As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during the Spring 2020 semester, the following changes have been implemented. These changes will only be in effect for the Spring 2020 semester.


Pass/Fail Option

Students have the option to change a grade in a course to a Pass or Fail. Students will have from May 5 to May 12 to change any course grade to a Pass/Fail. This means that you can change your final grade after you receive it.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Since choosing the Pass/Fail option does not eliminate an “F” grade, we suggest you instead withdraw from any course you think you are likely to fail. You have until Monday, April 27th, to withdraw from courses.
  • If you choose a Pass/Fail option for a course, any course grade of C or higher becomes a Pass. Any grade of D or F becomes a Fail.
  • Grades of Pass (“P”) do not affect GPA, including for scholarships. A grade of Fail is an “F” and affects GPA in the same manner as any F grade would.
  • A “P” grade will count as satisfying prerequisite grade requirements for courses you plan to take later as well as towards graduation requirements and LIFE scholarship renewal.  An “F” grade will not earn any credits.
  • You need to exercise great care in making these choices, as they may impact your eligibility for scholarships. We suggest you contact your Academic Advisor and the Office of Financial Aid about what options work best for you.


To change your grade to Pass/Fail, take the following steps:

  1. Log in to MyLander.
  2. In the Bearcat Web section on the right side of the page, click on “Student.”
  3. Click on “Student Records” and choose “Pass/Fail Selection.”
  4. On the Pass/Fail Option Form, you will see your courses and final grades listed.
  5. If you want to change a class to Pass/Fail, click on “Add to Pass/Fail.”
  6. If you change your mind and would like to undo this change, click on “Remove from Pass/Fail.” Once you click “Add to Pass/Fail” or “Remove from Pass/Fail,” you can exit the screen; the form automatically saves your selection. This form will be available in MyLander from Tuesday, May 5 to Tuesday, May 12.


New Withdrawal Date for Individual Courses

The withdrawal date for individual courses was moved to Monday, April 27.


Academic Probation

No student will be placed on academic probation as a result of their performance in Spring 2020. Students currently on academic probation this spring who do not improve their Lander GPA to a 2.0 or better will remain on academic probation.  


Academic Dismissal

No student will be dropped from the University as a result of their performance in Spring 2020.



Students receiving an incomplete for a Spring 2020 class will have until the end of the Spring 2021 term to complete the course. Note, faculty are discouraged from issuing incompletes.


Transcript Notation

Students enrolled this semester shall have it noted on their transcript that this was the semester of the COVID-19 pandemic.