BRIEF: Grading modifications announced for Fall 2020

Provost Denise Cobb announced on Friday a new grading modification that will take place for undergraduate and graduate students for the Fall 2020 semester. 


All letter grades of F will automatically be changed to no credit for undergraduate and graduate students. This excludes students enrolled in the School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and School of Dental Medicine. 


Cobb said in an email the decision to temporarily modify grades is due to the COVID-19 pandemic making this semester extraordinarily hard on students. These changes differ from those offered at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. 


Grades that have been changed to no credit will not affect GPA calculations. If the student’s grade was deemed an “F” because of academic misconduct, then your grade will not be changed to no credit. 


Grades that have been changed to no credit will show up on academic transcripts as NC. To qualify for financial aid, students will need to maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and complete at least 67 percent of all their coursework. 


Courses that have a no credit grade will not count as a course completion. Additionally those courses will not satisfy prerequisite or degree requirements, and the courses will need to be completed again. 


Students have the option to opt out of the automatic switch from an F to no credit, but they have to contact the Office of the Registrar via email at no later than Jan. 15, 2021. 

Find more information in SIUE’s announcement about the grading modifications.

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