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Academic Policies

The USC Thornton School of Music has listed new policies pertinent to students, faculty and staff alike. Please read carefully as they may contain deviations from USC policy.

Transitioning to Remote Instruction

  • All classes, final exams, and juries will be held online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester, primarily using Zoom and Blackboard.
  • All Spring 2020 classes will continue to be taught on the same weekly schedule as before Spring Break.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made for students experiencing geographical or logistical complications.
  • Class sessions conducted with Zoom should be recorded and made available on Blackboard.

Pass/No Pass Grade Option

All USC undergraduate and graduate students will have the option to take any current-semester courses as Pass/No Pass (P/NP) even if a course under normal circumstances would be ineligible for this option.

  • All prohibitions and limitations within Thornton majors and degrees against the P/NP option are lifted in the Spring 2020 semester only.
  • Students can opt for a letter grade, a Pass or a No Record up to a week after official class grades are posted.
  • The deadline to select these options is May 27, 2020.
  • This choice can be selected by the student for each course on the Web Registration system.
  • Please note: If you choose to take one or more of your GE courses as P/NP during the Spring 2020 semester, you will not be able to take any more GE courses on a P/NP basis in subsequent semesters. This applies to GE courses only.
  • Undergraduate students: If you choose the Pass/No Pass option, please note a grade of C-minus and above equates to grade of “Pass”; a D-plus and lower equates to a grade of “No Pass.”
  • Graduate students: If you choose the Pass/No Pass option, please note a grade of B and above equates to grade of “Pass”; a B-minus and lower equates to a grade of “No Pass.”
  • See the USC Academics FAQ page for further information.

No Record Option

All USC undergraduate and graduate students will have the option to choose “No Record” for courses in the Spring 2020 semester.

  • The “No Record” option will result in no credit for the course but without any record of the class being taken on your official USC transcript.
  • This option is different from withdrawing, as withdrawing from a course by the withdrawal deadline of May 1 will result in a mark of “W” being assigned for the course on your records and official transcript. Both “No Record” and “W” will not affect your GPA.
  • The deadline to select “No Record” is May 27, 2020.
  • This choice can be selected by the student for each course on the Web Registration system.
  • See the USC Academics FAQ page for further information.

Withdrawal (W) Option and Deadline Extension

For the current semester only, the deadline to withdraw from any course and receive a mark of “W” (“Withdrawal”) has been extended to Friday, May 1, 2020, which is the last day of regular classes, but before final exams.

  • This option is different from “No Record” as withdrawing from the course by the May 1 deadline will result in the mark of “W” being assigned for the course on your records and official transcript.
  • Withdrawing from courses may be necessary (as opposed to “No Record”) if you have circumstances that require official record of your attempted courses, such as Tuition Refund Insurance claims.
  • See the USC Academics FAQ page for further information.

Incomplete (IN) Option

The grade of Incomplete (IN) continues to be a narrowly-defined grade option that occurs after a Withdrawl (W) is no longer allowed. For the Spring 2020 semester, student’s are eligible for a grade of IN after Friday, May 1, 2020.

As indicated in the USC Grade Handbook, “an IN is considered in the case of a documented emergency that occurs after the withdrawal date and/or during the final exam period… Based on this definition, a student may not request an IN before the withdrawal deadline.”

Information about this semester’s academic advising process is available hereIf you have particular needs and you’re not sure who to reach out to, please contact your Thornton academic advisor or the USC Campus Support & Intervention office at 213-740-0411 or uscsupport@usc.edu.

See the USC Academics FAQ page for further information.