March 31, 2020, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that the College will offer students a Pass/Fail grading option for Spring 2020 courses.
“We are deeply committed to supporting our students, and to doing all we can to assist them in achieving academic success, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that staying isolated, caring for families, and working from home may be stressful enough,” Dr. Reber stated. “We also know online studies may take some adapting, and we want to alleviate as much tension about grades as possible.”
HCCC students will be permitted to make the choice of a letter grade or the Pass/Fail grade through Thursday, May 28, 2020. The option will apply to the College’s Traditional, Late-Start, Online A and B, ESL, Developmental, and Culinary Arts cycles. Courses with the grade of Pass or Fail will carry no weight toward a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA), and will not harm or improve academic standing. Pass grades will provide academic credit toward program and degree completion.
Notice of the Pass/Fail grading option was emailed to all current HCCC students over the weekend. The email provided details of Pass/Fail grades, FAQs relevant to the option, and contact information for the advisors who will assist students in determining whether to utilize the option. The email also supplied information on programs that may not qualify for the Pass/Fail option, such as certain Nursing and Health Sciences programs.
Dr. Reber said that developing and implementing the Pass/Fail option with this needed expedience is the result of the input and work of the College’s Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Eric Friedman; the College’s faculty; Student Government President Warren Rigby; HCCC administrators; and the Offices of Student Affairs, Registrar, and Financial Aid, among others.
“We have a remarkable team working for our inspirational students, who deserve nothing less than the best,” Dr. Reber said. “We want to do all we can to ensure our students’ academic success and everyone’s health and safety.”
Information about the HCCC Pass/Fail option is available at https://hccc.edu/uploadedFiles/Pages/Campus_Life/Coronavirus/DrFriedman-Pass-Fail-Letter-3-29-2020-ENGLISH.pdf.
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