Grades and Exams
The College will return to its standard grading for the 2020–2021 academic year. However, recognizing that students may encounter challenges this fall, several temporary grade-related policy changes for the fall semester will be implemented:
- Credit/D/Fail grade mode will be available for students to choose until the day before Thanksgiving break begins (Tuesday, November 24, at 5:00 p.m.). Additional time to choose this option recognizes that students may encounter difficulties related to the public health and online learning context at any point in the semester, no matter how much effort they have been putting into their coursework.
- Students may choose one course Credit/D/F with a full load of four credits, and this will not count against their career total of four.
- As is standard policy, students may not choose the Credit/D/Fail mode for first-year writing seminars, distribution and division requirements, and in most cases, major and minor requirements. However, in light of the current context, the faculty will meet early in the fall semester to discuss potential changes to these institutional policies on a temporary basis, and departments and programs will be asked by CEP this summer to consider whether any of their required courses might be taken Credit/D/Fail for current Bowdoin students.
As stated in the Academic Standards and Regulations section of the Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook, "The College expects students to complete all course requirements as established by instructors. In unavoidable circumstances (personal illness, family emergency, etc.) and with approval of the student’s dean and the instructor, a grade of Incomplete may be recorded.
An Incomplete represents a formal agreement among the instructor, a dean, and the student for the submission of unfinished coursework under prescribed conditions. If approved, “the Incomplete Agreement Form is signed by all necessary individuals, and a date is set by which time all unfinished work must be submitted. In all cases, students are expected to finish outstanding coursework in a period of time roughly equivalent to the period of distraction from their academic commitments. In no case will this period of time extend beyond the end of the second week of classes of the following semester.”
At the end of the grading period, any student for whom a grade has not been submitted and a signed Incomplete Form has not been received will automatically be given a grade of F. Any student subsequently wishing to contest an F received under these circumstances must petition the Recording Committee. Contact your student dean if you have questions and/or wish to request an Incomplete. If you need additional assistance, stop by the Office of the Dean of Students on the second floor of Moulton Union or call (207) 725-3149.
A student with three final in-class examinations in two days may opt to reschedule one for a day mutually agreeable to the student and the instructor. To initiate this change during final exams, students must obtain a Final Examination Rescheduling Form from the Office of the Registrar on the first floor of Sarah Orne Jewett Hall; it is a paper form.
For Spring 2020, Final Examination Rescheduling Forms will be available later in the semester.