In light of the extraordinary circumstances with the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on students and faculty, the Charleston School of Law faculty, by faculty vote, has made adjustments to the Law School’s ordinary grading policies for Spring 2020 Semester only. The faculty recognizes that no one solution will be satisfactory for everyone. The faculty made these adjustments after full and careful deliberation of options, and after considering student input represented by the SBA President. The faculty has worked thoughtfully to make adjustments that protect the academic program and to provide students with fair and compassionate options in this unprecedented time.
Here are the adjustments for Spring 2020 Semester:
Grading: For those courses that receive a letter grade, faculty will submit letter grades in the usual manner and will adhere to the mandatory curve for required courses. For courses graded on a pass/fail basis, faculty will submit these grades in the usual manner as well.
After all grades for the Spring 2020 semester have been posted, students may elect to retain their spring semester grades or to replace all passing grades with the grade of “P.” Students may not opt to take some courses pass/fail and others for a grade. The option is an “all-or-none” option. Professors will not know which students have elected the pass-fail option unless the student chooses to disclose it to the professor after final grades have been issued.
GPA Calculation: Students will have their GPAs calculated based on all graded credits. As is the current policy, Pass grades are not calculated as part of a student’s GPA. Failing grades, however, are calculated into a student’s GPA.
Proficiency Requirement for First-Year Students: A first-year student’s letter grades will be used to determine whether the student satisfies the Proficiency Requirement, even should a student elect the pass/fail option. Proficiency for full-year courses will be determined by averaging grades for both semesters of the course. Students who have earned a C+ or higher in these courses may choose to take the remedial course as well.
For students currently on academic probation: Students who currently are on academic probation must raise their cumulative GPA to the good academic standing threshold by the end of Spring 2020 semester in order to remain in school. Regardless of whether a student elects the pass/fail option for this semester’s grades, any probationary student whose cumulative GPA remains below good academic standing is academically disqualified and may petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission. Students who have been readmitted to the program after academic dismissal and are currently on academic probation may petition the Academic Standards Committee to remain in the program beyond this semester.
For all students: With the exception of the provisions explicitly altered herein, no other provisions within the Academic Catalog have been altered. Students who are currently in good academic standing are encouraged to carefully consider their options before making an election for either standard grading or pass/fail grading. In the event a student were to elect standard grading and his or her grades were to otherwise place that student on probation, the rules provided in the Academic Catalog remain in full force and effect.
Class Ranking: The law school’s class ranking policy can be found here: https://charlestonlaw.edu/academics/academic-policies/class-ranking-policy/. For Spring 2020 semester only, the class ranking policy is modified as follows: