USC gives undergraduate students more time to decide their grading options

The university extended the deadline to May 27.

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USC will allow undergraduate students to choose for a letter grade, a Pass or a No Record up to a week after official class grades are posted, USC President Carol Folt and Provost Charles Zukoski announced in an email Monday afternoon.

On March 20, USC said that students would have the option to take courses either as pass/fail or for a letter grade, with the choice to be determined by the student. The deadline for undergraduate students to select the Pass/No Pass option was April 24, 2020.

For Spring 2020 only, courses taken for Pass/No Pass will count towards all major, minor, and university graduation requirements for all undergraduate students, the memo said. USC will also lift the 24-unit limit on courses taken Pass/No Pass for this semester.

USC’s Monday email extended the deadline to May 27. The new option “No Record” means a withdrawal with no transcript notation that the student took the course.

“Every student’s transcript will note that the semester was disrupted due to COVID-19,” the email reads.

Pass/No Pass grades do not affect a student’s GPA.

Folt and Zukoski wrote in the email that the university hopes these changes will alleviate the distress and pressure that students are experiencing.

In this email, Folt and Zukoski also stated that any future applicants to USC’s undergraduate, graduate and professional schools will not be disadvantaged by courses taken under Pass/No pass grading options offered at any school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We understand students are working under unprecedented conditions, and we appreciate what they are going through,” the email said. “We are committed to evaluating all pass grades for course work without prejudice and are making this historic accommodation because we believe right now students should be able to focus on learning.”

USC is working on grading options for graduate students, the email says.

Starting March 30, the only campus entrance that remains open 24/7 is the McClintock Entrance off Jefferson.

USC Free Lyft program will operate from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. at UPC and 7 a.m. to midnight at HSC, effective March 30. USC announced on March 17 that as Lyft suspended shared rides, now the free rides would be applied to classic rides and offered to students, faculty and staff.

In the past week, many countries have reduced their international flights to limit the coronavirus spread. On March 26, China, for example, asked domestic airlines to reduce international flights to just one weekly route to one city per country, operating it at no more than 75 percent capacity. It also asked foreign airlines to limit flights to China to no more than one flight per week.

In an update on Tuesday, USC said “international students in Los Angeles who are having trouble finding flight routes home can reach out to the university’s travel service for advice and guidance. Please contact Ginny Boyce or Shannon Boyd Jr., Crown International Travel Inc @ Altour Telephone: 310-475-5661 Email:; Email:” International students who are currently in their home countries can contact their local USC office for support.

Folt announced Tuesday the creation of four university-wide funds to support students, health care workers, community members and employees affected by COVID-19.