‘P’ Grades Policy
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are able to request a ‘P’ grade for as many BHCC courses that they are enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester. Please review the following FAQs for more information.
What is the BHCC ‘P’ grade policy?
A ‘P’ grade indicates satisfactory completion of coursework where no letter grade is given, or award of credits for a course by special examination. It is equivalent to a grade of C or higher and carries no quality points. Credit hours will be given equivalent to the number of credit hours normally assigned to the course.”
What do I have to do to receive a ‘P’ Grade?
- Complete the semester and earn a final grade of a ‘C’ or better.
- Submit an electronic request for a 'P' grade option on or before May 28, 2020 by 5 p.m. You can find the online request form in your BHCC SelfService account. Your request goes directly to the Academic Records office where it will be processed once final grades are submitted.
- If your final grade for the class is a ‘C’ or better for the class(es) on your request, the grade will be changed to a ‘P’.
How will a “P” grade impact pre-requisite grades and other program and degree requirements?
It is important to remember:
- All courses for which students receive passing ‘P’ grades will count towards degree requirements.
- A ‘P’ grade satisfies the prerequisite for courses that require a ‘C’ or better for registration.
- ‘P’ grades are transferrable to MA state universities and colleges.
- Students in STEM, health sciences and other programs requiring licensure must discuss prerequisite and transfer implications with their faculty and academic advisor.
When are final grades due for Spring 2020?
The deadline for final grades is May 18, 2020.
I do not want a ‘P’ grade. I want a letter grade. What do I do?
Nothing. The letter grade submitted by your faculty at the end of the semester will remain your grade on record.
What are my other grading options for Spring 2020?
Your faculty will submit final semester grades inducing (A-F) letter grades or ‘IP’ grades. You will receive ‘W’ grades if you withdraw from your classes by the withdrawal deadline. Review all grading options at: https://www.bhcc.edu/studentcentral/academicrecords/grades/
What will happen if I receive a final grade of ‘D’? Is this passing?
While a ‘D’ is passing for graduation requirements, it does not satisfy prerequisite requirements and cannot be changed to a ‘P’ grade. ‘P’ grade is equivalent to a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Can I change my mind? What happens if I find out next year that I need a letter grade for my next degree?
Yes, you can request to revert to the letter grade on your transcript at any point over the next five years.
I am concerned about my academic standing. What impact does a 'P' grade in Spring 2020 have?
Academic standing will not include Spring 2020 grades. Also, Dean/Merit List calculation are suspended for the Spring 2020 semester.
Transferring ‘P’ Grades
No, ‘P’ grades will not be calculated into your semester or overall grade point average.
All courses for which students receive passing ‘P’ grades will count toward degree requirements for graduation. In addition, ‘P’ grades are transferrable to MA state universities and colleges.
Exception: Selective programs such as, nursing, medical imaging and others may not count ‘P’ grades towards meeting the requirements of the associate degree. Before requesting a ‘P’ grade, you should consult with your advisor.
All students should consult with their academic advisor about the potential impacts on transferability of ‘P’ grades.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, some institutions are developing policies for the acceptance of ‘P’ grades earned during the spring 2020 semester. However, some of these policies may include exceptions. If you plan to transfer, and have grades of ‘P’ on your transcript, you are encouraged to outreach the admissions department at your transfer institution and ask whether, or not ‘P’ grades will transfer.
‘P’ grades are transferrable to Massachusetts state universities and colleges. Students in STEM, health sciences, and other programs requiring licensure should discuss prerequisite and transfer implications with their academic advisor.
If you plan to transfer, you are strongly encouraged to keep copies of your spring 2020, course syllabi. Transfer institutions may requests copies of your syllabi when you submit your Bunker Hill transcript. They will need your course syllabi to verify the learning outcomes and content of your transfer courses, especially those courses where you earned a grade of ‘P’.
Every institution’s ‘P’ grade policy is different. In general, institutions that accept ‘P’ grades for transfer will expect the actual grade to be equivalent to a grade of C-/C or higher. Students should review their transfer institution’s academic catalog, and contact their admissions department to ask what letter grade equivalent will be accepted for ‘P’ grades for transfer. By contacting your transfer institution directly, you will get the most current and accurate information.
Some selective health programs require letter grades, such as an ‘A’ or ‘B’, for transfer. Before requesting a grade of ‘P’ for any of your spring 2020 courses, you are strongly encouraged to outreach the admissions department at your intended transfer institution to ask whether grades of ‘P’ will transfer for selective admissions or health programs.
Bunker Hill Community College will not provide letters, but students can choose to revert their ‘P’ grades back to the original grade issued by their faculty. The student should request to have an official transcript, with their original letter grades, sent to their transfer institution. For more information about this process, please visit, https://www.bhcc.edu/studentcentral/academicrecords/academictranscript/
Yes, Bunker Hill retains a record of each student’s original grades. Students can request a transcript with their original grades. For more information about this process, please visit, https://www.bhcc.edu/studentcentral/academicrecords/academictranscript/
The impact of a ‘P’ grade will depend upon your future academic goals. If you intend to transfer to a selective program that requires grades of ‘A’, or ‘B’, then you will need to outreach the admissions department and ask whether or not ‘P’ grades are accepted. Transfer institutions may also requests copies of your syllabi when you submit your BHCC transcript. They will need your course syllabi to verify the learning outcomes and content of your transfer courses, especially those courses where you earned a grade of ‘P’.