Grading System Changes for Spring 2020 Semester
In order to provide support and flexibility for our students during this challenging time, the Faculty Council at UMHB has unanimously recommended that students should have the option to change their undergraduate courses to Credit / No Credit or to remain under the traditional A, B, C, D, F grading system for the Spring 2020 semester. The Provost has approved this change, and the grading process for most majors at the undergraduate level will be automatically moved to Credit / No Credit for the Spring 2020 semester. Students may elect to move back to the traditional letter grading system if they choose.
Exceptions are the undergraduate pre-professional health programs (Nursing, Pre-Health Professions, and EXSS Health Science). Students in these programs will remain in their current letter grading system and will be contacted soon by their program advisors for details on their specific grading options.
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: All graduate courses will continue with the traditional A, B, C, or F grading system.
FAQ’s for Undergraduate Students
- The grading system for all courses at the undergraduate level will be automatically moved to Credit/No Credit for the Spring 2020 semester.
Students may elect to move back to the traditional letter grading system if they choose.
- Students in pre-professional health degree programs (Nursing, Pre-Health Professions and EXSS Health Science,) are advised to remain in the current letter grading system and will be contacted soon by their program advisors for details on their specific grading options.
- To provide adequate time for students to make informed decisions, UMHB will extend the “W”ithdrawal deadline to 5 p.m. on April 30th. All withdrawal requests submitted between March 23rd and April 30th will be processed with W grades instead of WP/WQ grades.
A designation of Credit/No Credit will not affect a student’s Spring 2020 term or cumulative GPAs. We are using the term “Credit/No Credit” instead of “Pass/Fail” so that no students will have the word “Fail” on their transcript under this grading system. These terms “Credit/No Credit” and “Pass/Fail” mean the same thing.
Credit will be considered a C or higher in a given course. Credit will be considered the higher grade for students repeating previously earned Ds or Fs.
Students may choose the traditional A, B, C, D, or F grading scheme on a course-by-course basis for the Spring 2020 semester. It is strongly recommended that students first consult with their academic advisor regarding the grading system for each course that best serves the student’s interests. Students subsequently desiring to change their grading system from credit/no credit to letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) or to reverse a previous grading system request(s) should:
- Log on to MyCampus;
- Select the Covid-19 tab;
- Scroll down to the Grading Modification Request link;
- Click on the link to the form;
- Enter the requested information;
- Click on the Submit button.
- The submitted form will be routed to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Confirmation of processing will be sent to you by email.
- The deadline for initially submitting or modifying the grading system request for each course is 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, April 30, 2020. No requests will be accepted after this deadline.
All degree programs that normally require a letter grade for certain courses will accept Credit/No Credit grades for all courses this semester.
- For undergraduate students who choose to remain under Credit/No Credit for all their courses during the Spring 2020 semester, the academic standing with which they began the semester will be the academic standing with which they end the semester. For example, an undergraduate student who began the Spring 2020 semester on Probation and elected to remain under Credit/No Credit for all their courses will end the semester on Probation.
- For undergraduate students who choose to receive a letter grade for any course: Letter grade courses will count for purposes of Spring 2020 term and cumulative GPA calculation.
- Undergraduate students wishing to improve their academic standing prior to the Fall 2020 semester will need to (1) choose the traditional A, B, C, D, or F grading scheme and/or (2) take summer courses. Students planning on taking summer courses to raise their GPAs/improve their academic standings should consult with the Registrar’s Office prior to enrollment.
Choosing CR/NC might affect whether another university would accept the course for transfer in the future.
Students who are working toward licensure and/or planning to attend graduate or professional school should confer with their academic advisor before shifting a required course from a letter grade to CR/NC.
The Credit / No Credit grading system may not be in every student’s best interest. It is very important that students fully consider these options and contact their academic advisor with any questions.
Page last updated March 24, 2020