Campus Message Regarding COVID Grading Flexibility

October 23, 2020 - 4:18pm

Dear Campus Community,

As you know, last spring HSU offered flexibility regarding grading. Given that we are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, the campus is extending the flexibility and these include:

  • The campus has lifted the restriction on the number of optional grade mode courses students can take for credit/no-credit this semester; students may choose more than one.   Additionally, these courses will not count towards the maximum number of CR/NC units one may apply to the degree
  • Major courses that are letter-grade only may include a CR/NC grade mode option may be taken C/NC and count toward major requirements when “CR” grade is earned.
  • Major courses that already include a CR/NC grade mode option (i.e., “optional grade mode”) may be taken C/NC and count toward major requirements when “CR” grade is earned
    • Department Chairs, in consultation with program faculty. will confirm with the Registrar by October 30, 2020 those courses in the major that may not be taken as credit/no-credit

 The additional grading options will be available after November 2.

Please note: for some categories of students (for example, veteran students, student athletes, students considering graduate or professional school in certain fields), using the CR/NC option is not advisable. Every student should work very closely with their advisor on this decision making taking into account all aspects of academic standing, financial aid, etc.

The deadline to change an optional grade mode course is Dec. 11, 2020.  A student may switch from letter grade to credit/no-credit grade (or vice-versa) any number of times prior to 11:59pm on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

The campus will return to normal grading policies effective with the Summer 2021 term.


Dr. Mary Oling-Sisay

Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies


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