COVID-19 Policy Updates
Please see below for FAQs regarding policy changes due to COVID-19. As well as important reminders, dates, and resources for the upcoming Fall 2020 registration period.
Visit Enrollment Services COVID-19 Updates for academic policy and process changes.
FAQs regarding Withdrawals
(Grade of “W”) & Retroactive Withdrawals
What can I do if I missed the May 7th deadline to file for a Withdrawal?
Spring 2020 Withdrawal During COVID-19 Pandemic & Retroactive Withdrawals
If you are requesting to withdraw a course, or courses, for the spring 2020 semester, you must submit a COVID-19 Petition for Late Schedule Adjustment. The deadline to submit a withdrawal request for spring 2020 was May 7, 2020; the filing period is now closed. Students who were unable to request a withdrawal by May 7, 2020 will have the opportunity to petition for retroactive withdrawal from spring 2020 courses beginning on May 23, 2020 by visiting www.sdsu.edu/
An approved withdrawal will result in a grade of “W” for the course(s) on your academic transcript. “W” grades are not factored into your grade point average, academic probation or disqualification procedures, or as a course attempt for course repeat policies.
If you receive financial aid, this could have a negative impact on future aid, Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for further guidance prior to submitting your petition. More information about updates to academic policies, requirements, and processes can be found by visiting Enrollment Services COVID-19 Updates.
**NOTE: A personal statement will be required as part of the application.
What is the Deadline to Withdraw from a course?
The DEADLINE is 5/7/2020.
I want to Withdraw from one of my courses. What do I need and what is the process?
NOTE: The petition will no longer need a statement, 3rd party documentation, or faculty signature, and the fee is waived. Your request will then be sent to the Assistant Dean of the College of Sciences, Dr. Martin for approval.
Will withdrawing from a course and getting a grade of “W” affect my GPA?
The “W” grade does not get calculated as part of your GPA. However, if you are considering a pre-health professional graduate school, please contact HPAO to discuss the implications of a “W” when applying to schools.
FAQs for CR/NC
What is the Deadline to change my grading basis to CR/NC?
The Deadline is 7:59 pm on 5/1/2020.
I have already used the 15 units max for CR/NC grading, will I still be able to change my grading basis to CR/NC?
Yes. Classes taking during the Spring 2020 semester will NOT be counted toward the 15 CR/NC unit maximum.
If I get a grade of “C-” and change my grading basis to CR/NC will I receive credit for my course?
No, remember that to receive “CR” credit, you must receive a grade of “C” or better. If you receive a “C-” or below, you will receive “NC” No Credit.
Can I take a course for my major/minor using CR/NC grading?
That depends. Each department will be making a decision regarding accepting courses for the major. Normally major/minor courses are not allowed to be taken CR/NC. You will need to meet with your department advisor to get approval for a major/minor course to be taken CR/NC.
Currently the following departments have provided updates regarding CR/NC for Spring 2020 major courses a RAAR may need to be signed to apply:
- Geological Sciences: Will accept Cr/Nc but students must seek advising on the potential implications for degree progress from one of the Departmental Faculty members or Drs David Kimbrough (undergrad), Shuo Ma (MS), Kim Olsen (JDP) or Allen Gontz (chair)
- Environmental Sciences: Will accept Cr/Nc but students must seek advising on potential implications of degree progress from either Dr John Love (Program Adviser) or Dr Allen Gontz (Chair)
- Math and Stats have said they will not accept courses taken CR/NC toward the major. Please make an appointment with your Math/Stats department advisor to discuss.
- Computer Science will accept CR/NC for courses required for the major for Spring 2020. Students must seek advising on the potential implications for degree progress from Patty Kraft, John Carroll, or a CoS SSC Advisor (undergraduate); Roger Whitney or Wei Wang (graduate); or Shangping Ren (chair).
- Biology: will accept Cr/Nc for courses required in the major/minor. Students must seek advising on the potential implications for degree progress from an Advisor.
- Chemistry: will accept Cr/Nc for coursese required in the major/minor. Students must seek advising on the potential implications for degree progress.
- Astronomy: will accept Cr/Nc for courses required in the major/minor. Students must seek advising on the potential implication for degree progress.
- Psychology: will accept Cr/Nc for courses required in the major/minor. Students must seek advising on the potential implication for degree progress.
- Physics: will accept Cr/Nc for courses required in the major/minor. Students must seek advising on the potential implication for degree programs.
NOTE: If you are a considering a health professions graduate program, please discuss with HPAO the implications of changing a course to CR/NC.
What happens if I earn a "CR" for a course that serves as a prerequisite for another course I need to take?
You will need to check with the academic department or the CoS SSC Professional Advisors to determine if the department of your course will accept the CR instead of a letter grade. If they accept the CR, we will need to update your academic record to ensure you will be able to register for the subsequent course.
If I change to CR/NC for a course I’m currently taking Spring 2020, can I decide to take it again in the Fall 2020 semester for a grade?
Yes, if you take a course this semester (spring 2020) and receive Credit but decide you want a grade for the course, you may take the course again for a letter grade.
However, you will not receive credit for the same class twice (i.e., you take a 3 unit course for credit, then retake the course for a grade, you will only receive 3 units not 6 units)
If I change a course to CR/NC will that affect my Financial Aid?
Possibly. Receiving Credit or No Credit in a course could have an impact on your financial aid eligibility. If you receive “no credit” in a course, it may impact your future financial aid eligibility negatively, if overall, during the academic year (summer 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020) you did not complete 75% of your courses.
If you are receiving financial aid, it is possible that a grade of No Credit will impact your award this semester, or in a future semester. Seek guidance from a financial aid counselor at email@example.com if a grade of No Credit is likely this semester, and you are receiving financial aid.
Visit the Financial Aid’s FAQ page.
Can I take any General Eduaction course for CR/NC?
It depends…if you are taking one or more of the following requirements: Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, Composition, Mathematics…
Then you must earn a C- or higher to satisfy the requirement. If you choose to take these as CR/NC and you get a C-, you will not receive credit for the class and you will have to retake it.
But if you stay with a letter grade and get a C-, you’ve satisfied your requirement.
Suggestion: stay with letter grade, unless you’re sure you’ll get a C or higher (earning credit) and don’t want it to affect your GPA.
Please confirm your situation with the Office of Advising & Evaluations.
I'd like to change the grading basis for one of my courses. What do I need to do?
NOTE: The petition will not longer need a statement, 3rd party documentation, or faculty signature, and the fee is waived.
**If you are submitting a petition for Cr/Nc for a CoS major course, you will need to meet with a department advisor and will need a signed RAAR approving the grading change. The CoS SSC can assist you in submitting the RAAR form.
Can I switch my grading basis from a CR/NC to a letter grade instead of the other way?
Yes, a student can use the petition for late schedule adjustment to request going from CR/NC to letter grade.
FAQs Fall 2020 courses
Will my Fall 2020 course be online or in-person?
Where can I find the new 2020/2021 course catalog?
FAQs for Course Repeat /Course
I need to take a course for the 3rd time, my 2nd attempt was during Spring 2020. What do I do?
Please apply for a Third Time Repeat Petition, using the new form as soon as possible. Follow listed instructions on the new petition. You will need to know the section number of the course you would like to take.
Summer 2020 S1/T1: Submit by March 16 – May 29, 2020
Summer 2020 S2: Submit by March 16 – July 10, 2020
Fall 2020: Submit by May 4 – August 28, 2020
**NOTE: If you need to take a course for the 3rd time, but your 2nd attempt was NOT during Spring 2020. You will need to use the old Third Time Repeat Petition form here.
I am currently taking a course for the second time, if I get a “C-” or below will I be able to take the course for a third time in the fall?
Yes, students will be allowed to repeat a course taken in spring 2020 even if the student has already attempted the course twice.
If I am currently retaking a class for grade forgiveness, can I still take the course CR/NC?
No. In order to use course forgiveness to forgive a deficient grade, you must repeat the course with a letter grade. If you have questions about repeating classes and how grade forgiveness will impact your GPA, contact your assistant dean or speak to an advisor in the Academic Advising Center.
If I decide to use Course Forgiveness for a course taken in Spring 2020 and retake later, will it count toward my 16 unit max?
No, course forgiveness applied to courses taken during Spring 2020 shall be excluded from the 16 unit maximum for grade forgiveness.
What letter grade is passing?
That depends, in general passing is a grade of “D-” or better for major and general education courses. However, all prep for major courses and some major/minor courses require you to have a grade of “C” or better.
A few general education courses require a “C-” or better to satisfy the requirement, including: Math, Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, and Composition.
FAQs regarding Academic Probation/Disqualification
I think my GPA will fall below a 2.0 this semester. Will I be put on Academic Probation?
Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 after Spring 2020 will not go on Academic Probation.
If I am currently on Academic Probation, how will this affect me?
- Students currently on Academic Probation who do not meet 2.0 GPA by end of Spring 2020 will not have Spring 2020 count as one of 3 terms allowed while on probation. And students will not be Disqualified if Spring 2020 was their 3rd term on probation and they did not meet the 2.0 GPA for term.
- Students currently on AP who do meet GPA during spring 2020 WILL be removed from Academic Probation.
In the video below peer mentor, Josh Barfuss, reviews some quick reminders regarding Credit/No Credit.
Should you change to CR/NC?
Check out the flow chart below and consider these questions when making a decision about changing a course grading basis from a letter grade to credit/no credit.
Fall 2020 Registration Resources
Will my Fall 2020 course be online or in-person?
Where can I find the new 2020/2021 course catalog?
Need help figuring out what classes to register for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester? Your registration date is approaching, join us via Zoom and speak with a peer mentor, who can review your planned schedule, or help you find classes that apply to your major! No appointment needed!