Pass/No Credit

In light of the continued extraordinary challenges associated with the COVID pandemic, and in response to requests from student government and the faculty, we will continue the pass/no credit policy for the Fall 2021 semester, as implemented last Spring and Fall semesters.

Students will be provided an opportunity to switch to pass/no credit for any or all classes, after receiving grades for the Fall semester.

Students will receive their regular letter grades on or before noon December 21, 2021. Students who wish to change one or more of their grades must submit their request by 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2022.

  • 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. See below, "What  grade will show on my transcript for CR/NC courses?" for more detail.
  • Faculty will provide a grade on the A/F grade scale for all students by December 21, 2021. Students can request that their grade be recorded on the CR/NC scale after they receive a grade  on the A/F scale.
  • Before requesting that a course grade be recorded on the CR/NC scale, students should review their degree audit in Degree Works and look for 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.
    • A course with a pass grade may not be accepted as transfer credit at another college.
    • Contact advising@sunypoly.edu with any questions.
  • Some students may not be eligible to register for Spring courses based on their Fall grades:
    • Students who have failed to pass 66% of their attempted courses are not making sufficient academic progress to retain eligibility for financial aid.
    • Students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 are placed on academic warning.
    • Students on academic warning whose semester GPA is below a 2.0 are academically dismissed.
  • For some of these students, changing one or more of their course grades to pass/no credit may enable them to be eligible to register for Spring 2022 classes. Contact advising@sunypoly.edu to explore these strategies.

Any student, graduate or undergraduate, registered for spring 2022 classes who has not withdrawn from all spring 2022 classes can request to have one or more of their courses graded on the CR/NC scale.

  • All Nursing programs and Community and Behavioral Health will not be participating in the spring 2022 pass/no credit for any courses required to complete the degree. Please contact the department chair with any questions.
  • The Sociology program will not allow P/HP grades for STA 100, SOC 100, 310, 332, or 493 when they are applying towards the major core requirements. Students can choose HP/P grades but will have to repeat the course if applying towards core program requirement. Students should consult with the department chair.
  • The Psychology program will allow HP grades only from the Pass/No Credit option for core courses in the program. Please contact the department chair with any questions.
  • The Interdisciplinary Studies program will allow the pass/no credit option for one core major course, and one concentration course may have a grade of P, all other courses must be C or  better, or HP. Please contact the department chair with any questions.

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.

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.

The transcript key on the back of the transcript will be updated to include special notations  indicating the circumstances for 2021, as well as this 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
  • 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

 

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

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.

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 January  2, 2022.


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.
 

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).

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

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.

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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