Credit/No Credit, Flexible Withdrawal and Other Academic Changes for Spring 2020

Info for Credential Students

Temporary Academic Changes for Spring 2020

The University Senate has approved temporary changes which provide greater academic flexibility in the Spring 2020 semester. This includes a simplified course withdrawal process and the option to change the grading basis of a course from letter grade to credit/no credit. 

Before you decide on either of these options, you must understand potential academic and financial aid impacts.

Change in Grading Basis (CR/NC)

  • Students are able to change the grading basis of a course from letter grade to credit/no credit (CR/NC) by submitting a COVID-19 Petition for Credit/No Credit. NOTE: Faculty signatures, a personal statement, and supporting documentation are not needed. The $20.00 processing fee also is waived.
  • Petitions must be submitted by May 1, 2020 (7:59pm). The form will be automatically routed upon submittal of this form.
  • Grades of credit (CR) will be approved to satisfy courses taken to complete the requirements for earning a teaching credential.
  • You may change the grading basis of a course only one time. 
  • If you receive "no credit" in a course, it may impact your future financial aid eligibility negatively, if overall, during the academic year (summer 2019, fall 2019, spring 2020), you did not complete 75% of your courses. Please consult with a financial aid advisor if you have individual questions.
  • Again, these changes apply only to the Spring 2020 semester.
  • If you have additional questions check the SDSU Grading Basis: Credit/No Credit webpage.

Talk to Your Advisor About the Right Choice for You

Please note the following when considering a change of grading basis to CR/NC.

  • Credit (CR) is awarded for work equivalent to final course grades which earn 2.0 or more grade points (letter grade A through C); no credit (NC) is awarded for work equivalent to final course grades which earn less than 2.0 grades points (letter grade C- through F). 
  • CR/NC grades are not calculated into your grade point average.
  • The CTC will accept courses with the grade of CR for satisfying credential requirements.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeking a credential and are also simultaneously enrolled in Spring 2020 as a student in a master's program, you must receive a B (3.0) or above to receive Credit in a class. Anything below 3.0 as a final course grade would result in No Credit.

If you have any questions about your individual situation, please seek guidance from the credential analysts in the Office of Student Success within the College.

Contact your credential analyst

Program Advising Contact
Students with last names that begin with A - K
Students with last names that begin with L - Z
Clear Education Induction applicants only

Withdrawals

  • Students are allowed to withdraw from one or more classes by filing a Late Schedule Adjustment Form. NOTE: Faculty signatures, a personal statement, and supporting documentation are not needed. The $20.00 processing fee is also waived. The form will be updated soon to reflect these changes but until then you may submit the current form.
  • Petitions must be submitted by May 7, 2020. The form will be automatically routed upon submittal of this form.
  • For most students, withdrawals will not negatively impact financial aid status.
  • Again, these changes apply only to the Spring 2020 semester.  
  • If you have additional questions check the SDSU Withdrawal webpage.

Retroactive Withdrawals

  • After the last day of the Spring 2020 term (May 22, 2020), students are allowed to request to withdraw from individual classes or a full semester’s work. 
  • More information to follow with instructions on requesting retroactive withdrawals.
  • In some cases, this option may offer the greatest flexibility as you will know your final grade when making a decision, however, it could negatively impact your financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for further guidance.

Transcript Notation

All SDSU transcripts will have a brief statement for the Spring 2020 semester that refers to this particular semester as being the COVID-19 global pandemic. This will put into context your academic record from this semester, such as additional withdrawals, or grades of CR/NC.