Grade Elections for Fall 2020

As a result of the operation changes due to COVID-19, UNC Charlotte is allowing students to elect Pass/No Credit (P/N) for up to three undergraduate courses for the entire academic year, and no more than two per term. The information below is applicable for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021​ grades.

Making your grade elections

  • The form to make your grade elections is available in Banner Self Service.
  • For the Fall 2020 term, up to two courses can be elected by December 14.
  • For Spring and Summer 2021 terms, students must elect Pass/No Credit (P/N) by the date identified in the Academic Calendar


No.  For Fall 2020, students must elect the Pass/No Credit accommodation for a course before their final grade is posted (between December 7-14, 2020).  For Spring and Summer 2021, students must elect the Pass/No Credit accommodation for a course by the date in the Academic Calendar.  

If a student elects for Pass/No Credit in a course that is a prerequisite for a future course and has a minimum grade of C, the student will be unable to progress to the next course.  If the progression course is a prerequisite for a future course and has a minimum grade of D, the student will be allowed to progress to the next course.  Students should consult with their academic advisor before making any decisions. This decision is NOT REVERSIBLE, once elected.

A grade of P will not be factored into the term or cumulative GPA; therefore, it is important for students to consult with their academic advisor or program director for advice before making an election decision.

Students are encouraged to make an informed decision of how a Pass (P) grade, instead of a letter grade, may impact future plans.  Students should seek guidance from their academic advisor or program director and consider all implications before requesting Pass/No Credit accommodation.  Students will not have an opportunity to petition for a standard letter grade after the election process concludes.

Honors programs have requirements related to letter grades to be eligible to graduate with honors or be admitted or continue in an honors program.  Depending on individual circumstances this requirement may be adjusted, but it requires recommendation by the director of the honors program and approval by the Honors Council.  Students should check with the director of their honors program before choosing Pass/No Credit grading.

No.  Students are eligible to graduate with Latin Honors provided they have earned 48 credits at UNC Charlotte even if some of those credits are graded on a Pass/No Credit basis.

If the student opts to take No Credit (NC) for a course grade, then they will either be required to pay all of the funds back from the first day of the term (including BAH, tuition, fees, book funds, etc.) or they may be allowed to repay prorated debts through the last day of attendance.  This is determined by the Veterans Administration, not the UNC Charlotte Veteran Services Office.  

Those choosing to take the Pass option will not be impacted. The only reason the No Credit (NC) option poses a potential issue is that it does not count towards your degree AND there are no consequences (an F grade).  Students using Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) will be best served by consulting directly with their Vocational Rehab Counselor.

No.  Courses selected for Pass/No Credit during the 2020-2021 academic year are excluded from the maximum four courses that students may ordinarily elect P/N.

The grade of I is assigned at the discretion of the instructor when a student who is otherwise passing has not, due to circumstances beyond his/her control, completed all the work in the course.  Students must consult with the course instructor before the semester ends and should consider all implications, including extra workload.  The missing work must be completed by the deadline specified by the instructor, and no later than 12 months.  If the I is not removed during the specified time, a grade of F, U, or N, as appropriate, is automatically assigned.  The grade of I cannot be removed by enrolling again in the same course, and students should not re-enroll in a course in which they have been assigned the grade of I.
Yes, students will have the ability to use grade replacement to replace a grade received -- P/N or a standard letter grade -- earned during the 2020-2021 academic year.  In accordance with the University of North Carolina System policy, grade replacements made during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 will not count towards the maximum allowable in the grading policy.   

Students will NOT be able to change their course grade in these cases:  

  • courses for which a P/N were determined before the start of the semester;
  • courses at the graduate level;
  • courses completed and graded in the first half-term of Fall 2020; 
  • courses from which the student withdrew; and 
  • courses for which the student has been found responsible and given a grade penalty for an academic integrity violation.
Courses selected for Pass/No Credit in 2020-2021 will be excluded from semester and cumulative GPA calculations.  An undergraduate student on academic probation or special probation whose cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 at the end of the semester will be suspended from the University unless the student’s GPA for that semester is at least 2.3, in which case the student remains on probation.   Students who were in good standing prior to the semester whose cumulative GPA fell below 2.0 this semester will be placed on Academic Probation.  While we are confident that students who are on probation can rebound, we encourage you to reach out to your advisor if you need assistance.  

If a student received a UNC Charlotte institutional scholarship that requires them to maintain a minimum GPA in order for the award to renew, they must earn the minimum required GPA.  The Scholarship Offer and Acceptance Form they signed when initially accepting their scholarship offer indicates if their award is renewable, and includes any terms or conditions they must meet to remain eligible in future years.  Their grades are reviewed at the end of each academic semester and/or year, depending on the administering department, to determine if they remain eligible to receive your scholarship the following semester or academic year.

Courses selected for Pass/No Credit will have no impact on their semester GPA or overall cumulative GPA. If they do not meet the minimum required GPA, they will be placed on scholarship probation for one academic year. They will still receive their scholarship for the probation year.  After the probation year, their grades will be reviewed and if their GPA is not at the minimum required level, their scholarship may be withdrawn.

By August 1, 2020, they were notified by email if their scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year will be renewed or withdrawn.  If they are offered a renewal scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year, they must accept the scholarship offer in the NinerScholars Portal in order for payment to process to their student account.

Levine Scholars should contact the Levine Scholars Program Office directly for information specific to renewal of their scholarship.  Recipients of the Crown, Freeman, Johnson, Martin, or Albert Engineering Scholarships should contact the Honors College directly for specific renewal information.

Students awarded a scholarship by an organization outside UNC Charlotte, which contains a GPA requirement for renewal, should contact the awarding organization with any questions.

No.  The exception here only applies to undergraduate students in undergraduate courses.  This change does not apply to undergraduate students enrolled in graduate courses or to graduate students.  Graduate students should continue to follow the grading policies for pass/unsatisfactory in the Graduate Catalog.  

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