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

Info for Graduate 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.
  • 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.

  • For graduate students, credit (CR) is awarded for work equivalent to final course grades that reflect 3.0 or more grade points (letter grade A through B); and no credit (NC) is awarded for work equivalent to final course grades that reflect less than 3.0 grades points (letter grade B- through F). 
  • CR/NC grades are not calculated into your grade point average.

If you have any questions about your individual situation, please seek guidance from the advisor for your graduate program within the College.

Contact your advisor

Master's Degrees
Program Advisor
Child Development (M.S.) Alyson Shapiro
Child Development (M.S.) with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and LPCC  Paola Sabio
Master's in Education with an emphasis in Counseling (Online) (M.A.) Margaret Slaska
Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S.) Sesen Negash
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Elementary and Secondary Education (Online) Luke Duesbery
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T), K-8 Mathematics Lisa Lamb
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T), Science Education Meredith Vaughn
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T), K-12 Language Arts-- Summer only Program Marva Cappello
Master's in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 (M.A.) Doug Fisher
Master's in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 (Technology focus-online) (M.A.) Doug Fisher
Master's in Education, Dual Language and English Learner Ed. Critical Literacy and Social Justice Specialization (M.A.) Tamara Collins-Parks
Master's in Education, Special Education: Autism (M.A.) Yasmin Turan-Qian
Master's in Education, Special Education: Early Childhood (M.A.) Yasmin Turan-Qian
Master's in Education, Special Education: Mild Moderate (M.A.) Yasmin Turan-Qian 
Master's in Education, Special Education: Moderate Severe (M.A.) Yasmin Turan-Qian
Multicultural Community Counseling (CBB) (M.S.) Nola Butler-Byrd
Postsecondary Educational Leadership: Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.) Lisa Gates
Reading Education (M.A.) Marva Cappello
Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.) Mark Tucker
School Counseling (M.S.) plus Pupil Personnel Services Credential  Joey Estrada
School Psychology (M.S.) Katina Lambros
Doctoral & Educational Specialist Degrees
Program Advisor
Doctor in Education (Ph.D.) Marva Cappello
Educational Leadership: Concentration in PK-12 School Leadership (Ed.D.) Jim Marshall
Educational Leadership: Concentration in Community College/Postsecondary Education Leadership (Ed.D.) Wendy Bracken
School Psychology (Ed.S) Tonika Green

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, etc.

Academic Probation

  • Graduate students must maintain a postbaccalaureate cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher in order to avoid academic probation and disqualification. Note that there are many other grade requirements for graduate students to earn a degree, including a 3.00 threshold for some other GPA calculations. For a summary, see page 8 in the online Orientation and Handbook for New Graduate Students:

               http://grad.sdsu.edu/current_grad_students/handbooks_and_links

  • Students who are currently on academic probation will not be disqualified at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Disqualification decisions will be postponed by the Registrar until the end of the Fall 2020 semester.
  • If a student is currently on academic probation, and his or her postbaccalaureate cumulative GPA rises to 2.85 or higher at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, probation will be removed.
  • Graduate students whose postbaccalaureate cumulative GPA falls below 2.85 at the end of the Spring 2020 semester for the first time will not be placed on academic probation. New academic probation decisions will be postponed by the Registrar until the end of the Fall 2020 semester.