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 Fall Quarter

If you are a student who experienced extraordinary circumstances in Fall quarter 2020 and would like to explore the possibility of changing one or more final grades this term to CR/F, please take these steps: 

  • If you are an undergraduate student, contact your school/college advising office.
  • If you are a graduate student in the College of Nursing, College of Education, or the Albers School of Business and Economics, contact your advisor.
  • If you are a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, or College of Science and Engineering contact your school/college advising center.

In these meetings, you will have a confidential discussion of whether the grading option applies to the course(s) you wish to consider and the implications of selecting this grading option. If you decide to proceed with the request, your advisor must complete and submit a form to the Office of the Registrar between December 9, 2020 and February 1, 2021.  

Please see your advisor or advising center to determine if your courses are eligible for CR grades.

2020 Summer Quarter

We are, for summer quarter, amending the 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
    • the letter grade required to earn “CR” for courses in the major 
  • The university is allowing credit/fail (CR/F) grades in Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 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 summer quarter by October 26, 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, honors recognition, etc.
  • Submit a Petition to Change to CR Grade to request the grade change of CR/F

2020 Spring Quarter

We are, for spring quarter, amending the 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 
    • the letter grade required to earn “CR” for courses in the major 
  • The university is allowing credit/fail (CR/F) grades in Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 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, honors recognition etc.
  • Submit a Petition to Change to CR Grade to request the grade change of CR/F

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