Newly Announced Fall 2020 Grade Options
October 9, 2020
To all fall instructors:
With the unanimous agreement of your school deans, I write to announce a new grading policy for the fall 2020 semester for undergraduate schools. For undergraduate courses that are not yet complete, undergraduate students will have the option to change from a standard grade in a class to a Credit/General Credit/No Credit (CR/GC/NC) grade. Unlike in the spring, we will make no changes to students’ current grading options in SIS. Students will need to make the switch in SIS from a standard grade to a CR/GC/NC option between Monday, November 2 and Friday, November 6, 2020. After 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 6, 2020, they will no longer be able to make changes to their grading options.
This policy applies only to undergraduate students. Professional schools with no undergraduate students (Darden, Law, and Medicine) are not affected by this change. The deans of schools with graduate students are considering how they will approach this question, and they will soon announce their decisions to their schools.
The email I sent moments ago to announce this change to undergraduate students is appended below; please read it for the full background on this decision.
We decided to revisit our grading decision after many exchanges with students, student leaders, and faculty and staff who work most closely with students. They reported high levels of stress, anxiety, and personal and family challenges among our students, and all encouraged the deans and me to consider flexible grading options this semester. After extensive discussion, we settled on the policy I am announcing today.
I recognize that this has been a year of rapid and unexpected change, requiring flexibility and tolerance from us all. I ask for your understanding once again in response to this decision, which is made in the best interest of our students. Laura Hawthorne, associate vice provost and University registrar, will follow up within the next week to share details on how we will implement this change in SIS.
Finally, we have committed to making a decision about offering CR/GC/NC for spring 2021 by mid-December.
My thanks go to the student leaders and the faculty and staff who work closely with our students, for their advocacy on this important topic.
Liz Magill, Provost
University of Virginia
Dear undergraduate students,
I wish to commend the exceptional student leaders, the concerned faculty, and the tireless staff who worked closely with our students for their insight and their leadership on this important topic.