COVID-19 Updates (Temporary Pass/Fail Policy)

Indian Hills Community College is implementing a temporary, spring 2020 academic term, course pass/fail measure in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. The institution recognizes that changes in instructional delivery may cause challenges to its student population. In response to these changes, Indian Hills has determined that students will be given the option to complete the course with a letter grade or a pass/fail option.


  • Indian Hills Community College faculty will submit final grades by May 19, 2020.
  • Students will be given the option to receive the final grade assigned or choose a “P” Pass course grade.
  • Students choosing to receive “P” course grade must complete an electronic request form by Wednesday, May 27, 2020. This form will be made available to students beginning May 11, 2020.
  • Credits earned through coursework as “P” Pass shall count toward the total number of credits earned by the student while enrolled at Indian Hills Community College. However, no numerical value is assigned to a “P” Pass grade. “P” Pass course grades are not used in calculating the student’s term or cumulative grade point average.
  • A student must earn a minimum grade of D based on the grading scale on your course syllabus within the course to receive a “P” Pass course grade.
  • Health Sciences program courses will be held to the division grading scale.  Students must earn a minimum of a C within the course to earn the “P” Pass course grade.
  • Students should not elect Pass/Fail grades in cases when a course is needed to meet a prerequisite requiring a grade of C or better.
  • Indian Hills will include a designation on all student transcripts indicating the extraordinary circumstances encountered in the 2020 spring semester.

The three Iowa Regents Universities will accept P-Pass course grades taken during the spring 2020 term. Students planning to attend a private university or out-of-state university are encouraged to inquire with their transfer institution about transferability of P-Pass course grades as many universities are adopting similar policies. Student-athletes are encouraged to check with their transfer institution regarding the impact on student eligibility when considering the pass/fail option.