Effective immediately, The University of Texas at Dallas has adopted temporary exceptions to its Credit/No-Credit undergraduate course grading option and to its Pass/Fail graduate course grading option for Spring 2020 courses. This decision was made after consultation with several stakeholder groups, including the Academic Continuity Working Group, which includes representatives from the Academic Senate, the Undergraduate and Graduate Deans, Student Government and the Provost’s Office. In addition, the Committee on Educational Policy was consulted, and the Academic Senate approved the proposed changes during its March 25 meeting.

Details on the Credit/No Credit option for undergraduate students:

  • The extended Credit/No Credit option applies to all Spring 2020 undergraduate courses.
  • Please review the FAQ section before further choosing to elect CR/NC.
  • Faculty will continue to grade all students as usual during the semester and will submit the letter grade to the Registrar’s Office following the standard grade submission process through Orion or eLearning.
  • The default grade for students will be the letter grade assigned by the instructor. Students who instead want to choose a CR/NC grade designation for any or all of their courses must elect the CR/NC grade designation by 11:59 p.m. April 30. If an election is not made by that time, the letter grade will be recorded for the course. Please follow these procedures to make a CR/NR election.
  • All Spring 2020 courses taken for Credit/No Credit grades during Spring 2020 will count toward future curricular, major, academic progress and graduation requirements.
  • Credit/No Credit grades will not be factored into a student’s grade point average.
  • Students on financial aid suspension, probation, or warning should consult the financial aid office for additional information on how the Credit/No Credit option could impact their financial aid eligibility.
  • Students who have graduate or professional school aspirations should consult their advisors on long-term implications. UT Dallas will include a designation on students’ transcripts indicating the COVID-19 circumstances encountered in the 2020 spring semester to explain the additional CR/NC grades in typically letter-grade courses.
  • Undergraduate students taking graduate courses who do not wish to receive a letter-grade will instead receive a grade of Pass/Fail for the graduate courses only. Note: If you are an undergraduate struggling in your graduate course, withdrawing is advantageous over the election of Pass/Fail because a failing grade for a graduate course is calculated into your GPA.

Thank you for all of your efforts and understanding as the campus community navigates the unique challenge brought on by the rapid transition to online instruction due to COVID-19. 

Details on the Pass/Fail option for graduate students:

  • The extended Pass/Fail option applies to all Spring 2020 graduate courses.
  • Please review the FAQ section before further choosing to elect P/F. 
  • Faculty will continue to grade all students as usual during the semester and will submit the letter grade to the Registrar’s Office following the standard grade submission process through Orion or eLearning.
  • The default grade for students will be the letter grade assigned by the instructor. Students who instead want to choose a P/F grade designation for any or all of their courses must elect the P/F grade designation by 11:59 p.m. April 30. If an election is not made by that time, the letter grade will be recorded for the course. Please follow these procedures to make a P/F election.
  • All Spring 2020 courses taken for Pass/Fail grades during Spring 2020 will count toward future curricular, major, academic progress and graduation requirements.
  • A grade of P does not count toward the GPA; a grade of F is calculated into the GPA.
  • Students on financial aid suspension, probation, or warning should consult the financial aid office for additional information on how the Pass/Fail option could impact their financial aid eligibility.
  • Students who have further graduate school aspirations should consult their faculty advisors on long-term implications. UT Dallas will include a designation on students’ transcripts indicating the COVID-19 circumstances encountered in the 2020 spring semester to explain the additional P/F grades in typically letter-grade courses.

Thank you for all of your efforts and understanding as the campus community navigates the unique challenge brought on by the rapid transition to online instruction due to COVID-19.