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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Grading Update

Updated April 20, 2020

Dear College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Golden Bear Community,

We continue to be inspired by the resiliency of our students, faculty, and staff during this disruptive time. In particular, we recognize the pressures our students and faculty are experiencing in moving to an all online learning environment. As we support you, our goal is to simplify processes to allow you to focus on your learning experience and to insure that personal circumstances that are beyond your control do not unnecessarily result in a negative impact on your academic progress.

This unprecedented moment requires that we establish temporary contingency policies related to course grading for current students in the COPHS. We recognize that grading for the spring term is of great concern to both faculty and students, and we want to ease that concern. After discussions with students, faculty leaders, and deans, and based on practices evolving in the higher education community in response to the current crisis, we are implementing a temporary grading policy. For this reason the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is changing its grading policy for all its courses offered in the Spring 2020 semester to include a Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC) option.

All faculty will submit final letter grades for all students as they always do. Upon review of these grades, students may elect to have their transcripts show CR/NC for any or all of their individual courses. CR may be elected for a passing grade (A through C for Pharmacy courses, A through B- for Occupational Therapy courses) and NC will not negatively affect a student’s GPA. Students will earn required, core and elective credits with a CR as well as meet prerequisite requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors for help in determining what grading options are in their best interest in the short- and long-term.

In order to provide future context, every student’s transcript will note the term was disrupted due to COVID-19.

We are also announcing that any future applicants to our graduate and professional programs will not be disadvantaged by coursework taken under similar Credit/No Credit or Pass/No Pass grading options offered at any school during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that students are working under unprecedented conditions, and we appreciate what you are going through. We are committed to evaluating all pass grades for coursework without prejudice and are making this historic accommodation because we believe right now students should be able to focus on learning. 

Our deans, faculty leaders, and admissions officers all agreed these are the right steps to take, and we will continue to be as supportive as we can during this time. Please see the FAQ on the COVID-19 website for more information on these policy modifications.