Pass/No Credit Information
Fall 2020 COVID-19 Alternative Grading Policy (Undergraduate)
For undergraduate students:
This alternative grading policy will apply to all courses offered in Fall 2020.
Following final exams, faculty will post grades for each course using A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F, FN, I.
Students will be able to choose on a course-by-course basis, to keep the grade given, or to choose the alternative grading policy. This option will be available for one week after grades have been posted.
After the window to change closes, there will not be an opportunity to change to another option. Transcript requests will not be fulfilled until the window to choose the alternative grade option has closed.
Please note that unlike Spring 2020, Kutztown University will run Academic Standing against your Cumulative GPA. If your Cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 you will receive a negative standing:
- After posting a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 the first time, you will be placed on “WARNING”.
- After posting a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 the second time, you will be placed on “PROBATION”.
- After posting a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 the third time, you will be “DISMISSED” from the University.
Students will have the following options:
- On a course-by-course basis, students may choose to keep the posted letter grade which will be calculated into the student's GPA.
- On a course-by-course basis, students may choose to change the grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, or C to a PA (pass) which will earn credit, but will not impact a student's GPA.
- On a course-by-course basis, students may choose to change the grades of D or F to NC (no credit) which will neither earn credit nor impact a student's GPA.
- FN grades cannot be changed due to federal reporting (Title IV).
- Incomplete (I) grades will be given if the faculty member determines that the student be given additional time to complete the course requirements. Students will be able to choose an alternative grading option for one week following the change of grade by the faculty from an I to a letter grade A-F. For students who do not complete the course, the F will remain.
Students who do not select any alternative grading option will be identified as having selected to keep the posted letter grade.
Students should consider the impact of the choices made. It is strongly recommended that students on financial aid consult the financial aid office regarding future aid. It is recommended that students consider the impact of changing a grade to PA on future graduate school plans or career goals. It is also recommended that students who choose a NC grade realize that this may impact time to graduation as the student will not receive credit for the course.
Fall 2020 COVID-19 Alternative Grading Policy (Graduate)
For graduate students:
There will be no change in the grading policy. If students have difficulty completing a course, they should consult with their faculty and discuss the possibility of an incomplete grade (I).
Graduate assistants are reminded that good academic standing is required to retain their assistantship.
Please watch for additional emails on the steps to follow for this process.
Frequently Asked Questions – Pass/No Credit OptioN
1. Where do I choose pass/no credit?
There will be a special tile on your MyKU student center called “Grade Review”
For additional instructions click here.
2. Can I elect Pass/No Credit for more than one class?
Yes, you can select Pass/No Credit for any eligible course. It is on a course-to-course basis.
3. Does taking a No Credit remove the course from my transcript?
No, the course will appear on your transcript with a grade of “NC”.
4. How will selecting Pass/No Credit affect my GPA?
Any course that you elect to have a grade of Pass/No Credit will not count in your GPA. There will be a GPA calculator included on the MyKU Grade Review tile to assist you in making the decision.
5. If I repeat the course will the No Credit be removed?
No, the No Credit grade will remain on your transcript exactly like a standard repeated course.
6. What are the consequences of selecting Pass/No Credit for all of my courses?
Selecting all Pass/No Credit could affect your financial aid, especially if you are receiving PA State Grants. Financial aid requires a GPA of 2.0 and completion of 2/3 of attempting courses in a given semester. Please consult with financial aid prior to making that decision.
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8. Are you eligible for Dean’s List if you select Pass/No Credit?
As long as you are still meeting the criteria for consideration then yes you are still eligible.
- Complete 12 credits of graded courses (Pass/No Credit course would be excluded)
- Achieve a GPA of 3.60 or higher.
9. What grades can I change in to a Pass or a No Credit?
Assigned Letter Grade Pass/No Credit Option A Pass A- Pass B+ Pass B Pass B- Pass C+ Pass C Pass D No Credit F No Credit