University Implements New COVID Grading Mode

In a Massmail sent to students last Wednesday, Andreas Cangellaris, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, announced a revised academic policy for the Spring 2021 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The centerpiece of this new policy is the implementation of the Pass COVID/No Pass COVID (PZ/NZ) grade mode. Students who elect to use this grade mode will receive course credit and a grade of PZ on their transcript for course grades of D- or higher. A failing grade will result in a grade of NZ on their transcript and no course credit. Students will have a six-day period from May 22 to May 27 to elect or rescind PZ/NZ grading, and neither grade will affect a student’s GPA.

While most students are eligible for this grading mode, there are some requirements and restrictions. Gradate students are required to work with the Graduate College to submit their requests. Students enrolled in College of Law, MD and DVM programs are ineligible to use this grading mode, as are students who receive failing grades because of academic integrity violations.

This grading mode replaces the Credit/No Credit mode that was available last semester. While both modes are similar, the new mode differs from the previous mode in two ways: grades between D+ and D- previously resulted in No Credit, and students had more than two weeks after the end of the Fall 2020 semester to elect or rescind Credit/No Credit.

Also included in this new academic policy are new deadlines to drop courses without receiving a grade of W. Just like last semester, the deadlines have been moved to the last day of instruction for all courses. 1st 8-week courses now have a drop deadline of Friday, Mar. 19 at 11:59 p.m. 2nd 8-week courses and full-semester courses now have a drop deadline of Wednesday, May 5 at 11:59 p.m.