGEC (Arizona General Education Curriculum), and will transfer for program credit at our State universities, GCU, University of Phoenix, and others.
  • “P” grades will not satisfy course or program requirements where the requirement is a grade of “B” or higher.

Students who prefer to receive a letter grade must communicate that preference to their faculty members through Maricopa email or Canvas messaging no later than one calendar week prior to the end of each course. Faculty will use their original letter grade policy for students who choose to opt-in to a letter grade.

Even with the availability of “P/Z” grades, students may still wish to withdraw. Under Section 7, COVID-19 Pandemic Policies, students may be eligible for a Student Tuition Account Credit. Students should speak to their instructors regarding their desire to withdraw from classes. Faculty should direct the student to the applicable policy and to an advisor to discuss potential impacts on their academic plans.

Important notes:

  • Withdrawing from class can adversely affect students who receive special funding and eligibility circumstances, such as athletes, Veterans, and students receiving federal student aid, scholarships, grants, loans, or accessing employer education reimbursement plans.

  • Students who withdraw from a course will receive a grade of “W” (withdrawn, passing) or “Y” (withdrawn, failing) on their transcripts and will have to repeat the course in its entirety to receive credit for it.

A document with FAQs about “P/Z” Grading will be posted shortly. If you have additional questions for the “P/Z” Grading FAQs or the Student Tuition Account Credit FAQs, please let us know via this online form so we can update the information for everyone.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the complexities of serving our students during this challenging time.

Be well,

Karla Fisher, Ph.D.