Message to Luther Students Regarding Updates to Academic Policies

To: Luther College students and parents
From:
Kevin Kraus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College and Richard Bernatz, Registrar
Re: Updates to academic policies

Date: April 3, 2020

Dear Students and Parents:

We write to you today to provide some clarifications to the changes made to academic policies that were communicated in our message on March 19, as well as to provide new information about policies regarding the Dean’s List and academic standing. 

  • Students may drop a full-semester or second seven-weeks class with a “W” up to the final class day of the semester (May 15). In our message on March 19, this date was incorrectly reported as May 21.
  • Only full-semester and second seven-weeks classes may be changed to credit/no-credit (CR/NC) grading. First seven-weeks classes cannot be changed to CR/NC grading. The deadline to change full-semester and second seven-weeks classes to CR/NC grading remains May 1. Students who select the CR/NC grading option for a course may change the grading option back to conventional letter grades (A, B, C, D) up to May 15. To request CR/NC grading for a course, please use the Credit/No Credit Authorization Form located on the Luther College Registrar’s Office forms web page. Students are encouraged to view the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the changes to the credit/no-credit policy for the Spring 2020 semester. 
  • The Dean’s Office and the Registrar’s Office reviewed the Dean’s List policy. Effective only for the Spring 2020 semester, students must meet the following criteria in order to be included on the Dean’s List:
    • Earn a GPA of 3.5000
    • Complete at least 12 credit hours
    • Complete at least 8 credit hours (previously 10 credit hours) with conventional letter grades (A, B, C, D)
    • Have no more than one “incomplete” credit hour
    • Have no grade of “F” or “NC”
  • Based upon questions raised by students and faculty, the Academic Planning Committee reviewed the policy regarding Academic Standing. The committee decided to make no changes to the policy at this time.

These clarifications and changes will also be communicated to the faculty. Please consult with your academic advisor about these changes and how they may affect your coursework this semester.


Kevin Kraus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
Richard Bernatz, Registrar