U of I releases modified grading policies for Fall 2020

By Acacia Hernández

The University of Illinois announced academic policy modifications for the Fall 2020 semester in a mass mail sent at the start of Thanksgiving break, a period where students are transitioning to fully remote classes.

Students now have until three weeks after Thanksgiving Break to decide if they want to drop a course without receiving a grade of W on their transcript with the extended deadline set for Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m., according to the massmail.

Furthermore, students have the ability to elect any course Credit/No Credit until Jan. 5, 2021, meaning students can make the decision after Fall 2020 grades are released. Electing a course as Credit/No Credit means the student will receive credit for the course as long as they earn a C- or higher.

This email came after an Emergency Academic Senate Zoom meeting held on Nov. 20. Students provided input and advice during the decision making process.

“These changes acknowledge the unique and challenging pandemic-related circumstances and the additional stress it has caused for students,” said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris in the massmail.

For more information, visit: https://massmail.illinois.edu/massmail/2076183147.html.