As we all continue to adjust to and manage around the impact of COVID-19, each division of the University has made adjustments to existing grading policies to meet the unusual circumstances presented this semester, based on what is appropriate for that school.
This document amends and supersedes the grading policies of the Peabody Conservatory as stated in the Academic Catalog AY 19-20 1-3.05: GRADING SYSTEM AND REGULATIONS. The amended policies apply to graduate students and undergraduates as noted below but only for the spring semester 2020.
All enrollments in the spring semester 2020 will be reconfigured to be graded as pass (P) or fail (F). Courses that are marked pass/fail will not factor into a grade point average. Classes graded P will count toward graduation requirements. Classes graded F will not count toward graduation requirements.
Students may elect to have courses graded for a letter grade instead of P/F by completing a web-based form. A later email will indicate the location of the form, which must be completed by 4pm EDT on Friday, 1 May. After 1 May 2020, the grading format for courses may not be changed.
All large ensembles and chamber music will be graded pass/fail based on work and rehearsals completed before 10 March. For ensembles only, all failing grades will be recorded as NCR – No Credit Received.
Spring juries and hearings are cancelled. Enrollments for undergraduate juries in spring 2020 will be removed from the academic record and the corresponding requirement for graduation.
Recitals performed before 10 March will be graded. All other recitals are cancelled. Academic Affairs will work with continuing students and department chairs to clarify their requirements and options for rescheduling. For graduating students, the registration for a cancelled recital will be removed from the academic record. However, the transcripts will be annotated to indicate recitals could not be played because of COVID-19.
Pending availability in the halls, Peabody and the Concert Office and the Recording Arts department are committed to work with students in the class of 2020 who were unable to do degree recitals, and would like to do so, to identify a time in one of our halls which will work for all parties for high quality performance recordings and/or recitals as desired. Because it is unclear when the building will reopen, we will extend this opportunity through August 15, 2021 with the following exceptions: November and December 2020, and March through May 2021, given the high concentration of student recitals during these timeframes.