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

Info for Undergraduate 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.
  • In addition to GE and elective courses, grades of credit (CR) can be approved to satisfy (1) preparation for the major, (2) major, and (3) minor requirements for all majors and minors within the College of Education. Students who have either a second major or a minor outside of the College of Education, and wish to have a grade of credit applied towards the second major or the minor, must obtain approval from that specific department.
  • You may only 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 overall. 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. Because each individual situation is unique, please seek guidance from your academic advisor.

  • Credit (CR) can be awarded for work equivalent to grades that earn 2.0 or more grade points (letter grade A through C); no credit (NC) can be awarded for work equivalent to all grades which earn less than 2.0 grades points (letter grade C- through F). 
  • For many classes, grades of C-, D+, D, and D- are passing. If the grading basis is converted to an NC, these are no longer a passing grade and you must repeat the course.
  • CR/NC grades are not calculated into your grade point average. 

Contact your advisor

Program Advising Contact
 Liberal Studies Major
 Child Development Major
Child Development Minor 
Counseling and Social Change Minor 
Leadership Minor

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 will be provided at a later date with instructions about 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. 

Probation

  • You will not go on academic probation as a result of this semester if your GPA falls below 2.0.
  • If you are already on probation,
    • This semester will not count as one of your three allowable semesters.
    • This semester will not count if you would otherwise be disqualified for not earning a 2.0 GPA while on probation.
    • However, you will be moved off probation if you earn the required 2.0 GPA. 

Flow Chart image Guide to CR/NC – see outline after image

Title: "Guide to CR/NC for the San Diego State University College of Education"

Top of chart begins with Q: "I am..."

  1. If "Worried I won't pass a class that is not for my major or minor but is a required class (GE, language, writing course, etc.)," then Q: "Ask yourself: Is my goal to simply pass the class, as opposed to trying to protect my GPA?"
    1. If "Yes, I just want to fulfill the requirement," then Q: "Do you think you can earn at least a D-?"
      1. If "Yes," then "Stay in class for a letter grade."
      2. If "No," then "Withdraw and plan to retake."
    2. If "No, I'm worried about my GPA," then Q: "Sounds like your goal is to earn a good grade, at least a C or better. Ask yourself: Do I think I can earn a C?"
      1. If "Yes," then "Opt to take it for CR/NC."
      2. If "No," then "Your choice is between letter grade or withdraw. Passing a course and satisfying requirement of D- or higher. Unless major requires C or better."
  2. If "Someone who usually earns As but I am worried about my gpa being affected by the grade I may earn," then Q: "Ask yourself: Is my major or minor accepting grades of credit to count for the major?"
    1. If "Yes", then Q: "Is my major or minor accepting grades of credit to count for the major?"
      1. If "Yes," then go to Q1.
      2. If "No," then "Your choice is between letter grade or withdraw. Passing a course and satisfying requirement of D- or higher. Unless major requires C or better."
      3. If "I Don't Know," then "Contact your academic advisor."
  3. If "Worried I won't pass a class for my major or minor," then go to Q2.

General note: "Each student has an individual academic and financial aid situation, so it is very important that they speak with academic and financial aid advisors if they have questions before making final decisions.

Note regarding GE courses: "If you're taking one or more of the following requirements: Oral Communication, Composition, Math, Critical Thinking: 

  • You must earn a C- or higher to satisfy the requirement.
  • If you choose to take these as C/NC and you get a C-, you will not pass the class and you will have to retake it.
  • But if you stay with a letter grade and get a C-, you’ve satisfied your requirement.
  • Suggestion: Stay with letter grade unless you’re sure you’ll get a C or higher and don’t want to worry about GPA."