Hello Forsyth Tech students,
I hope you have all had a good week! I hope you saw this video of Forsyth Tech faculty and staff — it made my day! After our communications earlier this week, I wanted to take a moment to clarify some things and share a short video with you. This video will give you some more clarity around our decisions regarding grading for the spring term. I hope you’ll take the time to watch it and read the message below.
Summer Classes & Payment Deadlines
I realized we were a bit unclear and confusing in my last communications regarding summer classes and payment deadlines. Please allow me to take a moment to clarify.
We plan to start summer classes online, anticipating that we may still be under some kind of restriction for large gatherings even after the stay-at-home orders end. We will resume face-to-face classes as soon as possible and we hope to resume during the summer term with in-person labs and other hands on requirements being moved towards the end of the semester.
The payment deadline for summer semester classes is Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. For your convenience, we have also added payment plans for summer semester. This will allow you to pay 50 percent of your owed tuition upfront on or before May 21 and then pay the remainder by June 19 (Note: you must be registered for at least six credit hours to participate in the payment plan).
Please be aware that we will also have what we call drop/add registration where you can make adjustments to your schedule on the first and second day of the semester – May 27 and 28. The payment for classes registered during this time will be at 7 p.m. on May 28th and the payment plan will be available for those classes as well.
Questions & Answers Regarding Grades
We realize the challenging situation for students during this time of uncertainty. With schools closed, and college students juggling school online, as well as the confusion about the health concerns and the logistics of everyone being at home, there will be impacts on your ability to focus and do your best in your classes. Please review the FAQ below for some additional explanation regarding why we made the decision not to offer a Pass/Fail option.
1. Why did you decide not to offer pass/fail to students for the spring semester?
We carefully considered the pros and cons of pass/fail and the impact on all students. There are several reasons we decided not to offer pass/fail.
- For students who are transferring to universities, a pass/fail grade may not be accepted.
- For students going into competitive admissions programs such as nursing, a letter grade is required.
- There are potential implications for financial aid, with a pass/fail grade. It could have possible impacts in the future on students’ Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations.
There is no way to recognize outstanding work with a pass/fail grade
|If you do this:||This is how it will affect your financial aid:|
|1. Withdraw from a class with a W and no refund of tuition.||W grade on transcript. No credit for course. A W grade is not satisfactory completion of a course, so this will affect your satisfactory academic progress for federal and state financial aid.
|2. Withdraw from class with a “WE” grade for “Withdraw Emergency.”
|WE grade on transcript. Under new federal guidance for spring 2020, this does not affect your satisfactory academic progress. You may roll your tuition forward to retake the course through Spring 2021. Veterans receiving GI benefits should consult the college Veterans Specialist.
|3. Request a grade of “IE” for “Incomplete Emergency.”
|IE is a temporary grade. You will be required to complete your classwork by the end of the Fall 2020 semester, or the grade will convert to an “F.” Under new federal guidance for spring 2020, this does not affect your satisfactory academic progress. It may affect future North Carolina state financial aid eligibility if you don’t complete the course by the end of fall 2020.
|4. Grades as currently defined in syllabus
|This will have the same impact as before on satisfactory academic progress.
2. What are my options if I cannot complete the work by the end of the semester, or if I am not satisfied with my letter grade?
You may withdraw from the course, up until April 29 and you will receive a “WE.” The WE allows you to re-enroll for the class over the next three semesters (summer 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021) to re-take the class. You will not be charged to re-take the class.
If you need extra time to complete a class, then a grade of “I” for incomplete can be awarded. You will work with your instructor to develop a timeline to complete the work required for the course. Once you complete the work as outlined on the Incomplete Grade Form, you will receive the grade for the class which you earned. There is no cost to you if you take an Incomplete.
3. Can I request to withdraw after classes have ended?
Students will need to make the decision to withdraw on or before April 29. Talk with your instructor to determine whether a “WE” for withdraw-emergency grade is your best option. Courses end on May 1 so if you are uncomfortable and do not want the grade you have earned on your record, withdrawing from the class before April 29 might be your best option. Please discuss withdrawal decisions with your instructor and/or advisor. We are offering options to give you time to complete the work required for each of your classes and will allow time after the course officially ends to complete the course work where necessary.
4. How will an incomplete effect my financial aid?
If you receive an incomplete or a withdraw, that will not impact your financial aid this semester.
5. What about those students who have already completed labs remotely through video? Will they receive an incomplete?
For those of you who have instructors who adapted “hands-on” lab work remotely, you will not have to take an incomplete and you will not have to do the labs twice.
Thank you! + Next Facebook Live
I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! As I said earlier this week, I have been really enjoying talking with you in the Facebook Live sessions. I hope you will be able to join me for another Facebook Live for you at 2 p.m. next Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Please join me if you can so I can talk with you and answer your questions!
Stay safe and stay home and stay #ForsythTechStrong!