Fall 2020 Pass / No Credit Policy

In consideration of extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Polytechnic Institute is offering a credit/no credit grading option for fall 2020.

SUNY Poly students may select a different grading scale for all fall 2020 classes that are currently on the A/F grade scale.

The credit/no credit grading scale (CR/NC) has three grades: High Pass, Pass or No Credit. Grades recorded on this grading scale have no impact on a student’s GPA.

Faculty will provide a grade on the A/F grade scale for all students by December 15, 2020. Students can request that their grade be recorded on the CR/NC scale after they receive a grade on the A/F scale and all requests must be received by December 22, 2020. No requests will be accepted after December 22, 2020.

Before students request a course grade be recorded on the CR/NC scale, they should review their degree audit in Degree Works and any potential impact on their financial aid. For example, the CR/NC scale may not satisfy the requirements that some courses in a major require a specific grade, such as a C or higher. Please keep in mind that a course with a pass grade may not be accepted as transfer credit at another college. If you feel you need assistance in making a decision, please contact advising@sunypoly.edu

Pass/No Credit Request form

Grade Scale For Undergraduate Students

  • HP (high pass) is equivalent to a C grade or higher
  • P (pass) is equivalent to a C-, D+, or D grade
  • N (no credits) is equivalent to the F grade, but has no impact on the student’s

GPA Grade Scale For Graduate Students

  • HP (high pass) is equivalent to a B+ grade or higher
  • P (pass) is equivalent to a B, B- C+, or C
  • N (no credits) is equivalent to the F grade, but has no impact on the student’s GPA

FAQs

Who is eligible to switch to credit/no credit grading for courses?

Any student, graduate or undergraduate, registered for fall 2020 classes who has not withdrawn can request to have one or more of their courses graded on the CR/NC scale.

How do I choose credit/no credit grading?

To request credit/no credit grading, please complete this Fall 2020 Pass/No Credit Request form, also available on the Registrar’s Office forms page.

What classes can I take credit/no credit?

You can request credit/no credit for some or all of your classes. CR/NC is not available for S/U grades. Please keep in mind, the CR/NC scale may not satisfy the requirements that some courses in a major require a specific grade, such as a C or higher. A course with a pass grade may not be accepted as transfer credit at another college.

How does credit/no credit grading work?

Faculty will assign a standard A/F grade. If a student applies for the CR/NC option, an HP, P, or N grade will be assigned as a substitute grade. In CR/NC grading, the course must be a passing grade to receive a P. For courses that were not successfully passed, a no credit N grade will appear on the transcript. Neither the HP, P nor N grade will impact the student’s GPA, but will be counted toward credits attempted and may still affect financial aid.

What grade will show on my transcript for CR/NC courses?

The transcript key on the back of the transcript will be updated to include special notations indicating the circumstances for 2020, as well as this grade scale:

Grade Scale For Undergraduate Students

  • HP (high pass) is equivalent to a C grade or higher
  • P (pass) is equivalent to a C-, D+, or D grade
  • N (no credits) is equivalent to the F grade, but has no impact on the student’s

GPA Grade Scale For Graduate Students

  • HP (high pass) is equivalent to a B+ grade or higher
  • P (pass) is equivalent to a B, B- C+, or C
  • N (no credits) is equivalent to the F grade, but has no impact on the student’s GPA

Does earning a High Pass or a Pass fulfill a prerequisite for a future course that requires a minimum grade?

An HP grade will fulfill a prerequisite requirement of C grade or higher at the undergraduate level.

Does the CR/NC option affect my grade point average (GPA)?

The HP, P, and/or N grades will not affect your GPA. HP and P grades will earn the credits and fulfill requirements, but they will not change your GPA. Other grades that do not affect the GPA are S, U, N, and W grades. However, N, U and W grades do not fulfill requirements or prerequisites. F grades do impact the GPA.

Will CR/NC grading affect my eligibility for the Dean’s List/President’s List?

Eligibility for the academic honor lists is based upon full-time (12 or more credit hours) matriculated student status in courses that are graded on the A/F scale. If fewer than 12 of your credit hours are in courses that you retain grades on the A/F scale, you will not be eligible for Academic Honors. Academic Honors are established based on the recorded grade as of December 22, 2020.

Will the CR/NC grading affect my financial aid?

Opting for a CR/NC grade will not affect your current financial aid, but may affect your future eligibility depending on individual circumstances. Please go to the Financial Aid Office webpage to assess the impact of electing the CR/NC option.

How does CR/NC grading affect the repeat grade option?

If you are repeating a course this semester and then elect a HP/P grade to replace the letter grade of the course, the HP/P will replace the original grade in the GPA. If you repeat the HP/P graded course in the future, the higher grade will replace the HP/P grade (as always, the original grade will remain on the transcript as part of your academic history).

Will opting for CR/NC affect my GI Bill?

No. Conversion from a standard grading scale (A, A-, B+…) to CR/NC will not affect your GI Bill benefits.

Can CR/NC grades be used to satisfy program requirements?

In some cases, CR/NC grades may not satisfy requirements for your program. Please review your Degree Works audit for courses with specific grade requirements. Courses with a pass grade may not be accepted as transfer credit at another college.

If I elect the CR/NC and find out that I need a letter grade for application to a graduate or professional program, can I change my grade back?

Students will be required to submit an Academic Petition to justify a request to revert the CR/NC grade be changed back to a letter grade.

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