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Important MCPHS University COVID-19 Information

March 28, 2020

Dear MCPHS Students,

We are writing to share with you that given the impact of COVID-19 on our students, the University is planning for the following changes to its grading assignment policy for the Spring 2020 Semester. Given the complexity of our approximately 100 degree programs at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels, we have summarized the University’s grading assignment policy below. Please note that for all students at the University, the deadline for a student to withdraw from a course has been extended to April 17.

As you are aware, we have students in undergraduate and pre-professional programs, as well as students in professional and graduate programs. If you are unclear on your stage within your academic program, in terms of how this information below applies to you, please send an email to this address:, and we will respond to your questions in a timely manner.

For our Undergraduate and Pre-professional students in the School of Arts and Sciences

  • A Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grade option will be available for the Spring 2020 semester only.
  • A course recorded as “No Credit” will be excluded from calculation of the student’s GPA. The course will be included in the transcript and the grade recorded as NC.
  • A required course that is recorded as “No Credit” must be retaken.
  • A student may petition to have a maximum of 2 courses graded on a P/NC basis.
  • The minimum grade for Good Standing for a student’s program defines a “Pass”. For students in a pathway program or progressing into a professional degree program, receiving a “Pass” means meeting the minimum grade requirement listed in the Good Standing Chart in the University’s Catalog and Student Handbook.
  • The deadline for a student to petition a P/NC grade option is April 17.
  • For students who receive a standard letter grade in a course, there will be no final grades of “F” assigned; an “F” will be replaced with an “NC”.

Given the requirements by our 26 specialty accreditors for our professional programs, the University will follow the following process outlined below. Please note that Deans/Directors of our Schools listed below will communicate any modifications to their policies with their students.

For our Professional and Graduate Students:

  • Grade assignment policy remain at the discretion of each of the schools and is governed by the student’s program.
  • This includes programs in Acupuncture, Public Health, Chemistry, Dental Hygiene, Healthcare Business, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and the School of Medical Imaging & Therapeutics.

Please know that the safety and well-being of our students remains the top priority of our University. The administration and faculty/staff continue to offer their full and unwavering support to help you.

Sincerely yours,
Richard J. Lessard, Interim President
Dr. Caroline S. Zeind, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost