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Fall 2020 Flexible Grading Policy
The Fall 2020 flexible grading policy allows students enrolled in most classes at CUNY SPS to convert the traditional letter grade earned in most courses (any grade from B+ to D), into a grade of Credit (“CR”) or F to No Credit (“NC”). Unlike traditional letter grades, which affect the grade point average (“GPA”), grades of Credit or No Credit will not factor into the GPA. This policy applies to undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students.
The Fall 2020 flexible grading policy excludes the following classes:
- BIO 310 AND all classes that begin with the prefix of NURS
- Accreditation regulations require letter grades to progress through the program
- PSY 301, PSY 302, and PSY 499
- These courses are excluded because a grade below C is not be considered successful completion for these critical courses in the major
Important Deadlines for Fall 2020
- December 13: deadline to withdraw and receive grade of “W”
- December 23: deadline for faculty to submit grades
- December 24: students can begin to select a CR/NC grade
- January 12: deadline for students to select a CR/NC grade
Degree Conferral Dates
- January 9: Students who applied to graduate in the Fall will be reviewed for a January 9, 2021 conferral date. If all degree requirements have been met, the degree will be awarded with that date.
- February 1: Students who plan to opt into the CR/NC policy or who need additional time to make up INC grades will have their degrees awarded as of February 1, 2021 if the courses have been finalized by then.
Helpful CUNY Links
It is important that students speak with their academic advisor before selecting CR/NC grades, as implications for opting in vary based on your academic program.
- Degree and Certificate Students: contact your academic advisor listed in CUNYfirst
- CUNY ePermit Students: contact your academic advisor at your home campus
- Nondegree Students
If you are enrolled in a degree program at another college, contact your academic advisor at that college.
- College Now/Early College Initiative Students email Vicki Caruana
- All other nondegree students email Angela Francis
Financial Aid and Tuition Support
The following information is specific to the Fall 2020 Flexible Grading Policy. Please note that selecting a grade of NC does not eliminate tuition liability.
Federal Student Aid
Students who receive federal aid are required to successfully complete courses within a specified period of time, with a determined GPA and at a pace based on the length of their academic program, known as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). However, the federal CARES Act allows for a college to exclude any attempted credits that you did not complete for class meeting dates that includes December 31, 2020 or the end date for the Federally-declared emergency from SAP calculation, because of COVID-19. You will not need to submit an appeal for the exception.
- Federal aid specific to CUNY SPS students includes Pell, SEOG, and loans
- If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Private scholarships may not accept a grade of CR. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Employer Sponsored Tuition Benefits
Your company may not accept a grade of CR. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure that your company will pay for a CR grade.
Veteran students using the GI Bill® are strongly advised to contact the campus VA School Certifying Official prior to declaring the CR/NC option to discuss the implications for your benefits. Dr. Christopher Leydon at email@example.com can help you.