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University of Hawai'i students will soon have the option to take their courses on a credit/no credit basis for the 2020 spring semester, according to an April 9 email sent out to students.

“UH recognizes that the academic, personal, and financial situations of students, faculty, and staff have been abruptly transformed,” the email said.

The email listed the following guidelines for implementing the CR/NC policy for Spring 2020:

  • Faculty will continue to award letter grades for Spring 2020 classes by entering their grades into MyUH during the regular grading period. Courses already established as CR/NC will continue to use those designations instead of letter grades.

  • Once the faculty have entered their grades, students will be able to view the assigned grades in STAR-GPS.

  • Until May 22, students may choose to retain their letter grades or convert their letter grades to the CR/NC designation for one or more classes.

  • After May 22 when students have made their choice, registrars will make the grades final and will include a notation indicating this is a “semester disrupted by COVID-19” on the transcript.

  • Credit may be awarded for a grade of C or better. Establishing credit at a C allows for those students opting for the Credit option to continue to meet the requirements for entry to major and minor courses, as well as prerequisites for courses in a sequence.

  • The CR designation will not be counted in the GPA. Students with a letter grade of C-, D, or F may opt instead for NC. If they opt for NC, that course will not be counted towards their GPA.

  • By Graduate Division policy, a grade of C or better is required for students to receive credit.

  • Academic probation will be extended to the following semester for any student who does not move off academic probation based on their Spring 2020 GPA. 

  • Students should understand that taking an Incomplete in a course may preclude them from changing a grade to the CR/NC option before May 22.

  • Some professional accreditation organizations may not permit alterations to the grading process. In such cases, a very limited number of exceptions may be granted upon request to the President via the campus Chancellor or Provost.

Within the UH System, students will be ‘held harmless’ by the choice to select CR/NC for the semester.

“Choosing the Credit/No Credit option will not negatively impact their academic journey within the UH System, including transfer between UH Campuses, nor will it be a barrier to entry into subsequent courses,” the statement said.

The guidelines were developed by the Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs, and after receiving feedback from each UH campus faculty senate, the final guidelines for the policy were made.

The new policy will have additional information including an implementation plan and frequently asked questions available by Friday, April 17.

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