March 12, 2020 - Alternate Grades in Effect

Dear Colleagues,

The Faculty Officers and members of the Covid-19 Academic Continuity Working Group have been working since Monday to develop "Emergency Academic Regulations" as required in view of the "Significant Disruption" of the spring semester that has been declared.  The regulations were finalized at meetings today and we expect to send out details by the end of the day tomorrow (Friday).  I am writing now to give you a heads up with regard to the decision that was reached on the way grading will be handled.

In view of the global pandemic, its effect on our students, faculty, and all the members of our community who support our educational program, and after extensive consultation and deliberation, it has been decided that "Alternate Grades" (PE, NE, and IE) as defined in Section 2.64 of Rules and Regulations of the Faculty must be used for all undergraduate and graduate full-term and H4 subjects this semester.  For H3 subjects, instructors will decide whether to use letter grades or alternate grades.  Full details will be provided as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other Faculty Officers if you have any questions.

With best wishes in this difficult time,


Rick Danheiser
A. C. Cope Professor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry
Room 18-298
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel 617 253 1842
Cell 617 480 3948

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

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