Revision to the Credit/No Credit Grading Option Policy

Dear CUNY Baccalaureate Students,

Since our last communication to you, the Chancellor has announced another revision to the Credit/No Credit Grading Option Policy for the Spring 2020 semester. This means CUNY BA students may include for their areas of concentration courses completed in Spring 2020 with grades of CR.​ Important Note: This policy is pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees on its March 30 meeting. ​It reads as follows:

As part of The City University of New York’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all students shall have the option to convert any or all of the (A-F) letter grades they earn in their classes, during the spring 2020, to Credit/No Credit grading.  ​

  • ​Before choosing this grading option for one or more of their classes, students will consult with their academic and financial aid advisors regarding potential impact to their financial aid, licensure requirements, and graduate school admissions. 
  • Students will be able to make this decision up to 20 business days after the University’s final grade submission deadline or the date of actual grade posting, whichever is later. 
  • A passing letter grade will convert to ‘CR’ with credit for the class being awarded, while a failing grade will convert to ‘NC’, with no credit awarded.  Credit/No Credit grades will not impact the student’s GPA. 
  • Students with Credit/No Credit grades will be able to transfer those courses across colleges within CUNY, per current policy. 
  • This policy will override all program-level grading policies currently in effect at CUNY institutions, including those related to courses within the major, pre-requisite courses, honors courses and maximum number of credits that a student can earn with Credit/No Credit grades. 

Pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees, this policy is effective April 1, 2020 and applies to all CUNY institutions except the School of Law and the School of Medicine, which will implement their own Pass/Fail policies to conform to norms in legal and medical education.  The University Provost has discretion to extend this policy to future terms if indicated.

The Staff at CUNY BA