Spring Grading Option
Updated March 17, 2021
Dear Students and Faculty,
Owing to the continued effects of what has been universally acknowledged as a pandemic year, and after receiving student and faculty feedback on the effects of this scourge on academic performance, in addition to consulting with the Faculty Senate, the University will extend application of the credit/no-credit (CR/NC) grading policy, a version of which has been in effect since last spring, to the spring 2021 semester for undergraduate students taking undergraduate courses.
As before, faculty will submit final letter grades for all undergraduate students taking 100- to 400-level courses at the end of the semester as usual and upon review of their grades, students can elect to have their transcripts reflect “CR” or “NC” for up to three courses, which must be requested via the form in their Self-Service accounts after grades are posted by May 21, 2021. This policy does not apply to graduate programs, including professional students in law, pharmacy, and occupational therapy; nor does it apply to graduate courses taken by undergraduate students.
In implementing this policy, colleges and departments should seek to ensure that faculty/advisors are proactive in informing their students of the availability of this option and the implications of electing CR/NC, including the range of perceptions of graduate schools and employers.
A FAQ sheet on the spring 2021 grading option prepared by University Registrar Julie Richardson is below. Questions should be directed to Enrollment Services at 413-796-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
FALL GRADING OPTION
Spring 2021 Grading Option
Undergraduate students were provided the option to choose Credit or No Credit grading in place of a letter grade last spring and fall. This option was offered to help students deal with increased stress caused by the global pandemic. In view of the continuing impacts of Covid-19, the University is extending the Credit/No Credit grading option for Spring 2021 for undergraduate students.
Faculty will submit final letter grades for all undergraduate students taking undergraduate courses at the end of the semester as usual. Upon review of their grades, students may elect to have their transcripts show “CR” or “NC” for up to three of their courses by Friday, May 21, 2021. CR may be elected for a passing grade (A-D) and NC may be elected for a failing grade. CR and NC grades will not impact the GPA that appears on the student’s transcript. Please note that Dean’s List, President’s List, Latin Honors and academic standing calculations will all be based on the original letter grades submitted by faculty.
Students will earn major, minor, general university requirements, and elective credit with a CR, as well as meet prerequisite requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors for help in determining which grading option is in their best interest in the short- and long-term. In order to provide future context, every student’s transcript will indicate that the Spring 2021 semester was disrupted due to COVID-19.
FALL GRADES FAQ
What is happening with grading this semester?
For this spring semester only, the University will adopt an optional grading policy to include Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grades as an alternative to traditional grading. Undergraduate students may elect Credit/No Credit grading for up to three of their undergraduate courses. All graduate and professional students and courses will be subject to normal grading practices.
Faculty will record letter grades at the end of the semester. After grades have been posted, all undergraduate students will have the option of electing Credit/No Credit grading for up to three of their Fall 2020 classes by Friday, May 21, 2021. A Credit (CR) grade will indicate that a student has successfully passed the course with grades of A through D; a No Credit (NC) will indicate that a student has not passed the course with a grade equivalent of an F. Students will earn General University Requirements, major, minor, and elective credit with a “CR” grade, as well as meet prerequisite requirements.
Why is limited Credit/No Credit grading being offered for Spring 2021 classes?
Last spring, the University made significant changes to grading practices in response to the public health emergency created by COVID-19. While conditions have improved significantly—and time has passed allowing students and faculty to adjust to online and hybrid, learning—we recognize that many students are still impacted by the stresses of the pandemic.
If I earn CR in a course, will it count as a prerequisite for a future course?
Will there be notation on the transcript regarding the Credit/No Credit policy for Spring 2021?
Yes, your transcript will indicate that due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Spring 2021 semester had a limited and optional Credit/No Credit policy for undergraduate courses.
How will Academic Standing determinations for Spring 2021 be made?
Academic Standings will be determined using the original letter grades students receive in their courses.
Students currently on Academic Probation whose letter grades for Spring 2021 would have resulted in a cumulative GPA at or above a 2.000 will have their probation lifted.
Students whose letter grades for Spring 2021 would have resulted in a cumulative GPA at or above a 2.000, but a semester GPA below a 2.000, will be placed on Academic Warning. This provides them the support of Academic Progress Monitoring. Academic Warning does not show on the transcript. Academic Warning may also apply to seniors whose major GPA is below a 2.000.
Students whose letter grades for Spring 2021 would have resulted in a cumulative GPA below a 2.000 will be subject to the Academic Standings sequence of probation, suspension, and dismissal. For example, students who have not been on Academic Probation in the past would move to that standing, those who have been on probation would move to suspension, and so forth. See the catalogue for more information about Academic Standings.
How will Dean’s and President’s List determinations be made for Spring 2021?
Dean’s List and President’s List will be calculated using the letter grades faculty submit for Spring 2021 courses. Credit/No Credit grading will not affect how Dean’s and President’s Lists are determined.
How will Latin Honors be calculated for this year’s senior class?
Latin Honors for May graduates will be calculated using the letter grades faculty submit Spring 2021 courses. Credit/No Credit grading will not affect how Latin Honors will be calculated.
How do I elect Credit/No Credit grading?
You must submit your request by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021. Eligible students will see a form appear in their Self-Service accounts once final grades have been posted for the semester.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about the Credit/No Credit grading policy for the Spring 2021 semester?
Please contact Enrollment Services with any questions at 413-796-2080 or email@example.com.