Covid-19 Grading Accommodation

In response to the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are amending the university grading policy for winter and spring quarters. Please review the following guidelines for each quarter.

2020 Winter Quarter

We are, for winter quarter, amending university grading policy:

  • Students will initially be assigned a traditional letter grade. If you are satisfied with this grade, you don’t need to do anything.
  • Students will have the opportunity in some cases (see the next bullet point) to convert traditional letter grades to CR/F.
  • Individual schools and colleges may determine
    • specific courses for which students must receive traditional letter grades (see list below)
    • the letter grade required to earn “CR” for courses in the major (see list below)
  • The university is allowing credit/fail (CR/F) grades in Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 (except when schools and colleges have grade requirements for certain courses). Credit (CR) will count towards degree requirements, fail (F) grades will not.
  • Students may request grade conversion for winter quarter from now until April 27th.
  • Conversion from letter grade to CR/F is not reversible.
  • The university will provide this transcript notation indicating these special circumstances.
  • Students considering the CR/F option are asked to discuss this option with their academic advisor. Earning a CR grade could have negative effects on student financial aid, academic probation status, etc.
  • Submit a Petition to Change to CR Grade - Winter to request the grade change of CR/F

2020 Spring Quarter

We are, for spring quarter, amending university grading policy:

  • Students will initially be assigned a traditional letter grade. If you are satisfied with this grade, you don’t need to do anything.
  • Students will have the opportunity in some cases (see the next bullet point) to convert traditional letter grades to CR/F.
  • Individual schools and colleges may determine
    • specific courses for which students must receive traditional letter grades (see list below)
    • the letter grade required to earn “CR” for courses in the major (see list below)
  • The university is allowing credit/fail (CR/F) grades in Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 (except when schools and colleges have grade requirements for certain courses). Credit (CR) will count towards degree requirements, fail (F) grades will not.
  • Students may request grade conversion for spring quarter between June 15, 2020 until October 26, 2020. 20SQ graduates must submit the form by July 6, 2020.
  • Conversion from letter grade to CR/F is not reversible.
  • The university will provide this transcript notation indicating these special circumstances.
  • Students considering the CR/F option are asked to discuss this option with their academic advisor. Earning a CR grade could have negative effects on student financial aid, academic probation status, etc.
  • Submit a Petition to Change to CR Grade - Spring to request the grade change of CR/F

EXAMPLES:

1. If you are a nursing major, you are required to follow nursing guidelines for courses that are pre-requisites. For example, the College of Nursing will determine the acceptable grade for “CR” in anatomy and physiology, not the biology department.

2. If you are working toward a business major, you will not be able to take ACCT 2300 for “CR,” because the Albers School of Business requires a letter grade for this course.

3. If you are pursuing a philosophy major and taking a business course as an elective credit, you are not required to keep the letter grade and can choose “CR”, because you are not planning to graduate with a degree in the Albers School of Business

Petition to change to CR grade forms

Course Grading Information

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